Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Location: Mundaring (Other locations at Leederville and Hillary’s)
I’ve heard plenty about the renowned Theo Kalogeracos and his pizzeria, Little Caesar’s, in Mundaring. I decided to pay a visit and took the drive through the hills into Mundaring on a cold wintery Saturday night. Upon arriving, the place was packed with a line of people trying to get in and another line to pick up takeaway orders. Upon stepping into the smallish eatery, the blast of warm air from the pizza ovens warms the place up and with the crowd, creates a nice buzzing atmosphere which is a welcome change from the cold weather outside.
We were fortunate that a bunch of people left which allowed us to secure a table at the back. Upon sitting down a waitress came by with plates, a bottle of water and glasses. We received nice friendly service throughout the night. Given the number of orders being placed, we were told our pizzas would be ready in about 25 minutes. Since we ordered a savoury and dessert pizza, we opted for the smaller size for each called the Little Caesar. It took a bit longer for the pizzas to arrive but that allowed plenty of pre-meal chatting to take place. We opted for a pizza called The Max (mozzarella, ham, mushroom, pepperoni, capsicum, tomato, onion, bacon, pineapple, olives) and also opted for optional anchovies which gave that burst of saltiness. The Max was a thin crust with a decent amount of toppings, not a heavy pizza but light to eat, and was fresh and tasty.
After enjoying that, the wait for the dessert pizza was quite long. I would have thought it would be brought out after a reasonable time of serving the savoury pizza and allowing for a reasonable amount of time for people to finish it. The waitress was once again very apologetic and out came our dessert pizza – Eskimo Joe (malt choc chip cookie mix, raspberry sauce, 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream with a sprinkling of icing sugar). Unfortunately, in my excitement of getting here and ordering, I discovered for some silly reason I ordered the wrong pizza I was thinking of which was the mud honey pizza (chocolate mud cake, honey, chocolate sauce, white milk and dark chocolate buttons with a sprinkling of icing sugar) after consulting with the menu. I was so disappointed but we tucked into the dessert pizza filled with two scoops of vanilla ice cream and topped with plenty of the raspberry sauce. Baked into the slightly thicker dough were areas with some of malt and chocolate, a bit like eating bread and getting a portion of melted chocolate. The dusting of icing didn’t add any extra sweetness to the already sweet raspberry sauce but added the “eskimo” effect for the pizza and is purely for decoration as employed in several desserts. The vanilla ice cream needs to be eaten with the pizza as it adds more flavour and contrasts the sweetness of the raspberry sauce. It was the first time I’ve tried a dessert pizza, but I was quite disappointed with the outcome. Maybe the mud honey would have produced a better experience but, in hindsight, I would have opted for another savoury pizza instead.
Food Review Summary
Verdict: Pizza is a universal favourite and the savoury pizza was tasty but didn’t blow me away. The dessert pizza was a real let down in comparison. It was nice to try something new but I wasn’t particularly impressed. Cash only.
Recommendation: Worth Visiting Again
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