373 Malvern Rd South Yarra, VIC 3141
The combination of pizza, gnocchi and past D.O.C experience made 48H in South Yarra an irresistible choice for Italian food over the weekend. Named for the duration of time traditionally required to leaven pizza dough, this little restaurant has made big waves in Melbourne since its opening late last year. Boasting a large menu full of authentic flavours and even fresh produce flown in from Italy, I was more than excited to try out some of their signature gnocchi dishes, all of which are made with gluten-free flour for lighter, more digestible gnocchi.
The buffalo mozzarella is flown in from Italy and is probably one of my favourite cheeses – in this antipasto selection it’s served both fresh and baked, giving it a lovely smoky flavour. The rest of the board is also delicious and perfect for sharing.
A fantastic board of paper-thin cured meats – my favourite was the spicy salami which had a great kick to it.
Super fresh and full of flavour, but I found the gnocchi itself was a little too soft and mushy for me – perhaps this is the result of using gluten-free flour but it did somewhat detract from the otherwise delicious dish.
Perfect for one or to share, this pizza was perfectly puffed with a super thin base that just holds the weight of the rich tomato sauce and creamy mozzarella.
Again, the sauce was packed full of flavour but the gnocchi itself was not quite what I expected texturally.
Although initially a little apprehensive about the mint pesto, it turned out to be really tasty and added a beautiful green vibrancy to the dish.
I was very disappointed by the porchetta on this pizza – I was expecting big pieces of juicy roasted pork with crackling similar to what I’d eaten in Italy, not shaved slices of pork that’d been dried out by the oven.
Our table had very high expectations for such a tasty-sounding dish, but were unfortunately underwhelmed by its flavour and the meagre scattering of seafood.
Far superior to its scallop counterpart, this dish was more generous both in seafood and flavour. The fresh tomatoes added the perfect balance of sweet and tartness.
Served to us in a traditional slice, the sponge was soaked with strong hit of coffee, tempered down perfectly by the creamy mascarpone. Not too sweet and a lovely dessert to finish on.
Overall, the food at 48h had its ups and downs. Personally, I found the gnocchi to be a bit too soft for my liking as well as being on the pricier side for their serving size. However, the pizzas are a fantastic option with thin, crispy bases and simple yet delicious toppings (just avoid the porchetta!). The high-energy service is definitely to be commended and I love the attention that the staff gives to everyone’s dining experience.