I stumbled across this hidden gem during Easter weekend when the restaurant we initially wanted to go to was fully booked.
I normally associate takeaway pizzas with pizza chains – something to grab when I am in a hurry and am too lazy to whip something up in the kitchen. so this gourmet pizzeria was a spontaneous but lovely surprise. Bella Sicilia definitely lives up to its claim of being the "best authentic pizzeria on the peninsula".
We ordered the 18 inch takeaway pizza appropriately named "The Animal". They had a large menu selection and we chose two different flavours: Phoenix (fiery mix with chicken, onion, capsicum and jalapenos) and Prawn (prawns, garlic and herbs).
This family run establishment was friendly and homely. Bella Sicilia has been operating for 8 years. The head chef, Alfredo, is Sicilian so he brings with him a touch of home.
They make almost everything from scratch – the base, sauce and pasta sauces. If you are ordering takeaway, it is best to call the pizzeria first as pizzas take around 15 minutes to make. The dough is rolled only upon ordering and is scrumptious when eaten piping hot.
Other than its remarkable size, the pizzas we ordered stood out due to the amount of toppings. In fact, the chicken was falling off the pizza due to its sheer quantity. I have visited Naples in Italy, where they are famous for their pizzas and the pizza base at Bella Sicilia is pretty similar.
Remember to drive a larger car when ordering The Animal. Service was so fantastic that they were waiting outside for us with our pizza when we drove to the pizzeria to pick up our order. The box was so big, we could hardly fit it in through the window. The size of the "Animal" is large enough to feed 5 large adults.
Prices are higher than the normal fast food pizza chains but the quality is superior. A 12 inch gourmet pizza costs $20, a small normal pizza costs $12.70, medium at $17.20, Large at $23.60 and the Animal at $34.60.
So next time you are in the vicinity of Redcliffe Peninsula, drop by at Bella Sicilia. The pizzeria is in close proximity to the waterfront so if it is not too chilly, head towards the seats near the sea and enjoy the magnificent view. Go ahead and reward the end of your fun-filled day at the beach with a little taste of Italy.