There are many great things in life: summer, re-runs of Seinfeld episodes, romantic walks along St Kilda beach (did we match on Bumble?), and pizza. Everybody loves pizza. From your classic margherita, to the more adventurous combinations of lobster and black truffle, pizza never goes out of style. However, knowing where to go, in a city with so many options, can be overwhelming. So, without further ado, we’ve compiled a list of Melbourne’s best and finest to save you the trouble – buon appetito!
1 word. 5 letters. Say it- and I’m yours. Photo from @doc_gastronomia Instagram.
A Melbourne go-to (must-see, must-have, and had-to-be-there) since 1997, and an award-winning pizza chain, Italian Gastronome D.O.C is as authentic as it gets. Described as a ‘celebration of heritage’, the tastes and flavors of this pizzeria take you back to Italy.
WHERE TO FIND THEM: Multiple locations across Melbourne. Visit docgroup.net for more information.
PIZZA OF CHOICE: ‘pizza ai Porcini’ – wild muschrooms, truffle oil & mozarella in bianco with grated D.O.C pecorino. Truffle oil – need i say more?
And I was like baby, baby, baby oh..photo from Baby Pizza’s website.
A modern Italian restaurant in the heart of Richmond, Baby Pizza is all about providing the highest quality produce and service. And baby, does it deliver. With head chef Harry Lilai running the show, internationally sourced products from Italy (hello, Napoli flour) and a love for all things pizza (and Italiano), it’s the perfect recipe for success.
WHERE TO FIND THEM:631-633 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3181.
PIZZA OF CHOICE: ‘Tricolore’ – Fried eggplant, smoked scamorza, yellow cherry and tomato…oh, baby, baby.
*Insert 100 emoji*. Photo from @gradigroup Intsagram.
Having beat restaurants all over the world for the coveted title, 400 Gradi was officially named ‘World’s best pizza’ in 2014 , so it’s no surprise it’s made the list. With a passion for bringing real Neapolitan style pizza to Melbourne, 400 Gradi draws on regional Italian cuisine from the pizza master himself- owner, Johnny di Francesco. Located on one of Melbourne’s busiest restaurant strips – Lygon St- the award-winning pizzeria is named after the temperature of their wood-fired ovens, and draws an impressive crowd, without fail, almost every night.
WHERE TO FIND THEM: 99 Lygon Street Brunswick VIC 3057.
PH: 9380 2320
WHAT TO ORDER: You can’t go past the ‘Margherita verace’ aka the pizza which won world’s best pizza and sealed Franceseco’s fate as one of the world’s best chefs. Complete with San Marzano tomato, buffalo Mozarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil.
A BOY NAMED SUE
And a pizza from heaven. Photo from @aboynamedsueau Instagram.
Well worth the drive, A Boy Named Sue’s pizza rivals that of it’s more well-known and inner-city counterparts. With fresh, locally sourced ingredients, the cafe and restaurant serves some of Melbourne’s finest pizza- with a twist. While the classics are there – you’ll be hard pressed to find a pizzeria that doesn’t serve Margherita- there are a few more inventive options, such as the ‘Prawn Fraser’, with South Australian prawns,buffalo mozzarella, lemon, chilli, roquette and pesto, that helps secure its position as one of the best.
WHERE TO FIND THEM: 87 Burns St, St Andrews VIC 3761.
PH: 9710 1023
WHAT TO ORDER: ‘Mary had a little lamb’ – garlic base with slow cooked spring lamb, fior di latte, BBQ onions and egg.
CUCINA AND CO
Pizza (or two) anyone? Photo from @cucinaandco Instagram.
The Brighton restaurants motto and philosophy? Simply – ‘just like nonna makes’. A desire and promise to bring fresh, authentic Italian restaurant to Brighton…just like nonna makes. A relatively new restaurant, Cucina & Co is the child of Riccardo Bianchini- former manager of D.O.C pizzeria and Caffe e Cucina, guaranteeing the restaurants success.
WHERE TO FIND THEM: 325 New Street, Brighton VIC 3186.
WHAT TO ORDER: For those looking to try something different, the ‘Zuccottta’ is a must-have. Mashed pumpkin, buffalo mozzarella and sausage with basil.
