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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 only three kinds of New York-style pizzas on offer, whole or by the slice, but they’re hugely satisfying. Visit on Monday nights for their tasty $10 and $20 late night pizza-and-beer combos