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Review: Sempre, Melbourne

Before going to Melbourne I decided to investigate good pizza places and Sempre had a 95% rating on Urbanspoon with claims like being best pizza ever (including pizzas in Italy). I decided that meant we had to give it a try. For some reason I didn’t consider that it would be Italian style pizza rather than American style pizza. Silly I know, but it was a bit of a surprise when there were no meat lovers style pizzas.

We made the trek down Bourke St to go to Sempre and were seated promptly when we walked in. We were offered water – sparkling, still or.. tap – I chose ‘still’ before hearing the option for tap and that meant paying $6.50 for a bottle of water. At least it was tasty bottle water, right?

The water came back to the table quickly and we ordered our food and so began the wait. The food took a very long time to come out and we were starving. We watched eagerly as food came out for tables that arrived and ordered after us – in fact some of them finished their meals before we even started.


Garlic and Rosemary Focaccia
Garlic and Rosemary Focaccia ($7.50)

Finally our bread came out and it was light and delicious. It was potentially one of the best breads I’ve ever had at an Italian restaurant. It could have been related to being so hungry before it arrived though.

Broccoli White (Bianca) Pizza - Mozzarella, Broccoli, Potato & Italian Sausage ($18.50)
Broccoli White (Bianca) Pizza – Mozzarella, Broccoli, Potato & Italian Sausage ($18.50)

I wasn’t sure which pizza to decide on so figured I’d go for one of the stranger options (to me) on the menu. a broccoli and potato pizza. I didn’t really know what to expect but it was pretty nice. It all worked well together although it was meant to include anchovies as well which I asked to have without. I’m not sure I’d have another broccoli pizza as it did have a strange texture but it was good to try something new.

Quattro Formaggi - Four cheese pizza with mild salami ($21.50)
Quattro Formaggi – Four cheese pizza with mild salami ($21.50)

Jarrod decided to choose something a bit safer and went with the Quattro Formaggi which included mild salami. It was definitely the highlight of the dinner and I sort of wish I’d chosen it as well. Creamy and cheesy but slightly salty from the salami. The bases were also soft and tasty as well.

While the pizza was tasty I’m not sure I’d say it was the best in Melbourne (granted, I haven’t eaten any other pizza in Melbourne so maybe I am mistaken) or the best that I’ve eaten. The mood was also decreased a bit because of the long wait until we received our food. Given how much option there is in Melbourne for food I probably wouldn’t make it a priority on my next visit.


Sempre Pizza and Calzone on Urbanspoon

4 thoughts to “Review: Sempre, Melbourne”

  1. I love Italian style pizzas. It’s so much lighter than American-style pizzas and way more delicious. The thin crust is what I also like. My favourite though has to be the Capricciosa and the Margherita pizzas. Yum. Just thinking about those is making me want some now.

  2. It does look delicious. It’s a shame about the wait time though. :( I guess that is a hard part, if somewhere becomes too popular, serving everyone quickly becomes a problem. At least you were seated right away.

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