Arriving at Fitzroy’s Mr Natural I half expected to catch a sighting of ‘Mr Natural’, whoever that is. Their website states that all ingredients are ‘non processed and hand chopped’ by the staff – which I was very keen to believe as the their promise seemed to translate to their pizza. One of the friendly staff members even has coeliac herself, which was comforting to know as she was able to fully understand my dietary requirements. They also have colour-coded utensils in their kitchen so as to know which to use for gluten free pizzas.
We ordered half Margherita and half Spinach pizza(half toppings only available on a large pizza – $17.40), all gluten free($2.50 extra) and I ordered regular cheese purely because I felt like cheese – I often go through periods where I will try my hardest to avoid dairy(I’m lactose intolerant), and then other times I don’t. I am looking forward to trying their vegan/lactose-free cheese next time. The base is thin, and the toppings overload, which I am always pleased with when it comes to pizza. The gluten free base wasn’t doughy and actually had a flavour of its own making it fit to eat the tiny crust too. Near the crust the base was slightly burnt, but let’s overlook that just this once. With so many fresh ingredients, I wondered why they used those silly sliced pitted olives? Maybe they sliced those themselves, who knows, but it did give the pizza that traditional, cheap pizza shop taste.
I found the spinach pizza much too oily, but I am quite a freak when it comes to oil (hate the stuff!), and oddly enough it was covered in cheese, which initially made it difficult to decipher which side of the pizza was which. I’ve read the description of the pizza again and it states there’s an egg… not sure if there was, or if an egg is included if the pizza is half-half, but maybe that’s what gave the pizza its extra flavour? Having the name of ‘Spinach’ pizza, I expected and would have preferred there be a lot more spinach. I especially adored the sesame seeds and herbs sprinkled on top.
Upon tasting the extra sauce we ordered on top of the Margherita, I found that it tasted home-made; the tomato had the mild flavour of fresh tomato before it’s been cooked the sh*t out of and had the fresh flavour cooked out of it (anyone know what I’m on about?), there were small chunks of tomato in the sauce as well as extra herbs sprinkled on top of the pizza. I’ll be waiting very un-patiently until the next pizza night.