Australia is officially the home of the world's greatest margherita pizza: Johnny Di Francesco, the owner of 400 Gradi in a suburb of Melbourne, took home top honors at the Pizza World Championships, or Campionato Mondiale della Pizza, in Parma, Italy this past Friday. According to the Guardian, the world championships "attracted 600 entrants from 35 countries, including six from Australia."
The 400 Gradi website notes that "Johnny was the first ever pizzaiolo from Australia to train in Naples and then be inducted into the AVPN" which is short for Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. Good Food AU reports that this was Di Francesco's "second attempt at the prize." It's been a winning year so far for the pizzaiolo who took third place in the "best pizza maker in the world" competition at Las Vegas' International Pizza Expo in March.
· Home of the world's best margherita pizza? Melbourne [Guardian]
· World's best pizza made in Melbourne [Good Food AU]
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