Melt is a new pizza restaurant which aims to bring the traditional Napoli pizza to Chapel St, but with a modern twist.
The restaurant has a bright and modern feeling with white tiles and terracotta roof tiles on the wall, and the large stone pizza oven in the corner cranked up to 400 degrees. In addition to the indoor seating, there is alfresco seating out the front and back of the restaurant, and a private room.
There is no shortage of hipster staff who were all very friendly, although shouldn’t the beardy ones be wearing beardnets? The ordering process allows you to either pick a pizza from the menu or create your own from the large array of ingredients. Either way, all the pizzas are 11 inches (although I’m not sure if that’s measured by a girl or a guy). The dough goes from ball to cooked pizza remarkably quickly especially given it takes just 2 minute to cook in the oven.
The pizza had a crispy thin base and stacked with enough rocket to disguise the fact that there were supposed to be prawns on there somewhere. It was very tasty and had a good chilli kick. My sole complaint is that leaving tails on the prawns makes the pizza very messy to eat so I’d rather they were removed prior to cooking.
The restaurant is licenced and has a small but reasonable collection of wines and beers and ciders. They also sell salads, panuozzos (woodfired sandwiches), doughballs, meatballs and gelato. I think Melt is on to a good thing, and it was certainly busy enough to suggest it’ll be very successful.