It’s understandable that one would expect even a regular old pizza place located on Gertrude Street to be a significant amount cooler than your run-of-the-mill variety. It’s no surprise then, walking into the Gertrude Street version of Ladro, to find an incredibly popular restaurant, done in an effortlessly cool style. Besides the incredibly stylish surrounds, think marble tops, black and white decor, and very I’m-on-Gertrude-Street hanging lights, Ladro thankfully also knows its way around a pizza oven. The pizzas have quite the reputation around town; they’re inventive, well-made, and come in one piece, with a pizza cutter for one of the table to seize upon. The desserts too, are well worth sampling with friends. An extension of Ladro’s Italian heritage, both the north and south side locations relish the opportunity to throw a party, or hold an event. Both locations offer a range of function packages, and are flexible with layout and menus. Ladro’s a good pick for group dinners, or event birthdays, or small corporate functions. It’s not the biggest space, but there is an extra room out the back. The Gertrude Street incarnation on Ladro is found towards the intersection of Smith Street, a stone’s throw from the centre of the Fitzroy nightlife. The 86 tram rolls past regularly, and the CBD is a leisurely stroll (or a very quick drive) away.