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We decided to meet my sister and brother in- law for lunch on Easter Sunday in Flinders. What we hadn't bargained on were the hungry masses that had flocked to the Mornington Peninsula for the long weekend.
The Flinders Bakehouse cafe usually serves pretty good sandwiches and light lunches, so we headed there only to find it jam packed. With my sister having a 6 week old baby, we decided we needed somewhere a little quieter.
So we decided we would get take away fish and chips and take them down the beach, until we were stopped in our tracks with the tantalising smell of pizza. You could tell by the smell how good they would taste, so with a glance to each other we quickly grabbed the only spare table.
After checking the menu we couldn't help but to order pizza. I shared a large margherita and a garlic/herb bread and my sister ordered a large pizza to share with her husband. We went to pay before returning to our table, however payment is taken after the meal. With my memory, I had to ask my sister (who just had a baby) to remind me to pay!
Our pizzas arrived and lived 100% up to our expectations. I actually felt quite smug sitting outside as people strolled past looking at our delicious pizzas with envy as they tried to find a place to eat.
The pizzas were thin and crisp with minimal topping but heaps of flavour. With great Italian pizzas the ingredients are always fresh - fresh herbs, fresh Italian chesses, fresh seafood and fresh meats that are not processed - which is what make the pizza so good.
This place is great value for what we ordered, my pizza and garlic bread cost $20 and fed 2 adults and a toddler.
I can't wait to go back and try the prawn pizza, that along with the smoked salmon and capers pizza.
I would compare theses pizzas with Ciao Bella and DOC, both brilliant pizza restaurants, though Flinders is slightly better priced if anything.
You may be thinking why is it called Get Down Dog? That is a question I had anyway, and the answer is simple - the owners, Tim & Julie, bought a 'pure bred' Staffordshire Terrier in 2007 from Brisbane. They met their puppy at Melbourne Airport, she turned out to be Staffy/Kelpie cross of dubious origin. Turns out she is very athletic and likes to stand high on her hind legs, "get down dog" was a very common and ignored command, so hence the name.
Get Down Dog is fully licensed and serves a variety of wines and Italian soft drinks. Thursdays are BYO wine nights.