Red Sparrow Pizza
This slice of pizza action is good for the wallet and the planet.
THIS YEAR’S CHEAP eats champ is brought to you by the letter V, as in, vegan. Red Sparrow Pizza is a meat-free zone, where wood-fired pizza comes with a clean conscience. That doesn’t mean they can’t be badass as hell. The sausage pizza is a champion of mock meats with smoky faux-snag getting busy with jalapeños, red onion and vegan cheese. There’s a good pepperoni, too, with an authentic San Marzano sugo and inauthentic soy-based pepperoni. Owner and chef Michael Craig also plays to the other side of the ledger, with charry-based pizzas not playing the imitation game. The supergreen pizza practically photosynthesises with its mix of zucchini, broccolini, microherbs and pepitas, saved from being too sanctimonious by a righteously garlicky spinach and kale pesto base. Melbourne’s first ever all-vegan pizzeria is a complete charmpot of a place, where the smiling staff evangelise the meat-free menu with the sincerity of Miss Universe explaining her plan for global peace. Red Sparrow has the recipe right, including vegan booze and a housemade Nutella (Notella, natch) holding up the dessert end. 406 Smith St, Collingwood 3066. 03 9417 1454. www.redsparrowpizza.com.