Johnny Di Francesco
Number one in the world for STG (Specialita’ Tradizionale Garantita) pizza Owner, 400 Gradi Group
When it comes to making the world’s best pizza, Australian Pizzaiolo don’t usually spring to mind – but one Aussie has changed that.
Known as “Mr Pizza” at home, Melbourne based Johnny Di Francesco is the head of Gradi Group and was named the best in the world at The 2014 World Pizza Championships in Napoli.
Johnny’s passion for Italian cusine draws from traditional Neapolitan techniques, with his family originating from Naples. And with a host of award wins and a number of successful restaurants under his belt, Johnny has established himself as a force to be reckoned with internationally.
On invitation, Johnny has represented his home country in several key pizza events. Judging and competing. Johnny has visited Paris, Las Vegas and Parma to share his expert knowledge and put his unique stamp on the international pizza domain.
Johnny’s dedication to making world-class pizza has also awarded him the coveted position of Australasian Principal of V.P.N, an international association based in Naples that is dedicated to protecting and promoting authentic Neapolitan Pizza.
Accolades and achievements
Crowned #1 at the 2014 World Pizza Championship for best STG pizza in 2014
Australasian Principal of V.P.N
Named #3 at the 2014 Vegas International Pizza Expo for STG pizza
Invited back to World Pizza Championship to judge in 2015
Captain of The Australian Pizza Team
Ambassador and judge representing Australia at regular international events such as the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas and the famous Parizza event in Paris
National and international media sensation, putting Australia on the world map for amazing, authentic pizza
Creation of the 99 cheese pizza, resulting in international coverage
Invited to create pizza to celebrate Sophia Loren’s Melbourne visit
400 Gradi at Melbourne’s Crown Casino
400 Gradi East
400 Gradi Cicchetti bar
400 Gradi Essendon