$4 Pizza sounds pretty good to me and should sound pretty good for you too. Thin based pizza’s with what I call more gourmet ingredients than the normal take away pizza joint. Nothing too fancy but my style of pizza. If it’s got mascarpone in it, then I like it.
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“Tomato, cheese, mushroom, grilled chicken tenders & fresh avocado” 15.9
My good friends at FOOD-Pampering-Yourself gave me and several other bloggers an opportunity to be apart of their very first food trail which landed us a special feast at Universal Italian Restaurant. I was also delighted to meet Alfie the proud owner of Universal Italian Restaurant, given a tour of the upstairs function area, was able to meet several other awesome food bloggers and to top it off had a full and very satisfied stomach.
Right in the heart of Lygon St, Universal Italian Restaurant is a personal favourite on mine and the good news is, they’re expanding. They’ve acquired the space next door and will be opening up the place to integrate as one. They’ve also converted upstairs to a very nice function & bar area, including an open balcony for some fresh air and drinks.
We were presented with a massive line-up of food, from the starters, entrée, main, pizza, pasta and home made dessert menu. I felt spoilt and was absolutely content. The food looked amazing and now looking back at the menu and prices, they were all under $20 so I have to say that’s good value for some great food. But let the photos do the talking.
“Homemade pesto, fresh tomatoes & feta cooked on a pizza base” 8.5
“Cheese & garlic pizza” 7.5
“Baked oysters with bacon & Worcestershire sauce”
“Marinated & grilled BBQ chicken wings” 8.5
I Am Angus
“Tomato, cheese, Grilled beef strips, roasted red capsicum,onion, jalapeños & a drizzle of garlic mayo” 14.9
“Certified Australian Angus, 150 day grain fed – 270g” 18.9
Slow Roasted Pork Ribs
“Slow roasted tender marinated pork ribsserved with roasted butternut pumpkin & corn on the cob” 19.9
“Tuscan marinated chicken breast fillet grilled &served with wild mushroom risotto” 15.5
“Creamy risotto with pan seared tiger prawns, mussels, spinach & roasted capsicum, with a touch of spicy olio & napolitana sauce” 18.5
“Grilled fresh Atlantic salmon filletserved with vegetable ratatouille & roasted garlic aoli” 19.9
Gelato Tasting Plate for Two
“A variety of Italian gelato & premium ice cream” 7.5
“Coffee & liqueur soaked savoiardi biscuits, smothered inmascarpone cream & chocolate shavings” 8.5
“Vanilla bean & honey flavored panna cotta,with wild berry soup, caramel toffee shard & Persian fairy floss” 8.5
“New York cheesecake mixed with fresh blueberries on a biscuit crust” 8.5
Chocolate Mud Pudding
“A dense & moist mud pudding served with chocolate fudge,corinthian wafer & macadamia nut ice cream” 8.5
What a satisfying array of food from the Universal menu. I can’t wait to go back when they’ve fully renovated the restaurant and possibly put a few new items on the menu.
Checkout their website http:/www.universalrestaurant.com.au for more information on their function facilities and options and also checkout their online menu which makes my life easier :)
Contemplating a visit to Lygon St or just happen to drop by? Why not give Universal Italian Restaurant a go. I recommend trying the Buffalo Wings, Porter House Steak, I am Angus pizza, the Tuscan Chicken with Mushroom Risotto and my favourite dessert was the Chocolate Mud Pudding…drooool!!!
Location: 139-141 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053, (03) 9347-4393
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