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Best of Canberra – Pizza to go

By 26 June 2014 41

take-away-pizza

When I was backpacking in Italy (it sounds romantic, but I never want to see a hostel again…), I consumed pretty close to my body weight in pizza. It was so good – light crisp crusts and simple but perfectly prepared toppings. All generally washed down with a cheap and non-descript carafe of wine. So, I must confess a conflict of interest in this post. I want to know where you go to get the best pizza in town.

In order to fulfil that need, I am sabotaging the first in our Best of Canberra quests and asking for your preferred pizza joint.

Just to keep things interesting – let’s go for best pizza to go

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41 Responses to Best of Canberra – Pizza to go
#1
JimCharles9:22 am, 26 Jun 14

Since i discovered Crust I haven’t gone anywhere else, but would be interested in other recommendations for any good local sources.
There’s not much round by us, but i gave up on Domino’s and Pizza Hut pretty quickly, despite the convenience. My first meal in Australia was a pizza from “the busiest Domino’s in the southern hemisphere” and i spent the night throwing up after eating dodgy prawns.

#2
James McMahon9:36 am, 26 Jun 14

Pizza Gusto Braddon is my favorite, had one last night recommend a large with half Capriciosa which has on it tomato, mozzarella, shaved leg ham, mushrooms and artichokes and a half Affetato – tomato, mozzarella, shaved leg ham, Calabrese salami and finished with fresh shaved prosciutto
Base is light and crispy and tomato base is delicious! $21

#3
Kalliste10:01 am, 26 Jun 14

I very rarely go near dominos or pizzahut unless it’s free. That also stands for Crust, where the chains are concerned I think the best one is actually Pizza Capers. I’ve only had a few pizzas from there but they’ve always been really good.

Otherwise I quite like the pizzas from Trevs in Dickson with the Potato bread/pizza and the Duke (Chicken, chorizo, bacon, jalapenos and bbq dressing without the jalepenos – $19) being my favourites.

And there is always Debacle on 2 for 1 nights. The Carnivore (Pepperoni, Ground Beef, Chorizo, Leg Ham, Provolone & Topped with BBQ Sauce) from there is one of my favourite pizzas, although it depends on the type of crust you like, some people really dislike the Debacle crust. I love them :) They’re thick, soft and doughy.

As with James, the few times I’ve had Pizza Gusto it’s been good, granted I haven’t been there in quite some time though.

#4
tobefair12:16 pm, 26 Jun 14

If it’s quick and easy anytime pizza, Crust serves the purpose well. If we had a pizza capers locally that would be my poison. I still dream of Theo’s in Kambah – back in the day, when the pizzas were awesome and you could play pac man while you waited (sigh)

#5
Rollersk8r12:24 pm, 26 Jun 14

I’ll throw in a lazy vote for Pizza Gusto – it is very good. Although, it’s now too popular for its own good (and this is hardly going to help) and it is quite expensive. And even with product flying out the door I can’t understand how a place like that can afford to be open so few hours of the day…

Speaking of pizza and takeaway in general, it’s funny how pizzas used to be $20 each back in the 80s, then places like Dominos came in and drove that price to well under $10 – but in recent years we’re all happy to pay $20 again because it’s gourmet!

#6
dungfungus12:38 pm, 26 Jun 14

tobefair said :

If it’s quick and easy anytime pizza, Crust serves the purpose well. If we had a pizza capers locally that would be my poison. I still dream of Theo’s in Kambah – back in the day, when the pizzas were awesome and you could play pac man while you waited (sigh)

“Crust” is the operative word. Dry, overcooked and underfilled.

#7
Mess12:40 pm, 26 Jun 14

Zucchini brothers in Chisholm is always good.

#8
Deborah2:29 pm, 26 Jun 14

Biginelli’s in Mannheim Street, Kambah do fab gourmet pizza on Wednesday nights or all day Saturday.

