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Review: Walter G’s Pizza Obsession

Michelle Brotohusodo

“Walter G’s other focus is community, with a big emphasis on customer service and paying it forward.”

Pizza is a very personal thing.

Wood-fired, oven-baked, thin crust, deep pan. Minimalist, top-heavy, savoury, dessert. Whatever your preference, we’re spoilt for choice these days. The newest choice in Canberra is Walter G’s Pizza Obsession.

A home-grown concept, Walter G’s is named after Walter Burley-Griffin.

And the Pizza Obsession part? Well, he was obsessed with pizza — and that’s why there are so many roundabouts in Canberra! At least that’s what Steve Kolaroski, the owner of Walter G’s will tell you, with a twinkle in his eye.

Walter G's wall

The shop opened in March, and its focus is on flavour, fresh and ethical Australian produce, and made-to-order food (including salads). This is reflected in the design of the store, which has a glass-windowed kitchen right in the middle, so you can see your meal being prepared.

Other notable aspects of the décor are the custom-made tables, which are recycled floors from the AIS basketball court and Lyneham hockey centre, and the wall featuring Walter Burley-Griffin’s design for Canberra.

Walter G's inside

Walter G’s other focus is community, with a big emphasis on customer service and paying it forward. They donate $1 from every kid’s pizza to Camp Quality, plus a little bit extra whenever possible, and are planning a dinner for the Camp Quality kids and their families.

But what about the food, I can hear you asking. What’s it like?

Well, my brother and I got to try a range of Walter G’s pizza, and they were all good. The toppings were generous and full of flavour, and I particularly liked the more gourmet offerings. The Sweet Beef Brisket was my favourite, as I like a hint of sweetness with my savoury, and my brother’s picks were the Wild Caught Garlic Prawn and the Chicken Porto.

Walter G's half-half

Half and half: wild caught garlic prawn and sweet beef brisket.

We also tried the Meat Obsession and the Chicken Barbeque, which were nice, but didn’t have the same wow factor for us as the others. The pizzas are conveyor-belt baked, so you might want to bear that in mind if you have a preference for the wood-fired kind. Given the generosity of the toppings, this worked well for me as the base was soft enough to fold, to make sure you didn’t lose anything from the top!

Walter G's chicken porto

Chicken porto

We also had a serve of the garlic bread, which we both really enjoyed. It had a good flavour, and the texture was my optimum for garlic bread; a nice crust on the outside, with enough crunch but not too hard, and the inside was firmly soft and not soggy.

Walter G's garlic bread

The other pizza that I have to mention is one of Walter G’s dessert pizzas. The Nutella pizza. It looked decadent and was just delicious. Walter G's Nutella

Other dessert options include a banana custard pizza, a vegan chocolate pizza, and Walter G’s own range of ice creams, sorbets, and chocolate mousse (which I tried the next day). If you love chocolate, you’ll love the mousse. It’s so rich I could only eat half in one sitting.

Walter G's dessert

Speaking of vegan, if you have dietary requirements and love pizza, Walter G’s caters for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo diets. For those who have egg allergies, you’ll be pleased to know that pizza bases, except for the paleo option, are egg-free.

I really liked Walter G’s. The food was great, the staff were really friendly, and I thought the décor was fun. Since my first visit I’ve made two return trips, one so Tales of a Confectionist and The Food Avenue could try the Nutella pizza. And so we could test The Food Avenue’s claim that she could eat a whole chocolate mousse and some of the Nutella pizza, easy. Which she did, then made the bold claim she could eat another chocolate mousse. We got her another one just to see what would happen. The mousse won.

My next visit was to try the Smoky Shredded Pork. 

Walter G’s uses freshly cut pineapple and I wanted to try a pizza where it was a more prominent ingredient. I also swapped a slice of it for a slice of my friend’s Prawn and Brisket pizza. These two were up there with the Sweet Beef Brisket for me, and again I was really impressed with the generosity and flavour of the toppings, and so were my friends.

Walter G's

There’s still quite a few flavours to try, the Lamb Baa Baa is next on my list!

the essentials
The place: Walter G’s Pizza Obsession
Where: 28 Challis Street, Dickson
When: 4.30pm-10pm, Monday-Sunday
Food: Pizza, including gluten-free, vegan, and paleo options, salads, desserts
Drink: Range of soft drinks
Contact: Call 02 6199 0022, or visit their website or Facebook page.

The author and her brother dined on their first visit courtesy of Walter G’s Pizza Obsession, but all opinions are their own.

Slider image via www.facebook.com/wgspo

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Michelle Brotohusodo

Michelle moved to Canberra vowing to stay for two years, tops. 10 years later, she’s a bona fide Canberra convert. When she’s not working in her day job as a public servant, she’s enjoying Canberra’s culinary delights or finding fun things to do/see in and around town. More about the Author