The connoisseurs among us know that not all pizzas are made alike, and there’s a stark difference between the slimy slice you pick up at 3am while stumbling home and the game-changing creation you book a weekend away to enjoy. This article is about the latter.

Grab someone who appreciates piping-hot cheese and dough as much as you, book yourself in for a couple of nights, and make sure to pack pants with an elastic waistband.


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#1 – Beagles Pizza, Airlie Beach

Taking out the top spot really speaks for itself. Diners here report an “old-school pizza” experience, focused on beautiful ingredients and a whole lotta love.


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#2 – Il Buco, Byron Bay

There’s very little that Byron doesn’t do well – and pizza is no exception. Il Buco is a tiny eatery that’ll transport you to Naples, Italy while maintaining the laidback nature of the Bay.


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#3 – Station Bar & Wood-Fired Pizza, Katoomba

This spot is for those of us who like something a little bit exotic. From crocodile to kangaroo, each of the pizzas is named after a nearby town and is each as delicious as the next.


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#4 – El Capitano Pizzeria & Bar, Noosa

Like all things in Noosa, El Capitano’s pizza is just that little bit fancy. The 72-hour fermented sourdough crust sets the scene for the truly gorgeous quality ingredients to shine, creating a taste sensation in your mouth.


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#5 – Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney

Sydneysiders have long loved Frankie’s as an unexpected after-work pizza and drinks spot. The bar offers loud bands and even louder decorations, creating a buzzing, exciting atmosphere – no matter if you’re there on a Friday or a Monday!


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

There’s something so tasty about life on the South Coast; that salty, laidback vibe that can’t be emulated. Perhaps that’s what makes Sam’s pizza so delicious!

#7 – Emerald Beach Pizza & Pasta, Coffs Harbour

With such juicy, zingy, cheesy toppings usually comes a soggy base – which is just not acceptable for the team at Emerald Beach Pizza & Pasta! If you like your bottoms crispy but your tops dripping, this is the one for you.


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#8 – DOC Pizza & Mozzarella Bar, Melbourne

Seriously, could there be a food list without a Melbournian inclusion? Short answer: no. Longer answer: one taste of DOC’s signature buffalo mozzarella and you’ll wonder why you’ve been eating anything else in your life.

#9 – Pizza Boccone, Sydney

In these days of over-seasoning and over-stimulation, do you know what really sticks out? Simple food, done well. And Pizza Boccone does it very well indeed!


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#10 – Gigi Pizzeria, Sydney

In a potentially controversial move, this is a cheese-less pizzeria. In the traditional Neapolitan method, cheese is left off to let the subtle but stunning flavours – like garlic, basil, and a lot of extra virgin olive oil – take centre stage. Bonus: the pizzas here are entirely vegan.

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