If you don’t like pizza, you’re not human. For something made of so few ingredients, you’d think it would be easy to nail, right? Bad pizza has no place in this world or in our mouths, and we’ll be damned if we waste another calorie on a sub-par crust or shoddy tom to cheese ratio.
So here it is, our definitive list of the best pizza in Brisbane. Buon Appetito!
Kenmore and Wilston
No list is complete without a mention of the dough-slinging prowess at Pizzeria Violetta. Their perfectly puffy and soft crust is partly to do with their custom-built wood fired oven, and partly due to the workmanship of their talented pizzaiolas. The Boscaiola with porcini mushrooms, bresaola and truffle oil is bellissimo.
Don’t let the unassuming interior fool you, Sorellina is a legit pizzeria: like Ninja Turtle-representing, wood-fired choc-chip and pretzel cookies, legit. A seemingly innocuous interior leaves you free to focus on the main event: the pizza pies. We dig the Neopolitan menu (note for laymen and pizza rookies, this means they’re super thin, and super simple) especially the potato, pancetta, and rosemary pizza with smoked mozzarella and parmesan.
Manned by the most boppin’ groovers to ever put dough on the stone, Neighbourhood Pizza has become a fast favourite with Kenmore locals ever since opening last year. Their menu is dappled in a fine array of both conventional and convention-busting pizzas, from a classic Margherita to the finest Hawaiian going and a Zucchini and ricotta number that we highly recommend.
Enzo & Sons
The hospitality of Enzo & Sons is so prominent it’s even seeped into the décor: A haze of dim lighting, intimate booths, and exposed brick, this Italian bar and pizzeria wraps around you like a comforting hug. Where the pizzas are concerned, but we dig on the pork and fennel pizza with scamorza, or if you’re into purely unctuous luxury check out the four-cheese pizza and throw in a carafe of the house red.
A TUL office stalwart, you’ll find us here most Fridays, Aperol Spritz in hand (no, we’re not kidding). Having mastered the thin/thick, soft/crunchy base ratio, Beccofino’s traditional-style pizzas are a beacon of hope for traditionalists.
When the guys behind Beccofino opened a little brother venue in South Brisbane, the whole southern precinct of Brisbane was introduced to their phenomenal pizza game for the first time, and you can bet hearts were won. Home to some of Brisbane’s best pizzas, Julius Pizzeria is a must for any Brisbane Italian-food fan.
Go for the delicious pizza, stay for the deep-fried pizza dough balls smothered in Nutella for dessert. Even if you're not a dessert person, Prova Pizzeria is worth hitting for their classic slices—personally, we'd go for the ragu pizza (yep, it's a thing), but there's plenty of more standard toppings too, including margherita, capriciosa and gamberi.
A little gem in the city fringe, Colle Rosso is an homage to traditional pizzerias in Italy. A real focus on simplicity and heritage (no Hawaiian toppings in sight!), pizza here is award-winning for a reason. They also do one of our favourite gluten-free pizzas so it’s perfect for everyone.
When PJ McMillan, of Harveys fame, opened an Italian restaurant in Brisbane, we knew Brisbane’s pizza game was about to be lifted a rung or two. Tinderbox Kitchen is a communal Italian-style restaurant where they’re not afraid to go gonzo with the cheeses, and we could happily spend every night of the week kicking back and enjoying their menu. Favourite topping has got to be the Savoyarde, a heady mix of potato, rosemary, bacon, leek and chilli.
We’ve got a full-blown crush on Coppa Spuntino. An Italian spuntino, wine, and aperitivo bar, share plates are the go here, but tucked down the menu between the gnocchi and the heavenly cheeses you’ll find some of Brisbane’s best pizzas, which you will not be so keen on sharing.
Serving up authentic Italian pizzas and sides in West End, Lupa Pizza Bar is the newest Brisbane restaurant to add to your must-try list. The menu features twelve pizzas all up, six with their signature house made red sauce and six with white. You'll also find fresh burrata, prosciutto and cheese boards if what you're craving is not pizza (who ARE you?).
Firing up the tastebuds with some, dare we say, creative pizza flavours, The Burrow’s pizzas are famous among locals for being, well, delicious! For non-traditionalist pizzas, tuck in to the ‘Big Voodoo Daddy’, with pulled pork, chorizo, BBQ bourbon glaze and fresh slaw, or our personal fave, the ‘Bad Mutherfungi’.
The make of a great pizzeria is surely how good a spot’s classic Margherita is. If this is anything to go by at Tartufo, then welcome to the pearly pizza gates. All thin and soft with the perfect topping ratio, is there anything more satisfying than finding a perfect pizza?
When standard toppings just won't do, head for Little G, where a rotating menu board of specials features creative slices like othing you've ever tasted before. We're talking Wagyu cheeseburger, a Reuben number, spanakopita and spaghetti and meatballs. Yes, on a pizza. Keep an eye on their Facebook for specials, and pop in whenever one takes your fancy.
Superfly's menu might be small, but they sure know how to use it. Choose your balls (arancini, of course), the take your pick from one of the seven pizzas—our current fave is the pumpkin with honey, rocket, blue cheese and mozzarella. Vegans are catered for two, thanks to the Veggie Watts with grilled eggplant, zucchini, capsicum, olives, basil, rocket and tahini swirl.
When you're ready to move on from Brisbane's best pizza, here's Brisbane's best Italian restaurants.
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