About

our story 400 GRADI WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2008, WITH OUR FLAGSHIP SITE IN THE HEART OF BRUNSWICK. LIKE MOST ITALIAN FAMILIES, WE'VE GROWN. WE HAVE LOCATIONS AROUND THE WORLD WITH PASSIONATE TEAMS COMMITTED TO OFFERING HEARTFELT CUISINE IN A WARM ATMOSPHERE.
FOUNDER JOHNNY DI FRANCESCO GOT HIS FIRST JOB MAKING PIZZA AT THE AGE OF 12, MOTIVATED BY WANTING TO BUY A PAIR OF NIKES THAT HIS FAMILY COULDN’T AFFORD. HE BOUGHT THE NIKES AND HIS PASSION FOR THE ART OF PIZZA GREW.
‘Making pizza is a sport, an artform and a science. It’s physical, it’s a process and it’s alchemy.' – Johnny Di Francesco
AFTER SEVERAL TRIPS TO THE MOTHERLAND, JOHNNY DECIDED IT WAS TIME THAT AUSTRALIANS GOT A TASTE OF NEOPOLITAN PIZZA. COOKED AT 400 DEGREES FOR JUST 90 SECONDS, THE PIZZA WAS A HIT. FRESH PASTA MADE BY HAND AND A MENU OF ANTIPASTI AND QUALITY ITALIAN FARE HAS MADE 400 GRADI A HOUSEHOLD NAME. WITH HIS WIFE MARIA AND A STELLAR TEAM OF ENTHUSIASTS, JOHNNY HAS EXPANDED THE GRADI FAMILY ACROSS MULTIPLE BRANDS ALL OFFERING AN AUTHENTIC ITALIAN DINING EXPERIENCE. JOHNNY HAS AUTHORED TWO COOKBOOKS AND HAS MADE HEADLINES AND TELEVISION APPEARANCES GLOBALLY.
`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

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 honoured with awards including ‘World’s best Pizza’ for our margherita and ‘Best Pizzeria in Oceania’ three years running.

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 & Dessert Bar - Hand-churned gelato, cannoli, pastries and cakes. Zero Gradi conjures the coastline of Campania with the good times to match. We offer gelato and cannoli cart hire and look out for our famous Zero Gradi Piaggio Ape (three wheeled truck).
Gradi Mercato Delicatessan & Grocer - Like visiting the street markets of rural Italy, Gradi Mercato is where you’ll find all our favourite secret ingredients along with our take-home family meals. From salumi to fior di latte, from semolina flour to our pre-made tiramisu, our shelves are stocked for your picking pleasure.
Gradi Pronto Pizza and Pasta To-go - We’re bringing great pizza, pasta and dessert – perfect for a bite on the go – to locations like stadiums, airports and pubs. Because when you’re out and about you should be able to pick up high-quality food, fast.
Masterclasses Our popular masterclasses run both in person and virtually with founder Johnny Di Francesco. You can learn all the trade secrets in making the perfect Neapolitan pizza, along with fresh pasta. We also run masterclasses for kids, for bambinos who love to cook (and eat).
Our Store We’re working to bring our favourite tools of the trade and quality wares to our online space. Our store is a one-stop shop for booking in masterclasses too.