our story It all started with 12-year-old Johnny who started working in a pizzeria after school so he could buy a pair of sneakers his parents couldn’t afford. Working his way up the ranks, Johnny developed an “undoughniable” love for the food he was creating and by the age of 15, he was hooked.
The time came for Johnny to head off to university and begin a degree in engineering. It was during a first year lecture when Johnny found himself daydreaming about the physics of pizza dough, and he realized he was taking notes on the wrong subject. Johnny politely excused himself and never returned. His life as a restaurateur began.
‘Making pizza is a sport, an artform and a science. It’s physical, it’s a process and it’s alchemy.' – Johnny Di Francesco
Johnny learned a lot in that one university lecture – namely, go after what you want, and work bloody hard at it. Start from that lecture, fast-forward through a few burnt slices, an extended trip to Italy, thousands of tomatoes with the right amount of basil, to the launch of 400 Gradi in 2008. 400 Gradi embodies Johnny’s passion and love of food, and has resulted in the expansion of the Gradi Group across Melbourne from Brunswick to Essendon, Eastland, Yarra Valley, and Crown Casino, across the border to Adelaide, overseas in Kuwait, Bahrain, New Zealand and now Texas. Even aboard P&O’s Pacific Explorer cruise ship — 400 Gradi to join the Pacific Adventure in 2020.
`I fell in love with making pizza at a young age and it’s more technical than people think. Flour and water – two of the simplest things. When you use them together in the right way, with consideration to factors like texture and temperature – magic is created.’ – Johnny Di Francesco

our awards

World's Best Margherita Pizza 2014Best Pizzeria in Oceania, Australia 2018-2020Guinness World Record Breaker: Greatest Variety of Cheese on a Pizza
400 Gradi adheres to the guidelines of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana and founder Johnny Di Francesco was the first ever Australian inducted into the AVPN. He is the Principal of Australasia for the association. 400 Gradi has solidified its place as the authority on delicious traditional fare and the warmth and hospitality that Italians are known and loved for. We have been honored with awards including ‘World’s Best Pizza’ for our margherita pizza.

our brands

400 Gradi La Vera Pizza Napoletana Our signature brand and the original. Our 400 Gradi venues are design-focused with an inviting atmosphere and our carefully curated full menu. Dinner for any number of diners and functions for any occasion, with warmth and fun, are at our heart.
Zero Gradi Gelateria and Dessert Bar Featuring hand-churned gelato, cannoli, pastries and cakes. Zero Gradi conjures the coastline of Campania with the good times to match. We can't wait for you to come in and try our gelato and sip some Lavazza coffee.