Small Print Pizza Bar, High Street Windsor

Melbourne, Restaurants / 31 January 2017

Small Print Pizza Bar draws on sustainable, local produce

Sitting a few doors away from Pizza on High, the difference between Small Print Pizza Bar and pizzerias nearby could not be starker. A large central share table made of recycled timber sits surrounded by miniature tables suitable for two to four people in a light-filled space. Alternatively, you can choose to sit in a single file overlooking High Street and people watch.
Where other eateries deliver pizzas with oil-and tomato-stained boxes, Small Print Pizza routinely ensures there’s a piece of paper wedged between their pizza and the box, guaranteeing the box remains worthy of the recycling bin. Where salami and pepperoni are a mainstay on many a pizza menu, ingredients such as artichoke tapenade, kangaroo meatballs and Salute black olives feature aplenty on Small Pizza’s.
The intolerance-addled are well-catered to with gluten-free bases, dairy-free mozzarella and vegan feta, while the socially conscious will be pleased to find that Small Pizza’s menu utilises every part of the raw ingredients used and organic waste goes to into compost instead of landfill.
Which is not to say that flavour is ever compromised in this tightly contained establishment. Spoilt with choice, I ended up ordering the roast eggplant, cherry tomato, gremolata gluten-free pizza with a chilli jam base. The absence of the stone-ground sourdough base that Small Print Pizza prides itself on was scarcely noticed because the gluten-free base was one of the better ones I’d sampled. The perfectly caramelised eggplant combined with the chilli jam base made it one of the sweeter pizzas on the menu.
small print pizza bar's eggplant pizza
The hot smoked paprika chicken thigh, red onion, lime, parsley and mozzarella pizza came on the same chilli jam base, although the sweetness was a touch overwhelming in this iteration, while the kangaroo meatball, tomato, mozzarella and oregano pizza was hearty and flavoursome.
Small Print Pizza meatball
A fresher version of the classic Hawaiian pizza came with ham off the bone, pineapple and mozzarella.
Small Print Hawaiian
Menu items can be changed according to intolerances, as a dining companion of mine swapped the tomato base in his zucchini pizza for an olive oil base. The result was a standout pizza, with the roast zucchini, mushy peas, goat’s cheese, and lime and flaked almonds shining against its minimalistic base.
small print pizza bar's zucchini pizza
The seasonal vegetable chips, which turned out to be eggplant chips in this case, that came with house-smoked yoghurt proved a fitting accompaniment to the pizzas.
small print pizza bar's eggplant chips
Nutella dessert pizzas come in a vegan version made with a house-made chocolate spread and all alcohol is available on tap, reducing the need to recycle glass bottles.
small print pizza bar's summer drink
With socially conscious pizzas at Small Print Pizza Bar tasting better than their less mindful counterparts, it feels like a no brainer to switch to the more environmentally friendly option.
Small Print Pizza Bar
388 High Street, Windsor
Sunday-Thursday 4pm-9.30pm
Friday-Saturday 4pm-10.30pm