400 Gradi in Brunswick East is already a favourite amongst pizza junkies and all lovers of all things beautiful Neapolitana Now the team are heading south of the Yarra and bringing their Neapolitan influence to the Melbourne Casino.
”We’re going to do something that has worked so well in Brunswick for a long time, an authentic, Neapolitan style pizzeria. You’ll be able to buy the finest cheeses’ and cured meats and have them freshly cut while you wait.”
Gradi at CROWN will passionately maintain the focus on what has made the GRADI name famous. Firstly, being the choice destination in Melbourne for authentic regional Napolitano wood fired pizza. Secondly, upholding the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPNA) guidelines and stay true to the Neapolitan Pizza Association principles. Thirdly, giving all serious lovers of regional Neapolitan cuisine the opportunity to experience the very best ingredients and produce Italy and in particular Naples has to offer.
Johnny Di Francesco is the first Australian ever trained in Naples to the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana rules. He has become the association’s Australasian Principal, travelling the region ensuring pizzeria’s are of the highest standard and meet the principles of the association before officially inducting them into the Association.
Appearing regularly on the ‘Regional Italian Cuisine’ program and having appeared at the famous Caesars Palace during the Las Vegas International Pizza Expo, Johnny also regularly holds seasonal Masterclasses – fast becoming recognised as Melbourne’s Mr. Pizza!
Gradi’s menu showcases the food of Naples. The region is universally recognized as the home of the wood-fire pizza and the original being named after Queen Margherita of Italy. Naples’ Mediterranean coastal location means that wood-fire pizza and seafood are always the star.
When Johnny’s family migrated from Naples in the 50’s, little did they dream that Johnny would spend his life bringing the food of Naples back to Australia.
Gradi at Crown’s sommeliers have put together a wine list that features some of Australia’s well-known and some boutiique producers, International award winning and are forever encouraging our customer’s experience by introducing them to some of the most interesting wines we have to offer. Alongside the wine list there is an assortment of beverages and aperitifs, all of which can be viewed by downloading our wine list.
To celebrate Gradi at Crown’s grand opening at the Melbourne Casino, Our sommelier has prepared full bodied 2012 Antonio Caggiano Tauri–Aglianico especially for the restaurant. It can be ordered by the bottle and is a great example of what Italy has to offer. It is also available at our sister restaurant 400 Gradi.
The Gradi Crown Bar is the perfect place for pre or post dinner drinks and offers a menu of bar snacks from lunchtime onward.
A Weekend in Melbourne For a great family dining experience a little on the luxurious side, try Gradi at Crown, Southbank. The kids enjoyed a delicious pizza by renown Naples-trained pizza chef Johnny Di Francesco, while I relaxed back with a wine and this delicious Roast-beef al tartufo e vino rosso. (It was as divine as […]
Come here for…a world-class margherita pizza 400Gradi & Gradi Crown is home to the best margherita pizza in the world. This year, pizzaiolo Johnny Di Francesco, took out the World Pizza Champion crown at the Pizza World Championship in Italy. “I try to make everything with joy and love,” Di Francesco says. “I’ve been making […]
The Age, Melbourne Johnny Di Francesco has barely had time to draw breath since winning the World Pizza Championships in Italy in April. His Brunswick pizzeria is pumping, he’s opening a Venetian-style bar next door, and is due to open a second Gradi pizzeria at Crown in late September. Article by The Age
Sunday Age, Melbourne 1. HOW’S LIFE BEEN SINCE WINNING THE PIZZA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ITALY THIS YEAR? It has been absolutely amazing. The response has been really good. It was a great personal achievement for myself but also an amazing achievement for Australia. 2. HAS AUSTRALIA STEPPED UP ITS PIZZA GAME IN THE PAST FEW […]
Herald Sun, Melbourne PIZZA MAKING/ PIZZA SPINNING What: He’s recently been crowned as the world’s best margherita maker and now you can learn how to make pizza from the man himself. Johnny di Francesco holds masterclasses at his restaurant 400 Gradi, where he shares the secrets of how to make the perfect dough. Special kids’ […]
Moreland Leader, Melbourne LEARN how to make the world’s best pizza in Bruns-wick East. Johnny Di Francesco, who was recently crowned World Pizza Champion in the mar-gherita category at the Cam-pionato Mondiale Della Pizza (Pizza World Cham-pionship) in Italy, has prom-ised to teach his secrets to all comers at his Lygon St res-taurant, 400 Gradi. […]
The Age, Melbourne Johnny di Francesco, of Brunswick’s 400 Gradi, has been running pizza master classes for a couple of years, but since winning the Campionato Mondiale della Pizza (world pizza championship) last month, the waiting list has grown. The classes, held at his Lygon Street restaurant on the third Saturday of the month, are […]
Herald Sun, Melbourne Pizza? We’re certainly spoiled for choice, with pizzas that rival Naples’ best. We love those at 400 GRADI (99 Lygon St, Brunswick. 400gradi.com.au) which is owned by champion pizzaiolo Johnny di Francesco, whose margherita was recently crowned the world’s BEST. Download the full story.
The Age Melbourne – Italian Issue Bellisimo! Forget everything you thought you knew about Lygon Street, and embrace the new renaissance. Anybodywhose default position on Lygon Street is a bout of eye-rolling and an urge to bang on about tourist traps needs to get a grip. Sure, there is that section of the strip where […]
Open House Food Service As demand for gluten-free dishes increases, having procedures in place to avoid cross contamination is vital, writes Ylla Wright. For chef Johnny Di Francesco from Melbourne’s 400 gradi, whose menu consists of about 20 per cent gluten-free dishes, avoiding cross-contamination is a key consideration. “We have a number of procedures that […]
Gradi at Crown boasts award winning chefs who are renowned for their outstanding cuisine and service. The entire catering crew, from award winning Pizza Chef, Johnny Di Francesco through to our floor Managers and service staff will work tirelessly to create and deliver a function that will thrill your guests.
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