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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Takeaway Pizza

Restaurant

Try the bone marrow and house-made pastrami pizza.

535 High Street, Preston

Rita's Cafeteria

Restaurant

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

239 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

Harley and Rose

Restaurant

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

572 Barkly Street, West Footscray

Capitano

Restaurant

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

421 Rathdowne Street, Carlton
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Ollie’s Pizza Parlour

Restaurant

Pizzas that fall somewhere between Neapolitan and New York-style. Pull up for spicy, garlicky clam pies (with chowder-like cream); zhooshed-up Hawaiians; cheesy, anchovy-topped savoury doughnuts; boozy gelati; and natural wine.

133 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Wolf and Swill

Bar

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

901 High Street, Thornbury

Leonardo’s Pizza Palace

Bar

A rollicking good-times pizzeria from the Leonard's House of Love crew.

29 Grattan Street, Carlton

Santoni Pizza Bar

Restaurant

Blistered crusts, three storeys up.

634 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

Italian Artisans

Restaurant

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

135 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park

Thin Slizzy

Restaurant

At this rock'n'roll pizzeria and bar you'll find punny, Neapolitan-style pizzas such as the Meatallica, the Smashing Pumpkins or the Brockin' in the Free World – by an ex-Rita's chef.

115 Johnston Street, Collingwood

La Svolta

Restaurant

Perfectly smoky, thin crisp pizzas.

450 Hampton Street, Hampton

Red Sparrow

Restaurant

A vegan pizza joint on Smith Street.

406 Smith Street, Collingwood

Bar Romantica

Restaurant

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

52 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
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Shop225 Pizzeria

Restaurant

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

Restaurant

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

373 Malvern Road, South Yarra
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Slice Shop Pizza

Restaurant

Behind the Western Bulldogs-coloured neon sign, the team from Burn City Smokers is serving New York-style slices – large, thin and pliable enough to fold into your mouth.

101a Nicholson Street, Footscray

Bontempo

Restaurant

From the team behind Fratellino Pizza in South Yarra.

416 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Boss Pizzeria

Restaurant

Pizza with almost 40 years’ experience behind it.

25 Cookson Street , Camberwell

Small Print Pizza

Restaurant

Sourdough pizzas with a small environmental footprint.

388 High Street, Windsor

Eat’aliano by Pino

Restaurant

From the owner of La Svolta.

122 High Street, Windsor
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Ladro - Gertrude

Restaurant

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

224 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Postino

Restaurant

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

97 Whitehorse Road , Balwyn

St Domenico Pizza Bar

Restaurant

Recipes straight from nonna.

428 Bridge Road, Richmond
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Pizza Farro

Restaurant

Spelt pizzas and vegan cheese are menu staples at this modern pizzeria. If you're gluten-free this is the choice for you.

608 High Street, Thornbury

Mr Wolf

Restaurant

This striking, forest-themed dining room has been a destination for pizza and other Italian classics since 2004.

9-15 Inkerman Street, St Kilda
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A25 Pizzeria

Restaurant

Sibling rivalry from the brother of DOC owner Tony Nicolini.

720 Chapel Street, South Yarra

Cucina & Co.

Restaurant

Realiable, classic Sicilian.

325 New Street, Brighton

Supermaxi

Restaurant

Simple Italian food, done well.

305 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

Il Pizzaiolo

Restaurant

A slice of Naples in Thornbury.

163 Darebin Road, Thornbury

Fratellino Pizzeria

Restaurant

Woodfired pizzas in a relaxed setting.

415 Malvern Road, South Yarra

90 Secondi

Restaurant

Ready in 90 seconds.

1 700 Bourke Street, Docklands
517 Malvern Road, Toorak
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Pizza Meine Liebe

Restaurant

Simple, modern and produce-driven pizza in cosy, well-worn room.

231 High Street, Northcote

DOC

Restaurant

A busy pizzeria in Carlton, like something straight out of the boot-shaped country.

295 Drummond Street, Carlton
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Baby

Restaurant

Italian from the creators of Chin Chin.

631-633 Church Street, Richmond
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