400 Gradi, Norwood
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
400 Gradi has 5 restaurants in Melbourne / Yarra Valley, one in Kuwait, one in New Zealand and now in Norwood – and soon to open in Texas!
Featuring authentic pizzas, the name is derived from 400 being the high temperature at which a thin-based traditional Neapolitan pizza is cooked (for just 90 seconds!) in a wood-fired oven, and Gradi meaning degrees.
The décor of the restaurant is elegant and beautiful. When we went for a Friday lunch, the place was packed so they can probably cope without our publicity! The first thing you notice is the exceptional friendly service the moment you walk in the door – which does not stop there by the way.
As well as a great range of delicious pizzas they also have a few pasta dishes using their freshly hand-made pasta. Everything is fresh and of the highest quality. We started with the Prosciutto do Parma with 30-month figs and grissini. The prosciutto was exquisite and is only cut when you order it and as amazingly fresh. The only thing I could pick on was that this would have been even better with freshly baked, crusty bread instead of the grissini – but it was still outstanding.
For mains we tried the spaghetti with Trapanese pesto, prawns and Avruga caviar and the Caserta pizza with prosciutto and rocket. Both were magnificent and washed down with a delicious Casale Vecchio Montepuiciano.
Located in the heart of Norwood, just up from Osmond Terrace, this is a must-try experience. You won’t regret it.