Surrounded by franchised fast food and Japanese, Chinese and Malaysian places, Mark’s Place in Carlton is something of a cultural anachronism opposite the University of Melbourne. It makes large cheap old school thick crust pizzas and other Italian food, and is decorated with Australian sporting memorabilia.
Given the trend for thin crust pizza (Bimbo’s, Ladro, Supermaxi etc) the pizzas are as out of fashion as the decor, but that does not mean it’s bad. I’ve tried the capricciosa, which was exactly as you would expect, and the volcano (below, hot salami and lots of chilli), which was good. On a cold winter’s day a hot thick crust pizza is most satisfying, the prices are modest and the staff are friendly.