Best of Canberra – Pizza to go

Canfan 26 June 2014 45

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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gusdoc gusdoc 8:57 pm 07 May 17

+1 for Pizza Artigiana in Belconnen. Has supplanted Pizza Gusto as the best in Canberra, in my view.

Schmick Schmick 6:48 pm 19 Feb 16

Anyone know any authentic or good places South side for pizza?

I hate Dominos, Pizza hut and Crust as I find them all too greasy and fake, but I did love Pizza Gusto and (I haven’t seen anyone mention this one yet) Pizza Arte in Kingston (They are fantastic!!!) when I was that side.

Preferably somewhere that delivers as I can’t walk atm.

astrojax astrojax 1:56 pm 07 Sep 14

Essjay said :

“Otherwise I quite like the pizzas from Trevs in Dickson”

Thanks for mentioning this Kalliste – we were lookinf for a decent takeaway pizza in the inner north without needing to go as far as Civic/Braddon. We tried Trevs and were pretty happy with their pizzas

watson takeaway do a decent pizza, too. worth a go, i’d recommend.

has there been a ‘pizza-off’ story yet? mebbe i missed it…

Essjay Essjay 11:24 pm 06 Sep 14

“Otherwise I quite like the pizzas from Trevs in Dickson”

Thanks for mentioning this Kalliste – we were lookinf for a decent takeaway pizza in the inner north without needing to go as far as Civic/Braddon. We tried Trevs and were pretty happy with their pizzas

Maya123 Maya123 12:16 pm 05 Jul 14

A comment about the heading. “Pizza to go” I would call this a takeaway in Australia.

Susan Hutchinson Susan Hutchinson 9:32 am 05 Jul 14

Pizza Gusto is my place to go for take away. I used to cross town to buy one of their pizzas when they were in Red Hill. Pizza is amazing when it’s made from the highest quality ingredients. I’m very glad they’ve opened up in Braddon.

Reena Reena 10:20 pm 30 Jun 14

I have to put a vote in for Zierholz – I work at UC so it’s a little too easy to eat good pizza often. There is a four cheese one with just the right amount of chilli. If you’re happy to travel to Bruce. (They don’t deliver but do take away) then call ahead and check the pizza oven is on and try it out.

2nd is suburban/ belluci’s in Dickson – usually consistent but not as well traditional (?) as Zierholz.

I find pizza gusto good but a little inconsistent.

arescarti42 arescarti42 8:19 pm 30 Jun 14

Grrrr 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.

Is that a 12″, 16″, 20″, 24″, 26″, or 27″/29″ bike wheel, then?

The takeaway ones are 18″, the deli ones are 16″ IIRC.

Grrrr Grrrr 1:35 pm 30 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.

Is that a 12″, 16″, 20″, 24″, 26″, or 27″/29″ bike wheel, then?

Pistachios Pistachios 11:23 am 30 Jun 14

mountainman said :

miz said :

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.

Arnolds are they still around? I used to love the Kippax store and their Ribs, do they still do ribs?

Arnolds are still there. You can get the original Dave Nelson’s BBQ spare ribs from Dave Nelson himself at http://www.franciscos.com.au/

They do takeaway and also do great Mexican food.

mountainman mountainman 10:54 am 30 Jun 14

miz said :

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.

Arnolds are they still around? I used to love the Kippax store and their Ribs, do they still do ribs?

rosscoact rosscoact 9:35 am 30 Jun 14

dungfungus said :

John Moulis said :

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.
The best pizza is the one you make yourself and to do this you need a good quality pizza stone that will fit into your kitchen oven.
I had an old Chef in which my Emile Henry 37cm stone (cost abuot $70) would just fit and I recently renovated my kitchen and installed a Euromaid oven (works great) after ensuring the stone would fit.
Set the oven to 250 degrees using top and bottom heat + fan and let the plate heat up fully before dropping the pizza on top. Takes about 12 minutes.
From there just use your imagination as to what toppings you want and if you don’t want to make your own dough (it’s very simple) get ready made ones at the supermarket together with Leggos tomato pizza paste, mushrooms, bell peppers, olives, cheeze etc.
My favourite is smoked salmon (packet stuff roughly chopped for pasta dishes) with lashings of wasabi enriched mayo.
The pizza stones can also be used in the backyard barbie if it has a hood but don’t let it burn.
I am going to get one of those Costco B Double pizzas and try it on my oven stone, even if I have to cut it to size.

After our pizza stone spectacularly shattered in the oven, I have been using a half a dozen unglazed terracotta tiles I bought from the tile shop for about $3.60 each IIRC. They work really well and stay in the oven as a heat sink when not in use.

Mysteryman Mysteryman 8:22 pm 29 Jun 14

dungfungus said :

The best pizza is the one you make yourself and to do this you need a good quality pizza stone that will fit into your kitchen oven.
I had an old Chef in which my Emile Henry 37cm stone (cost abuot $70) would just fit and I recently renovated my kitchen and installed a Euromaid oven (works great) after ensuring the stone would fit.
Set the oven to 250 degrees using top and bottom heat + fan and let the plate heat up fully before dropping the pizza on top. Takes about 12 minutes.
From there just use your imagination as to what toppings you want and if you don’t want to make your own dough (it’s very simple) get ready made ones at the supermarket together with Leggos tomato pizza paste, mushrooms, bell peppers, olives, cheeze etc.
My favourite is smoked salmon (packet stuff roughly chopped for pasta dishes) with lashings of wasabi enriched mayo.
The pizza stones can also be used in the backyard barbie if it has a hood but don’t let it burn.
I am going to get one of those Costco B Double pizzas and try it on my oven stone, even if I have to cut it to size.

You don’t need a pizza stone at all. A tray works just as well – especially the trays with holes in the base that allow the heat to evenly cook the base. Stones can be a bit fiddly, and I’m yet to eat a pizza that turned out better on a stone than a pizza tray.

Also, “bell peppers”? I think we called them capsicum here :p

dungfungus dungfungus 2:37 pm 29 Jun 14

John Moulis said :

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.

The best pizza is the one you make yourself and to do this you need a good quality pizza stone that will fit into your kitchen oven.
I had an old Chef in which my Emile Henry 37cm stone (cost abuot $70) would just fit and I recently renovated my kitchen and installed a Euromaid oven (works great) after ensuring the stone would fit.
Set the oven to 250 degrees using top and bottom heat + fan and let the plate heat up fully before dropping the pizza on top. Takes about 12 minutes.
From there just use your imagination as to what toppings you want and if you don’t want to make your own dough (it’s very simple) get ready made ones at the supermarket together with Leggos tomato pizza paste, mushrooms, bell peppers, olives, cheeze etc.
My favourite is smoked salmon (packet stuff roughly chopped for pasta dishes) with lashings of wasabi enriched mayo.
The pizza stones can also be used in the backyard barbie if it has a hood but don’t let it burn.
I am going to get one of those Costco B Double pizzas and try it on my oven stone, even if I have to cut it to size.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 2:37 pm 29 Jun 14

Pistachios said :

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

Haven’t had a pizza there but I’ve dined there on pasta a few times and each time it has been quite palatable and service was good too.

John Moulis John Moulis 12:34 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.

miz miz 9:35 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.

Genie Genie 12:01 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

arescarti42 arescarti42 9:21 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.

Piratepete Piratepete 8:13 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?

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