He has installed a special wood fired oven and has an expert head Pizzaiolo, Giovanni Cristiano who comes from a family of several generations of Neapolitan pizziolas. Pictured below, next to him, is Silvana Iacobaccio, Mauro's business partner for Pizza e Birra.
Reasonable space for about 35 in an open room. The food offerings range through Pizze Antipasti, Salads and Sweets.
I enjoyed House cured salmon with ruby grapefruit and campari and vodka dressing
which was well balanced and blended well. The Gamberoni - grilled prawns with tomato and saffron salsa
was also tasty but rather a small serve for $17. I may have misjudged Mauro here as I was his guest to taste the food at the launch and the regular serve is probably larger.
Pizza's are thin crust, crisp and lightly spiced and the salads also show a light hand in their preparation.
Who can resist marinated strawberries , Gran Marnier and orange in this case, with mascarpone The wine list is not large but quite wide ranging and everything is available by the glass at very reasonable prices. Bottle prices largely $30 to $45
Apart from a variety of international beers they serve a local beer specially bottled by a boutique Gippsland brewery, 'Birra' a light ale with a slightly sweet background.
Pizza e Birra has an extremely popular sister cafe/restaurant in Sydney which is always crowded and is well placed to do well here too