The Burrow is not one for sedate margherita pizzas. By day, the restaurant is an unassuming café doling out flat whites, but after dark the gourmet rustic pizzas emerge from the oven. The Burrow’s pizzas are pita-crusted for a more delicate crispiness, however, there is nothing as subtle about the flavors and toppings available.
37 Mollison St, West End QLD, Australia, +61 7 3846 0030
The don of Brisbane pizzerias, Beccofino often tops lists of the best Italian joints in the city. The menu comprises a smorgasbord of thin-crusted, crispy pizzas split into two categories of base: rosse (tomato base) and bianche (white or cheese base).
10 Vernon Terrace, Newstead, QLD, Australia, +61 736660207
Tinderbox’s forte has a zany, mad-scientist approach towards cheeses and eye-catching toppings, as demonstrated on the extensive menu. Locals are often seen queuing around the block for a taste of McMillan’s wood-fired pizzas, made with organic flour imported from Moree in New South Wales.
7/31 James St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia, +61 7 3852 3744
Enjoy a slice down by the riverfront at this no-frills, classical Italian restaurant that delivers marvellous Brisbane skyline views. POPOLO at River Quay does refined yet accessible versions of the classic pizza combinations, from Quattro Formaggi to Pancetta, but isn’t afraid to be adventurous. For proof, check out the Gamberi Aglio, topped with prawns, anchovies, lemon, tomato, garlic and onion.
River Quay, 3 Sidon St, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, +61 7 3846 7784
Il Forno is tucked away on a leafy Sandgate street, quietly churning out impressive wood-fired pizzas. Under the awning of an old colonial style shop-front, patrons dine streetside, being served house specialities like the Moroccan Beef with tomato, beef, mozzarella, fire-roasted onions, feta, red peppers and fresh rocket. It is undoubtedly the signature L’Anatra, featuring hoisin sauce, shredded duck, spring onion and cucumber, that keeps drawing the local crowd.
3 Third Ave, Sandgate, QLD, Australia, +61 7 3269 9766
The fine-dining establishment Tartufo, located within the Emporium Hotel and seen by some as Brisbane’s best Italian restaurant, has opened its doors to casual diners, and the result is equally garland-worthy. Tartufo’s technique is to use minimal ingredients and firing each pizza at 450 degrees. The crowd pleaser is the eponymous Tartufo pizza, shaped as a star, and whose calzone pockets hide seams of sausage and truffle paste before finally being drizzled with porcini mushroom oil.