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Sometimes I’m surprised when I realise that I haven’t blogged about one of my favourite places (the Gem and the Fox are other good examples). Casa Farro definitely falls into this category.

Casa Farro gets a lot of love from me as it is sweet and quirky, they make awesome pizzas and… I can eat them! So I can’t eat wheat, but I can tolerate spelt, which is an ancient form of wheat. Casa Farro makes all its pizzas and pasta from spelt flour, so I am able to enjoy everything on the menu. As an added bonus, the food is so good there that I don’t feel awkward suggesting Farro for a pizza night with people who can eat the real deal. It’s that good.

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I should quickly clarify that while spelt is another of those wonder grains (low GI, high in protein) it does contain gluten, so Casa Farro is not suitable for your gluten free friends. I should also note that some wheat free people also have difficulty digesting spelt, so double check before you send them here. [Edit: I since checked and Farro does GF pizza too, just ask for it to be GF rather than spelt]

Casa Farro has an extensive menu with appetisers to share, pastas and risotto and a range of salads, but I always have to get a woodfired pizza. It’s all about the thin, crispy, delicious pizza base.

I visited again recently with my parents and my niece and nephew L & H. The restaurant is open from noon on Sunday, so we were able to pop by for a supremely early dinner with the kids (think 5.30pm). The staff were very accommodating with the kids – offering to make a half ham, half ham and pineapple and putting the order for the kids in first while we took our time looking at the menu.

We started with the polenta and pecorino chips ($11.5):

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This is always a good place to start – hot, light and cheesy chips with tasty romanesco sauce and aioli.

We decided to share two pizzas between the three adults –  the salsicce (napoli, bocconcini, spicy pork sausages, roast peppers, spring onion, shaved parmesan) ($17.5) and a special, hot salami with tomato, asparagus and rocket:

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I often order the salsicce, as I love the little nuggets of sausage, but this time it was trumped by the special. The fresh asparagus and flecks of pesto were pure joy.

So I think I’ve raved enough – go visit Casa Farro, and even better, take your spelt-loving wheat free friend!

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Details

Casa Farro
161 Nicholson St, Carlton
Ph: (03) 9347 2112
Open Tues- Sat, from 5.30pm and Sunday from noon.

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7 Responses to “Casa Farro: spelt pizza makes me happy”

  1. Fitzroyalty says:

    I remember being not so impressed with Casa Farro a couple of years ago, so it may be time to revisit and reevaluate!

  2. Emily says:

    Fitzroyalty: will be interested to hear what you think. I don’t think Farro is necessarily the best pizza if you are able to eat regular pizza. But it is the best spelt pizza I’ve come across and they have lovely crisp woodfired bases.

    Ellie: yep, I love Casa Farro!

  3. Ashley Ng says:

    Ooh, I was totally looking for a gluten free (or well gluten intolerant supportive) pizza place in Carlton sometime ago, will have to check it out! :) The salsicce looks delicious!

    • Emily says:

      Salsicce was delicious. I also checked and Farro does do GF pizza too (I have amended the post), so that will be perfect for your GF friends, and the spelt is lovely for all!

  4. Andrea says:

    Hi Emily.

    I love Casa Farro. I live in Edinburgh at the moment, so I really miss it – there’s nothing like it over here. Anyway, it’s one of my absolute favourite restaurants in Melbourne. I find it a really warm, friendly place and the food’s rustic and great quality.

    My mouth’s watering after seeing those polenta chips too…

    P.S. Have you tried Pizza Farro in Thornbury? Its menu’s more limited to pizza and pasta than Casa Farro but the spelt pizzas are just as good.

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