Mietta's ReviewRita Macali and her partners have by luck and good management hit the spot. Dead Centre. Their little pizza place in Fitzroy has become the place to be in the middle years of the first decade of the 21st Century. The food, thin crust designer pizzas (up to $20) a roast of the day ($25) and a few pastas, is very good but nothing compared to the buzz which is amazing. In its first year of opening this was truly a phenomenom.
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The Age Good Food Guide 2013 Score: 13.5/20
Age Good Food Guide 2013 Score: 13.5/20
Gourmet Traveller 2012 Australian Restaurant Guide "Before being swept up in a hype storm. Ladro's owners visualised a simple bistro that would supply the 'hood with rustic pizza, pasta and roasts. Seven years on, seats at the marble tables still fill as soon as they're vacated, but local families have reclaimed the lively, low-lit room, clamouring for discs topped with sausage, fresh chilli and provolone or prosciutto slices so fine you can see the underlying sugo and basil"
Age Good Food Guide 2011 Score: 15/20, One Hat
Gourmet Traveller 2011 Australian Restaurant Guide "This may well be the best pizza experience in Melbourne. It's noisy and hip, the local crowd looking completely at home at the marble tables. While it's a given that the thin, crisp-based artisan pizze are great, try the wonderfully salty puttanesca for a change"
Gourmet Traveller 2010 Australian Restaurant Guide "Ladro has emerged as a dough deity, stoking up the wood fire six nights a week to a packed house of devout followers. This trattoria serves up consistently good, simple fare in one of the coolest (and noisiest) digs in town"
Age Cheap Eats 2009
Age Good Food Guide 2009
Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2009
Gourmet Traveller 2009 Australian Restaurant Guide "Pizza fads come, pizza fads go. Yet there's nothing ephemeral about this original exponent of the pizza renaissance that gripped Melbourne several years ago. It's difficult to pinpoint a singular attraction: are the crowds here for the hip decor? Or is it for what are arguably the best pizze in town: thin, misshapen, woodfired discs with artisan toppings such as flor di latte, field mushrooms, porcini and thyme, or green olive paste, mozzarella, capers and rocket"
Herald Sun Simon Plant, 13-09-08 "Sicilian sea salt and pepper grinder? Yep. Looks as if it's business as usual at Ladro ... which is heartening because change has been whirling around this firm Fitzroy favourite. ... Quietly, Ladro has also restructured. Co-founders Sean Kierce and Ingrid Langtry run the show now - after original chef Rita Macau left the business earlier this year - and far from making changes, they are consolidating the very things that put this defiantly cool trattoria on the map: wood-fired pizzas, smart service, and affordable prices."
Age Cheap Eats 2008
Age Nicole Bittar, 10-9-2007
Age Good Food Guide 2008 Score: 15/20
Gourmet Traveller 2008 Australian Restaurant Guide "Fitzroy's professionals and post-grads continue to pack into this youthful take on the trattoria, rendered coolly in cement and marble"
Age Cheap Eats 2007
Age Cheap Eats 2006
Age Good Food Guide 2006
Gourmet Traveller 2006 Australian Restaurant Guide * "Now that Ladro-mania has settled, and jamming into the 45-seater space is not the problem it used to be, we can see this little trattoria for what it truly is. Which is what it always was before hype got in the way: a youthful and hospitable inner-city eatery, where the principles of fine food are applied to seemingly uncomplicated, peasant-like cookery."
theage (melbournemagazine) Hot John Lethlean Sept 05 "One reason the street is on the foodie radar at all is the cute little Gertrude Street Enoteca, a fancy name for a wine bar. This is as good a place for a chat and a glass of Italian wine as you're likely to find. The other is, of course, Ladro - across the road - which erupted like Mount Etna itself some 18 months ago, spewing forth a clever style, wonderful product and charming personality that everybody wanted a slice of. Pizza was the new foodie currency at the time, and here was a proper chef with an Italian name and a wood oven in a cool little Fitzroy space producing the most sublime examples."
Age Good Food Guide 2005 score 15/20
Gourmet Traveller 2005 Restaurant Guide * "Rarely has simplicity been so joyously expressed as with this little Fitzroy phenomenon. The spare interiors, the unadorned furnishings, the T-shirted staffand the pure, straight-from-the-heart food of Rita Macali have all made this a most difficult-to-get-into restaurant."
Age Cheap Eats 2005
Age Cheap Eats 2004
Herald Sun CityStyle Best of Melbourne 04 Best roast "Yes, yes, the pizza here is the best in Melbourne, but that doesn't mean you should ignore Rita Macali's exquisite daily roasts."
Age A2 Jane Faulkner
Age Take 5 John Lethlean 22/8/04
Herald Sun, citystyle, 6/4/04,Stephen Downes,Score 16/20,'Just about everything was right except the way Ladro handled our booking.Bread was not served automatically in this heavily pizzarised place,but we were asked if we wanted it and fine chunky slices arrived.Many vegetarian choices are available.The wines available are sensibly priced.'
Age Agenda, 21/3/04, John Lethlean
Herald Sun, Weekend, 31/1/04, Bob Hart,'Melbourne's Greatest Dishes','She flavours it exquistely, cooks it ingeniously, and serves it simply...Life quite simply, doesn't get to taste better than this.'
Age, 28/12/03, John Lethlean
Herald Sun, Weekend, 13/12/03, Donna Coutts,'Best Cafes'
Herald Sun, citystyle, 16/12/03, Donna Coutts, score 17/20
Age, Epicure, 25/11/03, Matt Preston
Age, Epicure, 11/11/03, John Lethlean, score:17/20
Herald Sun, Weekend, 11/10/03, Bob Hart
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