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



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.


Pizza Meine Liebe

Declare your love for pizza along with Northcote locals in the know and pizza aficionados from far and wide who know that fresh and simple are best.


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.



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.



Stay true to the traditions of pizza making of artisan toppings on thin crust bases, but branch out a bit for the strawberry dark choc combination.



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.


Mr Wolf

Put your watch away 'cause it's always pizza time at Mr Wolf, Karen Martini's bastion of classic pizzas, rustic Italian dishes and regional wines.



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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