Pizza is famous the world over. If you love all things Italian, you’ll love sensational pizza. That’s a pizza that will satisfy your soul. You’ll find that the best pizza is made with fabulous dough, top-notch ingredients and loads of love.
If you crave pizza, you should head to a reputable place that worships true Italian style. And make sure you choose pizza that’s just like Nonna would make.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a pizzeria, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great pizza?
So much goes into a quality pizza. Choose one created with handmade dough that’s easy to digest. You’ll also want seasonal ingredients, combined in exciting ways. If you’re like most pizza lovers, you’ll appreciate a pizza made in a wood-fired oven. You’ll also give the thumbs-up to a pizza that respects true Italian style.
Choosing the right place can make or break your pizza experience.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a pizza place:
- Variety. You’ll want to choose a pizza place – whether takeaway, cafe or restaurant – that has delicious variety. This means you’ll be satisfied, whether you indulge in a simple pizza, like a traditional Margherita, or a creative, modern option.
- Quality. Since pizza is all about the quality, choose a place that has great dough, base ingredients, toppings and cheeses.
- Crust. Don’t forget that dough is a major element in a quality pizza. That’s whether you like thick or thin crust, artisan crust, or Neapolitan style. Perhaps you crave a deep-dish crust. What’s key is to choose a pizza place with handmade dough that’s left to rise for the right amount of time.
- Love. The Italians are famous for saying pizza must be made with love. That’s why you should select a pizza place with a passion for perfect pizza.
- Cost. You’ll discover that the best pizzas in the world are created with the best ingredients. That means they can be a bit more expensive. While you don’t want to overpay, be aware that the cheapest pizza isn’t always the greatest pizza.
The best pizza in Canberra
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Award-winning Round makes delicious pizzas for everyone and across all dietary requirements. Pizzas are made the right way with quality natural and local ingredients, every slice, every time. This includes the best vegan cheese available from New Zealand.
With fast service, Round delivers both pizza and alcohol, including $5 beers and spirits. It’s the first pizza place to do so in Canberra and Round is the only one in the ACT offering vegan beer on tap.
Round’s pizzas are 11” and 13”. Speciality options include the “supreme” and “meat obsession”. Vegetarian and classic pizzas are also on the menu. So too is pasta and a line-up of salads, sides and sweets. Kids are well taken care of. Round operates with meticulous quality processes in place.
On Google, Fi Crispon wrote, “Utterly mouth-watering and extremely delicious pizzas … Brought my vegan boyfriend here and watched him smile with delight as he realised he could have a hot, (vegan) cheesy pizza.”
Little Theo’s is so good, the takeaway shop has appeared in the Australian Good Food Guide. A Canberra favorite, Little Theo’s makes all pizzas and and extensive range takeaway favorites from scratch. The menu features 18 varieties of pizza, all created with quality ingredients and a healthy dose of passion. Pizzas come in two sizes, medium and large. the
Teegan Worland wrote on Google, “Incredibly delicious and fantastic staff! Hidden gem of a takeaway …”
Mama Dough promises a slice of Italy with each of its 13 styles of popular pizzas. Freshly made, wood-fired pizza is served straight out of an imported Forno Bravo Pizza oven. Try the traditional Margherita or go for a pizza with the lot. Red-base and white-base pizzas are available. Top off your meal with decadent Tiramisu.
On Google, Ken Butti wrote, “The best pizza in Canberra. Traditional, Napoletana style. How pizza is supposed to be made. Fresh, generous toppings. High-quality dough and cheese.”
Menus change with the season at Agostinis, to take advantages of the freshest produce, including with the restaurant’s 27 pizza styles. Agostinis’ owners are Italian and so it the Executive Chef. Pizza rosso and pizza bianca are available. Take pizza to the next level with additional ingredients.
Glenn Christino Yosua wrote on Google, “If we could give Agostinis more than 5 stars, we definitely would … in our opinion this is the best pizza we’ve ever had …”
Pizza is an art form at Pizza Artigiana, where the food is all about taste. Hand-crafted, artisan dough is matured to perfection and topped with the finest ingredients for maximum flavour. Pizzas transport customers to Italy and make the Nonnas of the world proud. An extensive range is available.
Thien Vuong wrote on Google, “Authentic woodfired pizzas are amazing. This Ortolana Pizza ranks as highly as those I've had in Via Napoli, if not better.”
East Pizza specialises in all-things pizza. Its takeaway menu features 33 cm pizzas (eight slices), made with quality ingredients and a lot of love. All 20 pizzas are available without cheese if desired. Gluten free bases available on request. All bases are egg and dairy free.
On Google, Darol Moore wrote, “This is by far the best pizza in Canberra if thin and crispy base with a while lot of flavour on top is what you after … 10/10.”
If you’re looking for more information on eating exciting food, whether dine-in or takeaway, you might like our articles on the best fine dining restaurants, best restaurants, best cafes for breakfast, best vegetarian cafes and restaurants, and the best takeaways Canberra has to offer.
Your experience with pizza places in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
What makes a great pizza?
So much goes into making a great pizza. Quality of dough. Quality of ingredients. The combination of flavours. The passion.
What is pizza dough made of?
Pizza dough is primarily made of five ingredients – flour, pizza yeast, water, salt and olive oil. The quality of the flour is key, as is the quality of the olive oil.
Is pizza healthy?
Many pizzas include loads of vegies. Pizza can be high in calories, however, depending on the amount of cheese and toppings used. Some ingredients also have a lot of sodium. And, of course, eating too many slices can take you over the healthy calorie count for one meal.
What type of pizza base is best?
This depends on personal preference and taste. You might like a red base or a white one. If you’re with family or friends, you may want to switch matters up and order both types of bases.
Should I go for a thick or thin crust on my pizza?
Your choice of crust style is personal. Some parts of Italy make pizza with a thick crust and some parts a thin one. Choose the type that best suits.