The family behind Bayside’s new pizza restaurant Queen Margherita have serious pizza pedigree. Ubaldo Di Pietrantonio opened the famous Pinocchio’s Pizza restaurant in South Yarra in 1971. A true leader, Ubaldo was the first pizza restaurateur to use a conveyer oven in the early 1980s and Pinocchio’s remained a fast favourite with locals and celebrities alike for over 40 years.
Learning the royal ropes from a young age Marco Di Pietrantonio picked up where his father’s empire left off, bringing with him his own ideas and a signature pizza he would become famous for – The Ocram (spell Marco backwards, add hot salami and olives and you got it!). With a love of fine Italian food, quality produce and the perfect pizza, Marco’s new venture Queen Margherita is aptly named.
Over the past five years Marco has been working on a new pizza dough recipe using the finest quality flour from a celebrated mill in South Australia. Combine this with the latest stone bake pizza oven technology from Italy, where the pizza is cooked at a lower temperature for longer and you have pizza fit for a Queen and her court!