Famed for being the first Australian ever trained in Naples by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana – not to mention his award-winning margherita pizza – Johnny Di Francesco is a master of authentic pizza and pasta. Gradi at Crown is a buzzing restaurant popular with groups and families. The open kitchen features two large pizza ovens; watch as the chefs stretch and throw pizza bases with flair.
Pizza lovers will enjoy the traditional wood-fire gems, but there are plenty of other fabulous Italian dishes as well. Diavola is a popular pizza choice, as it is full of flavour. The perfectly charred base is topped with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh fior di latte, super-spicy salami and peppery rocket. Risotto alla milanese features creamy, saffron-infused rice dotted with pieces of pork sausage and shaved parmesan. It is a rich and hearty dish for a cool Melbourne day.
PSST! The venue features a light-filled al fresco area that is the perfect place to sit during the warm summer months.