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.
This list is likely to ruffle a few feathers, but for what it’s worth, the author (me) has a penchant for super thin bases with a soft and fluffy crust and an almost non-existent middle—a ‘purist’ pizza lover if you will—and is judging quality based on the traditional Neapolitan-style pizza base, for all you crust buffs.
So here it is, our definitive list of the best pizza in Brisbane. Buon Appetito!
Kenmore and Wilston
Kicking off the list is cult fave Pizzeria Violetta. Their perfectly puffy and soft crust is partly to do with their custom-built wood fired oven, partly the workmanship of their Italian pizza chefs. The Boscaiola with porcini mushrooms, bresaola and truffle oil is bellissimo!
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.
Making every dish that little bit special at Tinderbox is their beloved Beech wood fired oven, giving everything a very unique smoky taste, in a really good way! Crisp and light bases make for smiley happy people, of which Tinderbox have plenty.
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.
The little brother to Beccofino, Julius Pizzeria more than lives up to the rep; freshly made wood fired pizzas, with the perfect thin base. Drool.
Puffy and soft in spades, eating pizza at Sorellina is like dining on a delicious cloud—all of the doughy goodness. You absolutely cannot go past the potato, pancetta and smoked mozzarella pizza, and don’t even think about leaving without devouring their wood fired peanut butter choc-chip cookies. You heard; wood fired cookies. WIN.
Corbett & Claude
CBD and Indooroopilly
Upping the ante with super fresh local ingredients, Corbett & Claude make it their business for you to love your food. And it's not hard when you've got a cracking base, topped with traditional or healthy topping options, to make your slice indulgence less sinful more saintly.
Firing up the tastebuds with some, dare we say, creative pizza flavours, The Burrow’s pizzas are famous among locals for being, well, delicious! The only ‘non-traditionalist’ pizza menu on this list, tuck in to the ‘Hamdouken’, topped with confit duck, ham and roast chicken goodness, or our personal fave, the ‘Bad Mutherfungi’.
Northsiders don’t need to schlep into town for a good slice, drop by Il Forno for thin, crispy bases with some beautiful toppings. Not much beats their Capricciosa, except perhaps the Quattro Stagioni—if you’re indecisive about your toppings this one’s for you.
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?
Brisbane’s infamous pizza kombi van, catch Pizzantica’s travelling pizza slingers on the road for some of the most delicious pizza in town. With regular pit stops across town each week, check these guys out at their permanent digs at Eat Street Markets, or at their weekly jaunt to Green Beacon Brewery for a bite and a beer.
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?).
Image credit: Ariana Gillrie