The Best Pizza in Melbourne
Melburnians love their food, which is probably why the city is positively brimming with culinary delights. And when it comes to the best pizza in Melbourne, our glamorous city is totally on point.
So whether you like them crispy, cheesy, meaty or extra garlicky, here are the best places in and around central Melbourne for unforgettable pizza—crispy crusts and all!
The Best Pizza in Melbourne
1. 400 Gradi
Located on the famous Lygon St, 400 Gradi has made some major waves in the pizza world. Johnny Di Francesco heads up 400 Gradi, and comes from a traditional Italian family. He is also the first Australian to be trained to the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana VPN rules in Naples – so it’s little wonder his pizzas are some of Melbourne’s best.
The menu is a celebration of Italian cuisine and includes mouth-watering antipasti, pasta and sliced meats. But, it’s really the traditional pizza that is the star of the show.
Location: 99 Lygon St, East Brunswick
2. D.O.C Pizza and Mozzarella Bar
D.O.C really is a story of evolution – and big success. What started out as a simple Melbourne pizzeria in the 90s has grown into a thriving chain of coffee bars, delis and pizza restaurants that Melburnians adore.
At D.O.C you get authentic, artisan-style pizza, topped with fresh antipasto ingredients. The Pizza and Mozzarella bars are contemporary and family-friendly – and they smell like heaven!
Locations: Multiple throughout Melbourne. See the D.O.C website for details.
3. +39 Pizzeria
Many people call this the best pizza in Melbourne, and while there’s always a little debate on this topic, +39 Pizzeria is definitely right up there, having taken out The Age Epicure’s prestigious award for Best Pizza in Melbourne in 2010. (Oh, and if you’re wondering what the +39 means, it’s the international country code for dialling Italy.)
With a focus on exquisite, fresh produce and authentic Italian cuisine, +39’s pizza menu is, quite frankly, irresistible—for kids and adults alike. +39 is inviting, bustling and contemporary; the type of restaurant to sit in a while longer—and maybe order another pizza for you and the kids to share.
Location: 362 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
4. SPQR Pizza
At SPQR, pizzas are divided into Red and White categories, catering to tomato lovers and haters, which could also work in many parents’ favour. Every pizza is cooked in a custom-made wood-fired oven out the back for a spectacularly crispy, blistering crust that knocks it out of the park.
Have you figured out what SPQR stands for yet? It is an acronym for Senatus Populusque Romanus, or ‘Senate and the People of Rome.’ That means they take their pizza seriously!
City: 26 Liverpool St, Melbourne
Richmond: On game days at various locations across the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Brunton Ave, Richmond
5. Thin Slizzy
Another contender for the best pizza in Melbourne is a relatively new joint on the block. What was previously Angelo’s Pizza e Cucina is now Thin Slizzy, a funky pizza place in Collingwood that's just as good at turning out some epic beats as it is at churning out epic pizzas. Scott Penberthy is the man behind one of the newer pizzas places in Melbourne, having only opened in 2020, but he's gained quite a loyal following thanks to his great taste in music (you'll certainly hear it when you stop by!) and great taste in flavours.
A few of our favourite rock-style pizzas from the menu include the Smashing Pumpkin, Metallica, and The Jamones.
Location: 115 Johnston Street, Collingwood
6. 48h Pizza e Gnocchi Bar
This award-winning restaurant lays claim to Australia's Best Pizza, with the head chef and co-founder winning the coveted title in the recent World Pizza Championships. Their secret? Allowing a minimum of 48 hours for the dough to rise, leavened with natural yeast, for light and flavoursome pizza, the traditional Italian way.
Upholding the authentic traditions, 48h Pizza e Gnocchi Bar has created an extensive menu of carefully curated pizzas, with traditional, gourmet and vegan options. It really is a contender for the best pizza in Melbourne!
South Yarra: 373 Malvern Rd
Elsternwick: 15 Gordon St
Ladro is a stalwart of the pizza scene in Melbourne, known for throwing a creative spin on their pizza names and flavour combinations, which makes it a fun gastronomic outing for the family—and one that is guaranteed to ignite those taste buds!
In addition to their truly mouth-watering pizza, Ladro gets a hats-off from us for its sustainable philosophy when it comes to kitchen waste; they recycle 100 percent of their organic waste. (You can even buy it for $2 a bag if the kids want to start a compost project.) How good!
Location: 224 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
8. Mister Margherita
Nestled right in the vibrant heart of South Melbourne, this incredible pizzeria is all set to revolutionise your lunch and dinner experiences. Get ready to embark on a sensational culinary journey with their extensive menu, bursting with seriously delicious options.
From mouthwatering gourmet pizzas to scrumptious calzones, heavenly focaccias, refreshing salads, and irresistible desserts, Mister Margherita has it all. Come and savour the flavors of creativity and freshness like never before!
Location: 52 Park Street, South Melbourne
9. Duke Pizza
Experience the pure love baked into every bite at Duke Pizza. Their mouthwatering dough is crafted with the utmost care and prepared lovingly 48 hours in advance.
Duke pizzas are created using sustainably sourced flour and locally made Italian cheese to ensure the highest quality. Each pizza is hand-stretched and adorned with the freshest ingredients, resulting in a pizza offering that really, truly loves you. Sign us up!
Location: 1/660 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
10. Romo Pizza Bar
Step into the hidden gem of Melbourne's CBD, Romo, nestled within a charming arched laneway. Prepare to embark on a pizza adventure, featuring hand-stretched masterpieces that strike the perfect balance between tradition and innovation. Romo never compromises when it comes to ingredients; ensuring unparalleled quality.
Complementing their incredible pizza wonders are hand-cut plates of pasta and a few delightful specials, ensuring a complete culinary journey. Immerse yourself in the vibrant and funky atmosphere, where upbeat vibes and unforgettable flavours collide.
Location: 21 Katherine Place, Melbourne
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