I've always maintained that it's hard to make a bad pizza. Tomato sauce on a doughy base, cooked with some kind of cheese and a variety of other ingredients, will usually come out tasting okay, if you're hungry enough.
That being said, there is a lot of mediocrity out there, and although (I think) we've moved past the days where most people's relationship with pizza only involved the words 'Hut' or 'Dominoes', there are still a great many pizza joints who don't get the simple things right.
Thankfully, there are many in Brisbane who do know how to make a lovely pizza. We've already covered a bunch of them on The Urban List, now here are a few more of the most delicious pizzas around town. Tell us about your favourites below the comments line!
Manzo | Purple Olive
What a spicy, tangy, all-round satisfying pizza this one is, topped with beef and fennel sausage, tomato, chilli, capsicum, and olives.
Bacon Banana Chilli | Kookaburra Cafe
As someone who believes putting pineapple on a pizza is a sin, I initially scoffed at this one. It sounds wrong for so many reasons. But, yeah, it's actually good. Haven't tried it hungover (yet), but I imagine it would be even better.
Don Vito | Tomato Brothers
A power-packed (perhaps that explains the name?), full-bodied, wood-fired pizza pie with chicken, fresh spinach, feta, sun dried tomato, and more, topped with balsamic vinaigrette.
Prawn and Prosciutto | La Via
The best thing about Australia's food culture is that we're able to combine the finest international tastes and knowledge with fresh local ingredients and ideas, and this pizza sums that up perfectly. With prosciutto from the village of San Daniele in Friuli, Italy, Aussie prawns, sage, and asiago cheese, it's a sublime blend.
Chilli Fire | Verve Cafe
Something spicy, perhaps? This should knock you around a little—it contains chilli jam, pepperoni, capsicum, ground beef, and Parmesan cheese, and it's delicious (and no, it's not crazy hot, stop being a sook).
Char Grilled Beef | Vespa Pizza
The secret of a meat pizza, rather than piling on as much meat as possible, is to supplement the flavours with a nice balance of ingredients, and that's what this pizza does perfectly. The char-grilled beef is ably assisted by onion jam, roast zucchini, semi-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella, and it's all topped with aioli.
Napoli | Avanti
The Italians have always known it, simple is best when it comes to pizzas. Let the wonderful ingredients shine without too many complications. The classic Margherita is often ignored around these parts, but its flavours couldn't be more perfect. Or, if you want a bit more on your crust, try this variation, with salty anchovies, onions, and mushrooms. It's divine!