Recently I was lucky enough to get taken to Box Pizza Company: the latest addition to the Fremantle dining scene. Serving up quality traditional Italian style wood fired pizzas for a very reasonable price and in a typically laid back Freo style, Box Pizza was both a very pleasant night out and a possible contender for best pizza in town.
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For me truly good pizza is all in the details. There are relatively few, simple ingredients involved after all, so to make it really come alive you have to get them all just right and working in perfect harmony. In this regard Box Pizza pretty much hits the nail on the head. The dough is thin, crispy, maintains its structural integrity (which is important as nobody likes a floppy slice in their hand now do they?) and is topped with a sparing amount of well chosen, high quality ingredients. Basically it’s what pizza should be.
We had the Pera (tomato, mozzarella, rocket, gorgonzola, pear – $17), the Salsiccia (garlic oil, mozzarella, taleggio, pork & fennel sausage, mushrooms, truffle oil, parsley – $18), the pizza of the day (eggplant, mascarpone & gremolata – $15) and the meat of the day (slow cooked lamb ribs with hummus – $19). Food wise everything was great and I particularly enjoyed the fragrant lemony gremolata on the pizza of the day. In keeping with the no frills vibe of the place the drinks list is also minimalistic with just two beers, one red wine, one white and one sparkling (plus some soft drinks) to choose from. It’s all decent stuff that does the job nicely though, and this just means that you don’t have to faff around over the drinks menu and can get onto the real business of choosing and devouring your food, which is what going out for pizza is all about, right?
Any new pizza place I try has the unfortunate ordeal of being compared to Neighbourhood Pizza in Mt Hawthorn (my pick as top pizza dog in town and the best I’ve had outside the Old Country itself) and I’m happy to report that Box Pizza has passed the test with flying colours! Now while I don’t think they can claim the title of best pizza in town just yet (Neighbourhood’s is ever so slightly, barely, fractionally better for me) they more than make up for it with several interesting offerings that their northern based competition doesn’t have. Using the wood fired oven to slow roast meat scores them serious bonus points and they lamb ribs with cheesy pizza bread were a thing of great, meaty beauty. They also outdo them in the sweets field as well with dolce pizza and tiramisu on offer to satisfy any sweet tooths out there. Speaking of dessert, if you pay them a visit you have to try the La Paleta salted caramel icy pole served with a slosh of Baileys to dip in. It was, simply put, a masterstroke of quirky dessert-based genius!