400 Gradi is the brainchild of chef and V.P.N. Principal Johnny Di Francesco, who's family hail from Naples in Southern coastal Italy - the home of 'world's best' pizza. Johnny has a series of Pizza and Calzone outlets with the 400 Gradi restaurant being the flagship of the group.
The 400 Gradi interiors are all about classic Italian textures, with walls of espresso ribbons of Stucco Veneziana and sweeping golden calligraphy. Black and antique gold pendant lightsand a charcoal Terrazzo style polished floor all reflect a golden hue. A bar honed from a dark veined slab of 160 year old red gum, salumi cabinets and antique slicers are all part of the theatre.. Outside there's plenty more tables for dining where the usual sophistication of the 'other' end of Lygon Street is apparent.
Johnny is the first Australian ever trained in Naples to the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana VPN rules and he's the association's Australasian Principal, travelling the region ensuring pizzeria's are of the highest standard before officially inducting them into the Association.
Appearing regularly on the 'Regional Italian Cuisine' program and having appeared at the famous Caesars Palace during the Las Vegas International Pizza Expo Johnny also regularly holds seasonal Masterclasses at both The Electrolux Kitchen at The Queen Victoria Market Cooking School, and also at 400 Gradi - fast becoming recognised as Melbourne's Mr. Pizza!
''Producing the right pizza comes from the heart.. Real Neapolitan - style pizza is just a beautiful thing'. Johnny Di Francesco Pizzaiolo, Chef, Restaurateur
400 Gradi Locations
99 Lygon St, Brunswick East VIC 3057
Phone: (03) 9380 2320
93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East VIC 3057
Phone: (03) 9994 5303
110 Keilor Rd, Essendon VIC 3040
Phone: (03) 9351 6690
8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006
Phone: (03) 9292 5777
Eastland Shopping Centre
R05/175 Maroondah Highway Service Road, Ringwood VIC 3134
Phone: (03) 8822 0748
878-880 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, VIC 3770
Phone: (03) 5957 3399
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→ Johnny Di Francesco | #1 Pizza World Champion
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