The pizza in Melbourne you have to have

Cheesy pizza, crusty pizza, chewy pizza — there’s no real way to go wrong with the universally-loved slice. Here are a few of the spots in Melbourne you’ll want a pizza of.

5 & Dime Bagels

Finally, pizza and bagels have come together as one. 5 & Dime have added more cheesy, carb loaded goodness to their already excellent bagels by turning them into massive pizzas. Get ’em while they’re hot from 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

An oversized bagel that has been cooked like a pizza, displayed on a wooden board

5 & Dime’s pizza bagel


With venues in the CBD and Docklands, there’s plenty of A25 to go around. A paper-thin base is the foundation for the ‘bufala’ – made with buffalo mozzarella, tomato, fresh basail and extra virgin olive oil. Or try the ‘Man’s man’ with Italian pork sausage, double smoked leg ham, cacciatore salame, fior di latte and parmesan. Vegan and gluten-free bases are also available.

A hand adding topping to a pizza

A25 pizza

+39 Pizzeria

Nearly half of +39’s little Bourke street location is (cleverly) split into ‘pizza’ and ‘more pizza’. Try the +39 if you have a pizza sense, with fior di latte, tomato salsa, Berkshire sausage, mascarpone, gorgonzola cheese & prosciutto di parma.

90 Secondi

Neapolitan pizza staples sit alongside deep fried zucchini and pan-fried octopus. Highlights of the 90 Secondi pizza menu include the paesana with fior di latte, sausage and friarielli.

DOC Pizza & Mozzarella

A Carlton institution, DOC Pizza & Mozzarella serves Rome-style pizza you won’t have to leave Melbourne to taste. If you can’t decide on just one pizza ­– close your eyes and point. You can’t go wrong.

Tazio Birraria & Pizzeria

Pair Tazio Birraria & Pizzeria’s far-reaching beer menu with a not-so-traditional pizza. The salmone with fior di latte, tomato, Tasmanian smoked salmon, capers, red onion, rocket and dill aioli is one such option. Pop around at lunch Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 3pm for the $22 lunch special – any pizza with a beer or wine.

A table full of food including pizza, bruschetta and a beer


Pacinos Italian Restaurant

A family-friendly Italian restaurant, Pacinos Italian Restaurant has enough pizzas to please the whole family. Potato pizzas with rosemary and caramelised onion, or tandoori chicken are favourites.


Sourdough wood-fired pizzas hit the table puffy-crusted and toasty brown at SPQR. Selected pizzas are also available by the slice if you don’t feel like crushing a whole one (who are you?).


Tucked into the riverside-facing Southbank, Gradi is home to the internationally-award margherita pizza, because why mess with the basics? Chef and owner Johnny Di Francesco is a former Pizza World Champion, taking top honours over 600 competitors from 35 countries at the 2014 Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza (Pizza World Championship) in Parma, Italy.

A pizza topped with cheese and tomato


Looking for more?

  • Seasons Provedore in Lygon Street prides themselves on traditional Italian cooking. Simple pizzas include their margherita and diavola – a tomato sauce, mozzarella, spicy salami, olives, onion and chilli pizza.
  • Pizza at Oskar is tripled proved (it’s triple as tasty). Modern bull boar sausage pizza sits alongside mushroom with tallegio.
  • Follow the irresistible scent of pizza to the back of Heartbreaker Bar, and discover the teeny pick-up hatch of Connie’s Pizza. Named in honour of the owner’s nonna, this literal hole in the wall proves that less is more. There are five kinds of New York-style pizzas on offer, whole or by the slice, and they’re hugely satisfying. Visit on Monday nights for their tasty $10 and $20 late night pizza-and-beer combos

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  1. Ninja Gaijin - 5 August 2017

    Gradi is the biggest rip off ever. $30 ish dollars for a bit of meat on a pizza and they WILL ignore instructions like ‘well done’ and give you a soggy floppy thing. For the money it’s an insane rip off. NEVER support Gradi. It isn’t tasty either and for $25-30 a medium pizza?? Get lost!

    Compass PIzza is my fave currently.

    • pete - 27 July 2018

      400 Gradi was great once but since they have become famous the prices doubled and the place is filled with loud tourists. The place has also lost all its charm. Quality depends on luck and throughput volume, so if they are under the pump you might get a lower quality piece. Try to avoid

  2. Ivanco - 9 August 2017

    You must check out Bela Bistro in North Melbourne! Ripieno Salami pizza is a must! Best thing is you can get a serve of cevapi with it too 😉

  3. Micheluccio Carrafa - 15 August 2017

    How do we get on these posts or how havent we never been on these lists for Pizzaiolo Micheluccio??

    If only you tried the Pizza you would say the same

  4. Barrie - 19 August 2017

    It all depends what you are looking for. The last pizza I had was from Big Al’s in Rowville and it was fantastic. In the Goldilocks zone for the right amount of topping, ingredients fresh and the base reminded me of Lygon Street of days gone by. We don’t have pizza often. Big Al’s has given us “food for thought”!!!

  5. Guy - 20 August 2017

    Maybe not in Melbourne, but try the pizzas at Truemans Golf Range on the Mornington Peninsula…yep, it’s a golf range! Made on the premises and cooked in front of you in a small Portuguese Wood Fired Oven. Don’t believe me, check out their FB and Google reviews!

  6. Maree Hookway - 19 August 2018

    Ninja Gaijin I totally agree with yr comments about Gradi Pizza. My pizza was soggy and burnt on the bottom and when I complained they gave me a free coffee. The pizzas were terrible.