While pizza aficionados may not be familiar with Circa 900 yet, chances are, they soon will be.
Circa 900 recently opened its doors in Kew and is named after the 900AD time period when Pizza was first created in Naples.
The restaurant boasts traditional Neapolitan style pizzas that are baked in an 800-degree wood-burning oven for around one minute.
This truly authentic approach has led to Circa 900 being formally certified by The Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (APN) association. The APN is a non-profit organization founded in Naples, Italy in 1984, with the mission to promote and protect the Neapolitan pizza craft in Italy and worldwide.
Highly lauded throughout the pizza community, this certification requires pizzerias to adhere a number of quality standards, including using Italian ‘00’ flour, extra virgin olive oil and fresh mozzarella, along with strict regulations regarding preparation and cooking.
Circa 900 is owned by Marco Capparella and his partner Anna Siniscalchi and, apart from delicious pizzas, also serves a range of Neapolitan cuisine.
Being from Naples themselves, Marco is a 3rd generation pizza maker and Anna has many years’ experience in the kitchen, proudly bringing recipes from her nonna’s kitchen to patrons of the restaurant.
The ricotta fritters were a lovely start to our meal. The light and crispy breadcrumb coating contrasted beautifully with the subtle light, creamy interior.
Tagliolini ai porcini homemade with white wine, parsley & truffle oil
Tried and true rustic Italian cooking, the home made Tagliolini was silky and al dente and served with generous amounts of delicious porcini mushrooms. The mushrooms were bursting with flavour and complemented by a sprinkling of truffle oil.
Bufala pizza - san marzano tomatoes, fior di latte, uncooked prosciutto di Parma, uncooked buffalo mozzarella & truffle oil
Quite simply, the Bufala pizza was sensational. Sat atop a thin layer of tomato sugo were generous dollops of delicious buffalo mozzarella, lashings of prosciutto and a sprinkling of rocket leaves. These ingredients did justice to the fantastic pizza base which was thin, light and flavoursome.
Nutella Ricotta Calzoncino
Our evening concluded on a sweet note with a Nutella and ricotta calzone. The sticky Nutella and ricotta combined in the oven to form a decadent concoction. Simple but also simply beautiful, this dessert calzone was a great end to the meal.
The Circa 900 team have quickly established themselves as maestros of the Melbourne pizza scene. Customers of Circa 900 are rewarded with high quality, traditionally crafted Neapolitan wood fired pizzas packed with garden fresh ingredients. If you are in search of some of Melbourne's best pizzas, this eatery should be at the top of your list.