From the classics to the oh-so contemporary, here are the 12 must try pizza spots to check out.
If you ask around, you’ll quickly discover that everyone has their pizza place. Whilst some will argue that pizza isn’t pizza without that distinguishable Neapolitan look, others believe that more is more, standing by those contemporary creations. From the classics to the vegan rendition, we reveal 12 pizza places you must try in Sydney.
Da Mario, Rosebery
Situated in the heart of Rosebery, Da Mario invites young and old to feast on a homely fusion of traditional cuisine amidst the charm of its industrial fit out. Here, simple yet impeccably balanced pizza toppings carry through. Take the classic margherita, topped with tomato, mozzarella and basil ($19) or the salamino ($23) made with mozzarella, ricotta and spicy salame.
Vacanza, Bronte and Surry Hills
“Changes and modifications are politely declined unless it’s a matter of life and death”. This is what you’ll find on Vacanza Pizzeria’s website and it kind of sums them up to a tee. This authentic Italian restaurant situated in both Surry Hills and Bronte is buzzing every night of the week, often with queues out the door. A ‘less is more’ attitude carries through with the pizza menu. Highlights include the ‘Il Capitano’, made with San Marzano tomatoes, Italian fior di latte, truffle oil, goats cheese, Swiss roasted mushrooms and Italian pork and fennel sausage ($23.90).
Vacanza Surry Hills, 414 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW
Vacanza Bronte, 261 Bronte Road, Waverley NSW
Via Napoli, various locations
With outposts in Lane Cove, Surry Hills and and Hunters Hill, Via Napoli quickly realised they were onto a good thing, serving up classically Neapolitan pizza. That distinguishably blistered and puffy pizza base is accompanied by traditional toppings, with a focus on quality ingredients. Via Napoli is also home to the metre long pizza!
Via Napoli Lane Cove, 141 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove NSW 2066
Via Napoli Surry Hills, 628 Crown St, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
Via Napoli Hunters Hill, 64-68 Gladesville Rd, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
Chef Antonio Sabia, more commonly known as Big Tony, has been serving up traditional Italian food to Sydneysiders for over a decade. This experience, coupled with his enduring passion carries through at Puntino. As for the pizza menu, it’s huge! There are over 20 pizza varieties to choose from, with quirky names such as Swimming with the Fishes ($26) and Fun Guy, comprised of fior di latte, mix mushrooms truffle oil, porcini, thyme and Vito’s basil ($ 22.00).
Puntino Trattoria, 215 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
Channelling New York’s Little Italy is this pocket-sized pizza hangout in Manly. Small it might be in size, seating up to 36 guests at a time, Pocket Pizza delivers in a huge way when it comes to flavour. The pizza here leans closer towards the creative rather than the classics with everything from the dough to the sauces all made in house.
Pocket Pizza, 2a Whistler Street, Manly 2095
Marilyna’s, Freshwater and Cremorne
Infamous on the Northern Beaches is Marilyna’s, a pizza joint where good, honest, local fare trumps over all. With eateries in both Freshwater and Cremorne, you’ll find the classics sitting alongside some very contemporary creations, such as the Green Thai pizza – made with homemade green thai sauce, spinach, coriander and either chicken or prawns. If that doesn’t take your fancy, fret not, there’s an equally delicious traditional menu to choose from.
Marilyna’s Freshwater, Shop 18 1/3 Moore Rd, Freshwater
Marilyna’s Cremorne, 307 Military Road, Cremorne
Society Pizzeria di Catania, Potts Point and Bondi
This Sicilian eatery, situated in both Potts Point and Bondi, knows good pizza. Johnathan Faro, Society’s co-owner and chief pizzaiolo, serves up a combination of his family recipes and a few Neapolitan classics. The real standout here has to be the pizza dough. Soft, blistered and perfectly chewy, some would argue that the dough rather than the toppings is the real star of the show. Go figure!
Society Pizzeria di Catania (Bondi), 65 Bondi Rd, Bondi
Society di Catania (Potts Point), 186-188 Victoria St Potts Point
Al Taglio, Surry Hills
Opening its doors back in July 2016, this Surry Hills eatery quickly won two awards at the World Pizza Championship (Australian Edition) at the Fine Food Festival. Pizza chef Daniele Paoletti won the title for the best gluten free pizza as well as the best pizza classica. They beat more than 50 competitors for the converted gourmet pizza awards. Impressed? We are.
Al Taglio, 102/104 Albion St, Surry Hills (02) 8021 5944
Lucio’s Pizzeria, Darlinghurst
Tucked into one of the quieter folds of Darlinghurst is this little slice of Naples. Lovers of that distinctly chewy, fluffy Neapolitan base flock to Lucio’s, resulting in a full house every night. Highlights on the menu include the classics: the Margherita, the capricciosa, the napoletana.
Lucio’s Pizzeria, 248 Palmer St. Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
Gigi’s Pizzeria, Newtown
There’s no melted mozzarella, salami or pepperoni in sight at Gigi’s, operating as a completely plant based pizzeria in Newtown. Flavour doesn’t come as an afterthought though, with the menu adhering to authentic and traditional flavours from Naples, Italy. Feast on the likes of the Marinara Tradizionale, a stone roasted pizza topped with San Marzano tomato, garlic & fresh oregano, extra virgin olive oil or a Funghi e Radicchio pizza, made with swiss brown mushrooms, garlic, dairy free blue cheese, parsley, radicchio, and roasted walnuts, extra virgin olive oil.
Gigi’s Pizzeria, 379 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042, Phone: 9557 2224
Could this be Sydney’s post picturesque pizza spot? Situated on the shoreline of Manly Wharf, Hugo’s is a Northern Beaches institution. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a drizzly Monday afternoon or lively Saturday night, it’s always pumping. Tables are quite often filled with an array of pizzas. The mushroom pizza is a total delight, made using garlic roasted field mushrooms, taleggio, caramelised onions, basil, goats curd on a mascarpone base ($27).
Hugo’s Manly, Shop 1, Manly Wharf, East Esplanade Manly NSW
The Dolphin Hotel, Surry Hills
Inspired by the traditional pizza of Rome and Northern Italy, The Dolphin Hotel utilises fresh Australian ingredients to create a killer pizza menu. The classic recipes are honoured here, the Sorbello ($20) offering a simple marriage of tomatoes, garlic, basil and mozzarella. What goes well with pizza you ask? A spritz, naturally. The Dolphin offers a creative mix of aperitifs, each designed to quench your thirst and leave you properly satisfied.
The Dolphin Hotel, 412 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010