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Melburnians can get a little dough-eyed about pizza. Friendly conversations about the 'best' can quickly turn to pizza-cutter duels at dawn. And with so many best-of categories, it's no surprise it's hard to settle on a winner. So unless you're harbouring a hangover and can't leave the house, avoid the chain gang and go out and get a slice of Melbourne's best.

Try the old-school goodness of family-friendly pizzerias in Lygon Street's Carlton, where Melbourne's love of pizza began at Toto's, Australia's first pizzeria. Join the locals queuing up for the world's best margheritas (so voted at Italy's pizza world championship) at 400 Gradi in Carlton North and try its Docklands sibling 90 Secondi.  

Go gourmet a little further north at i carusi, the pizzeria credited with starting the artisan pizza revolution, and follow its creator to Kaprica. Ride the artisan wave right across town: try Fitzroy and Prahran's Ladro, Carlton's D.O.C., and Northcote's Pizza Meine Leibe and For the Love of Pizza. Get a dose of sourdough culture at Collingwood's Lazer Pig, and take a super appetite to North Fitzroy's Supermaxi and the CBD's +39. Try the Chris Lucas touch at Richmond's Baby Pizza and Karen Martini's classics at St Kilda's Mr Wolf.  

If wallet-friendly trumps gourmet, you can't go past the super-cheap booze accompaniments at Bimbo Deluxe, Lucky Coq and Bar Fred.


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See what a lazer pig does: serves up puntastic artisan pizza and spins tunes beneath a disco ball. Crush the earworm with a Spider Pig cocktail.


Baby Pizza

Leave your ceramic wine jugs at the door and ditch the red-checked tablecloths, this Baby treats you to Italian food in decidedly stylish surrounds.



Book in advance to get a taste of the gastronomic magic that is a Ladro pizza at the perennially popular pizzeria's original Gertrude Street location.


400 Gradi

400 Gradi nails the classic margherita like no other pizzeria. Grab a slice and see why this Lygon St restaurant got the world's best pizza award.



Line up to indulge in a total Italian experience, with artisan pizzas the standout amid fluent Italian waiters, flowing vino and home-cured sausages.



Dial +39 and let Italy know there are some special pizzas being hauled out of the pizza oven on Little Bourke Street, at breakfast, lunch and dinner.


I Carusi

Make a pilgrimage to the pizzeria credited with starting Melbourne's artisan pizza revolution more than a decade ago. Still a firm local favourite.



Beg the pardon of the entrenched Fitzroyalty and squeeze into a table to taste for yourself the acclaimed Ladro-style pizza and sublimely silky pasta.


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