The Best Pizza in Adelaide

Updated 3 days ago


Adelaide’s pizza scene has turned up the heat in the last few years. The teams behind Anchovy Bandit and Pizzateca have both started turned their respective operations into budding empires. Some of the city’s top chefs recently turned their attention to pizza dough. Now Adelaide serves every kind of slice under the sun, from chunky Detroit-style deep dish to floppy woodfired Neapolitan. These are favourites around town.

  • “Oztalian” pizza and local wines to match. An imported Italian wood-fired oven sits in the middle of this rustic restaurant; fresh and white with pastel-pink and green accents. It’s turning out pizza that’s well worth the trip to McLaren Vale.

  • A freewheeling Italian joint that's inspired by tradition – but never bound by it. Bandit’s woodfired pizzas and housemade pasta are among the city’s best, and the drinks list spans Italianate cocktails, amaro and solid non alc options. Salute!

  • In the ’50s, pizza was something most Australians had only seen in foreign magazines. Lucia's changed that when it opened in 1957, introducing locals to the Italian staple. It serves the same pizza and pasta that’s been around for decades. We hope it never changes.

  • Suburban nostalgia and clever cooking collide at this new-wave pizzeria by the Herringbone team. Go for gussied-up classics and new-wave creations – as well as pastas, salads and a hangover-busting meatball sub. There's also a clutch of easy-going beers and SA wines to pair with your slice.

  • This fun-and-fast spot is the third venue by the Pizzateca crew. Expect all the staples of your neighbourhood pizzeria (ham and pineapple, supreme and a smoky barbeque chicken), plus a few you won't find elsewhere. Also, canned wines, spritzes and house lager by Big Shed.

  • You'll ask yourself the following when you enter this neon-lit gem: is Sunny’s a pizza joint that also happens to feel like a house party? Or is it a bar with DJs and primo pizza? Happily, the answer is “yes” to both.

  • The standard-setter for Neapolitan pizza in Adelaide. The rest of the selection – including antipasto, pasta and desserts – is tight and considered. The same goes for the wine list of Italian and South Australian drops.

  • Experience beautiful design, excellent food and friendly service at this pizza and wine joint from the team behind Anchovy Bandit and Bottega Bandito. Expect classic and left-of-centre pizzas and veggies from the hearth, plus a 10-out-of-10 wine selection.

  • Italian-born husband-and-wife team Paolo Rosina and Ilenia Scuderi bring traditional (and not-so traditional) pizza and pastries to Henley Beach Road. The Pastry Lab, which serves a bounty of vegan-friendly treats, is well worth its own visit.

  • Big fat Sicilian slices from the woodfired oven rule at this diner inside the 130-year-old Southwark Hotel. It’s also serving up rustic handmade pastas and hefty cotoletta inside a space riffing on classic Italian-American diners.

  • A neighbourhood pizza bar serving “old-school” pies, rocky-road calzone and $12 Negronis all day, every day. There’s also a tight selection of gnocchi, fettuccine and small plates including eggplant fries and salumi.

  • Peer through the large front windows at this Pirie Street favourite and you’ll see two beautiful red-brick ovens. They’re the only source of cooking heat for the entire restaurant, and you can learn how to use them – this spot hosts pizza-making classes for the dough-curious.

  • Fitting a pizza oven and restaurant into a tiny space would worry most, but not Est Pizzeria. It uses the space it has – and uses it well. If you’re coming with a group, the banquet here makes things nice and easy.

  • The word “grotto” alludes to someplace secret – a secluded cavern of magical quality – and this little pizza-house isn’t far off that. Make your choice, add a tumbler of wine (or beer) and nab a stool at the communal table.

  • A California-inspired pizza bar serving Italo-American classics. The pizzas here are undeniably great, but it's the atmosphere that will really keep you coming back.

  • This pretty mid-century-style brewery serves approachable beers, new-wave wines and an entirely vegetarian menu in a heritage former council chambers. It’s from the crew behind beloved inner west cafe Karma & Crow.

  • Real-deal Neapolitan pizzas and metre-long pies. And they're more than just a gimmick, too – they're seriously good, and an ideal option if you're booking for a larger group (or an ambitious small group).

  • The menu hasn’t changed in over two decades – no one wants it to. You can find nearly every dish in the Southern Italian culinary canon here, but special marks go to the pizza.

  • The pizzas here are made using sourdough bases, and they’re informed by the principles of the Mediterranean diet.

  • Where the Mediterranean meets the Middle East. Starters hew towards the Middle East, while the wood oven in the corner delivers pizzas and house-made pita bread.

  • This relaxed Italian diner does just about everything really well. The pizza is great, and so is the pasta, but it's the space – stucco walls, large outdoor terrace, Mediterranean feel – that will really transport you to Italy.

  • Pizza backed by research and certified by the Accademia Italiana della Pizza in Italy.

  • After a winery-hop through McLaren Vale, kick back with a wood oven pizza.