Carlton is of the city’s longtime staples for all things Italian, whether it’s handmade pasta or world-class coffee. But the inner suburb has more than enough variety of cuisines to go around. With most businesses on Lygon Street still open and upping their takeaway game (and available to suburbs like Richmond, South Melbourne, Flemington and Northcote), we look at five of the best takeaway spots in the hood.
A long-time artisan pizza anchor that has since expanded outward into a deli and more, DOC is trumpeting all its favourites for takeaway: traditional Italian pizza, as well as pasta, calzones and salad options. Loaded with fresh toppings and rendered with the perfect balance of crunch and chew, see why DOC’s pizza is still considered among the best in the city.
King & Godfree
The unofficial HQ of Lygon Street and a landmark hub of Italian deli and groceries for several generations, King & Godfree is now offering delivery to a 20km radius through its online store. Expect delicious Italian take-home meals as well as core offerings of fresh produce and assorted deli items like meat, seafood and cheeses. Don't forget its array of beers and wines from the bottle shop and cult favourite Pidapipo gelato to make lockdown at least a little sweet.
Available for takeaway and delivery 8am–5pm daily.
Heartattack & Vine
The classic moody enclave near the Elgin end of Lygon, Heartattack & Vine’s modern take on Italian is just as welcome at breakfast (start with the decked-out Spanish omelette roll) as it is at lunch (see the house-made spicy meatballs). It’s just announced a new online grocer option, which delivers wine, preserves and more. Swing by on Friday and Saturday nights for pizza by the slice, newly launched to complement the expanded bottle shop hours (5–9pm).
Available for takeaway and delivery 8am–3pm daily, with delivery to Carlton, Carlton North, Parkville and Princes Hill.
Japanese fine diner Kazuki’s has adopted the more casual menu of sister restaurant Sakana during lockdown, yielding takeaway winners such as soft shell crab bao, miso-baked Tasmanian salmon and veggie or prawn dumplings. Save room for the gluten-free Basque cheesecake with yuzu jelly.
Available for pick-up from 5.30pm–7.30pm Tuesday to Thursday; order online before 7pm.
A true destination for traditional Lebanese dining for more than 40 years, Abla’s on Elgin Street has all its staples well represented in its streamlined takeaway menu – from tabbouleh and falafel, to kafta and baba ganoush – plus hearty highlights like kibbee nayeh (think lamb tartare) and pan-fried chicken livers. There are lots of vegetarian and vegan options too, as seen in the excellent cookbook from chef and founder Abla Ahmad.
Available for pick-up and delivery 5-9pm Thursday to Saturday; order by phone for pick-up or via UberEats for delivery.
There’s a wealth of Carlton businesses offering takeaway to suburbs in a five-kilometre radius during lockdown. Other highlights include Universal Restaurant, Stuzzichino, Café Notturno, Pidapipo, St Charly, Parco, Billy’s Corner Shop, Tiamo and Brunetti.
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