Born from a desire to bring traditional, authentic Neapolitan cuisine to Melbourne, 400 Gradi offers customers the ultimate Italian dining experience. But it was not the love for Italian food that started this business. It was the desire for a pair of sneakers.

Since the age of 12, 400 Gradi founder Johnny Di Francesco has had a love for pizza and traditional Italian food that has driven him. Starting at the very bottom, Johnny began working in a pizzeria after school so he could buy himself the sneakers that his parents could not afford for him. Working his way up the ranks, Johnny developed an undeniable love for the food he was creating and by the age of 15, he was hooked.

Having commenced an engineering degree, Johnny realised in a first year lecture that he was constantly daydreaming about getting back to his job at the pizza shop. Gathering his things, he excused himself to go to the bathroom, and never returned. Johnny’s life as a restaurateur began.

After heading to Italy to train in traditional techniques, methods, and in restaurants across the country, Johnny returned to Melbourne determined to introduce the food of Naples to his homeland in Melbourne.


  • Business Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Reservations Recommended
  • Sharing Menu
  • Takes Reservations
  • Wheelchair Accessible



  • Mon – Sun. 12pm-11pm



  • Wheelchair Accessible


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