Shop 225 is a gluten-free foodie galore

What is the Shop 225 story? When did the restaurant open and what is the inspiration behind it?

Co-owner Lorenzo Tron learnt how difficult it was to find gluten free options when eating out, after his partner was advised to follow a gluten free diet for health reasons. This inspired Tron to create an Italian menu that could be enjoyed by all, without having to sacrifice on taste. He and friend Roberto Davoli bought the shop in late 2016, and have been making delicious allergen friendly pizzas ever since. 

You have a particularly unique point of difference being the only gluten free certified pizza shop in Australia. What advantage does this give you?

It means people can feel safe when coming to enjoy the food at Shop 225, without having to worry about cross-contamination. The whole wheat pizzas and gluten free pizzas are made in different areas of the kitchen, and different cutting tools and pizza paddles are used for each. It’s great to see people with intolerances being able to enjoy the pizzas. 

You also specialise in your house made vegan food. Tell us more about the vegan options you offer.

Pretty much everything on the menu can be veganised; pizza, pasta, lasagna and even the Nutella pizza. There are a few different vegan cheeses, including stracciatella and mozzarella. 

What are some of the most popular meals on the Shop 225 menu?

The Zio Pino pizza, the lasagna, the Dottore pizza and the home made ravioli are all favourites. 

Any menu changes or enhancements Shop 225 guests should keep an eye out for in the future?

The menu has actually just had a change up, so come in and try the new offerings. 

Check out Shop 225 for yourself at 225 Melville Road, Pascoe Vale South. Open from 5pm to 9.30pm Monday to Thursday, and 11.30am to 9.30pm Friday to Sunday.