The best pizza is from the Royalla Pizza Oven, but they don’t do take out or serve anyone but their friends.

#9
dreamlikecheese8:02 pm, 26 Jun 14

Pizza Arte in Kingston is great. Simple toppings, delicious crusts and takeaway only. It’s run out of someone’s house just across the road from the Kingston shops and they’re only open Wed-Sun nights. They also do a tasty tira misu.

#10
Listers_Cat9:20 pm, 26 Jun 14

I’m yet to find a better than average Pizza in Canberra. Crust is highly overrated IMHO.

#11
rommeldog569:42 pm, 26 Jun 14

Mess said :

Zucchini brothers in Chisholm is always good.

+1. Always great.

#12
Genie11:58 pm, 26 Jun 14

Has anyone tried the new pizza place in Gungahlin ??

Cant be any more helpful than it starts with a Z… I think. It’s on Gungahlin Place.

If not I think I have found what I’m having for dinner on Friday to provide a review.

#13
Kalliste9:16 am, 27 Jun 14

Genie said :

Has anyone tried the new pizza place in Gungahlin ??

Cant be any more helpful than it starts with a Z… I think. It’s on Gungahlin Place.

If not I think I have found what I’m having for dinner on Friday to provide a review.

Zaitoon?

Haven’t been there yet either but have considered it. A review would be great.

#14
Sandman10:01 am, 27 Jun 14

Depends on your tastes I guess. I’m not a huge fan of “authentic Italian” pizza. I like thick crusts and juicy toppings and for me the best Pizzas are at Wilburs in Hackett. Kids love the Aloha and they use real quality cheese and ham. I’ll eat pretty much any pizza on the menu. Price seems pretty similar to other gourmet places, and if you put in a phone order and leave straight away to pick it up you have time to sit down for a 4 pines pale ale while the wife is home trying to organise the kids.

#15
Maya12310:42 am, 27 Jun 14

Thin crusts for me.

#16
Mothy3:26 pm, 27 Jun 14

The moment that ruined it for me: discovering that Pizza Capers and Crust are owned by the same company.

Used to love Crust’s Pulled Pork Pizza, but last time I got it the meat supplier seemed to have changed and it was oily.

Was sad to see Zeff’s in Belconen close – they did a great takeaway pizza that was different to the pre-fab taste of the stuff from Dominos, Pizza Hut and that seem to be direction Pizza Capers and Crust are going.

#17
Holden Caulfield4:18 pm, 27 Jun 14

+1 for Pizza Gusto, although I’ve not been for over a year.

I understand they’ll be opening up at the Kingston Foreshore soon, which may help increase my intake.

I don’t mind Crust. But then I’m quite happy to polish off a Domino’s Supreme, too, so perhaps take my recommendations with a grain of (too much) salt.

#18
bigfeet6:08 pm, 27 Jun 14

Mothy said :

The moment that ruined it for me: discovering that Pizza Capers and Crust are owned by the same company.

NOOO!!!!

Why did you have to tell me that? Just because it was ruined for you doesn’t mean you had to ruin it for everyone else!

#19
astrojax7:10 pm, 27 Jun 14

dreamlikecheese said :

Pizza Arte in Kingston is great. Simple toppings, delicious crusts and takeaway only. It’s run out of someone’s house just across the road from the Kingston shops and they’re only open Wed-Sun nights. They also do a tasty tira misu.

yes! canberra’s other best pizza is [or at least was] in gundaroo… (is cork st cafe still brilliant for pizza?)

#20
arescarti429:01 pm, 27 Jun 14

By far my favorite pizza joint for takeaway is Costco.

It’s certainly not authentic Italian, and it’s probably not the best in Canberra, but it’s simple, delicious, and excellent value at $15 for a pizza the size of a bicycle wheel.

