• A25 Pizzeria (South Yarra)

Anywhere with the mission to create fresh, healthy, and, of course, delicious pizza is worth a try. So when I was invited to taste the new menu of vegan pizzas at A25, I could not say no. Vegan pizza. Yes, I am vegetarian, but I guiltily admit that cheese and milk are one of the reasons I am not vegan. I always try to buy dairy that is made locally and as kindly to the cows as possible. If being vegan was just as creamy and tasty, it would definitely increase my chances of sticking to it. Personal notes and ethics aside… Did I mention I love pizza?

Owner, Remo Nicolini is a pizza guru. With +39 flung to success, A25 is named after the motorways that connect Roam to Pecera. It focuses simple, healthy and delicious Italian fare.
We tried two of the seven vegan pizzas on the menu: the Vegan Eggplant Parmigiana (surprise surprise) and the Vegan Sexy Truffle.

The Vegan Sexy Truffle was with slimy mushrooms, dressed but crisp radicchio, and of course, vegan cheese. The cheese was surprisingly good. It was soft and more like a white sauce but actually tasted cheesy and creamy. It was a nice blend of flavours and textures. The crisp base was slightly charred, then puffed on the crusts. I was definitely impressed.

The eggplant pizza held stronger flavours with an intense reduced tomato sugo, baked cherry tomatoes and clumps of smoky eggplant. This was delicious when put together and was again well balanced, but flavourful. Surprisingly I preferred the mushroom one.

The A25 Lager on Tap was delicious. It was malty, not too hoppy and very refreshing. It tasted lighter with the food but went well with the pizza.

An Italian meal would not be complete without desert, and whilst the sweet pizza’s can be made vegan, it was difficult to resist the pistachio ice-cream. This arrived in a tightly wrapped ball. It was coated with chopped pistachios, and centred with dark chocolate. It was totally delicious. We had both decided we were full after pizza, but somehow we greedily gobbled this one down before even a drop had time to melt.

The coffee had a nice blend of creamy foam and maltiness, and was not too strong.

Despite being on the main road of Chapel Street, the European terrace is pleasant in fine weather with many local workers grabbing a drink or nibble in the late afternoon. The Italian staff were genuine and helpful without being pushy. On the Friday afternoon we were there, it was relaxed and happy. I will definitely be going back.

A25 Pizzeria
720 Chapel Street
South Yarra 3141
03 9826 2233

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday 11am to 10pm

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