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Published January 18th 2012
When I moved to Dundas, I thought there were very few things to like. The train line was awful, none of my friends lived nearby and I had to drive everywhere. But then, one night when I got off the train, tired and hungry, I stopped in at P'EATzza at Joe's and picked up a seafood marinara pizza and realised why living around the corner from the Dundas shops was wonderful.
With just the right amount of toppings and a homemade base, it was without a doubt, the best pizza I have ever eaten. And it was just as good the next day for lunch. The price was also right, with the small costing $11 and the prices not going up much more from there.
P'EATzza at Joe's has a huge range of different toppings - a list of your more standard varieties, like ham and pineapple, marinara, Aussie Bob (that's the one with egg) and so on - as well as a huge variety of gourmet toppings. They also have salads, breads, pasta and gelati on their menu.
It's a quick wait from order to walking out the door with your pie, and waiting in the store is quite pleasant with Joe and his crew always having something to chat about with their customers.
For me though, the proof that this was the best pizza ever came when my pizza connoisseur father came to visit from Brisbane. He normally shies away from anywhere that offers gourmet pizza but after a long day, when I suggested pizza, he relented. We sat on the couch and he opened the lid of his Aussie Bob and took a deep breath in. "Hmmm, it smells good," he said. But then, after the first mouthful, he leaned back in his chair, chewed contemplatively, swallowed and grinned at me. "Okay. So you're right. Best pizza ever."
My mum arrived a few days later and he talked about his pizza for two days straight. Not long after his return to Brisbane, he rang to say that he'd complained to his local shop for selling him a soggy, revolting, undercooked pizza and told me that he couldn't wait to come back to Sydney for a pizza at Joe's. I don't live in Dundas anymore, but he assures me that it's well worth the drive.