Pizza, Wine & A Glorious Dessert at 400 Gradi

February 26, 2016

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It was a quiet Thursday night in Coburg and Sim and I were tucked up on the couch watching SBS’s Food Network. Standard. The TV show was talking about the best wood-fire ovens in Australia and my ears pricked up when the host spoke about a pizza restaurant in Brunswick, Melbourne. After watching the show and drooling over the warm, toasty goodness which was being shoveled in and out of the handmade wood-fire oven, Sim and I jotted down the name of the restaurant and immediately made a booking for the following Saturday night.

It was an absolute pleasure to visit 400 Gradi on Lygon Street, Brunswick. It was a warm Saturday night and we’d just enjoyed a coffee catch up with friends down the road in Carlton. We entered the restaurant feeling relaxed and chatty, and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming as the smell of wood-fire pizzas filled the air. Heaven.

We figured a pizza each was the way to go (warning: each pizza is pretty substantial). I ordered a vegetarian, Toscana, with toppings of mushroom, goats cheese and rocket, and Sim ordered the Frutti di mare which had a tomato base topped with prawns, mussels, clams, scallops and rocket. We grabbed a glass of red wine and chatted with anticipation as we felt the heat of the wood-oven fire on our backs and took in the lively atmosphere of the restaurant. One thing I love about Italian restaurants is how buzzing the good ones are, there’s always lots of loud chatter, big families gathered around tables and the kitchen smells so delicious – and 400 Gradi nailed it all.

Once our food arrived we barely spoke because it tasted so good.
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I thought the pizza was pretty fab, but then… dessert happened. Freshly-made, proper tiramisu. It rivalled the tiramisu I ate in Venice and by the time we polished that off, we were well and truly stuffed.

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We rolled out of there while it was still light outside and went home nursing our full (but very satisfied) bellies. The Brunswick area of Lygon Street had such a lovely vibe; people were spilling out onto the streets with a glass of wine in hand, music was playing in the distance and I recall the air being filled with the sounds of laughing and chatter. I highly recommend all Melbournians pay 400 Gradi a visit!

Thank you SBS for your deliciously tempting Food Network.

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  • Reply Ali Lloyd March 1, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Nice post Kate. Can’t wait to visit when I’m in Melbourne next time!

    • Reply lillytales March 1, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      It’s on the list for your next visit, for sure! x

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