Lazerpig Pizza Parlour
9-11 Peel St, Collingwood VIC
03 9417 1177
If you had to describe Lazerpig in one word it would have to be fun. Lazerpig isn’t a restaurant; it’s one big pizza party.
Co-owners, Maurice Manno, Dan Zeidan and Steve Simic, weren’t content with just creating amazing pizzas, they wanted to create a complete experience for their customers.
They are no newcomers to hospitality – Melbourne’s northern suburbs love them. Together they own The Grace Darling Hotel, also in Collingwood, Mavis the Grocer in Abbottsford and a country restaurant and cafe in St Andrews Victoria, A Boy Named Sue Pizza. The group took over The Grace in 2009, just on the cusp of Smith Street’s resurgence and have loved watching the area evolve since then.
Like the Grace, Lazerpig is set in a beautiful heritage building. Maurice had always admired the venue’s architecture. One day he walked past and saw a note on the window saying the building was available. After a few phone calls, the building was his.
Once Maurice and Dan had the perfect venue, they needed to decide on what direction they were going to take. Having spent time in the area, the pair noticed that what Collingwood lacked was high quality, wood-fired pizza.
When you think of pizza the first country that comes to mind is Italy. The second is America. Lazerpig embodies both.
While Lazerpig is no one-trick pony it’s hard to go past a pizza when ordering. The dough is created using their unique sourdough culture and proved for a minimum of 72 hours. Once topped with fresh ingredients the pizzas are cooked in the hand-built wood-fired oven that easily reaches 400 degrees. For those who steer clear of gluten, this is the place for you, with some of the best gluten-free bases in town,
The names of each creation are almost as good as the taste. The Warwick Capriccosa is a fun take on a classic – instead of ham this legend is topped with pork belly and the obligatory mushrooms and olives. The Prawn Fraser is another favourite with South Australian prawns, buffalo mozzarella, lemon, chilli, rocket and pesto.
If you’re not in the mood for pizza, crispy arancini stuffed with cauliflower are a popular choice, and the crispy pork belly with hoisin, honey, ginger and pickled kohlrabi is hard to resist. When it comes to American delights the cheeseburger is a standout, and you can choose between one or two patties.
A well stocked bar features the best of Australia’s beer and wine scene. The cocktail list offers a range including espresso martinis and the signature Lazer Beam cocktail with vodka, Club Mate and lime.
While Maurice and Dan are dedicated to authentic Italian pizza bases, the interior is anything but traditional. The pair didn’t employ designers or architects but instead created the eclectic interior themselves.
A giant disco ball shines coloured lights across classical style artworks and a taxidermy deer head. On Friday and Saturday nights DJs join the pizza party with electronic music and subtle references to bygone eras.