Whether you like it woodfired, loaded, crispy, doughy or topped with crazy ingredients, Perth is offering its peeps some mighty fine pizza these days. We know it can get a bit overwhelming deciding where to go for the best slice so we thought we better put our pizza pants on and do the hard work for you. So without further ado, here is where to find Perth's best pizza places. Time for a pizza party, guys!
Mack Daddy's New York Slice
If you’ve ever had pizza in New York then you've probably been craving a big ol' slice of that American goodness since your return. Well cravings be gone, you can head to Mack Daddy’s any day of the week for a giant slice of pizza that tastes exactly like the real deal! And if a slice isn't big enough to fill you up, you can get a 16-inch or a MASSIVE 22-inch pizza which would easily feed a herd of hungry hippos. You can also get your hands on mozzarella sticks and plenty of other fried and cheesy goodness.
Forget everything you think you know about pizza. At Pappagallo, the ingredients are imported directly from Italy. The pizza chef only uses a mixture of flours certified by the Italian Flour Mill. And the toppings, like San Marzano tomato, buffalo mozzarella and parma prosciutto, will leave you with a traditional experience without having to fork out for airfares to Italy. If you haven’t been yet, do yourself a favour pronto.
Manuka Woodfired Kitchen
When a restaurant specialises in woodfiring, you know their pizzas are going to be good. At Manuka, the woodfire oven is the hero of their kitchen and their only method of cooking—leaving you with some seriously crispy and tasty pizza bases.
The Dough Room
This little suburban woodfired pizza joint will knock your socks off. The Dough Room is serious about ingredients, importing their flours and mozzarella from Italy. So many pizzas to choose from, but our hot tip is the Capo Dei Capi —chilli, cacciatore sausage, roasted capsicum and mozzarella. Nom nom.
There’s nothing better than authentic Italian pizza that’s thin, crunchy and made fresh daily, which is exactly what Solo Pizza gives you. They have everything from the classics including garlic pizza, Margherita, calzone and vegetarian. But the deliciousness doesn’t stop there—make sure you order their Nutella dessert pizza, you won’t be sorry!
High on our list of favourite pizza spots in Perth, Bassendean pizza joint Old Lira is the place to go for your next pizza party. With freshly made sourdough pizza bases and all of the salamis (including our fave, nduja sausage), you’re in for a real treat. Old Lira serves some pizzas fresche style (room temperature), as well as the regular calde style (hot), and they’ve got Gusto Gelato on hand too. Top menu picks are the number 2 and 3.
Alfred’s Pizzeria And Bar
Tucked away down a staircase in Perth, you will find all your favourite things—cocktails, great tunes and pizza. All the pizzas at Alfred's are made fresh daily, and if you don’t have room for an entire one (we don’t know why you wouldn’t though) you can order it by the slice. They have good ol' fashioned pizza options, and some inventive varieties as well—like the Betty Rizzo, which is buttered potato, prosciutto, garlic and parsley. Double carbs? Yes please.
You don’t have to be posh to go to POSH Pizza, you just have to appreciate the love and care that goes into their exceptional pizza making. These guys create unique sourdough pizza bases by fermenting their dough for days, and their pizza chefs prepare and marinate all their delicious fresh toppings on a daily basis. Our favourite is the Pepe—mozzarella, Italian sausage, olives, red capsicum, eggplant, anchovies and bocconcini. Double cheese = double the fun.
If the true essence of Italian is to do amazing things to simple ingredients, Wembley restaurant Monsterella is most certainly nailing it. Pizza is the name of the game here, with handmade bases which are naturally risen for eight hours and 17 flavour combos to choose from. It’s open seven days a week (plus they deliver to nearby suburbs) but even better than that, it’s BYO AND they do gluten-free pizza. Huzzah! Monsterella is easily one of Perth's best pizza places.
The Pizza Lounge
Specialising in woodfired pizzas and calzones, The Pizza Lounge is one funky Perth pizza place. With traditional options as well as creative takes on the old school pizza, they’ve got something for everyone. We recommend the Sanchez—a white pizza base with neufchatel cream cheese, rocket, butternut pumpkin, pine nuts, fresh bacon and Spanish onion.
