About Mascalzone Pizzeria Osteria Artigiana

Mascalzone is like a reorientation, a reintroduction to somebody we see every day but whose name we have long forgotten. That somebody is Italian food. Here it is done the good old way, a way often buried in Melbourne beneath a hundred years of industrial development and cheap shortcuts. If you want to reignite your love for Italian food, Williamstown is currently the place to try – just get to Nelson Place quick, because the waft from Mascalzone’s pizza oven is already reaching intrigued noses across the bay.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 5:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Mascalzone Pizzeria Osteria Artigiana
217-219 Nelson Place, Williamstown
Melbourne 3016

Menu Highlights



Focaccia Semplice

Pizza bread with E.V.O and sea salt

Polpettine Al Coccio

Panfried beef & pork meatball in a light tomato and basil sauce served with crostini

Calamari Fritti

Fried calamari flavoured with garlic basil & sun dried tomato served with homemade mayo

More about Mascalzone Pizzeria Osteria Artigiana, Williamstown

Somehow, even after a century and a bit of Italians sprouting offspring sprouting restaurants in Melbourne, the occasional pizzeria manages to appear and seem entirely new, refreshing and exciting. Mascalzone in Williamstown is one of those. It’s really nothing new – quality, honest pizza, pasta and antipasti, made from good, carefully sourced ingredients – but it feels strongly like the exception to the rule for pizzeria in Melbourne. Its space on Nelson Place is suave but rustic, lots of exposed wood, dimmed lighting and some funky hanging gardens, the kind of place you’d happily meet a mate or even a special someone for a drink.

The food, though, is really what makes Mascalzone cool. Gigantic curing hams hang in sight as you enter their Williamstown digs, and the smell of slightly charred dough tells you you’re in the right place. From the antipasti menu try 20-month-aged prosciutto di Parma with buffalo mozzarella, then meander through a menu of traditional Italian salads and pastas showcasing stellar fresh ingredients (seafood stars throughout, unsurprising given Hobsons Bay is a stone’s throw away from this pizzeria on Nelson Place), cracking pizzas celebrating simplicity, and an irresistible spread of desserts, including tiramisu and panna cotta that would remind old nonnas what these treats tasted like before restaurant chains got hold of them.

6 Mascalzone Pizzeria Osteria Artigiana Reviews

6 Reviews
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Noise levels:Pleasant
Value for money:Good value
Chris R.11 days ago · 1 review

Fantastic food. Everyone had pasta and gnocchi and the homemade gnocchi was amazing. Will be going back to try the pizza which also looked amazing

Caz F.a month ago · 1 review

Delicioso! The rocket, walnut, pear & goats cheese salad was amazing - beautifully balanced. The crumbed mozzarella was another delight! Staff are always really great.

Astrid S.2 months ago · 1 review

Great food and service but tables are too close together. Its family friendly and hence gets quite loud. The food is of high quality and fresh, but plating is minimal and a bit too expensive.