400 Gradi – Essendon

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Some days you feel like being ultra productive, do your laundry, clean your house, meal prep and conquer astro phsyics whilst blogging. And then there are days where you wake up and decide that you’re going to have two dinners.

400 Gradi has enjoyed success receiving ‘The Best Magherita in the World’ a coveted prize that has curious locals (like me) and the rest of the world noticing. I like pizza and I eat a decent amount of it that borders between obsession and straight psychotic. Which begs the question, what a will the world’s best slice do to me?

As the great Reggie Fils-amie once said, ‘My body is ready’. Also, if that last sentence sounded as though Reggie is dead – he’s not. I assure you, his very much alive. Wikipedia confirms this. To the food!

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Fiori di Zucca (Zucchini flower stuffed w/ buffalo ricotta, spanner crab and chilli) – $21
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Prosciutto Crudo di Parma / Wagyu Bresaola – $39
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Garlic foccacia – $14
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Calamari fritti (Flash fried calamari served w/ watercress, mint, radicchio salad and roasted pepper almond aioli) – $24
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Spaghettini al Granchio (Spaghettini w/ spanner crab meat, garlic, chilli, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, white win and lobster bisque) – $36
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Margherita verace (San marzano tomato, fior di latte, basil and extra virgin olive oil) – $22
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Diavola (San marzano tomato, fior di latte, hot salami and rocket) – $24
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Fruitti di mare (San marzano tomato, fior di latte, mussels, prawns, clams, scallops and rocket) – $29

400 Gradi welcome diners with an air of intimacy and waiters take your orders with confidence of knowing the menu with ease. Also helps that they sport a handsome moustache and a charismatic Italian accent to boot. Definitely a good place for first dates as you pretend you’re not a messy eater and play the ‘will-she, won’t-she’ game for the next for months.

The awesome:

  • The pizza’s at Gradi are tasty. They have the crust baked to a crusty, chewy delight that blends with the ingredients well. I ordered the standard Margherita and was prompted by the waiter that the yellow version yields a much better, sweeter flavour. Whilst eating yellow tomato’s was a bit off putting at first, I didn’t notice the tomato being any sweeter. Great for instagram but my heart still belongs with the Margherita’s at D.O.C. The Diavola is virtually the same in terms of it’s sister restaurant at Docklands.
  • Ingredients all taste fresh at Gradi as the natural flavours shone through. Sodium lovers like me may need a pinch of salt here and there.

I will eventually make my way to Gradi’s Brunswick branch as this where they won the coveted award. In the mean time, I’ll keep my options open!

3 moustaches out 5

400 Gradi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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