Small Print Pizza Bar is changing the face of sustainable eating, one pizza at a time.
Nestled opposite Windsor’s Victoria Garden, the brand-new restaurant has set the standard high, aiming to become a zero waste venue where having a small eco-footprint is key. Everything you can see has been thoughtfully procured to minimise its impact on the environment.
The pizza bar is the brainchild of Adam Chapmen, Phil Gijsbers and Neil Mills. Phil’s is a name you should be familiar with; he owns plenty of venues around Melbourne including Saint James, Hard Pressed, Yorkshire Brewhouse and From On High (just a couple of spots away from Small Print). Adam was working as a barista at From On High when Phil offered him the chance to start up a pizza shop. Needless to say, he jumped at the chance. Adam had majored in sustainability at university so aiming for a zero waste was an important aspect for him. His enthusiasm has rubbed off of Phil, whose venues all have strict waste-reduction measures in place. Phil’s old business partner and craft beer fanatic, Neil, has also joined the mix.
There’s also a fourth cog in the Small Print wheel: Head Chef Sam Kleinschmidt. Sam has plenty of experience around Melbourne, with stints at Hawthorn Commons and most recently, at Mile End Bagels. Having worked closely with dough for a while now, the switch to pizzas was a natural move.
Sam and the kitchen team produce a range of delectable pizzas that cater for a whole range of dietary choices, including dairy-free and vegan. The pumpkin pizza is a standout with sage, caramelised onion, toasted pistachios and house-made vegan feta. There are plenty of non-vegan options too – the beef brisket is paired with green apple, radicchio, mozzarella, chives and house-smoked yoghurt. For those with a sweet tooth it’s hard to go past a Nutella pizza, topped with strawberries and ice cream.
Adam and Sam keep a tight watch on the kitchen team, ensuring that they use every little bit of the raw ingredients. What they can’t use is composted so that next to nothing ends up in landfill. The compost is then distributed around Melbourne, either to community gardens or to City Harvest, a business that helps disadvantaged youth create gardens for the community. With help from Small Print’s suppliers, Adam has been able to reduce waste further. City Fresh deliver all its fresh produce in wooden crates that can be reused or recycled once they’re too old.
Not only does Small Print minimise its waste in the kitchen, it is also a completely bottle-free venue. Neil’s expertise is seen here as he brings in a rotating array of beers, exclusively from bayside brewers. A tempranillo and pinot grigio are also available on tap; the perfect pairing for a few slices of pizza. If you don’t feel like a tipple there are also some non-alcoholic options as Small Print’s soft drinks are all made in-house. Adam creates his own syrups that he mixes with sparkling water for a refreshing and delicious alcohol-free option that will delight adults as well as kids.
With a strong commitment to the environment and delicious pizzas on offer, it’s upwards and onwards for Small Print Pizza Bar.