Andrea Ceriani is one of the six owners of +39 Pizzeria in Melbourne.
Known by critics and pizza lovers alike as one of Melbourne’s best pizzeria’s, everyone from your Italian nonna, to small children will love the authentic Italian pizzas and pastas.
+39 first opened when three passionate Italian foodies (and friends) decided to share their love of beautiful Italian cuisine with all of Melbourne.
Ceriani told Trading Plates that the concept for +39 “was born with the dream of creating a direct link to our beloved Italy from here in Melbourne. It starts with sourcing 100% Italian ingredients and staff, through to our name +39, which is the country code for Italy”.
When you think traditional Italian pizza, less is more. Thin, crusty, chewy bases, vibrant tomato sauce and impeccable meats, cheeses, antipasto and fresh ingredients.
The chef at +39 is Carlo Omede, a 29 year old born in Torino Piemonte.
Ceriani says Omede has spent all of his career in hospitality, starting from the family catering business, to training with some of the most prestigious chefs including Davide Scabin.
“Our menu items are designed following the seasonality of the products and always tested on our blackboards to see how our customers react to it. Our goal is to produce simple, honest Italian food.
“At +39 we try to source our ingredients from Italy as much as possible,” explains Ceriani.
The menu changes about twice a year to match the seasons. Ceriani says they usually produce a fresh, colourful and light summer menu and a more sophisticated winter menu.
“The most popular dishes on the menu are polenta chips and gorgonzola fondue to dip as a starter, followed with a Crudaiola pizza and a tiramisu to finish is probably a popular choice! And why not wash it down with a nice glass of Sangiovese!”
While they may be the most ordered items, Ceriani personally loves a “vino Sangiovese Crudaiola pizza and Marinara”!
“Our point of different is definitely simple honest Italian food served quick, with a smile.”