Restaurants

20 Of Brisbane’s Best Pizza Joints

By Catherine Blake
26th Oct 2021

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!

Beccofino

Teneriffe

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. Do yourself a favour and order the Number 1. 

Julius Pizzeria

South Brisbane

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.

Prova Pizzeria 

Stafford 

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.

Gluten-free option: Gluten-free bases available for $4 extra. 

Tinderbox Kitchen

James Street

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, leek, raclette, chilli, lyonnaise onions, scarmoza.

Lupa

West End

Serving up authentic Italian pizzas and sides in West End, Lupa Pizza Bar is one to add to your must-try list. The menu features 13 pizzas all up, seven 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?).

The Burrow

West End

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’.

Gluten-free option: Gluten-free bases available for $5 extra. 

Tartufo

New Farm

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?

Little G 

Dutton Park 

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 Pizza 

Woolloongabba 

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, thyme 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.

a pizza topped with prosciutto and basil

Gemelli 

Fortitude Valley 

Gemelli’s might be fairly new on the Brisbane scene, but they’ve been serving up slices to the Gold Coast for years—and doing it well. Now they’ve finally brought that expertise our way, and you can expect to find the same menu of doughy options in their James Street restaurant. Our faves include the Roma, with fior di latte, prosciutto di parma, burrata cheese and cracked pepper, or the Principessa, with fior di latte, gorgonzola, provolone, dried figs and prosciutto di parma.

Gluten-free option: Gluten-free bases available for $3 extra.

Smokin’ Joes 

Everton Park 

A tiny pizza spot in the ‘burbs Smokin’ Joes may be, but it has a lengthy list of regulars, all of whom are raving fans of their thin and crispy base pizzas. Family run and owned, they’re known for their all-you-can-eat pizza nights on Wednesdays ($22pp, if you’re interested), while their very untraditional pizza toppings include the likes of the Rahman, with hummus, harissa spiced lamb kofta, roasted red peppers, manchego cheese, yoghurt garlic sauce, pine nuts, lemon, parsley and mint.

Pizzantica 

New Farm

Tucked away inside the Casa Italia Community Centre is this food truck turned pizza joint with a lengthy list of traditional slices. Margherita, diavola, capricciosa, tartufo—all the faves are on the menu at Pizzantica, and there’s even an entire vegan menu for the non-dairy pizza lovers. 

Gluten-free options: Gluten-free bases available for $6 extra.

Revel Brewing 

Bulimba 

You might know Revel Brewing Co for their beers, but this suburban brewery also does a mean wood-fired pizza. Pair your ice cold ale with a cheesy feast like their truffle pizza, with fior di latte, mushroom, truffle paste, pancetta and Italian pork sausage, or just snack on a garlic focaccia. 

Sugo IT

Bulimba 

No list is complete without a mention of the dough-slinging prowess at Sugo IT. Their perfectly puffy and soft crust is due to the workmanship of their talented pizzaiolas, who’ve been slinging dough at this Bulimba spot for years. The Arrostita with slow roasted pork, caramelised onion, mozzarella, balsamic and rocket is a good time, as is the Anatra, with confit duck, mozzarella, caramelised pear, parmesan and rocket.

Gluten-free options:  Gluten-free bases $4.90 extra

a square pizza topped with pepperoni

Mr Badgers 

Woolloongabba 

This one goes out to anyone who usually fills up on focaccia or garlic bread before they get to the pizza. Mr Badgers may be a deli and sandwich bar, but their pizzas are a carb-lovers dream. An uber thick, bread-like square base is topped with lashings of cheese, and baked in a deep pan to ensure a crispy cheese crust on every edge. You can keep your traditional Italian base, we’ll keep eating these. 

Sette Pizza 

Petrie Terrace 

Brisbane Italian royalty is behind this hole-in-the-wall pizza spot, with the Gambaro Group taking their considerable hospitality expertise and channeling it towards something a little less fine dining than their other venues. Sette Pizza’s menu is short but sweet, and you can trust that every slice is nothing short of perfection. There’s also calzone if you like your pizza pre-folded. 

Gluten-free options: Gluten-free bases available for $5 extra 

Nonna’s Nightmare 

West End 

This one goes out to all the vegan pizza lovers—because Nonna’s Nightmare is all about plant-based Italian fare, the kind that would give any actual Italian an anxiety attack. Every single topping on their pizzas is plant-based, from the mozzarella to the ‘pork and fennel sausage,’ so you can order your 4 Formaggi pizza safe in the knowledge that there is no dairy or animal products in your mozzarella, gorgonzola, parmesan OR feta. And then finish it off with a vegan tiramisu. 

Osteria Epoca 

Yeronga 

Don’t let the unassuming interior fool you, Osteria Epoca is a legit pizzeria. The seemingly innocuous decor leaves you free to focus on the main event: the pizza pies. We dig the lengthy menu of both bianche and rosse pizzas, especially the potato and porchetta pizza with fior di latte mozzarella.

Elementi 

Paddington 

A little gem in the city fringe, Elementi is an homage to traditional Italian cuisine—and with an ex-Julius sous chef and an ex-Beccofino pizza chef in the kitchen, you know their pizzas are going to be winners. A real focus on simplicity and culinary traditions (no Hawaiian toppings in sight!), the pizza here brings diners back for more. 

Corbett & Claude 

Brisbane CBD, Everton Park and Mount Gravatt 

Corbett & Claude cover both bases with their hand-stretched pizzas—the purists, who prefer a simple margherita or prosciutto and rocket topped number, and the adventurists, who like their pizzas a little untraditional, like their truffle beef pizza with creamy sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, roast beef, caramelised onions and truffle mayo. Their signature though, is the cigar pizzas—think a pizza, but rolled and ready to eat with your hands, no mess, no fuss.

Gluten-free options: Gluten-free bases available for $6 extra

Look we couldn't possibly list them all, so honourable mentions must go to Salt Meats Cheese, Il Verde, Il Gancio, Popolo, Tocco Italiano, Olive & Angelo and La Stazione

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Image credit: Caitlin Hicks, Ariana Gillrie, Hayley Williamson

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