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Pizza and wine. It’s a match made in heaven. Or Italy, more likely.
But you don’t have to go that far for your own piece of the pie. Here are 10 of our favourite places to curl up with a slice and a vino.
Named Canberra’s Best Casual Dining Venue at the AHA ACT 2019 Hospitality and Tourism Awards, The District is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week (which allows for every pizza craving to be satiated).
A cosy restaurant perfect for families or catching up with friends, there’s also live music every Sunday afternoon and a fireplace. Need we say more?
Our pizza pick: The Caliente with salami, onion, capsicum and chilli.
The District | 56 Abeena Avenue, Crace | thedistrict.com.au
A spacious modern restaurant with a breezy seating area and possibly Canberra’s chicest enclosed terrace, Agostinis puts the emphasis squarely on the authentic, with woodfired pizza and a wine list straight ‘outta the motherland (Italy, duh).
Our pizza pick: The Quattro Formaggi with taleggio, gorgonzola, parmesan and fior di latte mozzarella.
Agostinis | 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston | easthotel.com.au/eat-and-drink/agostinis
Despite being Canberra’s smallest pizzeria in winter with just a pair of tables for two (in summer, there’s ample outdoor seating), Mama Dough takes pizza very, very seriously. And you’ll take your Mama Dough pizza addiction very seriously once you try their curated menu of classic and inventive toppings.
Our pizza pick: The Eggplant and Speck with smoked mozzarella and basil.
Mama Dough | 2 Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie Shops | mamadough.com.au
Dimly lit and cosy, Lola’s lets you pretend you’re in a backstreet in Rome. With a woodfired pizza oven and a menu of traditional and not-so-traditional favourites, Lola’s is perfect for date night or catching up with a group of friends.
Our pizza pick: The Goats Cheese with caramelised onion, honey and rosemary.
Lola’s | 50 Bunda Street, Canberra City | lolasbar.com.au
A hole-in-the-wall style joint, Pizza Gusto is literally a room with a wood-fired pizza oven and a register. You can reserve a couple of spots indoors, otherwise, in the summer months the alfresco tables become the best seat on Lonsdale Street.
Our pizza pick: The Verde with a garlic oil base with basil pine nut pesto, mozzarella, bocconcini and finished with rocket and parmesan.
Pizza Gusto | 23 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | pizzagusto.com.au
The Royal Hotel Queanbeyan
A buzzing space with regular live music and events, not only is The Royal perfect for getting together over a pizza but it’s kid-friendly.
Our pizza pick: The Chipotle Chicken with chicken, onion, capsicum, mushroom, baby spinach with chipotle mayo.
The Royal Hotel Queanbeyan | 85 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan | royalhotelqbn.com.au
Perched above Manuka, Trecento holds the first and only Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana certification in Canberra.
In essence, this certification means that their pizza is as authentic as it comes. The menu also features traditional, Italian mains and a selection of wines and spirits.
Unit 33, Manuka Terrace, Flinders Street, Manuka | facebook.com/trecentocanberra
Italian and Sons
What do you get when you combine a rustic fit out with an intimate floor plan and amazing service? Italian and Sons, that’s what. With a location smack bang in the heart of Braddon, Italian and Sons is perfect for a special occasion or celebration.
Our pizza pick: The Quattro Formaggi with gorgonzola, straciatella, reggiano, fior di latte and walnut pesto.
Italian and Sons | 7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | italianandsons.com.au
These guys dough not mess around (sorry) when it comes to their pizza dough, with each batch matured and handcrafted to perfection. Belconnonites can rejoice–Pizza Artigiana is a suburban pizzeria saviour!
Our pizza pick: The Quattro Stagioni-Pietro with a tomato base, mozzarella, grilled eggplant, artichoke, mushroom and kalamata olives.
Pizza Artigiana | Corner of Bowman & Wiseman St, Macquarie | pizza-artigiana.com.au
Perfect for big family groups with lots of little ones, at Woden Central you can let the kids expend excess energy in the play room while you pore over the extensive menu of generously-sized pizzas.
Our pizza pick: The Vegetarian pizza with san marzano sauce, mozzarella, mushroom, zucchini, eggplant, ricotta salata, wild rocket and parmesan.
Woden Central | 92-96 Corinna Steet, Woden | cscc.com.au/woden-central
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