Nothing transports you to New York quicker than polishing off a 18-inch slice o’ pizza. One bite of those cheesy masterpieces and you may as well be standing right there in Central Park. Luckily for us, there are lots of options to choose from all over town, so you can save yourself a plane ticket and buy more pizza.
We’ve compiled a list of the best New York-style pizza in Melbourne to help satisfy all of your cravings.
Melbourne, Fitzroy, Brunswick East, Richmond
It doesn’t get much more traditional than this one. Sal’s Pizza has been dishing up NY-style slices since 1975 when the store first opened in Queens. Luckily for us, Sal’s son decided to move to Australia and bring the pizza with him. Quite literally, the NYC cheese is from Wisconsin, the Pepperoni comes from upstate New York and the tomatoes are from California.
Pizza Pizza Pizza
There’s nothing Melburnians love more than a hidden bar, and that's exactly what’s on offer at Pizza Pizza Pizza. At first glance, it appears like your standard late-night New York style pizza joint—the venue was designed by Wendy Bergman who is responsible for the likes of Mr Miyagi and Hawker Hall. That is until you watch a bunch of people disappear through the curtain at the back of the shop. Pizza Pizza Pizza serves pizza by the slice, which you can take away, or enjoy while sipping on a martini.
Straight out of the swinging light, rock n roll halls of Heartbreaker, in-house pizza bar, Connie’s, has made it big time, securing a trattoria-style diner for its mega slices and Italia-styled dining just up the stairs from the bar. The all-new restaurant and rooftop Terrazza is headed up by hospitality veteran duo, Michael and Zara Madrusan (Bar Margaux, The Everleigh, Heartbreaker). The inspiration behind the new venture comes from Michael’s Grandmother, Connie, who was instrumental in developing Michael’s love for food and Italian cuisine, the menu features several nods to his formative years which have come to life with head chef, Matteo D’Elia, who’s graced several Michelin-starred kitchens.
We asked you where the best pizza in Melbourne was, and you told us. Sunnyside Sliced is dishing up hand-stretched, stone-baked, 18-inch New York Style Pizzas that can be ordered by the slice or by the pie. This bayside favourite lets you mix and match flavours, so you never have to decide between pepperoni or a classic margarita ever again.
There are a few factors that make Duke Pizza stand out. The dough is fermented for 48 hours, meaning the pizzas are easier to digest as they don’t require as much yeast. There are also 22 varieties on offer including two sizes—the largest being a whopping 22 inches. And, they have their very own buttermilk ranch and pickled mayo sauces for you to dip your crusts in.
Slice Shop Pizza
In the heart of Footscray, you’ll find a quaint New York-style pizza shop lit up with neon lights. Slice Shop Pizza offers 18-inch low fuss, low cost pizzas. They also have vegan cheeses on offer so there are plenty of options to keep everyone satisfied.
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Image credit: Sal's Pizza