New Zealand’s dynamic cultural capital, Wellington, is renowned for its beautiful beaches, gorgeous waterways and great food. And although a long way from Italy, Wellington boasts some of the most mouthwatering pizzas in the country, from cheesy calzones to thick-crust pizza pies. Recently named “the coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet, where better to tuck into a slice of delectable, delicious pizza? Here’s our guide to the 10 best pizza places in Wellington, New Zealand.
Cin Cin is the place to go for tasty, authentic Italian food. Serving ten different types of wood fired pizzas as well as four white-base pizzas, there is something for everyone here. This pizza spot stands out from the rest thanks to its fantastic waiting staff, a friendly and helpful team always going the extra mile to help their customers. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, Cin Cin also has a wide selection of delicious pastas and risottos. With a great atmosphere and even better food, Cin Cin is a must try when in Wellington. Address & telephone number: 156 Cuba Street, Wellington, New Zealand, 04 385 2462
Since its opening in September 2000, Pizza Pomodoro has succeeded in bringing traditional Italian flavors and scrumptious pizzas to Wellington. A family run pizzeria, the establishment uses only fresh ingredients and homemade pizza dough. The venue creates inventive pizza variations such as the Cuccureddu and the Inferno, both of which are full of flavor and definitely pack a punch. This small hidden gem is a must try for sit-down or takeaway, and regularly includes tasty chef specials. Address & telephone number: 13 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-381 2929
Restaurant, Pizzeria, Italian, European, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
Located in the heart of Wellington, Pizzeria Napoli is famous for its wood fired pizzas and homemade pastas. The establishment offers 15 delicious types of pizza, all made using the freshest ingredients. But what sets this pizzeria apart from the rest? Diners can watch their pie being made right in front of their eyes, from when the dough is stretched to when the toppings are generously added. This small, cozy restaurant oozes authentic Italian charm, and boasts friendly waiters quietly conversing in Italian with one another.
An Italian style tapas restaurant, Ombra serves up an array of delicious plates for your party to share. With an extensive menu including pizza, honey crostini and meatballs, hungry diners will be spoiled for choice here. The dishes are meant for sharing, so make the most of this tasty dining experience and order a little of everything. Ombra doesn’t take reservations, so we advise you to show up on the earlier side if you’re trying to catch a delicious Italian dinner.
Bar, Restaurant, Italian, Contemporary, Fast Food, Vegetarian
Scopa Caffe Cucina is a modern, colorful Italian cafe located in the heart of the Cuba Street community. With its ideal location, this quaint spot is a great place for people watching with a pizza. Using fresh, quality ingredients, Scopa Caffe Cucina handcrafts their pizza and pasta every morning. Offering weekday lunch specials, customers can enjoy the tasty pasta of the day without breaking the bank. For an authentic Italian meal, Scopa Caffe Cucina is a top choice when visiting Wellington.
A local favorite, Heaven Woodfire Pizza has been serving custom-made wood fired pizza in Wellington for years. Thin-crust pies made using first-rate ingredients are a Heaven Woodfire Pizza specialty. Their standard pizzas are great, and there is also the option to create your own. With a long list of topping choices, get creative and design your very own dream pizza. The staff at Heaven Woodfire Pizza make your experience all the more enjoyable, with their enthusiastic attitudes and welcoming smiles.
A small and cozy restaurant, Piccolo Italian Pizzeria is a great spot for a quiet, relaxed meal. With only a small handful of tables in the whole place, the establishment charmingly sets the mood for an intimate dinner. Serving up large portions at a good price, Piccolo Italian Pizzeria is a cute date night destination. This pizza place serves up simple dishes that definitely pack a punch, and since the restaurant is quite small, we recommend booking a table in advance.
Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
A delightful combination of restaurant, cafe and retail shop, La Bella Italia offers anything and everything Italian. Serving up delicious dishes of pizza and pasta, La Bella Italia is always buzzing with hungry customers. The casual, inviting environment of the restaurant is ideal for both a family dinner and a fun night out with friends. The establishment also offers hands-on cooking classes, tasting classes and demo dinners.
A small, hole-in-the-wall establishment, Tommy Millions provides quick and excellent takeaway pizzas. Offering tasty thin-crust pies, this New York style pizzeria is always bustling with business. The venue sells pizza by the slice for five dollars a piece, or large whole pizzas. In addition to the pizzas, Tommy Millions is also known for its sweet and sumptuous selection of gelato. Open late on Friday and Saturday nights, this small shop is a great stop for a quick bite to eat after an exciting night out in Wellington.
Wholly Bagels & Pizza serves exactly what its name suggests, bagels and pizza. And who doesn’t love both bagels and pizza? Served in a New York-style, only large or jumbo sized pies are available here. Wholly Bagels & Pizza offers a diverse variety of pizzas, along with the option to create your own. Address & telephone number: 39 Murphy Street, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-499 7036