The round-up: Brisbane’s best pizza joints
No meal is as versatile as pizza – it can cater to nearly any diet and taste and is easily made at home. Meat, cheese, sauce, vegetables, meat, seafood, cheese, meat – if you can dream it, your pizza can have it. Everyone has an opinion of where the best pizza in Brisbane can be found, so instead of simply adding our two cents to the definitive conversation, we decided to compile a list of the spots that do pizza exceptionally well. Check out the list below and then have yourself a pizza party!
Julius Pizzeria, South Brisbane: Fish Lane has steadily established itself as one of Brisbane’s best dining districts thanks to some terrific eat and drink spots and mainstay Julius Pizzeria doesn’t disappoint. Relax in an intimate atmosphere and sample of the best white- and red-based pizzas in town, washed down with an Aperol Spritz.
Beccofino, Teneriffe: The minds behind Julius Pizzeria are also responsible for iconic eatery Beccofino, which has been feeding Teneriffe locals for years. If you judge a pizza place on how its margherita pizza tastes, then prepare to be amazed by Beccofino’s offering.
Neighbourhood Pizza, Kenmore: Few things pair with pizza as well as hip-hop, which is why Neighbourhood Pizza is a must-try. Kick back and enjoy the vibe with eight pizzas available, including varieties topped with speck and ricotta cream, American hot honey with dried chilli and salami, and mushrooms with fontina, thyme and truffle oil.
Sorellina, Wooloongabba: This Woolloongabba destination prides itself on three things – its pizza, wine and beer. We can vouch for all three. The dough here is cold risen for 36 hours, then hand-shaped and fired to lightly charred perfection.
Pizzeria Violetta, various locations: Renata Roberts has created a mini empire within Kenmore with Stavros the Greek, Sichuan Bang Bang and Pizzeria Violetta in Kenmore, putting her spin on some of the world’s favourite cuisines. Renata’s pizzeria offers classic pizzas fresh from an imported AVPN-approved wood-fired pizza oven, keeping things as traditional as possible. You can also get your hands on a slice at the brand’s second dispensary in Wilston.
Prova Pizzeria, Stafford Heights: This Stafford Heights eatery boasts an authentic, imported Stefano Ferraro wood-fire pizza oven, and experienced hands in the kitchen. We’re talking a world-renowned pizzaiolo spinning the dough and creating some truly unique pizzas for you to sample. Sound’s pretty good, doesn’t it?
Sugo mi, Bulimba: Want a truly memorable pizza experience? Sink your teeth into a Pomordorini pizza with smoked sugo, mozzarella, sopressa, tomatoes, olives and basil and follow it up with some award-winning Italian gelato. Bliss.
La Lupa, West End: This pizza joint specialises in Roman-style pizza which, for the uninitiated, means that a different kind of slow-fermenting dough is employed to create a lighter and more easily digestible pizza. Six white and six red pizzas are on offer, in addition to focaccia-style lupacchiotto bites, dessert pizzas and a range of natural wines from Italy.
Coppa Spuntino, Brisbane City: Fancy a great pizza and a cocktail? Coppa Spuntino serves up a selection of small pizzas and also boasts a sizeable cocktail list that includes nine kinds of negroni. Nine!
Martha Street Kitchen, Camp Hill: This chic pizzeria does a great job of doing justice to Italian cuisine as a whole, but we simply can’t go past the pizzas. Want proof? Sample the likes of pancetta and radicchio pizzas, prosciutto pizzas with bocconcini and figs, and prawn pizzas with chorizo and piquillo peppers.
Tartufo, Fortitude Valley: The iconic Italian city of Naples and the surrounding regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Abruzzo inspire this restaurant’s pizza menu. Tartufo prides itself on making true Neapolitan pizza with the best ingredients available.
The Burrow, West End: This cosy nook in West End is a terrific spot to enjoy a relaxed gathering with friends, made even more enjoyable with the addition of great pizza. Enjoy the Bad Muther-Fungi heaped high with mushrooms, pancetta, blue cheese sauce and mozzarella on a tomato base, or try for the Tropical Meat Storm with double smoked bacon, pepperoni, pineapple, red onion, chilli flakes and herbs.
Gianni’s Kitchen, Newstead: Just off Commercial Road sits Gianni’s Kitchen, an Italian-style eatery with deli serving some of the best smallgoods in town. Stick around and try a pizza topped with the likes of Sicilian sausage, salame picante, parma ham or artichokes and mushrooms.
Salt Meats Cheese, various locations: The famed Sydney-born Italian brand expanded to Brisbane in 2017, bringing with it some formidable fare including rosse and bianche pizzas, as well as some calzoni. We’re frothing over the capricciosa with mushrooms, ham and artichokes, and the four-cheese pizza with fior di latte, taleggio, gorgonzola and provola.
Pizzeria 1760, Yeronga: Yeronga locals love the intimate setting and convenience of this pizza dispensary. Pizzeria 1760’s Beech pizza oven churns out amazing pizzas and calzones, with gluten-free pizza options available.
La Pinsa, Paddington: Okay, just to be clear – this is pinsa, not pizza. The difference is in the dough, which is made from a traditional recipe that results in a lighter form of base. That being said, you can still get the pizza experience here, with pinsa topped with an array of fresh and tasty ingredients.
Colle Rosso, Red Hill: Craving an authentic pizza hit? This suburban stunner dishes out slices that will have you salivating. Colle Rosso serves up a wide selection of red- and white-base pizzas made using traditional methods and fresh, local toppings.
Luigi’s Italian, West End: While you may know Luigi best as a plumber, we can assure you that one bite of this pizza will create a new association with the name entirely.Flavour is king here – traditional methods and modern ideas combine to create some seriously sumptuous slices.
Superfly Pizza, Woolloongabba: While we may have lost one of our city’s coolest little izakayas, Superfly’s renaissance as a pizza joint has gifted us some of Brisbane’s best slices. This cute community hub keeps it classic with six options done incredibly well – we call dibs on the pumpkin and honey.
Stone & Brew, Highgate Hill: Take a walk on the wild side at Stone & Brew, a killer spot that’s not afraid to experiment. The carefully crafted bases (that go through a 24-hour fermentation process) are topped with combos like blue-vein cheese and anchovies, oven-roasted lamb, chicken carbonara and wild mushrooms.
Honourable mentions: A list like this is bound to be divisive, but Brisbane is flush with primo pizza spots beyond what is featured on this list. Other top-notch pizzerias include Il Forno in Sandgate, Tocco Italiano in Chelmer and Teneriffe, Casa Cibo in Chermside, Osteria Epoca in Yeronga, Mr Chester Wine Bar in Fortitude Valley, Corbett & Claude in The City, Il Posto in Paddington, Popolo in South Bank, and Little G in Dutton Park.
We’ve also put together a handy list of vegan-friendly pizzerias. To find out where to satiate your plant-based slice cravings, click here.
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