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Gattica Cafe

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Published May 24th 2012
A ten minute train ride on the Sandringham line and you'll find yourself in Balaclava: an eclectic Southeastern suburb that's home to quite a few restaurants and cafes. Right on the suburb's main Carlisle Street is Gattica: a cosy cafe by day that serves breakfast till 3.30pm.

By night, Gattica is a cosmopolitan restaurant with a dinner menu that's well worth a shot. The décor is welcoming and cosy and there's even a heated and covered courtyard out the back.

The large variety of wood fired pizzas that are titled 'got me a gun', 'hippie's nightmare', and 'Mary had a little lamb' can't help but get you a little bit curious.

The traditional grilled saganaki with fresh cherry tomatoes, roquette, and sweet onion jam ($11.95), was a simple yet flavoursome entree. Best eaten hot, the cheese was salty, slightly tangy and complemented the cherry tomatoes. The sweet onion jam sweetens your palette at the end of every bite.

Traditional saganaki with fresh cherry tomatoes, roquette and sweet onion jam

The Ren and Stinky pizza ($14) came with prosciutto, Napoli, mozzarella, caramelised onion, blue cheese and a topping of fresh roquette. The base was thin, the blue cheese flavour was subtle, and the caramelised onion added that much needed touch of sweetness to save you from the stinky.

Ren and Stinky
Ren and Stinky

Most of their toppings are unusual and not of the traditional Italian variety, but they've also got the tried and tested Margherita pizza for vegetarians. Or if you're a little more adventurous, you can give the 'grannies veggie patch' a shot.

The dessert pizza perky nana ($14.95) is best shared by two people. Decorated with roasted banana and chocolate with crushed hazelnuts, caramel, strawberries, and vanilla ice cream; it was quite the mouthful. A messy and satisfying end to an interesting meal.

Perky nana

Finish with a coffee if you still have room in your stomach.

Next time you feel like getting away from the city, remember that your next culinary adventure is only a ten minute train ride away.
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Why? Unusual Pizzas
When: Monday to Saturday: 7am till late. Sunday till 5pm
Phone: (03) 9525 8282
Where: Gattica
Cost: $15-$30
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