Frequented by the local university crowd, Universal Pizza on Lygon street is over 30 years old and something of a Melbourne institution. Open long hours, it serves a great variety of pizzas and pastas at affordable prices. Popular on the menu are the chicken parma and porterhouse steak. A kids menu makes it an easy place for families.
This is a pretty popular place, though that might have something to do with the really, really cheap parmas that they offer here. However, it is a bit of a shame that I am not really a fan of parma, particularly when it happens to be really big, as is the case with this place. At least they have other, not as cheap, options available, such as your typical pasta dish. I didn’t mind it, but it really isn’t a favourite.
We went on a Monday night - while the food was delicious, the service was very very slow. We had to ask 3 times to get wine glasses. And they had no stock of the happy-hour beers or cider either, which was disappointing.
However the food made up for it. The pasta and pizza were great.
We tried the famous chicken schnitzel too- it was delicious.