World’s Best Pizza – Johnny Di Francesco

Melbourne based Johnny Di Francesco is well known amongst Australian food lovers for being one of the best in the pizza business and has earned himself the loving nickname of ‘Mr Pizza’.

Named the best in the world at The 2014 World Pizza Championships in Parma, Johnny’s passion for Italian cuisine draws from traditional Neapolitan techniques.

In his first book, World’s Best Pizza, Johnny walks us through the principles of creating, well, the world’s best pizza!

First up he shares the basics of creating the perfect dough, and he hasn’t forgotten about our gluten intolerant friends or those of us who prefer a wholemeal dough either. Then this master of the pizza oven turns starters on their heads and shares a delicious selection of pizza starters like bruschetta pizza, then he moves into the delightful world of Pizza Montanara (translate – deep fried pizza). Then get ready for the world of classic Italian pizza toppings, calzone and dessert calzone and pizzas.

Johnny will join us in the Let’s Cook That Book kitchen studio every month so keep an eye out for his new video clips.


Join Johnny at 400 Gradi, Lygon Street, Brunswick for his Pizza Masterclass to learn all about the true art and science that goes into creating, The World’s Best Pizza!

For more information on these classes head to Gradi’s website.

Calzone Alla Nutella – Johnny Di Francesco
Pizza Margherita – Johnny Di Francesco
Pizza Dough – Johnny Di Francesco
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