You'd be hard-pressed to find 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 (we need to please the pineapple-lovers too), pizza is pretty incredible. We love pizza.
And we particularly love the pizzas from the following Cairns joints. Here you'll find a list of the best places to grab a slice, including our pick on each menu – in case you're ever inclined to drop some takeaway into Tropic HQ.
Our Favourite: Paddock
This aptly named Italian dish is a vibrant vegetarian option.
Made with mozzarella, roast capsicum, mushroom, zucchini, olives and ricotta, we love this fresh, wholesome combination. Hopscotch's hand-stretched bases and wood fired flavour are second to none.
For a traditional Italian experience we recommend an espresso after dinner and, if you still have an appetite for dessert, try their Ferrero pizza too.
GO THERE: 532 Mulgrave Rd, Earlville
Our Favourite: BBQ Meat Lovers
The aptly-named restaurant will not disappoint – these pizzas are about as ‘lush’ as they come.
The combination of salami, bacon, wood smoked ham, BBQ sauce, napolitana sauce and mozzarella atop freshly-made dough will have you drooling before you even order.
Lush Pizza prides itself on cooking exclusively with locally-sourced toppings, and vegans can also enjoy any pizza here by swapping mozz' for plant-based cheese.
There's also a neat side menu of nachos and wings, in case you needed further convincing.
GO THERE: 100 Sheridan St, Cairns City
La Pizza Trattoria
Our Favourite: Da Montania
Try walking straight past La Pizza and its alluring aroma of fresh flour and sizzling mozzarella. You'll want to stop, trust us.
Our favourite is the Da Montania, a vegetarian but flavour-forward combination of tomato, mozzarella, goats cheese, red onion jam and rocket.
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 the Cairns community. You can also try some local Blackbird coffee or icecream housemade with locally-sourced Mungalli Creek milk.
GO THERE: 93 Esplanade, Cairns City
The Red Pepper
Our Favourite: House Special
Your tastebuds are in for a treat with this one!
The House Special at the Red Pepper is made up of a napoli base, bacon, onion, pepperoni, pineapple, capsicum, olives and 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 Favourite: Prosciutto and Funghi
For those in fierce cultural opposition to pineapple on pizza, welcome to Alessandro’s! This is Italian dining at its best, with San Marzano D.O.P. tomatoes to boot.
Our pick is the prosciutto and funghi pizza, with flavoursome fior di latte, fresh basil, leg ham, and one of the most magical pizza ingredients – mushrooms.
With sweeping views of Lake Placid and regular jazz live music, you won’t want to leave this cozy establishment.
Known for its friendly staff and generous servings, the atmosphere here is divine.
GO THERE: 102 Lake Placid Rd, Caravonica
Rattle n Hum
Our Favourite: Zeus Deluxe
It’s worth a visit to Rattle n Hum for their tasty wood fired pizzas, and you can't go wrong their Zeus Delux.
This Mediterranean fusion features a delicious combination of napoli sauce, marinated lamb, mushrooms, feta cheese, red onion, spinach, mozzarella and tzatziki.
Gluten free options are also available.
Whether you’re more inclined to kick back and watch a game of footy (go Queensland!), or enjoy the tranquility of the back area, you’ll enjoy every moment at Rattle n Hum.
GO THERE: 67 Esplanade, Cairns City
Our Favourite: Rucola e Crudo
After careful consideration, we've concluded that the Rucola e Crudo at Ollie’s is Italian cuisine at its finest.
Tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, rocket, shaved parmesan, tomato and a garnish of basil comes together to make quite a delicacy.
A candlelit dinner, a waterfront location, a gourmet dish and the polite tip of a chef’s hat – Ollie’s Italian is classy, creative, culinary excellence.
Their pizza is a taste of the high life.
GO THERE: 1 Marlin Parade, Cairns City
Vitalia’s Italian Restaurant
Our Favourite: Bufalina D.O.C
Soak in the glamorous view of the Cairns Marina as you melt over this deliciously decadent pizza.
The combination of San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte, fresh buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, tomatoes, basil and extra virgin olive oil sounds perfect, doesn't it? It is, trust us.
Owned and staffed by true Italians, the pizzas from Vitalia’s are something extra special.
GO THERE: Shop/G9 Pier Point Rd, Cairns City
Our Favourite: Pesto Seafood Special
Definitely the most adventurous on this list, the pesto seafood special is loaded with local seafood (usually mackerel, scallops and prawns), onions, mozzarella, fresh basil and pesto sauce.
We would advise you share this stroke of pizza genius with friends – or eat it solo if you like a challenge!
There's a huge selection of traditional pizzas on Houdini’s menu, available for takeaway, delivery or eat in.
GO THERE: 2/375 Sheridan St, Cairns North