One of the places I had long wanted to try has been Julius Pizzeria, but with parking being an issue, and apparently quite a long wait for a table (as my friends had previously told me), it only slid further and further down the list. With their rule of no bookings after 5.45pm, we made a reservation to go at 5.45pm on a date that we were sure to finish work on time.
Upon arriving on time, we were given one of the last free tables. The restaurant was bustling and staff were really busy.
I was lucky enough to be given a seat where I could appreciate the chefs making the yummy pizza.
The menu was provided to us, and it consisted of two sides of A3 paper, covering pizza, pasta, mains, sides and desserts. Our order was taken not long after by a rather grumpy and snappy waitress. My companion was a bit concerned with this as he is always conscious to not offend staff (and other people who may handle his food), but he later noted that this appeared to be the same across tables. Perhaps staff were particularly busy that day.
Between the two of us, we had two pizzas to share. This was the Prosciutto Pizza, which had a tomato base, mozzarella and oregano. Having had pretty good pizzas at Sugo Mi and Alfredos, I was expecting similar fare, but what we got was on a different level completely. The prosciutto was sliced perfectly thin, generously layered on top, with a slight dressing of olive oil that complemented the mozzarella and oregano. The base was also one of the most delicious that I have ever had, being fresh and soft in the middle, whilst crusty but not too hard on the edges.
We were surprised to be even more impressed by the Tartufo, which contained Mozzarella, Smoked Bacon, Portobello Mushrooms, Stracchino and Truffle Sauce. The flavours of the stracchino and truffle was a match made in heaven, and the mozzarella added a stringy delicious texture to the pizza, whilst the bacon added depth and meatiness to the dish.
As a side, we had the hand cut potato chips, which were served piping hot, and were possibly the thinnest hand cut chips I've ever had. They came lightly salted, and we were able to appreciate the texture of fresh chips without any other distractions. The price was a bit steep though.
Whilst the food was spectacular, I couldn't help but feel disappointed on how much better the whole experience would have been if staff had been friendlier even in the busy environment.
Price Range: $24 - $30 per person