Dining Out: Pizza Espresso, Lower Templestowe

by April@MyFoodTrail on October 30, 2009

in BYO Place, Dining Out, Italian, Templestowe

Pizza Espresso
17 Macedon Road, Lower Templestowe VIC
(03) 9852 2333

Cuisine: Italian
BYO: Yes, $2 per person
Prices: Medium pizzas $14-$17, large pizzas $17-$21.50, pasta $15-$19.50
Parking: Along Macedon Road

All the mentions of Pizza Espresso proudly displayed on the front window

I read a review by Matt Preston of a pizza place in Lower Templestowe where he makes mention of “heights of greatness with a sticky date pizza”. I sent the review to fellow sticky date pudding fan, Iron Chef Shellie and said we should go check it out. We ended up making it a foodblogger’s outing with Penny, Sarah, Kat, Adrian & Nicole.

Pizza Espresso is located in the shopping strip on Macedon Road. It is rather small inside, with our table of 12 occupying about a third of the restaurant. The place was noisy which made conversation difficult – we will have to definitely choose a quieter place next time so we can all hear each other!

After some discussion, we decided to order our own dishes, but I ended up swapping with Adrian & Penny so we could try more things. Hubby and I ordered the sausage pizza which was topped with tomato, mozzarella, Italian sausage and mushrooms. All the pizzas are cooked in a huge woodfired oven at the front of the restaurant. While the tomato base went all the way to the edges, the ingredients didn’t and as a result, the pizza was overwhelmed by the somewhat soggy base/crust.

Salsiccia e Funghi – tomato, fior di latte (mozzarella), Italian sausage, mushroom – medium $16

We got to try the goat’s cheese ravoli with a creamy salsa verde, the gnocchi napoli and the speck, gorgonzola and pear pizza. I really enjoyed the goat’s cheese ravoli. The creamy sauce was perfect with the al dente ravoli. Hubby and I actually tried to order one for ourselves but the wait was too long so we passed. I love gnocchi, but this one was overcooked and mushy. The speck, gorgonzola and pear pizza was a surprise hit, with the salty speck (Italian ham), smelly gorgonzola cheese and sweet pear marrying together well. This pizza was much better than our sausage one.

There is a good selection of desserts on the menu but the sticky date pizza was why I wanted to visit Pizza Espresso in the first place, so I had to order that for dessert. The sticky date pizza was a small sized pizza covered in lashings of butterscotch sauce, with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. This pizza was nice and crispy and the butterscotch sauce was good. It was very rich and I wasn’t able to finish it all. Iron Chef Shellie mentioned that she was disappointed that there weren’t actual dates on the pizza, but I didn’t mind it the way it was.

Sticky date pizzetta with butterscotch sauce $9.50

Hubby ordered the tiramisu which he thought was fantastic. It was like a sponge cake with a layer of cream in the middle – very light without a strong coffee flavour.

Homemade tiramisu $8.50

Kat let me try some of her mini calzone with white chocolate and caramel. I like the melted filling, but the crust was a bit chewy.

Pacca Sorpresa with white chocolate & caramel $9.50

Overall: Our sausage pizza was a miss, but I liked the goat’s cheese ravoli and the speck, gorgonzola and pear pizza. The desserts were quite good too. However, I thought the prices are a bit high for the size and amount of ingredients on the savoury pizzas.

Would I return? Probably not, as it is a bit too far away but if I did, I would get the speck pizza and goat’s cheese ravoli again.

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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Conor @ HoldtheBeef October 31, 2009 at 1:05 am

Mmmmm I love gorgonzola and pear together. One of my fave pizza places (ecco) does a great version of this pizza. Shame about the other pizzas!

The tiramisu looks tempting. My Dad had a decent one the other night after seeing it on the menu, asking me what it is, and deciding it sounded like a good thing 😀


penny aka jeroxie October 31, 2009 at 7:46 am

We were not impress with the food either but it was great to catch up with everyone else though.


spatulaspoonandsaturday October 31, 2009 at 9:13 pm

I have an eye on The Famous Hot Pot on Peel St. for our next catch up. Awesome Sichuan hotpot all you can eat for $20 (I think, price was a year ago). Plus the tables are round.


Adrian @ Food Rehab November 1, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Yes, was abit of an anticlimax huh… Esp with all those awards on the front window LOL

I'm up for anything next catch up, so long as round table is present.


Rilsta November 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

Hi Conor: Hehe… everyone who loves coffee and desserts should know what tiramisu is. I'm glad you "educated" him! Hope he liked it!

Hi Penny: Yes, at least enjoyable company is a good consolation for pretty average food!

Hi Kat: Sounds good! That's great value!

Hi Adrian: All the awards and mentions means higher expectations which unfortunately it didn't quite live up to!


Maria@TheGourmetChallenge November 2, 2009 at 10:32 am

awwww, how disappointing! When you read a review from someone as well known as Matt Preston you hope that it will live up to its expectation. Sadly it sounds like it feel short. At least you know for yourself!


Twinpalates November 4, 2009 at 12:49 pm

sounds interesting. Have you been to Mojo's weird pizza yet? Their nacho pizza is a bit overrated, but their chicken pizza (woodman) is sensational!


Rilsta November 5, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Hi Maria: Well, I liked the sticky date pudding which is the pizza Matt mentioned. The other pizzas weren't anything special though.

Hi Twinpalates: No I haven't but I have heard about it. Will have to go try it!


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