#21
260410:36 pm, 27 Jun 14

It’s probs 18 months since we last got a pizza “to go”. I couldn’t care less about toppings, the real art in pizza-making is in the crust, and even highly-rated places in Canberra like Debacle rarely have interesting, good-tasting crusts.

In fact, I gave up and started making my own pizzas. Once you really get in to making your own, you never go back – healthier, cheaper (about $1 for a 12″ cheese pizza) and better-quality ingredients. If it’s convenience you want, you can freeze dough and sauce and mozzarella and defrost these for a quick meal.

#22
aussieboy9:36 am, 28 Jun 14

Definitely Pizza Gusto, yet inexplicably they don’t accept card

#23
John Moulis4:53 pm, 28 Jun 14

arescarti42 said :

By far my favorite pizza joint for takeaway is Costco.

It’s certainly not authentic Italian, and it’s probably not the best in Canberra, but it’s simple, delicious, and excellent value at $15 for a pizza the size of a bicycle wheel.

A pity you can’t fit it into the oven.

#24
Mysteryman6:41 pm, 28 Jun 14

aussieboy said :

Definitely Pizza Gusto, yet inexplicably they don’t accept card

It’s much easier to keep things off the books if you only take cash.

#25
Pistachios7:58 pm, 28 Jun 14

Crust is great but it is so expensive and the Belco store always gets the order wrong. After reading here about Crust and Pizza Capers being the same company I will give them a miss. Pizza Capers used to be great. They are like Dominos now.

I recently found Kaleen take away after the demise of Zeffs where you can get a great Quatro pizza with four different tastes. Costs $22 for a family size. Ring to order before you go as they are always busy. You know it’s a real pizza if you have to ask for no anchovies.

Leo’s at Evatt gets a mention for good old school take away style pizzas that are thick and juicy with lots of toppings.

The new L’Artista in the old Zeffs building is forgettable so far. Hopefully they pick up their act.

At the end of the day the “busiest pizza shop in the world” Dominos at Florey is still a great back up at $5 a basic pizza pick up. They never get my order wrong and it is always hot. Not the best pizza but…

#26
Piratepete8:13 pm, 28 Jun 14

A pity you can’t fit it into the oven.

I don’t understand this comment – Our old house had a 600mm oven, nothing fancy Chef brand and they fit, our new house has a 900mm oven and they fit… Is your oven a tiny box?

#27
arescarti429:21 pm, 28 Jun 14

John Moulis said :

arescarti42 said :

By far my favorite pizza joint for takeaway is Costco.

It’s certainly not authentic Italian, and it’s probably not the best in Canberra, but it’s simple, delicious, and excellent value at $15 for a pizza the size of a bicycle wheel.

A pity you can’t fit it into the oven.

…the idea with takeaway is that it’s hot and ready to eat, so you don’t need to put it in the oven.

#28
Genie12:01 am, 29 Jun 14

Kalliste said :

Genie said :

Has anyone tried the new pizza place in Gungahlin ??

Cant be any more helpful than it starts with a Z… I think. It’s on Gungahlin Place.

If not I think I have found what I’m having for dinner on Friday to provide a review.

Zaitoon?

Haven’t been there yet either but have considered it. A review would be great.

Yeah that’s the place…. Their menu didn’t tickle my fancy, so I don’t think I can be bothered trying it

#29
miz9:35 am, 29 Jun 14

My adult kids like Arnolds – more generous toppings than Dominos (which are minimal), but not overly pricy like Crust. Let’s face it, pizza is mostly bread dough.

#30
John Moulis12:34 pm, 29 Jun 14

Piratepete said :

A pity you can’t fit it into the oven.

I don’t understand this comment – Our old house had a 600mm oven, nothing fancy Chef brand and they fit, our new house has a 900mm oven and they fit… Is your oven a tiny box?

Their Kirkland frozen pizzas can’t fit into our oven. We own a Euromaid SC-1531. I’ll stick to their hot pizzas in future even though they are cold by the time I get home from Majura Park.

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