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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published November 20th 2014
Pizza from on High
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Pizza with a view. Source Facebook Santoni

It's a long way to the top when you want excellent pizza. And many people could be forgiven for not knowing this slice of pizza heaven exists, because it is upstairs quite a few of them in fact.

I gather Santoni is well known, to those who live in Hawthorn, as it has been around since 2007. But this year there was a big reno that saw this pizza place grow up three levels to end with a rooftop bar with a view that has to be seen to be believed.

Having heard about the amazing views and with a son having finished his exams we headed off to Santoni for a family celebratory meal.

This place has a great vibe but its all happening on the rooftop rather than on the two other levels. So book an upstairs table. There are heaters in winter. And you will need to book. We went on a Tuesday and the rooftop was packed.

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Santoni has a great view. Facebook Santoni

Lovely friendly greeting when we arrived and then we climbed the stairs and then we climbed some more stairs and yet more stairs. Finally reaching the top.

While downstairs had been quiet the rooftop was abuzz. Quite cool and hipster. Lots of young people in sunnies peering over the large menus decorated with vintage cool photos on them. Probably wishing their parents weren't with them, except when it was time to pay the bill.

Great spot to watch the sunset with views out over the rooftops towards the city and across the street we were abreast of the blue stone church with its steeple. With its stunning views it reminded me quite a lot of Naked for Satan in Fitzroy. Who says the suburbs can't do "cool" when they get the chance.

While some other sites mention poor service, obviously the restaurant must have got the message, because the service we received was mostly top notch.

While slightly slow to take our order after that our waitress was onto us. Even filling our water glasses. Now that is service.

Food also came out quite quickly given the crowd.

I am not a pizza fiend but the pizza here is amazing--thin crusted with stunning toppings.

I lashed out and ordered a truffle pizza. It had truffle cream, mozzarella, mushrooms, truffle oil and rocket. At $25 it was expensive but worth it as a taste experience.

We also had an entree of corn and manchego coroquettes with chimmichurri $11. Nothing exciting there.

For three of us with a couple of shared pizzas, one shared entree and drinks the bill came to $82 so I won't be putting this on my regular list. But as a once off and because of the excellent pizza and astounding views it is certainly a place I would recommend.

Pizza is the dish to order here but like all good Italian places they also do pasta and a few mains such as slow cooked lamb, steak and fish. Mains were all around $32-$34.

I guess they have to pay for their extensive renovations somehow.

Another place to try pizza with a view is the Box Hill RSL on a Friday night where the rooftop bar has views over the surrounding parklands. This pizza is only $7 but not a patch on what gets served at Santoni. Although the views are fantastic and the jugs of Boags for $12 is a bit of a deal clenched as well. For more information on that pizza night click here.

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Why? Fine pizza with an amazing view
When: Open Today 11:00am - 11:00pm
Phone: (03) 9819 3000
Where: 634 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Cost: $$$ We paid $82 for three people. Worth it as a oncer or for a special occasion. Certainly memorable.
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