Real Neapolitan style pizza is
just a beautiful thing

Johnny Di Francesco –
Pizzaiolo, Chef, Restaurateur

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 lights and 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 – fast becoming recognised as Melbourne’s Mr. Pizza!

Food…

Gradi’s menu is a showcase of the food of Naples. Its Mediterranean coastal location means that wood-fire pizza and seafood are always the star. Universally, Naples is recognized as the home of the wood-fire pizza – the original being named after Queen Margherita of Italy.

When Johnny’s family travelled from Naples in the 50’s, little did they dream that he would spend his life bringing the food of Naples back to Australia.

Wines & beverages…

400 Gradi’s sommelier together with Johnny Di Francesco have put together a wine list that features some of Australia’s finest wine producers and world renowned wine. We are forever encouraging our customer experience by introducing them to the most interesting variety of wine that we have on offer. Alongside the wine list there is an assortment of beverages and aperitifs.

Cicchetti Bar

The Cicchetti Bar is the perfect place for pre and post dinner drinks.  It offers a menu of Italian bar snacks. It will be open from midday onwards.

Cicchetti Bar Menu

Wine List

Spend time with Daniele Caputo learning about the art of dough making, pizza dough spinning, fresh ingredients and how to make delicious Neapolitan wood-fire pizza as well as handmade pasta! We will also show you how to make exceptionally traditional flavoursome sauces using herbs.

What’s included?

  • Start the day with a farm roasted coffee.
  • Mix the flour and water to make your own pasta and pizza dough.
  • Understand the importance of extra virgin olive oil and fresh ingredients.
  • Hands on cooking in our commercial kitchen.
  • Glass of Italian wine to compliment your dish.
  • Take home pasta and pizza dough to share with friends.
  • Course notes.
  • All the information about equipment for pasta and pizza making at home.

The classes take place at our flagship site at 400 Gradi, East Brunswick.

Adults Master Class

When : Please ring on 9380 2320 for availability
Time : 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cost : $120 per person

Adults Spinning Class

When : Please ring on 9380 2320 for availability
Time : 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cost : $120 per person

Kid’s Master Class

When : Please ring on 9380 2320 for availability
Time : 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cost : $30 per child

For Bookings call 03 9380 2320

400 Gradi is available for group bookings and private hire, either just the restaurant or the chichetti bar in its entirety. For sample group and event menus and to discuss your event further please fill in your details below or write to us directly.

T_ 9380 2320
99 Lygon Street
East Brunswick VIC 3057 Australia

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