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Mascalzone Pizzeria Osteria Artigiana

Williamstown · Italian · $$$$

About Mascalzone Pizzeria Osteria Artigiana

Mascalzone is like a reorientation, a reintroduction to somebody we see every day but whose name we have long forgotten. That somebody is Italian food. Here it is done the good old way, a way often buried in Melbourne beneath a hundred years of industrial development and cheap shortcuts. If you want to reignite your love for Italian food, Williamstown is currently the place to try – just get to Nelson Place quick, because the waft from Mascalzone’s pizza oven is already reaching intrigued noses across the bay.

Address

Mascalzone Pizzeria Osteria Artigiana
217-219 Nelson Place, Williamstown
Melbourne 3016

Opening Times

Open now - Closes at 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Chef's Choice

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Appetizers

Focaccia Semplice

Pizza bread with E.V.O and sea salt
A$7.00

Polpettine Al Coccio

Panfried beef & pork meatball in a light tomato and basil sauce served with crostini
A$14.00

Calamari Fritti

Fried calamari flavoured with garlic basil & sun dried tomato served with homemade mayo
A$16.50
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Pizza

Margherita

S.Marzano tomato, fior di latte, fresh basil, E.V.O
A$16.00

Frutti Di Mare

S.Marzano tomato, fior di latte, daily mix fresh seafood, chili and parsley
A$24.00

Pasta

Pappardelle Al Ragu Di Agnello

Homemade pappardelle with braised lamb shoulder ragu and roasted asparagus
A$22.00

Spaghetti Alio Scoglio

With calamari, octopus, mussels, king prawns tossed in a prawns bisque sauce
A$26.50
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Desserts

Calzone Nutella

Served with vanilla bean ice cream
A$9.50

Pannacotta

With vanilla bean and passion fruit
A$10.00

Tiramisu

Homemade tiramisu with amaretto di Sarrono
A$10.00

Further Information

Somehow, even after a century and a bit of Italians sprouting offspring sprouting restaurants in Melbourne, the occasional pizzeria manages to appear and seem entirely new, refreshing and exciting. Mascalzone in Williamstown is one of those. It’s really nothing new – quality, honest pizza, pasta and antipasti, made from good, carefully sourced ingredients – but it feels strongly like the exception to the rule for pizzeria in Melbourne. Its space on Nelson Place is suave but rustic, lots of exposed wood, dimmed lighting and some funky hanging gardens, the kind of place you’d happily meet a mate or even a special someone for a drink.

The food, though, is really what makes Mascalzone cool. Gigantic curing hams hang in sight as you enter their Williamstown digs, and the smell of slightly charred dough tells you you’re in the right place. From the antipasti menu try 20-month-aged prosciutto di Parma with buffalo mozzarella, then meander through a menu of traditional Italian salads and pastas showcasing stellar fresh ingredients (seafood stars throughout, unsurprising given Hobsons Bay is a stone’s throw away from this pizzeria on Nelson Place), cracking pizzas celebrating simplicity, and an irresistible spread of desserts, including tiramisu and panna cotta that would remind old nonnas what these treats tasted like before restaurant chains got hold of them.

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