Broadway Pizza, what a golden oldie. Offering all your classics as well as a tasty selection of premium pizzas, the team here will satisfy that pizza craving in no time at all. If you’re feeling adventurous, give the Pancetta & Pear a whirl—crispy pancetta, blue cheese, pear and fresh rocket. Otherwise, there is no better place to order a Meatlovers!
The team at Delisio were the proud winners of the 2008 World Gourmet Pizza Championships in Las Vegas. No biggie. The winning pizza was the Mushroom Trio—white wine and button mushrooms, topped with marinated wild Italian mushrooms, ricotta and parsley. So you really should be ordering that. If vego options aren’t your game though, they have a plethora of other meaty options.
This is not a drill guys, I repeat this is not a drill. At Ischia, you can order pizza by the metre. Say whaaa?! Combine any pizza type from the bianche or rosse menu to create your own pizza ranging from 60cm to 180cm. Is this real life?
Rossonero Pizza in Maylands has a spectacular pizza menu for the adventurous and not so adventurous folk! Their pizzas are jam packed full of flavour, with a variety of toppings to cater to just about anyone. The Lai Lai is proving to the people of Perth that pineapple does belong on pizza, while the So Broccolicious is answering all your cheesy prayers. For the meat lovers, the Sticky Pig and Dirty Hosk are real winners, and for dessert? Gelato sandwiches for all! If there's something the Italians know how to do, it's to put on a feast.
Northbridge Brewing Company
This fun, atmospheric pub in the heart of Northbridge dishes up some seriously good pizza. And good news for all the gluten free folks out there—Northbridge Brewing Co do decent GF bases that don’t resemble cardboard! Say what? Our pick is the trusty margherita, with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and basil.
This traditional Italian restaurant has many options that will make you feel like you’re in an authentic trattoria, but you can’t go past their pizza selection. We recommend the Milano—Italian sausage, pepperoni, roasted capsicum and olives. Plus, they offer gluten-free bases.
This friendly neighbourhood pizza joint provides some seriously good authentic Italian. They have a variety of traditional, gourmet and even dessert pizzas on offer. Our advice is to share a traditional one so you can go hard on the Giorgio’s Dessert Pizza—hazelnut chocolate, banana, kiwi fruit, strawberry, marshmallows, pistachio, Turkish delight, berry compote, ice cream and honey. How can they even fit that all on one pizza?! We don’t know, and quite frankly, we don’t care.
Picture this. BBQ duck, peppered zucchini, peppers, spring onion, hoisin and fried shallots all on one delicious pizza. Is your mouth watering? Ours too. Head to Yabba Dabba now!
An Applecross icon and a worthy contender for Perth’s best pizza, pizza lovers south of the river have been trying to keep Il Ciao a secret since 1998. Busy, loud and always fun, watch the friendly folk make your pizza by hand using the freshest ingredients and get ready to chow down on one of the best pizzas in Perth. Get there early as there’s a line out the door by 7:30pm most nights.
Theo & Co Pizzeria
East Victoria Park & Leederville
Theo Kalogeracos (of the OG Little Caesars Pizzeria fame) is behind Theo & Co and he is injecting his big personality into their flavour-packed pizzas. If you love crusty, cheesy and topped-up pizzas and you’re not afraid to try something new (read: crazy), then get yourself to Theo & Co Pizzeria stat. While vegetarians and vegans are catered for, meat lovers will be in seventh heaven chowing down on the lasagna, lamb or pork belly pizzas. Pizza and pork belly combined? We’re there.
Located in the heart of Mount Hawthorn, Spritz Spizzicheria is the perfect destination to fill your bellies with delicious Italian pizza. Be sure to order the Gamberi—garlic prawns, mozzarella and caramelised apple—and the Parma—prosciutto, rocket and parmesan. Yummmm!
Follow your nose down Anvil Lane in Mount Hawthorn and you’ll stumble upon an industrial-style pizzeria we reckon is pumping out some of the best slices in Perth. A much-loved hangout for locals, the uber cool Neighborhood is filled with long communal tables, perfect for catching up with your mates and tucking into a few of the 14 pizzas on offer – think kale, spicy salami and bocconcini, sweet potato with rosemary, feta and maple syrup, and artichoke, prosciutto and basil. One of our top picks for the best pizza in Perth.
