An Italian cafe and pizzeria with Peroni on tap. That simple mandate is all it takes for us to flock to Fitzroy and the seek out Mauritz Cafe on Johnston Street. All the classics are covered – margherita, marinara, Napoletana – but Mauritz has some real specials under his big white chef’s hat. The dessert pizzas available here are legendary in Melbourne, with the Mauritz Special combining Nutella, banana and strawberries, dusted with icing sugar and served with ice cream, while the more restrained Mandoria is all about almonds and strawberries. There’s a fresh pasta dish made each day and mouthwatering arancini for the lunch crowds that want something other than premium pizza, and a European breakfast menu for Fitzroy’s
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