The round-up: grab a slice of some of the Gold Coast’s best pizzas
A pizza that is made with love and the finest quality ingredients is truly a work of art. A delightfully thin, crispy base adorned with a restrained scattering of toppings and smothered with molten-hot mozzarella. It’s a sight to behold before eagerly devouring. As with all art, it is subjective but we’ve rounded up a bunch of pizza places that are well worth a visit.
Goccia, Mermaid Beach: This is the real deal – if you haven’t had an authentic Italian experience at Goccia, you need to rectify the situation immediately. Order a glass of Italian chianti (or birra) then settle in as your white or red-based pizza is fired in the oven. Hot tip – the Bosco with mozzarella, porchini mushroom, blue cheese and prosciutto is pretty life changing.
Francie’s, Coolangatta: Francie’s is a quaint (and super cute) pizzeria located in the heart of Coolangatta, which specialises in neo-Neopolitan pizzas. The dough goes through long fermentation process before being hand-stretched, topped with glorious combinations like Pears Brosnan (pear, gorgonzola, speck, thyme and fior di latte) and Fennel Countdown (housemade fennel sausage, red onion, parmigiano reggiano, tomato and garlic crumb). By the way, there’s a separate vegan menu here too and it’s primo.
Jafa, Southport: Is there anything better in life than pizza and wine? This dreamy combination forms the core of Jafa, with owner (ex-Nobu Melbourne chef) Michael Hopkinson keeping the pizzas to the simplest form. The hand-stretched bases are dressed with combinations like pepperoni, tomato and mozzarella, truffled mushrooms on a ricotta base with peas and thyme, and wagyu meatballs with mozzarella and zucchini, before being fired to perfection.
Arlo’s Pizzeria, Chevron Island: For a casual bite or a takeaway pizza pie, Arlo’s is a no-brainer. The perfectly crisp bases are handcrafted and topped with a range of flavours from traditional Italian to more modern combinations, with a bunch of weekly specials thrown in to keep you guessing. Bring your own bottle of vino, kick back and let the masters do their thing.
Cucina Vivo, Broadbeach: How often have you found yourself daydreaming about relaxing on the Amalfi Coast nibbling pizza with a wine in hand? Well, Cucina Vivo is as close as you’ll get to this dream situation. Think combinations like scamorza cheese, parmesan, fennel sausage, friarielli (fancy greens) and chilli flakes – or warm up with a Calzone Napoletano filled with ricotta, provolone cheese, salami, leg ham topped with tomato sauce and cheese.
Zero 81, Chirn Park: Zero 81 is an authentic pizzeria in Chirn Park, serving traditional pizzas based on methods used in Naples, Italy. On the menu you’ll find a bunch of rossa (red) and bianca (white) based pizzas, with traditional flavours from salami, ham and Italian sausage with tomato and fior di latte, through to the four cheese (gorgonzola, parmesan, scarmoza and fior di latte), and meatballs with parmesan and basil.
Justin Lane, Burleigh Heads: This is the coast’s OG pizza joint – you’re guaranteed a good munch here, with sourdough pizzas in delightful combinations like pork belly, potato, caramelised onion, fior di latte and chives. The cabbage, mint, peas, chilli, aioli, raddish and ricotta salad is a great vibe on the side.
Gemellini, Gemelli and Roy’s by Gemelli: The pizza ethos extends throughout the Carney brother’s three Italian venues. All of the pizzas are handmade and woodfired with delicious authentic combinations. We’re partial to a few slices of the Che Stupido, with fior di latte, salami, fennel sausage and chilli.
Double Zero, Broadbeach: Tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of Broadbeach, Double Zero offers an authentic Italian experience with mouth-watering woodfired pizzas that are the deal deal. Plus, it’s cosy and warmly lit, making it the perfect winter hang.
Mr PP’s Rooftop & Deli, Southport: Few things some close to sitting on Mr PP’s rooftop with a bottled negroni and pizza in hand. You’ll find a tight selection of the woodfired variety here, with simple toppings like prosciutto, rocket and gruyere, and pork belly, pear and fior di latte.
Salt Meats Cheese, Surfers Paradise: If you’re into all-things cheese and have a genuine love for pizza (and pasta) then Salt Meats Cheese will be your nirvana. Choose from a decent selection of classic pizzas or get a little bit exotic with the signature range featuring combinations like the Black Lobster with an eye-catching squid-ink base, fior di latte, lobster, provolone, garlic oil and thyme.
Cicchetti, Isle of Capri: Cicchetti plates up a modern take on traditional Italian fare and demonstrates the true art of culinary restraint allowing the beautiful and authentic flavours to shine through – the simple and tasty pizzas come out bubbling straight from the woodfire and taste just like Nonna’s.
Balboa Italian, Palm Beach: Of an evening, Palm Beach locals are often met with the mesmerising aroma of delicious hand-rolled dough bases dressed with cheeses, garlic and cured meats all bubbling away in the woodfired oven. The pizzas here are rustic, authentic and best consumed with a bold red (or three).
Honourable mentions: Friends, that is just the tip of it – there are plenty of top-notch pizzas being thrown around all corners of the Gold Coast. Once you’ve eaten through this list, be sure to check out local faves like Mario’s Italian, Lucky Luciano’s, Pepe Italia, Tom Ugly’s, Rivea Italian, That’s Amore and JFK Woodfired – then explore our Stumble Guide for more.
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