Home to a medley of cultures, Wellington’s food scene is vibrant, exotic and delicious. From sit-down fine dining, to grabbing a slice right off of the street, join us for a comprehensive countdown of the best pizza places in Wellington, New Zealand.
Restaurant, Pizzeria, Italian, European, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
Pizzeria Napoli is a restaurant that aims for two things: authenticity and excellence. First using traditional dough preparation methods, topping with locally sourced ingredients and finally, baking in a Fontana wood-fired oven, from start to finish, experts handle your pizza. Pizzeria Napoli serves familiar favorites such as margarita pizzas, as well as utilizing New Zealand’s thriving fishing industry with the ‘Pescatore’ combining fresh octopus, shrimp, and mussels. Pizzeria Napoli is a popular lunch and dinner venue. It also has a large hand-painted mural on the wall showcasing the local produce they use- art on the walls and on your plate!
Quintessential to the New Zealand mindset, Heaven Woodfire Pizzas pledge their commitment to using recycled materials, revealing a restaurant with heart. Everything about Heaven Woodfire Pizzas invites diners to be comfortable and content: the decor is rustic with wooden panelling and a golden light spilling over the room each evening. There is even a large and impressive statue that resides on top of the woodfire oven, to ‘guard’ your pizza they reassure us. Heaven Woodfire Pizzas offer a range of traditional and interesting gourmet choices. Stop by for an authentic taste of heaven.
Restaurant, Italian, European, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
From heavenly flavors to sinfully good pizza, Hell Pizza was founded in 1996 and is co-owned by friends Callum and Stu. Themed around all things evil, the restaurant has many branches across Wellington with a varied menu that caters to vegetarians and has gluten-free options. Most novel about the menu is the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ range with one pizza named after each. There are also other fascinating names such as ‘Pandemonium’ and ‘Damned’, 666% guaranteeing that you’ll have just as much enjoyment ordering as eating. Hell Pizza sells Huffman’s hot sauce for those brave enough to give your meal even more of an evil twist.
Tommy Millions is a late-night staple in Wellington, selling top quality pizza in individual slices and whole pies. Tommy Millions is a local favorite and the perfect place to pick up a slice after a night out. Both as a snack or a filling meal, you can order and pick up fresh pizza to take-away, directly from the street. Expect a warm, comforting favorite, and friendly staff as a perfect way to end a memorable night. Tommy Millions also serves gelato, so save room for a sweet treat too.
Located in Wellington’s bustling Queen’s Wharf, One Red Dog is popular so be sure to make a reservation for common meal times or you may not get to enjoy the excellent food. The staff takes pride, not only in their many local regulars, but in welcoming new faces so you’ll leave feeling like one of the family. You go around the world from your table with the menu, as many pizzas are inspired by international cuisines, such as Greece and India. Why not try the chef’s recommendation of ‘Blazing Saddles’ pizza, topped with barbecue-braised beef, caramelized onion, jalapeños and Cajun potato crisps?
Bar, Restaurant, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian, 0
Zibibbo is located in a building rich with Wellington history as it used to be the Taranaki Street Police Station. Eating here is eating somewhere integral to New Zealand’s cultural heritage. Zibibbo is co-owned and run by three award-winning chefs. Husband and wife, and Michelin-star rated chefs Adam and Nicola Newell, and Head Chef Glen Taylor. Guests can relax in the lounge bar or sit down to dinner and enjoy gourmet pizza. Comfort meets class in this sophisticated setting where you can enjoy award-winning food at everyday Wellington prices.
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Established in 2000, Pizza Pomodoro has been wowing tourists and locals for nearly two decades and is run by a native Neapolitan chef, Massimo Tolve. Each pizza is made with homemade dough and Pizza Pomodoro proudly states that they use all fresh ingredients and none pre-mixed. The fresh pizzas are baked in a manuka wood fire giving them a distinctive and delicious flavor. Look out for the chef’s pizza of the day- either a familiar favorite or an original creation. Pizza Pomodoro predominantly caters to takeaway orders and you can have half-and-half pizzas with any combinations.
Bar, Restaurant, Italian, Contemporary, Fast Food, Vegetarian
Scopa Caffe Cucina is a pizza institution right in the heart of the Cuba St community in Wellington. The restaurant is a family-owned business, founded by Venetian native Remiro Breslin but since taken over by his sons, Lorenzo and Leonardo. The restaurant gains its legendary status by boasting that it was the first to introduce Italian cuisine to Wellington back in the 1960s. The converted Edwardian villa, containing dining rooms, a bar and outdoor courtyard are pillars of Wellington dining and social culture. A great meal and evening is guaranteed.
Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
Something immediately noticeable on La Bella Italia’s menu is that each pizza comes with a beer recommendation to complement the fresh flavors and excite the taste buds. This is just one example of many that the mind behind the restaurant is well-versed and passionate about Italian food. A combination of retail, restaurant and cafe, La Bella Italia offers high quality dining and the opportunity to create your own Italian dishes as it sells authentic ingredients to the public. Beyond this, even more still is on offer as La Bella Italia even offers cooking classes and recipes to their customers to take a touch of cooking magic home with them.