You won't have to travel far to taste some of the best pizzas in the country.
Pizza has been serving the masses for centuries. Originating in Italy, pizza making has been appropriated to keep up with a demanding market, however there are some restaurants that have stayed authentic to the recipe and have been acknowledged by the pizza connoisseurs of the world. And the good news is, these award-winning pizzas could be closer to you than you think. So forget Italy, and find out where you can have a slice of the best pizza in Australia.
Verace Pizzeria, Sydney NSW
Verace have been winning awards since 2009, with a total of 18 first place awards for their pizza. But their most impressive trophy was in 2016, when they won the title for Australia's Best Pizza at the World Pizza Championships in Italy. Run by three Italian chefs, the authentic Italian restaurant is nestled away in the busy commercial area of Macquarie Park, feeding the handmade, woodfired pizzas to the community and local workers that flood through their doors.
Via Napoli, Lane Cove, NSW
At 15-years-old, owner and chef, Luigi Esposito became part of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana and Associazione Regina. He moved from Naples to open up his restaurant, Via Napoli in the Italian quarter of Sydney, Lane Cove, where it quickly became a staple for the local community. With two more restaurants in Surry Hills and Hunters Hill, Luigi's pizza has won him a string of awards, including six titles from Good Food Guide and Time Out magazine's Best Pizza in Sydney in 2013.
Pizza e Gnocchi Bar, Melbourne VIC
We can proudly say that Australia is home to 2019's best pizza in the world - as this Melbourne restaurant took out gold against more than 750 pizzaiolios at the Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza championships in Parma, Italy. Head chef, Michele Circhirillo grew up in the Northern part of Italy where he curated his artisan pizzas. Melburnians can experience Circhirillo's award-winning pizza making skills at either of his two restaurants in Victoria.
Lucio Pizzeria, Darlinghurt NSW
Born and raised in Naples, chef and owner, Lucio began making pizzas at 14-years-old. He's now the Vice President of the exclusive Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, and is glittering with awards for his exceptional artisan pizza. He opened his first pizzeria in Darlinghurst, then a second in Zetland after receiving rave reviews and multiple awards from Gambero Rosso, Good Food Guide and multiple other titles. He also won the best pizza in the world last year - so do yourself a favour and get yourself a slice.
Gigi Pizzeria, Sydney NSW
Gigi is the second pizzeria in Sydney to win the title of the World's Best Pizza, thanks to its owner and chef, pizzaiolo Marco Matino. Marco grew up in Naples where he and his family ran a family restaurant. It was there where he finessed the handmade, woodfired artisan pizzas and brought his skills into his Newtown restaurant. But what makes this restaurant extra special is their plant-based pizzas, reprising the classic Neopolitan pizzas for all guests to enjoy.
Etica Pizzeria, Adelaide, SA
Situated on Adelaide’s Gilles Street, this Italian restaurant serving authentic margharita pizzas that has been certified by the prestigious Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. To be inducted in to the association, the pizza must check a list of requirements which include using fresh produce and cooking simply to align with the authentic Italian way - which is what Etica is all about. Everything is made by hand at this pizzeria, only using fresh, organic produce to serve to its lucky Adelaide community.
400 Gradi, East Brunswick VIC
Based in the foodie hub of Lygon Street, this local favourite won the World Pizza Championships in Parma, Italy in 2014. But the pizza wasn't made by a chef, but by the local pizzaiolo who learned the art of crafting an artisan pizza through his time in Naples. The Italian restaurant owner, Johnny Di Francesco, won the award by producing the perfect margherita: woodfired, raised edges of less than two centimetres and only authentic, simple ingredients. Bellissimo!
Tartufo, Fortitude Valley, QLD
With more than 100 industry accolades and numerous chef hats to the owner, Tony Percuoco, this award-winning restaurant is a little pocket of gold for the Brisbane community. Hailing from Naples, Tony grew up making pizza the traditional, Neapolitan way, which earned him a spot in the prestigious Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana.
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