The quiet cousin in Melbourne’s dynamic pizza family, we keep coming back to the humble margherita, haters be damned. Just like your favourite, soft worn track pants, a margherita pizza is unpretentious simplicity at its finest. Here’s where to locate some of Melbourne’s best.
Eat’aliano by Pino
Barely a handful of ingredients are used to create the perfect margherita pizza. At Eat’aliano by Pino, the team knows quality produce is crucial for this cheesy decadence. Often considered the king of tomatoes, Eat’aliano by Pino only use san marzano tomatoes with mozzarella and fresh basil on their paper-thin pizza bases. Trust us, you’ll taste the difference.
Awarded the ultimate pizza crown earlier this year at the annual Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza (Pizza World Championship) in Parma, Italy, Pizzaly hasn’t budged a chair in their Preston home. With a handful of plain wooden tables in an open-bricked restaurant – locals and foodies travel far to visit this Preston hidey-hole for their no-frills, fragrant margherita with fior di latte and origano.
The finest san marzano tomatoes, indulgently creamy fior di latte, parmigiano, fresh basil and a dash of olive oil comes together to create the most delightful combination of creamy, rich, herby flavours at Il Pizzaiolo. Pizza bases are impeccably light in the middle and puffy on the outside.
The pizza royalty of Brighton – Queen Margherita more than lives up to her namesake. With a recently launched vegan-friendly and gluten-free menu, the Queen caters to every one of her humble patrons. We won’t be sharing any of their classic margherita with a no-fail combination of tomato, mozzarella cheese and basil.
This is one Baby we wouldn’t mind babysitting. Don’t get distracted by the rest of the impressively creative pizza menu – you’re after the king of pizza. Made with basil, san marzano tomatoes (tick), fior di latte (tick!) and Sicilian olive oil (BOOM), these four humble hubbies create a margherita pizza that can’t be improved.
+39 Pizzeria is a lot like your Nonna’s kitchen – homely, generous and you’re guaranteed to leave feeling a touch too full. Among the epic pizza combinations at their CBD and Toorak locations quietly sits the Italian tomato salsa, fior di latte and basil margherita pizza. There’s a reason this pizza was named after a queen.
Essendon, Brunswick East, Ringwood, CBD
Thrust into foodie fame following their pizza crowning in Parma, Italy, if you haven’t made your way into 400 Gradi yet, we might have to remove your foodie badge of honour. 400 Gradi’s puffed, airy crust is infamously addictive, but their combination of san marzano tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil will have you fighting for the last piece.
CBD, South Yarra, Docklands
Making pizza sexy again at the generously low price of $15.50, A25’s rich margherita is slathered in tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil for the easiest lunch choice ever.
Pizza Meine Leibe
Pizza Meine Leibe (“Pizza my love” in German) has plenty to offer. It might look a little worse for wear, but just like true love, it’s what underneath that counts. Their thin, slightly chewy margheritas are topped with tomato, double mozzarella and fresh basil leaves.
As any pizza lover knows – pizza isn’t an art, it’s a religion. Pizza Religion might not be dishing out traditional margheritas, but there’s definitely nothing to complain about when it comes to their contemporary take with a tomato medley, fior di latte, basil and crisp garlic on a crispy thin base.
Carlton, Albert Park, Mornington
With a well-deserved cult following, DOC Pizza’s margherita pizza doesn’t disappoint. Ladled on an ultra thin base with a light ‘n crispy crust, the san marzano tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil combo is impeccably executed.
Generous creamy circles of fior di latte on top of a rich san marzano tomato and basil base creates this addictively unassuming margherita from local favourite St Domenico. A pizza this won’t hurt your hip pocket either – with two for $30 pizzas every Sunday to Thursday from 5pm-7pm.
Pizzas reach their optimum crispy heights at South Yarra’s Fratellino Pizzeria. Golden brown from the middle to the very edge of each slice, it’s the ideal platform for their tomato, mozzarella, basil, oregano and olive oil combo.
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Image credit: St Domenico, Griffin Simm for The Urban List.