Cafe & Pizzeria Amore Mio
We've found a slice of Italian heaven at Cafe & Pizzeria Amore Mio in Maylands! With over 60 different types of pizzas and calzones, there's a flavour for every occasion, and we've got love heart eyes for their pizza alla carbonara (spaghetti carbonara in pizza form) and their Toto calzone with Italian pork sausage and broccolini. Fear not vegans, vegetarians and those of you with tricky dietary requirements, Amore Mio have plenty of vegetarian options, as well as gluten and dairy free options.
If you’re looking for an authentic Italian restaurant, with dishes cooked with some real heart and soul, you should head over to East Perth's Bistro Bellavista. These guys definitely know how to please your woodfired pizza cravings. Prepared right before your eyes, Bistro Bellavista's pizzas are simply delicious—the Boscaida with gorgonzola and mushrooms melts in your mouth, while the Diavola with pepperoni capsicum and fresh chilli is as spicy as it is delicious.
We don't discriminate when it comes to pizza because sometimes you just want the greasy, deep-dish variety, like the delish pies served up at Applecross Pizza (sister store to Broadway Pizza). The Sicilian with BBQ sauce will forever be my pizza of choice, made with pepperoni, sliced tomato, garlic, anchovies and kalamata olives.
They've got one of Australia's finest pizza pros, Ettore Bertonati on board at Canteen Pizza to set things up so you can expect nothing less than simple yet mouth-watering pizza. Do we need to say anymore?
At The Mezz in Mount Hawthorn, this Italian fave dishes out delicious (and seriously good value) pizza using natural and traditional ingredients. Letting the dough rise for at least 36 hours, the crew behind Magna serve pizza that is both sublime and extremely digestible. Our top picks include the Poppea (four cheeses, sage and walnuts) and the Cicerone (bolognese sauce, mozzarella, sausages, hot salami and capsicum). Droooool!
Pizzaca Woodfired Pizza
This little Scarborough gem has become a hub for pizza-loving folk north of the river. The tiny eatery may be laid-back enough to drop in with a few beers post beach swim (it’s also BYO) but they take their pizza making seriously. The Budgie Smuggler (chicken, onions, bacon, cheese, BBQ sauce), Prawn Star (King Prawns, chorizo, chilli, onions, cheese) and Sex on Fire (tomato, chilli, hot, chorizo, onion, capsicum, cheese) are the top picks from Pizzaca’s mighty fine woodfired pizza menu.
Marco’s Organic Pizza
It’s no surprise that this Joondana pizzeria is pumping most nights—we think it’s up there with Perth’s best pizza. It won't be hard to find something you like on the menu (it’s so ginormous I stopped counting after 30 pizzas), but if you don’t, you can make your own from a long list of ingredients. Happy days! A neighbourhood favourite, Marco’s focuses on the freshest organic ingredients, so your slice of pizza also comes with a clean conscience. You're welcome.
A little Italian joint with a big heart and a loyal following, Ciao Italia is one of the busiest and happiest Italian restaurants in town. Going strong after 16 years, this homely South Perth restaurant pumps out deliciously authentic pizza and is packed to the rafters Tuesday through Saturday. You can't book so get there early people! Ciao Italia also offers take-away and pizza delivery—just in case you can't stand the delicious smells while you're waiting for a table.
You may not know how to pronounce Amici Miei (just me?) but all you need to know is that this Perth restaurant makes pizzas, and really good ones at that. The poky authentic Italian restaurant in Carlisle will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to the Venice canals. Take our word for it and go check out this little gem—you won’t regret it.
A Western Suburbs stalwart, Chelsea Pizza offers hungry patrons some of the best takeaway pizza in Perth. You may love Chelsea for the super-thin based pizza they have been dishing out since 1972, but we also love the fact they’re open 5pm until late 364 days of the year. The Nog (bacon, pepperoni and fresh mushrooms) is a long-time menu favourite, but you can’t really go wrong whatever you choose. Dining in is a noisy, but fun option.
Ruocco's Pizzeria E Ristorante
Fremantle is home to some of the best Italians going around, and Ruocco's Pizzeria is one of them. Since opening in 1978 Ruocco's has been churning out authentic woodfired pizzas made with traditional ingredients. We love Tony's Special—roast pumpkin, spinach, pine nuts, ricotta, pesto, mozzarella and a tomato base.
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