is this the best pizza ever? | +39 Pizzeria

the entrance on Little Bourke St


Pizza is my weakness. I’m referring to proper Italian pizza, not that tasteless cardboard Pizza Hut and Dominos peddle in the guise of “pizza”.

Over the last couple of years I’ve been slowly working my way through Sydney’s top 10 pizza restaurants (according to the SMH Good Food Guide) and I must say that although Number 3 on their list is Rosso Pomodoro in Balmain, in my heart (and tummy) it is Numero Uno!

Even though I’m in Melbourne, after last night’s perfectly paired pans, my heart has to make way for a new contender. Drum roll please…. +39 Pizzeria on Little Bourke Street.

Oh. My. Lord. it is good pizza. The perfect base; a crust that is crispy yet chewy with the beautifully imperfect shape that only hand spun dough can produce, cooked in a stone oven so it randomly leaves its charred fingerprints on the pizza lip. Topped with the minimalist of ingredients that are traditional, well-thought and executed.

the interior


last night’s blackboard

From a list of 17 pizza choices, this is what we had.

Starting with wine and an entree

the vino: Gran Sasso Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

Like all of their ingredients (I mean ALL including the waiters and down to the salt & pepper on the tables) the wine is Italian. It has a medium body & tannins and tastes of smoky leather and berries, similar to a young shiraz. It’s good!

Collezione Bruschette

The collection of three bruschetta are (L) porcine mushrooms, (M) cherry tomato, buffalo mozzarella & basil pesto and (R) cannellini bean puree with speck.


The Diavola is a spicy pizza with Italian tomato salsa, Fior Di Latte (mild cow’s milk mozzarella-style cheese), salami & chilli. Jay & I both agree that the Diavola at Rosso Pomodoro is actually better, but the base on this one….wow!

Sole E Luna & Insalata Mista

The Sole E Luna is a half Calzone pizza filled with ham and Fior Di Latte & half Margherita pizza. I am in heaven! It is possibly the best pizza I’ve ever eaten (big call I know)! We also have the Insalata Mista which is mixed leaf salad with a citrus dressing. I don’t know why I get so excited over well dressed salad leaves but this salad is so divine!

Although their dessert menu looked amazing (house-made Tiramisu & cannoli, Nutella pizza with strawberries & a variety of gelato) we’re too full for dessert. Probably just as well, since I’m waaaaay over my calorie intake for the day! But for an extra couple of kilometers on the treadmill, it was totally worth it!

+39 Pizzeria | 362 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Published by thisismelly

Mel @thisismelly lives a life of adventure, gets lost in farmer’s markets, regularly indulges in movies, loves to whip up gourmet meals in the kitchen, swears that one day she will learn to speak French properly, adores candles and fresh flowers, married her high school sweetheart, visited 19 countries and counting, fears an apocalyptic rage-virus, regularly spoils her cavoodle Harley, loves walking along the harbour, is decorated with ink, muddles her right & left, seasonally switches between blonde and brunette, has soul-mates, favours painted nails & dangly earrings, always orders the 'plateau de fromages', is obsessed with British or Scandinavian crime fiction, detests creepy-crawlies & people who take too long to order coffee, gives terrible directions, makes up crazy dances for her devilishly handsome husband, believes in good, would always be dressed in Saint Laurent, Gucci & Chloe if she could, adores Tex-Mex & Japanese, loves the smell of rain & evening jasmine, may be addicted to Instagram&Pinterest, is always on the hunt for a really good macchiato, is James Taylor’s biggest fan, gets rowdy with tequila, dreams every night, takes pickles, jalapeños & dried fruit for movie snacks, would hate a world without French champagne, adores Pantone 1765, almost always wishes she was lying on the sand in the sun, is an inconsistent Paleo convert and although she is a hopeless Francophile she will forever be smitten with Sydney.

3 thoughts on “is this the best pizza ever? | +39 Pizzeria

  1. I’m with you! I think it IS the best pizza. Maybe the best in Melbourne and Rosso is the best in Sydney? Let’s go with that and then there’s room in your heart for both of them 🙂

    I had the The Sole E Luna when I was there with Aunty B.


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