A-pizza-perfection: Tropic's guide to Cairns' best pizza

What could be a better crowd-pleaser than pizza?

Whether it's all about that stretchy, stone baked dough and housemade Napoli sugo, or loaded with Aussie toppings (just to please the pineapple-lovers), pizza is pretty incredible. We love pizza. 



OUR PICK | Sonny Boy: potato, pork sausage, mushroom, smoked mozzarella, red onion, fior di latte

Italian food at its best. Mega stretch, minimal toppings, massive flavours.

Hopscotch also has a nice wine list and a couple of decadent dessert pizzas, in case you needed further convincing.   

GO THERE: 532 Mulgrave Rd, Earlville

Lush Pizza

OUR PICK | Inferno: napolitana sauce, mozzarella, salami, chilli, jalapeno peppers, capsicum, onion

This one’s our weeknight takeaway pick.

Offering two-for-one pizza every Tuesday (yes, you read that right) plus a stack of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, Lush Pizza is everybody’s friend.

GO THERE: 100 Sheridan St, Cairns City

La Pizza

OUR PICK | Trattoria Special: tomato, mozzarella, salami cotto, onion, mushroom, semi-dried tomatoes, drizzled with a garlic and herb crème fraiche

Try walking straight past La Pizza and its alluring aroma of fresh flour and sizzling mozzarella.

These pizzas are bang on for value, service and location.

Locally owned and operated for over 25 years, La Pizza is a favourite for both tourists and regulars.

GO THERE: 93 Esplanade, Cairns City

The Red Pepper 

OUR PICK | House Special: napoli base, bacon, onion, pepperoni, pineapple, capsicum, olives, cheese

If you love loaded pizzas, or just looking for a quick and tasty dinner, this local gem is where you should go.

We're always satisfied with our pick from the Red Pepper’s extensive menu, with a huge range of combinations and prices.

GO THERE: Shop 9/193 Swallow St, Mooroobool

Alessandro’s Pizzeria Antipasto Bar

OUR PICK | Quattro Formaggi: mozzarella fior di latte, pecorino, provolone, gorgonzola

Alessandro’s boasts a long list of authentic pizze and pasta fresca on its menu, just like Nonna asked for.

With stunning views of Lake Placid and regular jazz live music, you won’t want to leave this cozy establishment.

GO THERE: 102 Lake Placid Rd, Caravonica

Piccolo Cucina

OUR PICK | Rustica: thinly sliced potato, zucchini, rosemary, extra virgin olive oil 

Piccolo’s pizzas are made to that 12-inch size sweet spot – totally acceptable to eat an entire one to yourself.

Served whole with a cutting wheel if you’d prefer to share though, alongside a complimentary limoncello to finish.

GO THERE: 17 Abbott St, Cairns City

Ollie’s Italian

OUR PICK | Rucola e Crudo: tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, rocket, shaved parmesan, cherry tomato, basil

Experienced kitchen hands and an imported Stefano Ferraro oven combine to make true Neapolitan style pizza at Ollie’s.

The dough is made daily and altered depending on the humidity in the air. Best paired with a Peroni or Aperol Spritz.

GO THERE: 1 Marlin Parade, Cairns City

Vitalia’s Italian Restaurant

OUR PICK | Bufalina D.O.C: San Marzano, fior di latte, fresh buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, fresh diced tomatoes, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil

Soak in the glamorous view of the Cairns Marina as you melt over this deliciously decadent pizza.

The combination of these classic Italian ingredients sounds perfect, doesn't it? Trust us, it is.  

GO THERE: Shop/G9 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City

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