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It’s Official, Australia’s 10 Best Pizza Places Have Been Revealed

What makes the perfect pizza? Is it thick and melty cheese? A secret recipe for the tomato sauce on the base? A tonne of garlic? And what makes a pizzeria supreme among pizzerias?

Well, you need wonder no longer. TripAdvisor has just released a list of the 10 pizzerias serving up the best pizza in Australia. The ranking is based on a (very scientific) consideration of the quality and quantity of reviews and comments on the site, with a heavier ranking given to the most recent reviews.

While Sydney came out on top with the most pizzerias in the top 10, regional Australia has really won out, with the top four all located in smaller towns or cities around the country.

Here are the top 10 places for the best pizza in Australia and their signature slices.

#1 Beagles Pizza, Airlie Beach

 

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What diners say: “What I would call ‘old school pizza’, made with love and heaps of toppings” with “a beautiful base and fresh ingredients.”

Signature slice: The “Beagles Supreme”, technically the is topped with mozzarella cheese, ham, salami, prawns, olives, mushrooms, onions, capsicum, pineapple, and anchovies as an optional extra.

#2 Il Buco, Byron Bay

 

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What diners say: “Must try – a hole in the wall with sensational pizzas” that are “so outrageously good you’ll feel like you’re in Naples!”

Signature slice: The “Prosciutto Funghi” pizza featuring homemade tomato paste, fior di latte mozzarella, Bangalow sweet pork ham and mushrooms.

#3 Station Bar & Wood-Fired Pizza, Katoomba

What diners say: “Beautiful wood-fired crust” that were “freshly made… the toppings were generous without overloading the pizzas”, “definitely a go-to place for pizza in the mountains.”

Signature slice: The “Woodford”, topped with roast duck, mushrooms, baby spinach, red onion, sesame seeds and plum sauce.

#4 El Capitano Pizzeria & Bar, Noosa

What diners say: “The 72-hour fermented crust is perfection,” and “a classy twist on pizza to satisfy both the kids and us!”

Signature slice: The “Margherita” pizza with fior di latte, fresh buffalo mozzarella and basil leaves.

#5 Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney

 

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What diners say: “Good pizzas in a character-filled atmosphere.” “If the setting isn’t your thing – fair enough, but if you don’t recognise the quality of the pizza, you’re clueless, period.”

Signature slice: The “Capricciosa”, made with ham, mushroom, artichokes, olives, tomato and cheese.

#6 Sam’s Pizzeria on the Waterfront, Batemans Bay

 

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What diners say: “We had two different pizzas which we found hard to choose, as they offer such a variety”, “the pizzas are made with love and care, they are not your average pizza!”

Signature slice: Calzones (savoury and sweet varieties).

#7 Emerald Beach Pizza & Pasta, Coffs Harbour

 

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What diners say: “The wood-fired oven delivered a nice dry base and an even, not overcooked top”, “[we] inhaled every last piece!”

Signature slice: The “Supreme”, made with pepperoni, onion, capsicum, mushrooms, ham, pineapple, olives, mozzarella cheese and optional anchovies.

#8 DOC Pizza & Mozzarella Bar, Melbourne

 

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What diners say: “There was one ingredient that was outstanding – the buffalo mozzarella,” and overall, serving up “excellent food in an authentic and warm Italia atmosphere.”

Signature slice: Any pizza featuring the specialty buffalo mozzarella.

#9 Pizza Boccone, Sydney

 

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What diners say: “Small, simple menu prepared to perfection”, “Highly recommended to all”.

Signature slice: The “Capricciosa” pizza, made with tomato, buffalo mozzarella, rocket and cherry tomatoes.

#10 Gigi pizzeria, Sydney

 

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TripAdvisor diners say: “The bases are a perfect combination of crispness and elasticity. The flavours are so good that it was like ‘Cheese? What’s cheese?’”

Signature slice: The “Patate”, which is topped with thinly sliced roasted potato, garlic, rosemary and black truffle pate, and extra virgin olive oil.

While you’re here, check out Australia’s top 10 burger places.

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