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The Best Pizza in Melbourne for Buonissimo Eats

From Neapolitan to New York-style, treat yourself to Melbourne’s best pizza

Slice Shop (Image Credit: Parker Blain)

Melbourne sure loves pizza. Whether you prefer yours delightfully doughy or light and thin, we guarantee there’s a joint that will meet your needs. As true connoisseurs of all things crispy, tomato-y and cheesy, and all things Italian, 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.

Gertrude Hotel

Gertrude Hotel

Gertrude Hotel is striving to make the most unique and memorable pizza in Melbourne. The new (and beautifully) refurbished boozer hand-stretches their pizza so that it's light and chewy, with a crust that has a satisfying crunch. They're generous with toppings but leave space to enjoy the subtle flavour of the 48 hour fermented dough. Using Australian 00 flour that is milled in rural NSW and self-purified and temperature-controlled water, they make the dough controlling. They also use a gas-powered oven to have full control over the temperature. Popular flavour: 'White Boy' pizza - caramelised onion, fior di latte, gorgonzola, smoked scamorza, grana padano and chives. It's sweet, salty and smokey - and one of the best new pizzas in Melbourne. 

148 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Flour Child

Flour Child

A fresh twist on pizza and bar culture in Melbourne, Flour Child's key point of difference is the ‘Pinsa Romana’ - pizza like you’ve never experienced. This a specialty dough; it's left to rest for 48 hours, resulting in the pizza crust that's delightfully crunchy on the outside, but soft, cooked right through and airy on the inside. The base set for 48 hours holds 80% more moisture, meaning it’s easier to consume and digest. That means we can eat more pizza than normal, right? Because, girl math!

Popular flavours include their Prosciutto & Burrata; mozzarella, prosciutto and burrata cream with glazed cherry tomato topped with tomato flake; and the La Porchetta; a slow roasted pumpkin puree, mozzarella, porchetta, semi-dried tomato and ricotta drizzled with sweet honey dressing. Perfetto!

Level 1/77 Acland Street, St Kilda 

Dom’s Social Club

Doms Social Club

Dom’s Social Club is a tri-level pizzeria, public bar and rooftop that promises to be everything you need (and more) to have a rollicking night out in the city. Before you get on the spritzes, sate your hunger with their wood-fired pizzas, which come in all sorts of interesting varieties. Whether it’s a fiery ghost pepper salami number tempered with cooling salsa, or an orange-hued pizza laden with cured pork cheek and roast pumpkin, you’re sure to try something completely new here.

1/301 Swanston Street, Melbourne 

Sunnyside Sliced

Sunnyside Sliced

New York is now only a drive away thanks to Sunnyside’s hand stretched 18-inch pizzas. Topped with classic pepperoni, meatballs, or even chorizo and hot honey, they’ll transport you straight to the Big Apple. But wait, there’s more – they also do a selection of Sicilian deep dish pizzas that are thick and pillowy, plus a fermented garlic focaccia that’ll punch you in the face with flavour.

34 Como Parade W, Mentone 

Shop 225

Shop 225 

This humble pizzeria is a dietary dream. Not only can all of Shop 225’s pizzas be made vegan but they can also be made gluten-free, becoming the first pizza shop in Australia to be certified by Coeliac Australia. Every diner is catered for so you can enjoy wood-fired pies topped with plant-based sausage, mozzarella and ‘notella’ that’s every bit as delicious as the real thing.

225 Melville Road, Pascoe Vale South



Part neighbourhood Italian, part trendy wine bar, Capitano is where you go for polished pizzas and a well made drink. Throw your hat in the ring with a Stroganoff Square, which riffs off the homey dish with mushrooms, marscarpone, thyme and pickled spring garlic, or dive into the nutty Forty Thieves which comes with eggplant, sesame and cashew. The warm, terrazzo-floored room is the kind place you'd want to linger in, which is easy enough given they’ve got a 500-strong wine list assembled by the Bar Liberty crew.

421 Rathdowne Street, Carlton

Slice Shop Pizza

Slice Shop 

One of our Melbourne Editor Kelsey's favourite pizza shops in Melbourne. Get the mushroom with additional blue cheese sauce, she says, then head across to Mr West to best enjoy it with a strong vodka martini or chilled glass of red. Honestly, all of the pizza here is worth a try; thin and perfectly chewy slices of NYC-style Italiana goodness, every time. Buonissimo! 

