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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published July 27th 2014
Wine by the Litre


Crazily, this Italian restaurant on the corner of Grattan and Drummond Streets, goes by two names. Officially it is called La Cacciatora Restaurant but everyone knows it as Pizza by the Metre and it proudly wears that sign on its outside facade.

It is just a stone's throw away from the University of Melbourne.

My daughter enjoyed a night out there with her student friends so much that we later went along as a family to relive the experience (probably with a bit less wine.)

It was good to go somewhere relatively cheap for a change as taking the family out to dine can become dastardly expensive.

And who could resist a tag like Pizza by the Metre and then the equally frugally friendly "Wine by the litre?"

Sounded promising and Cacciatora fulfilled its promise.

Landmark yellow building on the corner of Grattan and Drummond Streets


The food is classical Italian. You'll find all your traditional pizza toppings here. They certainly don't skimp loading up your designated pizza and then they set it before you in all glory.

There was a real novelty in ordering a metre of pizza and it was a lot of fun divvying it up.

The meal had a real communal feel to it.

Inside is quite traditional with a rustic rural charm. Small square tables with high backed seats and table cloths. Lovely to see old fashioned table cloths in this day and age.

This place has been around since 1959 and to some degree it is good they continue to do what they do well without much fanfare (no website for example.)

The staff were welcoming, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.

We had a litre of Cabernet Shiraz. The waitress, when I quizzed her, said it was a Debortoli table wine. It was most acceptable and at $12 a litre my pocket enjoyed it as well.

Since restaurants started selling wine by the glass, the cheapest glass you can usually find is about $8 so this seemed remarkable value.

I'd recommend going along with family and friends and making sure you share pizzas rather than order individually as this keeps the cost down.

Our night out for four people was $75 and these days that is a refreshing change. For another cheapish place to eat with the entire family try Kitchen Workshop at Crown. If you have children you may wish to consider this list of places where kids eat free

Source: Elisa - Nouveau Potato Adventures of a Vegetarian Foodie


For a vegetarian's view on the restaurant click here.

Pizza is not the only thing on the menu, they also have lots of pastas and traditional Italian fare. But we were there for the pizza (by the metre) and if you are on a budget, and are with a group, this is a great spot.
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Why? To enjoy pizza by the metre and wine by the litre
When: Corner of Grattan and Drummond Streets
Phone: 96634778
Where: Cnr Grattan and Drummond Streets Carlton
Cost: Can be as low as $15 a head if you share the metre long pizzas
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