Woody P has now closed permanently.
Woody P sets himself up as a mysterious character but there's no mystery about who's enjoying this stylish new Italian. This spacious Flinders Lane restaurant attracts the type of crowd who isn’t afraid to order some bottles of champs with their weekday lunch. Nice work ladies. Teams from boutique looking offices are also fans, coming in by the half dozen to enjoy the wood fired pizzas. The $20 lunch deal of pizza with a glass of wine or an Aperol spritz is on point. Woody accepts lunch bookings which is particularly helpful for time poor work gatherings when you need some certainty that you can get a table pronto. If you are primed for a longer lunch with the crew the $55 feast for four or more would be ideal.
Woody’s classy yet unfussy style is also attracting multiple female corporate duos catching up surreptitiously over a wine, for some deep and meaningful conversation and a serve of delicate tortellini with truffle. If you prefer something more grande than pizza and pasta you have options of t-bone, rump, confit pork, roast chicken or grilled fish. I chose the tortellini, which I enjoyed, I did wish there was one or two more tortellini present but I'm greedy like that. The attentive wait staff did helpfully suggest that my date and I order a side salad to go with our pasta dishes but we declined. We probably should have taken the learned advice and adopted Woodys motto "when in Rome". My date thoroughly enjoyed her ricotta gnocchi and was definitely the winner in the portion stakes. A thing called work meant that we had no time for dessert but if I had the opportunity I would have selected the poached rhubarb white chocolate meringue with cream cheese mousse and pistachios.
The ambience is relaxing with the quality speaker system streaming out subtle beats, most of which I happen to have in my CD collection, so I felt quite at home. The white exposed ceilings reveal the internal piping, floors are blonde wood with polished wooden tables and leather banquets surrounded by white wooden planter boxes with real live juicy green creepers. The lead light glass windows of acqua, pale blue and olive green set in the exposed red brick walls are a nice touch. My tip would be to request a table where you have a view of the massive marble bar and open kitchen with wood fire oven.
So when you next stroll down Flinders Lane or can’t bare to wait for a table at popular neighbor Chin Chin, pop in and say hi to Woody. If you can't stay you can always grab a pizza to take away and enjoy it in the nearby urban sanctuary of the Treasury Gardens. I reckon that's what they'd do in Rome.
121 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Open 7 days
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