101 Nicholson Street Mall, Footscray 

Johnny's Green Room

Johnny's Green Room

This Italian rooftop beauty sizzles every summer – even more so now, after a month’s long renovation that’s seen the beloved bar turn over a new Tuscan terrace-inspired leaf – with a dash of neon for good measure! No matter the hour, good vibes linger on at Johnny’s. It’s an unbeatable combination of sensational skyline views and great Italo tunes on rotation, plus a fresh new food and drink selection that’s an attraction all on its own. The menu has been crafted by food icon Karen Martini, who’s bringing a refreshed Mediterranean spin to Italian classics. The pizza in particular is undeniably good. Get around it with a group of besties the next time you're in Carlton.

Level 2/293-297 Lygon Street, Carlton

T17 Pizza

T17 Pizza

This hidden local gem may not look like anything fancy, but gosh, the pizza is something pretty special. Tucked away in Trawool Street, T17 Pizza is a humble Italian restaurant serving up traditionally tasty woodfire pizza. The food here is warming, comforting, delicious and ultra-satisfying. And if you have a sweet tooth, the Nutella pizza or calzone is the perfect choice to satisfy your craving - if you can fit it in, that is!

17 Trawool Street, Box Hill



Originally starting out as an Italian restaurant in the eastern suburbs that quickly became a favourite for locals, Zero95 has since expanded to a second location in Dromana - and both are equally as good as each other. We recommend trying their award-winning margherita pizza. While it may lack toppings, it makes up for it in flavour.

904 Doncaster Road, Doncaster East

199-201 Point Nepean Road, Dromana



Gather your friends and head to Criniti's for a full-on pizza party. They make pizzas up to 3 metres long! Yes, you read that correctly. Criniti's has a range of different size options available,. so no matter the size of your party, you can rest assured you'll be well fed (and rolling out of the restaurant). Get entirely one flavour, or mix and match with the options on the menu. But if you're not in the mood to share, or have specific dietary requirements, they also make pizzas for one! 

198-204 Faraday Street, Carlton

645 Freshwater Pl, Southbank

Neighbourhood Pizza

Neighbourhood Pizza

When the minds behind some of Melbourne’s most-loved cafés (Pillar of Salt, Lobbs, Vacation) open up a pizza joint, you know it’s going to be good. Neighbourhood brings panache to the art of pizzamaking, spinning fluffy Neapolitan-style bases and spreading them with the freshest produce on the market. There’s lovely starters to share like calamari fritte and mussels in white wine, plus a snappy cocktail list to get the weekend started – one limoncello spritz, please!

20 Beatty Avenue, Armadale 

Leonardo’s Pizza Palace

Leonardos Pizza Palace

This good times restaurant does comfort food paired with modern wines – think massive pizzas for the table, vodka sauce pasta and fried cheese curds dipped in marinara sauce. Leonardo’s den-like dining room has a fun ‘70s vibe that befits its old school cooking, with vintage posters and terracotta wine racks adding cosiness. Stick around long after the last slice has been claimed as rounds of craft beers and orange wines keep coming.

29 Grattan Street, Carlton 

D.O.C Pizzeria


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

Small Print Pizza Bar

Small Print Pizza Bar

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. Using local and organic ingredients wherever possible, this Windsor pizza palace 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 Street, Windsor

Harley and Rose

Harley and Rose

Repping the west, Footscray’s Harley and Rose is helmed by a pair of chefs who have both done time in some of Melbourne’s best restaurants - and it shows. A simple menu of nine 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 Street, West Footscray

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

Who said pizzas were for carnivores and dairy devotees only? Not the guys at Prahran and 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 plant-based. That means you’ll find the likes of ‘I can’t believe it’s not…’ parmesan, pepperoni and ham – all 100 percent vegan. 

406 Smith Street, Collingwood

260 Chapel Street, Prahran 



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 caramelised onion or salty anchovies.

239 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

400 Gradi

400 Gradi

When it comes to all things crusty and cheesy, 400 Gradi means business. Named for the temperature at which thin-based traditional Neapolitan pizza is cooked, their growing fame after winning the title of World’s Best Margherita has seen them open new locations everywhere from Essendon to Mornington. We suggest pulling up a table at the place where it all started.

99 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Pizza Meine Liebe

Pizza Meine Liebe

One of Melbourne's hippest restaurants, in one of our coolest suburbs – Pizza Meine Liebe serves up some seriously tasty pizzas fresh from the stone oven. Crispy, thin bases are complemented by fresh produce and cheerful 60s décor. All that’s left is to add a glass of red straight from the home cellar.

231 High Street, Northcote

Baby Pizza


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 folks 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 Street, Richmond

Looking for more Italian cuisine inspo? Once you have checked out all the best pizza restaurants in Melbourne, be sure to sip and taste your way through our favourite Negroni bars and even best new restaurants for 2023

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