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Pizzas guaranteed to make'a you happy: Time Out picks Melbourne's top purveyors of doughy, cheesy delights

Ooh, pizza: innit nice? We think so; so do the brilliant Italians flipping dough on the regular in Melbourne. Here are our top picks for the lightest of crusts, the cheesiest of cheeses and the most tomatoey of toppings. Party on, pizza posse. (We can also give you the low-down on the best pastaFlinders Lane restaurantsdumpling houses or breakfasts, if that's what you're after.)

North

Lazer Pig
They turn out interesting-without-getting-weird combos at Lazer Pig, with tins of Cuca anchovies on the side for those so inclined. We rock the Queen Margherita – they double down on the mozzarella-basil-sugo trifecta with confitted cherry tomatoes and fior di latte. Collingwood.

D.O.C Carlton
You're forgiven for being overwhelmed by the knee-tremblingly good imported deli stuffs and booze at DOC. Keep it simple with the San Daniele – blushing sheets of prosciutto with air-freighted buffalo mozzarella collapse over a pillowy crust with just the right amount of flex. Carlton.

Queen Margaret
These guys are serious. We’re talking three types of margherita serious. All share the same 24-hour fermented-dough thin crust, a hefty schmack of fleshy tomato and fresh basil, but we reckon the buffalo mozzarella on the QM II beats the parmesan on QM III hands down. Clifton Hill.

Central

Lupino
A modern Italian restaurant putting old-school classics back on the agenda, Lupino's hand-made pizzas and pastas have many admirers. They do a bianco pizza (no tomata’ sauce) that may just turn a few anchovy haters. There’s also an extensive Italian wine list for mouth-dousing. Melbourne.

+39
Loud and bustling, this inner-city space is Italian in the fast lane. Try the Diavola: tomato, spicy spheres of salami, chilli, and stretchy-mellow fior di latte cheese. Or, skip the base entirely and get all the toppings as an antipasti degustazione, served with truffle honey. Melbourne.

South

Ladro Tap
Ladro is the kind of ‘nice joint’ where it’s legit to take a date for pizza. It’s sleek and chic and the wood-fired pizze are outdone only by the Negronis. Try the Scout pizza, with caramelised onions, pungent taleggio cheese and a tangle of oiled and peppered rocket leaves. Prahran.

I Carusi II
At I Carusi II, the tables are linen lined, the wine comes in tumblers and the waiters wink. And that'sa how we like it! They take their time to make both-hands-required bases drooping with fleshy tomato sauce and tiger-sized tiger prawns, but when it's this good who cares? St Kilda.

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Updated on 24 Aug 2015.

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