What's the perfect temperature to cook an authentic Neapolitan pizza? 400 gradi (degrees). Melbourne chef and 400 Gradi owner Johnny Di Francesco was named World Pizza Champion in 2014 and 400 Gradi was voted best pizzeria in Oceania in 2018 and 2019 by the 50 Top Pizza Awards in Naples. So, 400 Gradi knows a thing or two about making pizza.
Opened in 2018, this polished restaurant on The Parade in Norwood is the first 400 Gradi outside of Melbourne. Concrete floors, terrazzo benchtops, pendant lighting hanging from the high ceiling, and cosy dark-toned booths exude an air of class. This is complemented by the warm and welcoming wait staff who are obviously trained to provide a high level of unobtrusive yet helpful service.
We visited very early for dinner and were lucky to get a table without a booking. The food comes out very fast at 400 Gradi. The pizza oven takes only 90 seconds to cook amazing pizzas and our steak came out cooked perfectly to medium in minimal time.
We chose the olive ascolane for entrée. These veal-stuffed fried olives are outstandingly crispy and salty with a nice protein kick from the rich veal filling.
You really can't go past the pizza when dining at 400 Gradi. There's a huge range to choose from - all beautifully presented and made with fresh Australian ingredients.
There is one recent addition to the pizza menu that's turning heads and that's the '154 Formaggi'. This world-record holding pizza combines 154 different kinds of cheese in a delicious experiment that's achieved legend status. You might recognise the crumbled gorgonzola and the shaved pecorino but with 154 different cheeses on board (that'd be around a gram of each) you'd best just grab a slice and enjoy the ride.
The 'Tagliata Di Manzo' is a 300 gram scotch fillet steak cooked to your liking served with a rocket and parmesan salad. It's a pretty simple dish, right? There's not a lot of restaurants that can do steak like 400 Gradi. There's so much complex flavour in this serve that you will remember it long after. Perhaps you might even start rating all your steaks in the future against this one.
There's plenty more entrees, mains, sides, and desserts available. All are authentic as they can be. 400 Gradi does not mess around.
The drinks list at 400 Gradi is extensive, just the cocktail list is one of the longest I've seen in a restaurant. An eclectic wine list covers Australian and Italian wines and of course, the coffee, like the rest of the menu, is totally on point.