A warm Autumn evening, a couple of good reds and empty bellies and we were off to Russell's Pizza. We got to what had to number 13 and hesitated, as it seemed we were about to intrude on a Friday night booze up in someone's backyard. Then we saw a waiter delivering pizza to the tables, so we bravely went in. The decor was enhanced by church pews, laminex tables, and 1930's kitchen chairs. The building was variously described as a tin shed, a farm shed, a series of lean too's - but my favourite was "a corrugated iron gazebo". 3 pizza ovens (flat out), a large circular open fire and lots of happy, laughing people.
My colleagues ordered the pizza and we hopped into the red. We were stunned by the supreme quality of the food. Lamb, cucumber, seafood, anchovy's, bell peppers - all served on thin, crisp bases. The staff were very overworked but always friendly and helpful. We are all reasonably well travelled, and are still struggling to find a better pizza memory than Russell's. Although we did BYO, next time we wouldn't bother as the house red is more than acceptable.
Note: We were told that Russell Jeavons had sold to 2 of his staff - they are doing a fantastic job.
Now back in Melbourne, I am salivating as I write this, anticipating my next visit.
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