Melbourne established its pizza credentials long ago. Toto’s, our first pizzeria, opened on Lygon Street in 1961. Although Neapolitan-style pizza – woodfired, crisp at the edges, pliant in the middle – has come to dominate our restaurants since, a new generation has being doing some tinkering. The results are interesting – it’s now easy to find pizzas that go toe-to-toe with the best Neapolitan interpretations, despite being cooked in electric ovens or using something other than the revered San Marzano tomato. And as much as we love staunchly traditional pizzas, it’s hard to beat the excitement of tasting something new and totally original to Melbourne.

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Italian from breakfast to dinner.

19 Lincoln Square South
Carlton VIC 3053


From the crew behind Mr Burger.

321 Lennox Street
Richmond VIC


Who says you can't have pizza for dessert?

4 Horne Street
Elsternwick VIC 3185


Simple Italian food, done well.

305 St Georges Road
Fitzroy North VIC

Il Pizzaiolo

A slice of Naples in Thornbury.

163 Darebin Road
Thornbury VIC

90 Secondi

Ready in 90 seconds.

1 700 Bourke Street
Docklands VIC


One word: mozzarella.

295 Drummond Street
Carlton VIC 3053

Pizza Farro

Gluten-free heaven.

608 High Street
Thornbury VIC