It’s a love story baby just say yes..Photo from @spqrpizzeria Instagram.
From the team behind MoVida, Pei Modern, Rosa’s Canteen and Lee Ho Fook, SPQR pizza was born. And aren’t we glad it was. The pizzas use a sourdough base that’s been fermented overnight, are cooked in a wood-fire oven, and are sold by slice (at the front of the restaurant) or by wheel (at the back). Because pizza is best enjoyed with wine, they are complimented by an extensive bire e vino menu, with an array of red and whites to choose from. Godere!
WHERE TO FIND THEM: 26 Liverpool Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
PH: 9671 3326
PIZZA OF CHOICE: Broken down into ‘red bases’ ( a san marazano base) or ‘white bases’ (a cheese base), there are a few options. However, the Zucchini is one of the best. Zucchini, basil, pesto, ricotta and lemon -heaven on a plate for the small price of $20.
Is it dinnertime yet? Photo from @lazerpig Instagram.
From the team behind A Boy Named Sue, Lazerpig clearly has a passion for pizza. The usual ingredients for a popular restaurant are there -hand-cooked, fresh ingredients, baked in a wood-fired oven at 400+ degrees. Plus, the menu is pretty much the same as A Boy Named Sue’s. However, what sets this restaurant apart is their atmosphere. With an in-house DJ playing nightly, Lazerpig has some seriously cool vibes. As is their motyo- eat pizza, dance for ages; Wine not!
WHERE TO FIND THEM: 9-11 Peel St, Collingwood VIC 3066
PH: 9417 1177
PIZZA OF CHOICE: In keeping in-line with the restaurants theme- ‘The fun guy’, mushroom puree base, confit garlic, portobello & shimeji mushrooms with taleggio and thyme. Now dance!
SANTONI PIZZA BAR
Sorry…not sorry. Photo from @santonipizza Instagram.
La mia casa e la tua casa. My home is your home. Or so says the family behind Santoni Pizza bar in Hawthorn. Founded in 2007 but brought to life in 2014 when visited in a dream by the Patron Saint of pizza, Santoni is as much about providing a memorable dining experience, as it is fresh, flavorsome pizza. The staff are warm, welcoming and friendly, and the restaurant is designed to make you feel at home – or part of la famiglia.
WHERE TO FIND THEM: 634 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn VIC 3122
PH: 9819 3000
PIZZA OF CHOICE: ‘prosciutto Tartufo’, truffle cream, mozzarella, mixed mushrooms and prosciutto. Si grazie!
EAT’ALIANO BY PINO
What we would give to have a spread like this right now! Photo from @eatalianobypino Instagram.
A recent addition to Windsor and the pizza scene, Eat’aliano by Pino is already making waves. From the man behind La Svolta, Pino Russo, this restaurant is already a favourite among locals. The pizza is an ode to old Neapolitan styles, with large, thin, slightly risen and lightly toasted crusts cooked in a large, visible, wood-fire oven, sure to satisfy any palate.
WHERE TO FIND THEM: 120 High Street Windsor VIC 3181
PH: 9077 4147
PIZZA OF CHOICE: ‘Pizza Verde’ with walnuts, rocket pesto and gorgonzola. Serves four? Yeah, all four me..
48 HOUR PIZZA
Pizza, pasta, Italian, oh my! Photo from 48 hour pizza and gnocchi bar website.
Forty-eight, that’s how many hours the team behind 48 hour pizza cook their the pizza dough to ensure a light, pillowy base and an irresistible pizza. Former D.O.C employees, owners Fabio and Michael were on a quest to bring an authentic pizza and gnocchi bar to Melbourne and – much to our delights- their dream came true. A range of much-loved classics are available to order- as well as a few gourmet options, including organic apple and a homemade pesto option with scampi, air freighted buffalo mozzarella mint and pistachio.
WHERE TO FIND THEM:373 Malvern Road South Yarra VIC 3141
PIZZA OF CHOICE: For those with an authentic taste of Sicilian pizza and seafood, look no further than the ‘Ai Frutti di Mare’- Sicilian cherry tomato sauce, prawns, calamari and mussels.
Words by: Natalee Erceg.