‘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 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 – 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 traveled 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 XXX, together with Johnny Di Francesco have put together a wine list that features some of Australia’s well-known and some lesser-known, producers, International award winning and are forever encouraging our customer’s experience by introducing them to some of the most interesting wines we have to offer. Alongside the wine list there is an assortment of beverages and aperitifs, all of which can be viewed by downloading our wine list

Wine & Beverage List

To celebrate 400 Gradi’s grand opening of the Cicchetti Bar, Grange has prepared a bottling of XXX especially for the restaurant. This can be ordered by the glass or by the bottle and is a great example of what South Australia has to offer. It is also available at our sister restaurants Gradi at Crown and Gradi at Essendon.

The Cicchetti Bar is the perfect place for pre or post dinner drinks and offers a menu of bar snacks from lunchtime onward.

Spend time with Daniele Caputo in a working kitchen and learn about dough making, dough spinning, fresh ingredients and how to make delicious gourmet pizza as well as handmade pasta! You will make traditional and exceptionally flavoursome sauces using herbs and olives from our property to pair with your own dishes.

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.
  • 400 Gradi apron to take home.
  • Take home pasta and pizza to share with friends.
  • Course notes.
  • All the information about equipment for pasta and pizza making at home.

The class takes places in our Brunswick store.

When : Second Saturday of every month.
Time : 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cost : $70 per person

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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