Where to find great pizza in Melbourne

Looking for your next slice of heaven? For cheesy pizza, crusty pizza, chewy pizza and everything in between we’ve got you covered.

Leonardo’s Pizza Palace

A hipster haven with a home-cooked vibe, Leonardo’s in Carlton serves delicious no fuss pizza that’ll leave you saying ‘Bellissimo!’. Try a classic cheese or pepperoni pizza, or indulge in weekly specials like the Tasmanian octopus with chilli. Meat lovers will love the libations too – even the Bloody Mary comes with a salami garnish.

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Leonardo’s Pizza Palace

DOC Pizza & Mozzarella

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

Crinitis

We’ve got four words for you – pizza by the metre. Woodfired and customised to your tastes, this excessive (but oh so essential) feast at Criniti’s is not for the faint of heart. Their classic pizzas are just as satisfying, with menu options including everything from meat loaded pulled pork pies to vegan cheese on an activated charcoal base.

A25

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 basil 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.

 Two pizzas on a table, with an assortment of cheese and vegetable toppings on them

A25 Pizzeria

+39 Pizzeria

Nearly half of +39’s Little Bourke street location is (cleverly) split into ‘pizza’ and ‘more pizza’. We recommend the +39 served with fior di latte, tomato salsa, Berkshire sausage, mascarpone, gorgonzola cheese and prosciutto di parma.

90 Secondi

Neapolitan pizza staples sit alongside gourmet feats at 90 Secondi. Menu highlights include the maialina with hot salami and pork sausage, and the ortolana with fior di latte, roasted eggplant and capsicum.

A person holding out a cheesey pizza on a plate

90 Secondi

SPQR

Sourdough woodfired pizzas hit the table with puffed up toasty brown crust at SPQR. Selected pizzas are also available by the slice if you don’t feel like crushing a whole one (who are you?).

Gradi

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

Pacinos Italian Restaurant

A family-friendly Italian restaurant, Pacinos Italian Restaurant has enough pizzas to please the whole family. We recommend the potato pizza with rosemary and caramelised onion or the tandoori chicken.

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, olive, onion and chilli pizza.
  • Try a unique pizza from Oskar like the modern bull boar sausage pizza or the mushroom with tallegio.
  • Follow the irresistible scent of pizza to the back of Heartbreaker and discover the teeny pick-up hatch of Connie’s Pizza. There are five kinds of New York-style pizzas served whole or by the slice.