Looking for pizza in Hobart? Then search no further. These seven spots channel the spirit of Naples on the southern isle.
An Italian charmer perched on the Bellerive Quay overlooking Kangaroo Bay, Cugini gets the formula right with its smooth waiters and electric oven. Any of the 17 choices can be made with a gluten-free base (one size only), including a Sicilian-leaning caponata and an elegant potato and rosemary number bulked up with bocconcini and prosciutto.
34 Cambridge Road, Bellerive; (03) 6244 2727
Paesano Pizza & Pasta
The pizza shop from central casting (with a very handy BYO license to boot), this West Hobart winner stretches its dough remit to dessert, where a sweet pizza covered in chocolate hazelnut spread, strawberries and vanilla ice cream wins hearts and stomachs.
108 Lansdowne Crescent, West Hobart; (03) 6234 2111
Maning Reef Café
The name screams “seafood” but the wood oven says “pizza”. The thin bases on these traditional Neapolitan-style numbers are excellent, as are the toppings, which tread a conservative line before busting out a hyperlocal move with a curried scallop option with Tasmanian scallops, Keen’s curry sauce and mozzarella.
479 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay; 0402 337 831
A hotspot in the northern suburb of Berriedale (now on the map thanks to MONA), Local Pizza has developed a reputation as one of the best options in greater Hobart thanks to its classic-recipe wood-fired pizzas. The puffy crusts have char and chew while the bases are crisp without shattering on the first bite. And the toppings? With creations such as the “kale Mary” – a veg-friendly combo of garlic base, kale, roast potato, three cheeses and rosemary – they’re as on-point as it gets.
52 Maroni Road, Berriedale; (03) 6249 3573
These two sibling restaurants have an accommodating attitude to the contentious half-and-half pizza, making them an excellent choice for families with warring children. It’s double the choice across a menu where traditional pepperoni and Hawaiian rub shoulders with citrus-flavoured seafood, garlic and rocket on a Deep Blue slice or a Mozambique-style pizza with marinated chicken on a heat-packing peri peri base.
13 Beach Road, Kingston Beach; (03) 6227 2288
125 Main Road, Austins Ferry; (03) 6249 8995
Cultura Espresso Bar & Restaurant
The menu ranges across the Italian boot at this smart CBD bolthole with gorgeous pasta and tender Sicilian duck but finds a particularly sweet spot with its pizza choices. Fat-crusted beauties are served a la mode, topped with the trendy Calabrian spreadable salami known as n’duja with spinach, olives and artichokes, or the house calzone stuffed with mushrooms, gorgonzola and basil.
123 Liverpool Street, Hobart; (03) 6234 7111
Solo Pasta & Pizza
Plenty of pizzas have passed through the oven since Solo opened in 1983; the number each night has no doubt grown since it expanded in 2014. You should definitely embrace the Mafiosi here (a combination of pork sausage, salami, jalapeños and onion that’s too good to refuse), or go Italian gourmet with the Cinque Terre (heaped with artichoke, olives, pancetta, brie and garlic, it’s as rich as the families on the Italian Riviera).
50B King Street, Sandy Bay; (03) 6234 9898
Top image: Local Pizza