Unlike its petite sister restaurant in the city, +39 Pizzeria in Hawksburn Village has a little more breathing space, with room for 100 diners. But the philosophy behind the food is the same – honest, simple and strictly Italian.

“When it came to the site, we were looking for a family-orientated area and a space that would cater for large groups,” says co-owner Andrea Ceriani.

Ceriani and his team have tweaked the space. It is more casual than its previous tenant, Valentino. The walls have been painted a fresh white, and lighter furniture has been shifted in. Italian groceries – including large cans of chopped tomatoes, packets of dried pasta and Italian wine – decorate the space to give it a rustic, home-pantry feel.

“The menu is pretty much the same [as the city restaurant’s], but with the size of this kitchen, we are introducing a few new things,” says Ceriani.

The Italian staples, such as fettuccine alla marinara, capricciosa Italiana, traditional lasagna and Nonna’s Meatballs in Napoli Sauce appear alongside a few inventive dishes, such as the cuoppo d’almalfi starter (fried calamari and zucchini served in a cup).

The pizza selection is identical to the city store’s, and the same can be said for consistency. The toppings are not overdone, so you can appreciate each flavour.

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“The favourites are the crudiola (buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, rocket and parmesan), The +39 (fior di latte, Berkshire sausage, mascarpone, gorgonzola and prosciutto) and the diavola (fior di latte, hot salami and chilli),” says Ceriani.

The wine list is predominantly Italian, with a bottle to represent every region in Italy. Varieties from Puglia, Sicily, Abruzzo and Tuscany are available alongside a selection of local Australian wines.

+39 Pizzeria
517 Malvern Road, Toorak
(03) 9825 8815

Mon to Wed 5pm–9.30pm
Thu and Fri 12pm–3pm, 5pm–9.30pm
Sat & Sun 12pm–9.30pm