Melbourne’s Best Pizza for an Instant Italian Food Fix
Melbourne sure loves pizza. Whether you prefer yours delightfully doughy, light and thin, or (somewhat controversially) pineapple-topped, we guarantee there’s a joint that will meet and exceed your needs. As true connoisseurs of all things crispy, tomato-y and cheesy, we’ve worked hard to bring you the ultimate pizza edit – from iconic big hitters to the classic up-and-comers. Jump right in, it’s time to take a bite.
A true Melbourne institution, pizza haven D.O.C. prides itself on its authenticity. The bases are thin and crispy just like a Neapolitan nonna would make, and ingredients are imported (complete with a menu map) to ensure the utmost quality. Flavour combinations are simple, yet-oh-so effective. And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s a mozzarella bar too…
295 Drummond St, Carlton
Named for the ‘small eco-footprint’ they intend on leaving, the team behind Small Print are a thoroughly sustainable operation. They’re also thoroughly delicious. As well as being a glass free zone with an emphasis on recyclable materials, this Windsor pizza place whips up some of the city’s best – making chewy sourdough bases topped with everything from mushroom and truffle oil to prosciutto and pear.
388 High St, Windsor
Repping the west, Footscray’s Harley and Rose is helmed by a pair of chefs who’ve done time in some of Melbourne’s best restaurants. And it shows. A simple menu of six moreish pizzas takes centre stage, rich in classic flavours and the perfect blend of salty, oily and chewy. All of which is paired with an inspired selection of sides and a very impressive drinks list.
572 Barkly St, West Footscray
Who said pizzas were for carnivores and dairy devotees only? Not the guys at Collingwood’s Red Sparrow, that’s for sure. Dishing up authentic wood-fired pizzas with not-so-traditional ingredients, everything on the menu is entirely cruelty-free. That means you’ll find the likes of ‘I can’t believe it’s not…’ parmesan, pepperoni and ham – all 100% vegan. The result? 100% as tasty as the original.
406 Smith St, Collingwood
No ‘best of’ list is complete without giving a nod to firm local favourite, Rita’s. This charming pizza and pasta hub is strong on community vibes and rich in flavour – with queues all but guaranteed. And it’s worth it. Their bases are thin and crispy, while the toppings take classic combinations and add that little something extra, like tangy shallot salsa or punchy grapes.
239 Johnston St, Abbotsford
Owned by a duo who were industrial designers in a past life, Ladro Tap is as stylish as its pizzas are heavenly. Wood-fired to perfection, the bases are delightfully chewy while the toppings feature old school classics made from knock-out ingredients. Our vote for numero uno goes to the Patate – a luxurious combination of fior di latte, taleggio, potato, rosemary, truffle oil and basil.
162 Greville St, Prahran
Winners of the world’s best margherita, when it comes to all things crusty and cheesy – 400 Gradi mean business. Named for the temperature at which thin-based traditional Neapolitan pizza is cooked (for only 90 seconds, nonetheless), their growing fame has seen them open new locations everywhere from Essendon to the Yarra Valley. We suggest pulling up a table at the place where it all started.
99 Lygon St, Brunswick East
One of Melbourne's hippest restaurants, in one of the coolest suburbs – Pizza Meine Liebe serves up some of the city’s tastiest pizzas fresh from the stone oven. Crispy, thin bases are complemented by fresh produce (from classics like prosciutto to spicier additions such as jalapenos) and cheerful 60s décor. All that’s left is to add a glass of red – straight from the home cellar.
231 High Street, Northcote
Richmond makes its way onto Melbourne’s booming pizza scene with Baby, a sleek and sexy take on the classic Italian dining joint. Owned by the culinary mastermind behind Chin Chin (aka the city’s most popular restaurant), their seasonal menu goes big with over twenty pizzas to choose from – each made up of primo ingredients like lovingly handmade mozzarella and crisp prosciutto cotto.
631-633 Church St, Richmond
A hybrid bar/disco/restaurant, Lazerpig certainly isn’t your average pizza joint. Indeed, one look at the menu – featuring the likes of ‘Broc Steady’, ‘The Fun Guy’ and ‘The Italian Stallion’ – will tell you as much. Think damn good food (whatever you do, make sure you top your pizza with their homemade chilli oil) complete with a 24/7 party vibe. Really, what more could you want?
9-11 Peel St, Collingwood
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