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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Rita's Cafeteria

These salty, semolina-dusted bases are like no other.

239 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

Harley and Rose

Pizza and salads from two notable chefs, plus a banging wine list.

572 Barkly Street, West Footscray

Capitano

Approachable, unfussy American-Italian food with fine-dining pedigree.

421 Rathdowne Street, Carlton
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Takeaway Pizza

Try the bone marrow and house-made pastrami pizza.

535 High Street, Preston

Santoni Pizza Bar

Blistered crusts, three storeys up.

634 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
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Italian Artisans

A D.O.C co-founder using pizza to celebrate small, high-quality producers.

135 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park

La Svolta

Perfectly smoky, thin crisp pizzas.

450 Hampton Street, Hampton
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Red Sparrow

A vegan pizza joint on Smith Street.

406 Smith Street, Collingwood

Wolf and Swill

Pizza, beer and not much more – this little corner bar keeps things delightfully simple.

901 High Street, Thornbury

Bar Romantica

The late-night bar that replaced a pizza institution pays respect to its legacy, and has an atmosphere of romance.

53 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Lazerpig Pizza Parlour

Pizza and disco.

9-11 Peel Street, Collingwood
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Shop225 Pizzeria

Here, nearly every item on the menu can be made vegan and/or gluten-free.

225 Melville Road, Pascoe Vale South
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48h Pizza e Gnocchi Bar South Yarra

Ever tried lobster- and caviar-laced gnocchi? You can here.

373 Malvern Road, South Yarra
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Bontempo

From the team behind Fratellino Pizza in South Yarra.

416 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Boss Pizzeria

Pizza with almost 40 years’ experience behind it.

25 Cookson Street , Camberwell

Small Print Pizza

Sourdough pizzas with a small environmental footprint.

388 High Street, Windsor

Eat’aliano by Pino

From the owner of La Svolta.

122 High Street, Windsor
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Classe 90 Pizzeria

Classic Neapolitan-style pizzas from a pro soccer player.

47 Wyong Street, Keilor East

Ladro - Gertrude

Here, or at sister restaurant Ladro Tap, on Greville Street.

224 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Kaprica

Italian from breakfast to dinner.

19 Lincoln Square South, Carlton

SPQR Pizza

Opened with an 18-year-old sourdough starter behind it.

26 Liverpool Street, Melbourne
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Homeslice

From the crew behind Mr Burger.

321 Lennox Street, Richmond

Postino

72-hour dough charred in a three-tonne wood-fired oven shipped over from Naples.

97 Whitehorse Road , Balwyn

Lupino Bistro

An Italian bistro on Little Collins Street with a retro vibe.

41 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

St Domenico Pizza Bar

Recipes straight from nonna.

428 Bridge Road, Richmond

Queen Margherita Pizza

Her Royal Highness of pizza making.

Shop 8 532 Hampton Street, Hampton
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Mr Wolf

Time for pizza, Mr Wolf.

9-15 Inkerman Street, St Kilda
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A25 Pizzeria

Sibling rivalry from the brother of DOC owner Tony Nicolini.

720 Chapel Street, South Yarra

Motorina

Who says you can't have pizza for dessert?

4 Horne Street, Elsternwick

Primo

Vodka-soaked pineapple pizza. Enough said.

104 High Street, Northcote

Cucina & Co.

Realiable, classic Sicilian.

325 New Street, Brighton
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Supermaxi

Simple Italian food, done well.

305 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

Pizza e Birra

Italian pizza and Aussie beers.

60 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
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Il Pizzaiolo

A slice of Naples in Thornbury.

163 Darebin Road, Thornbury

Fratellino Pizzeria

Woodfired pizzas in a relaxed setting.

415 Malvern Road, South Yarra

90 Secondi

Ready in 90 seconds.

1 700 Bourke Street, Docklands

400 Gradi

Quality pizza starts with the dough.

99 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
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362 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Pizza Meine Liebe

A fresh take, with no Germans in sight.

231 High Street, Northcote

D.O.C.

One word: mozzarella.

295 Drummond Street, Carlton
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Baby

Italian from the creators of Chin Chin.

631-633 Church Street, Richmond
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Pizza Farro

Gluten-free heaven.

608 High Street, Thornbury
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Pizza Religion Hawthorn East

Praise to these pizza gods.

493 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East
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