Many Italians call Sydney home, which means we are spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing pizza. Here we explore the best places in Sydney to eat pizza, from late night slices to gourmet, wood-fired dishes and everything between.
Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Da Orazio is a little slice of Italy in Bondi – white washed walls, a huge wood fire pizza oven, dough spinning chefs and a cabinet filled with top quality meats and cheese. As the name suggests, they’re all about pizza here. The dough is made in-house and left to rise naturally over 48 hours. It is then baked and topped with the freshest ingredients using the Italian ‘less is more’ approach, such as their deliciously simple Pagnuttiello pizza made with salami, ricotta and freshly cracked pepper. The portions are generous and the house wine is affordable, making it perfect for dining with a big group.
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It’s not just in Newtown that Gigi’s is known for serving the best pizza. Their Neapolitan pizza has been recognised by the True Neapolitan Pizza Association for sticking to long standing traditions of how to make the best pizza (no rolling pins allowing, dough must be formed by hand only!) — an achievement that only a handful of Aussie pizzerias can claim. These wood-fired beauties are thin, full of flavor and topped with the freshest ingredients. Some of the winning combinations include the San Daniele with lashings of prosciutto, mozzarella, rocket and shaved parmesan, and the Tre Fungi e Stracchino, a simple but delicious pizza with three varieties of mushrooms, garlic, and soft, creamy stracchino cheese.
Bar, Cafe, Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian, Beer, $$$
Courtesy of Frankie’s
What is better than pizza? Pizza and beer, of course! And there is no better place to get a party vibe while pizzaing that at Frankie’s. It doesn’t look like much from the front, but once you enter the dive bar entrance, you will find yourself in a bar that is always heaving with energy. The bar menu is full of craft beers, Italian wines and cocktails that go perfectly with the pizza they serve by the slice. Authentic pizza lovers might not be impressed with the Hawaiian variety on the menu, but it is one of the most popular slices.
Lucio Pizzeria’s chef and owner, Lucio de Falco, is Sydney’s very own pizza guru. Not only did he grow up in Naples, the mecca of pizza, but he’s also a member of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. Sticking to tradition, the menu reflects an authentic way to make pizza (that means no pineapple!) with classics like Margarita and Diavola on offer.