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by Gwen O'Toole-Luscombe (subscribe)
Gwen O’Toole is an accomplished writer focusing on travel, food, wine and events management. Follow her on Instagram @Gwennieo
Published July 8th 2015
Way more than just pizza
If you've always associated dining inside Crown casino with either the food court or high-end, special occasion fine dining, that's about to change.

Gradi, like the original located on Lygon St in East Brunswick, has secured its reputation by serving up wood fired pizzas cooked lightning fast (or roughly about 90 seconds) in a 400 degree oven.

While the word Gradi itself translates into degrees, and while Gradi at Crown does serve up delicious pizza in super quick fashion, they offer so much more than just your typical pizza joint.

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Located in the Crown Casino complex, Gradi serves up more than just delicious pizza. Image credit:The Ideas Library


Gradi is an ideal place to enjoy a meal prior to an event at the casino, the nearby arts centre or anywhere in Southbank. It's comfortable without being too casual but one the token it's a place you'd be equally comfortable on a first (or fiftieth) date. With a welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff, it feels like you're dining among friends.

We left the recommendations for much of our meal up t0 our waitress and started our meal with tasting board of some seriously delicious cured meats and cheeses.

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The perfect way to start a meal; cured meats and delicious cheeses. Image:The Ideas Library


Think spicy salami and beautifully cured prosciutto, fresh artisan cheeses, you simply can't go wrong. The menu also allows you to choose the cheese or cured meat, and the portion size to essentially design your own board, add in some marinated olives and you'll be forgetting you even have plans post-dinner.

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Known for their wood-fired pizzas cooked in just 90 seconds at 400 degrees, Gradi serves up some seriously good slices. Image:The Ideas Library


The pizza selection offers something for everyone and as it's designed to share, it means Gradi is an ideal place to dine with a group of friends or for a special occasion.

Just when we thought we couldn't fit in another bite, we were convinced to give the dessert ago and we're so glad we did. We ordered the ricotta cheesecake with chocolate which wasn't overly sweet and the mix of the white chocolate garnish mixed with the heavenly dark chocolate accompaniment made this a dessert two people could likely fight over.

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The ricotta cheesecake courtesy of Gradi. Image:The Ideas Library


Truth be told we could've actually fought over the very last bite if it weren't for this were pleasant surprise by our second specially, designed dessert, what we're told the kitchen called a "flower pot".

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The Gradi special 'flower pot' taste as magic as it looks. Image:The Ideas Library


This beautiful little dessert featured a chocolate wafer, white chocolate mousse, sponge cake, pomegranate seeds, Cointreau jelly and a dusted toffee wafer on top.

Almost too pretty to eat...almost.

Gradi is one of those find you're especially pleased to find located in Crown. Indeed it's convinced us to make a date for the original Gradi 400 in Brunswick sometime very soon!
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Why? For a great night out in Southbank
When: 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Phone: (03) 9696 9888
Where: Crown complex
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