It’s a title that was held for the past two years by internationally lauded Brunswick pizzeria 400 Gradi. Anonymous judges – or “inspectors”, as they’re called – travel to pizzerias worldwide, judging them on everything from the pizza to the service and the wine list. Awards are given out to Italian pizzerias and then to other regions around the world.
This year’s top 10 pizzerias in Oceania also included two other Melbourne spots: Seddon’s Mozzarella Bar and SPQR, which has a CBD and Docklands outpost.
48h Pizza e Gnocchi Bar’s win comes two years after head chef Michele Circhirillo won the award for Australia’s best pizza at the Campionato Mondiale della Pizza (World Pizza Championships) in Parma, Italy. Circhirillo – who was born in the northern Italian region of Piemonte – competed in the Pizza Classica category with his simple-sounding but superbly executed Di Parma pizza, which comes topped with sugo, prosciutto di Parma, Italian buffalo mozzarella, rocket and Grana Padano.
48h takes its name from how long pizza dough should be left to rise; it was named by DOC alumni Circhirillo and Fabio Biscaldi, who are behind it. The pizza menu runs the gamut from the classic (seafood-free) marinara to a smoked-ocean-trout number, as well as vegan alternatives. It’s also known for its pillowy namesake gnocchi, and creamy tiramisu.
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