Pizza makes people happy, that’s a fact. Even the word pizza is a fun time. Say it out loud right now and pay attention to increased levels of happy. Now imagine yourself eating pizza and you’re on the same level as the rest of the world today.
Why? Because it’s World Pizza Day and that, friends, is something to celebrate. Our way of celebrating is writing a list for you fine people to make life (and pizza finding) easier. We’re a real good time.
So here it is. From south to north because a change is as good as a holiday (it’s not). Read please.
A relative newbie in Cooly, Francie’s is the Italian bestie you never knew you needed. Run by a coupla legends who, quite rightly, saw a gap in the traditional pizza market down that end of the Coast. The crew have 15 flavours of pizza on offer and their own range of wine and there isn’t really anything better in the world than that combo. Except for maybe the fact that the pizzas have puns for name – Piers Brosnan anyone? Yeah, see. Where: 102 Griffith St, Coolangatta
Earth N Sea
These guys have been in the business of pizza since 1976 so, as you might imagine, they know what’s up. With a view of the actual sea and all the good vibes Cooly has to offer, you should definitely spend some time here. They’ve got MANY varieties of pizza including one called Prawneroni which is pure gold (and delicious). Mullumbimby Madness also sounds like a time you’d like to have. BRB. moving to Cooly. Where: 60 Marine Pde, Coolangatta
The big, beautiful building on the highway in Palmy is home to a number of Italian delights, not least of all a moped suspended from the roof. As you would know, if you’ve been, their menu is the definition of next-level and the pizzas in particular are perfection. THere are 16 varieties, divided into red and white sauce bases and maybe just try them all because life’s too short to care about carb counting. Where: 1069 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
Your mate and ours, Justin Lane in Burleigh is the king of pizza. No doubt you’ve sunk a few slices while sipping on cocktails and scoping out the scene. We’re quite partial to the prawn, calamari, garlic confit, mozzarella, chilli, parsley and lemon pizza but hey, you do you. Where: 1708-1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
JFK Woodfire Kitchen & Bar
It seems people who have been to JFK want to keep it a secret and fair enough, it’s epic but too bad, because it’s epic. Tucked away behind Burleigh is a gem you may have heard increasing whispers about lately. Quite obviously, the pizzas are wood fired and also quite obviously that equals delicious. There are plenty of flavours, all of which are worth a sample. Where: 37a Tallebudgera Creek Rd, Burleigh Heads
Alright, if you haven’t been to That’s Amore in Miami, you’ve been missing out on some fine Italian fare. These guys are kind of hidden away in Miami Shopping Village but do not live a life that doesn’t include finding them. Everything good but the pizzas are pure perfection and very reasonably priced. Get it. Where: 110 Mountain View Ave, Miami
Mandala & Co.
Our plant-based pals have no doubt heard of this one and for good reason. Mandala has been dishing up the pizzalicious goods for quite awhile. Their signature creation is the Mandala pizza; hand rolled using Australian grown, unbleached organic spelt flour and with a range of tasty toppings, you should definitely pop this one at the top of the list. Catch some live tunes while you’re at it. Where: 4/2558 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Goccia Italian Pizzeria
As the name would suggest, these bad boys are bonafide Italian gems AND some of the most beautifully presented you’ve ever seen. Oh and the flavours, help! They appear on the menu in the native dialect so it’s a good time trying to pronounce them. There are over 20 choices so you’ll need to pick wisely (or go back every day for a month). Where: 2375 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach (opposite Turtle Beach Resort)
Woodfired pizza come at us. The Italian family behind Gemelli are a gift from the Gods. They’ve created an authentic Italian experience in Nobbys and for that we are eternally grateful. They’re all ridiculous but go the Che Stupido if you can’t decide. It’s got mixed marinated mushrooms, fior di latte, truffle oil and parmiggano. All of the good things. These guys also have Gemmellini in Nobby’s so get on that too. Where: 2/2685 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
Okay, so these guys are something else. They focus on traditional Neapolitan styles and they cannot be faulted on pizza production. Last time we sampled the Gamberetti e Zucchine because a. it sounds fancy and we can pronounce it and b. it’s got San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, zucchini, garlic and prawns. YEP. Where: 2/2715 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
Salt Meats Cheese
Let us begin by saying there is a pizza with FOUR CHEESES on it and that should be enough quite frankly. Found in Surfers Paradise, Salt Meats Cheese boasts all the delicious Italian things (as referenced in their name) and although off topic, they also make pasta in a wheel or Parmesan cheese. It’s Italian gourmet at its cheesy best. Bye. Where: The 4217, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise
Pizza Paradise Gourmet Kitchen
We were once told this place had ‘the best pizza by a country mile’ and that’ll about do us. There’s a pizza called The Catch and it is indeed that. Topped with capsicum, calamari, prawns, mussels, barramundi, shallots, garlic, rocket, lemon and aioli it’s an actual taste sensation. If you’re a northerner, they’ll deliver it right to your door. Best. Where: SHOP 3, 20 Grice Avenue, Paradise Point
Words by Kirra Smith.