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Published September 24th 2014
Pizza- Enough said
You know the saying that there is no such thing as a bad pizza, and Chapel Street regulars know that there's quite the selection to choose from.
So let's make this easy; venture off Chapel Street in South Yarra, and you'll find Il Forno.
Il Forno is bringing a little slice of Italy to South Yarra.
Specialising in authentic pizza and pasta, Il Forno has recently launched a new look, menu, bar and cocktail selection to offer local residents and visitors alike a little slice of Italy right in the heart of Melbourne.
Owner and chef, Anthony Scarcella pays homage to his Italian roots, creating vibrant southern Italian dishes, based on his own family's recipes. A move, he says, which is designed to resemble a homely meal you'd have at a traditional Italian grandmother's home.
Il Forno's pizza offerings features a wide selection of traditional and gourmet pizzas made with simple and fresh ingredients, and a range of salumi pizzas that showcase Il Forno's selection of imported cured meats.
Il Forno's pizzas are cooked in a stone based oven, producing a thin crust pizza that is crispy, light and full of flavour. Additionally, their dough is sugar and dairy free.
If pizza isn't your thing (are there people this even applies to?) then you'll also find plenty of pasta dishes with fresh sauces made in house.
For those with a sweet tooth, Il Forno's dessert menu provides pure indulgence with standouts like nutella pizza, hot jam doughnuts and, of course, Italian gelato.
To complement the menu, Il Forno has also introduced a new cocktail menu, featuring the decadent Toblerone Martini and Choc Devil, which have been likened to a liquefied mud cake. The revised wine list features specialty wines from handpicked reserves and vintages.