Connie's at Heartbreaker
234A Russell Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
03 9041 0856
One of Melbourne’s favourite late night haunts just got a whole lot more appetising! Finally, we can confirm the rumours that everyone’s favourite dive bar, Heartbreaker, has at last added a mouth-watering food offering to its menu of lip-smacking bottled cocktails.
If the dark but ever-so-hip vibes of the Russell Street hangout weren’t enough to entice you inside, then perhaps the wafts of melted cheese and perfectly proved New York–style pizza dough will pull you in from the cold.
Connie’s is named after the much-loved grandmother of Heartbreaker’s owner, Michael Madrusan. According to Michael, Connie is not only an incredible cook and the ultimate Italian matriarch, but she remains to this day a key career inspiration to him. The warmth and devotion Michael’s nonnina offers to those at her table has laid firm roots in his own career values, which he has carried throughout his years in the industry and placed at the heart of his many establishments.
Michael developed his personal passion for pizza after years of working in the late night bar scene of New York City. With memories of ducking out for a quick slice of pizza on a break, as well as a fondness for his Nonnina’s pie, he was perfectly placed to bring pizza to Heartbreaker.
Connie’s small but hearty menu will include three mouth-watering types of pizza; the classic Cheese (a take on a traditional margherita), the Pepperoni and the Sicilian. The Sicilian is Michael’s Nonnina’s own recipe, translating to a square-cut, deep-pan pie with the cheese and tomato sauce layered in the opposite order. In order to hold all that filling, it has a much thicker and crunchier base than the other options.
Just as any good Italian Nonna would expect, Connie’s pizzas are made with only the finest and freshest of ingredients. The dough is crafted from Caputo flour, then topped with San Marzano tomatoes, a special blend of Scamorza bianco mozzarella and pecorino by ‘That’s Amore’, and Istra Smallgoods pepperoni.
Just when you thought Heartbreaker couldn’t get any better, Connie’s has joined the party. With slices of cheesy goodness served late into the night, you’re set for a night of delicious drinking and devouring.