Karen Martini is the visionary and much awarded chef behind Mr Wolf, a rustic Italian wood oven pizza restaurant on Inkerman St in St Kilda Melbourne. So many people had told me to go here that I didn’t just because. Well, that was just plain stupid, because the food here is so incredible. Pricey yes it is, but sometimes, just sometimes, it’s really worth it.
After much deliberation, and with a gentle prompt from the waiter, I tried the spicy pork tomato, mozzarella, sausage, pickled peppers, pancetta, fennel, salt pizza. After just a short wait, he returned with it. It looked really beautiful. On first bite, the base, so light and crispy, was full of flavour. This is the first thing I judge my pizza on. Johns on Bleeker st in New York is my all time favourite, but the Mr Wolf base is up there. Perfection! The toppings came together, a union of rich flavour and lightness simultaneously. I love this pizza and only regret moving to Fitzroy, too far away to make this a regular mid week eatery. The only thing I’d say, avoid kids hour 6-7pm. It’s a hellish squalor of waiters trying not to trip over undisciplined brats. Yes kid friendly is all very well, just avoid this cursed hour is all I have to say.
Cabbage, pea, parmesan, mint, radish, chilli salad. Who’d a thought? I’ve never tasted a better salad.