Mister Margherita – The Overview…
Food: Salsiccia pizza, Penne Pollo.
We headed back to Mister Margherita on a balmy spring evening to see what had changed. The first thing we noticed is the upgraded outside area. It looked larger now, with branded umbrellas to protect from the elements and glass barriers to separate the seating from the road. It made it a little more upmarket and I could imagine people staying longer in this area to dine now, instead of using it as more of a quick bite as before. This is vital for them as the unit inside is fairly small, so they have almost doubled their seating with this space. We arrived early but it was already busy inside and we nabbed one of the few remaining tables. We decided to try the salsiccia pizza and the penne pollo.
The pizza had a perfect, light thin base. In sagged a little under the weight of all the toppings but tasted delicious. The sausage had a rich, meaty flavour, slightly spiced but not enough to make it a “spicy dish”. The sweet shallots and cherry tomatoes balanced it out nicely! It was creative enough to be a little out of the ordinary, but still simple enough to eat regularly. I felt the base had improved from last time we visited, and had a much lighter consistency which I was pleased about. The pizzas are still a hearty 11-inches so are more than filling enough.
The pasta dish, Penne Pollo, had a mild flavour – slightly herby, slightly creamy but with no one flavour dominating or overwhelming. The chicken breast was soft and well cooked. It was a fairly simply put together dish, but it was pleasantly tasty, and again another one of those dishes you’d be happy to enjoy over and over. I like that Mister Margherita have stuck with the pasta options on the menu, as it does give a few more options to their regulars.
We also got to sample a personally favourite dish of Sam’s – which I won’t say too much more about but if you’re visiting definitely ask him if there’s any specials on the menu that day (you never know, you might be lucky enough to try it too – or at least sample one of his other creations). We thought the food has really improved in consistency since our last visit, and while they’re still a little short staffed at the moment we were amazed at what a great job they were doing!
Address: 1/52 Park Street, South Melbourne
Parking: We easily found a spot just around the corner, and parking in this area is definitely easier in the evenings.
Getting here on PT: The 58 tram stops practically outside the door (alight at Wells St)
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Mister Margherita, South Melbourne. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.