Neighbourhood Pizza brings hip-hop and good vibes to Kenmore
When it comes to worldwide appeal, there isn’t a food in the entire world that can hold a candle to pizza. Thin and crispy or thick with a heaping of toppings, pizza can be dressed up or dressed down and people will still love it. Making the right slice is a fine process, but one that Jordan Lomas and the team at Neighbourhood Pizza in Kenmore have turned into an art form. If perfectly cooked pizzas paired with boutique wines and beer, served in a chic setting with hip hop and jazz music providing ambience are your bag, then let us welcome you to the neighbourhood.
When it came time to start thinking about opening his first restaurant, Jordan Lomas (formerly of Two Trees) narrowed his thought process to three key loves – pizza, beer and arresting interiors. With Neighbourhood Pizza — Kenmore’s newest fashionable pizza joint – Jordan has been able to unite the three under one roof. Seeking to make a casually fun place for locals to hang out, Jordan drew upon his experiences travelling Japan, where he tried some of the most amazing pizza in the world. After selecting a space that suited his needs (conveniently located next to The Single Guys), Jordan set about putting his ideas to work and transforming the corner location into his dream eatery – a welcome pizza place that served slices with a slight fine-dining spin. Pizza-loving patrons are drawn to Neighbourhood Pizza thanks to its luminous neon signage, which will direct diners through the front door into the stylishly appointed restaurant. Local architect Kirsty Hetherington has ensured that Neighbourhood matches Jordan’s vision of a homely space – taking cues from classic New York pizza parlours and Japanese interiors to fashion a minimalist-but-warm space with walnut, black brushed steel touches and black stone benches.
No matter how good looking the space is, any pizza place will be cursed to failure if it can’t make a nice slice. Thankfully, there’s nothing to worry about here. Jordan and his kitchen staff have kept things simple – focusing on plating pizzas that boast fresh, seasonal produce that have been cooked home-style. Each individual component of the pizza has been considered with care, and while some ingredients may seem a little outside of tradition to pizza purists, the taste is assuredly top notch. Upon opening, Neighbourhood Pizza has opted to start with a dinner service offering five classic pizzas and a few starters. Pan-fried garlic bread covered in pecorino is a great meal starter, while the pizza choices extend to some familiar classics. The eggplant parmigiana pizza is topped with mozzarella, confit garlic and basil, while the Hawaiian pizza boasts char-grilled pineapple, capocollo ham and chilli for an extra kick. Jordan has gone to great lengths to source some exemplary boutique Australian wines such as Tommy Ruff, Mac Forbes and Ministry of Clouds, while also enlisting Lee from White Lies Brewing to concoct Neighbourhood’s own beer. The beverage is fashioned to be similar to American pale ale, with a low bitterness level and clean taste to match any pizza choice.
At this stage, Neighbourhood Pizza needs no further help solidifying its coolness status – but the fun doesn’t stop there. Jordan will be bringing in vinyl from his own collection to play, including a stellar range of hip-hop, jazz, soul and funk records. The coming months will see a lunch service added alongside an extended menu and happy hour deals. Neighbourhood Pizza is now open for dinner – seek it out in the Stumble Guide for all the information you need.
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