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400 Gradi, Essendon

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by Gwen O'Toole (subscribe)
Gwen O’Toole is an accomplished writer focusing on travel, food, wine and events management. Follow her on Instagram @Gwennieo
Published February 4th 2016
More than just amazing pizza
Recently opened in November 2015, 400 Gradi Essendon is the latest sibling venue to the already popular 400 Gradi in Brunswick as well as 400 Gradi at Crown in Melbourne's Southbank.

400 Gradi, a reference to the 400 degrees the wood-fired pizza oven is heated to to make a pizza faster than you can mozzarella, has been serving up some of Melbourne's tastiest (and fastest) pizza's since 2009.

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400 Gradi has recently opened the third of their popular restaurants, this one in Essendon. Image: The Ideas Library


With the opening of their latest venue, located on Essendon's Keilor Road and is impressive in size with a smaller area for 50 upstairs, ideal as a private function space, as well as outdoor seating too.

While we've already been impressed with their pizza making ability, we tried out some of their non-pizza items this time around.

First course we sussed out the oyster which come in either a half or full dozen, with a bit of lemon and very fresh.

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Fresh and fabulous, 400 Gradi serves up more than just great pizza. Image: The Ideas Library


And in traditional style, what's a great Italian meal without a fresh Caprese salad with fresh tomato, capers, olives, basil and of course Mozzarella di Bufala.

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Perfect for a summer evening, the Caprese at 400 Gradi. Image:The Ideas Library


Masters of hospitality, 400 Gradi has you feeling like family immediately on arrival and all three locations pride themselves on their welcoming and consistent service.

At the waitstaff recommendation, we also tried the Spaghettini al Granchio, with it's blistered cherry tomato, zucchini, spanner crab, chilli, garlic, white wine and lobster bisque, it's a sure fire hit with seafood lovers.

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Perfect for seafood lovers, the spanner crab pasta is a definite win. Image: The Ideas Library


Lovers of a great steak won't be disappointed with the Tagliata di manzo, which is a char-grilled eye filet, sliced to serve with pickled onions and salad greens.

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While it might be sliced to serve, you certainly won't want to share this tasty dish. Image:The Ideas Library


While we barely had room for dessert, we were convinced to suss out the house made tiramisu and strawberry pavlova, both, sweet and oh so delicious. Order a few and share around the table as you'll want a bit of everything.

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Made in house, the tiramisu at 400 Gradi is a treat. Image: The Ideas Library


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Light and sweet the strawberry pavlova at 400 Gradi. Image:The Ideas Library


Next up for the Gradi empire is Zero Gradi, a house made gelati shop set to open on Lygon Street in Brunswick East in a matter of week. While Zero Gradi (or zero degrees) will be serving up the classic flavours you'd expect, there's also a few unique and very delicious surprises such as the margherita (yep, as in pizza and you'd think it wouldn't work, but it certainly does) and the fig and marscapone (nothing short of delicious) and all made on the premises.

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Trying out a few of the house made gelati served up on premises at 400 Gradi in Essendon. Image:The Ideas Library


We were lucky enough to taste a few of the amazing flavours on offer at the Essendon location, all made on premises before they're available at the soon to be opened shop in East Brunswick. So if you're keen to give them a try before the new premises opens, it's certainly worth the trip.



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Why? For a great meal out
When: Mon-Wed 5pm-late and Thu-Sun noon-11pm
Phone: 03 9351 6690
Where: 110 Keilor Rd, Essendon VIC 3040
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