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Where:631-633 Church Street, Richmond, 3121

Contact: 03 9421 4599


Open: Breakfast Mon-Fri 7am-11.30am; Sat-Sun 8am-11.30am

Payment: EFTPOS, Visa, Mastercard

Diet: Soy, Gluten free

Seating: Inside and outside

Kids:Get a baby sitter

Pets: Welcome

What does a baby, pizza and breakfast have in common?

words by Erica Keppel 31 August 2013
photos by Albert Comper

The smell of freshly baked bread, molten cheese and smoky meats is one of the most seductive sensations known to man. Its unmistakable waft, like it or not, leads to hunger pangs, irritability and in the odd confronting moment, a sneaky drool. That’s right people, whether we’re lactose, gluten or meat intolerant; a sniff of oven-roasted buffalo mozzarella – and we’re all just apes. There is simply no denying it.

Richmond’s newest hotspot Baby, operates in the sensory ecstasy industry: namely that of serving up damn good pizza, day and night, seven days a week. Including breakfast. Playing a clever hand, Baby also exists as a kind of modern Italian paradox, offering surprisingly figure conscious breakfast options for morning folk, whilst clinging to the authentic characteristics found in good Italian food: quality, well sourced ingredients, classic methodology and classy favourites.

Where your slender thighs have cried out for restraint – Baby delivers. An eggwhite omelette, house-made gluten free toast with Italian jams or a serve of toasted muesli should be sensible enough to impress even the tautest among you. But for those diners not above adding a little more junk to that trunk? Fear not, at Baby it’s perfectly acceptable to devour a serve of “Mela Cannella” – authentic apple and cinnamon pancakes served with tiramisu crème. No holds barred. It’s as if Baby read your mind each time you’ve made breakfast eyes at that sweet little layered desert. More happy surprises appear in the form of a crowd-pleasing re-mix of smashed avo, dill on toast and a delightful serve of bruschetta, buffalo ricotta, and broad beans lies waiting, eager to please. And chaff for the stallions? Heaven is a selection of breakfast pizzas and calzone, made using the best Italian flour and cooked by expert hands. Pizza is a fabulous cure for the morning after – a fact that hasn’t been lost on Richmond residents.

Bright, polished and contemporary in décor, Baby occupies the ex-Pearl space beautifully, and is well located on the 79 & 78 tram stops. Mums and Dads, don’t be put off by the sexy pink neon sign or the saucy red lips at the door, Baby’s seductive branding is all talk (an exception must be made for the sultry Italian language recitals played on loop in the bathrooms) and know their business when it comes to adults-only dining, welcoming kids and the in betweeners day and night.

Baby quite simply brings (guilt-free) sexy back to the Italian pizzeria, and what better time for sexy, than breakfast?

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