Working off an uber-casual eat in or takeaway vibe, Lucky’s Pizzeria in North Carlton is that sweet little pizza joint that locals love. It’s like your surrogate kitchen, really. Wander over and pick up Classic Lucky (traditional) such as Margherita, Hawaiian and Americana, or Fancy Lucky (gourmet) that ranges from The Rathdowne with its ricotta, olives, prosciutto, tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil and olive oil spread, to Fungi, BLT or a Parma Pizza.

Salsicce is the pet pizza for most natives, its tomato, mozzarella, mini Italian sausages, caramelised onion and crumbled fetta making it a tough combination to resist. At Lucky’s, it’s all about baking a tempting crust and keeping things simple and refined in suburb that does the pizza thing better than anywhere in Melbourne.

You’ll pay $11–$12 for a medium and $15–$17 for a large (eat in or takeaway), but don’t ask for gluten-free, spelt offerings or pasta at Lucky’s Pizzeria because it just doesn’t happen. This is old-school dealing. Flatbread focaccia, hardy calzone slabs and salads are serviceable sides, but pizza is the governing player. Sure, she’s no Pizza Meine Liebe, Pizza Farro or I Carusi, but Lucky’s Pizzeria holds an allure all of her own.