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Published July 2nd 2016
Update May 12th 2018
10 Inch Custom Pizzeria at The Hamlet on this list, has since closed down. The whole Hamlet food truck area has ceased trading.
Update August 19th 2017
Provini, mentioned on this list, has since closed down.
Warm up by the fire this weekend
There is something so comforting about a wood fired pizza. Whether it is the smoky smell, crispy edges, hand stretched dough or sense of warmth you feel as you watch it cook - it is a food that all ages can enjoy. For this reason it is an experience that you can share with your partner, friends, parents, kids and grandparents - for any kind of get together. Here in Canberra there are a number of popular venues to enjoy this comforting cheesy goodness, to warm you up from the inside during the colder months. Some wood fired pizza ovens are found inside some of Canberra's top Italian restaurants, however others can be enjoyed casually - eating your pizza out of the box and sitting on basic tables and chairs on the street.
As the temperature drops in Winter, wood fired pizzas are the ideal food to order - so you can warm up by the fire while you wait!
Pizza Gusto is located on the popular Lonsdale Street in Braddon, a few minutes walk from the CBD. They have an extensive range of pizzas on their menu, ranging between $16 - $20. This small pizza outlet has a dozen or so tables outside and it also does a roaring trade in takeaways for locals and visitors to the city. Pizza Gusto would have to be the most popular casual wood fired pizza venues in the city, with people enjoying their range of pizzas 6 nights a week (closed Mondays).
Please note - Pizza Gusto is cash only. Also throughout the warmer months they are open for both lunch and dinner, however in winter they are open for dinner only. Ensure you check the opening times on the Pizza Gusto website before you visit.
Pizza options include: Quattro Gusti- four seasons – mushrooms, olives, Calabrese salami and eggplant on a tomato and mozzarella base ($19).
10 Inch Custom Pizzeria is also located on Lonsdale Street - further down the road in The Hamlet. The Hamlet is a collection of food trucks, however this pizzeria has a small shop front with a few tables inside. There are rows of toppings for you to choose from to customise your own pizza, or pick from the extensive menu listed on the wall above the counter. This is where you get the full experience of enjoying a wood fired pizza - watching it get made, watching it cook and enjoying the heat from the ovens. As well as being delicious, these pizzas are ready in 3 minutes after a short stint in the hot ovens. After your meal, perhaps try a dessert pizza for a sweet end to your meal. See here for more details.
Pizza options include: Nutella Pizza- finished with strawberries and vanilla gelato ($16).
Italian and Sons is a one hatted Italian restaurant, also located on Lonsdale Street in Braddon. It is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Canberra and specialises in traditional Italian fare, including their popular wood fired pizzas. Although pricier than other options, the wood fired pizzas on their menu are as authentic as they come. The restaurant entrance is low key and can be easily missed, however walk inside for a restaurant experience with traditional flavours with a modern twist. See here for more details.
Provini is located on busy Garema Place in the city and sells wood fired pizzas and a range of Italian specialties for both lunch and dinner. The menu has wood fired pizzas ranging between $21 - $24, however they often have pizza and pasta deals to enjoy both for a reduced price. Check out their What's On link for all the nightly deals. This Italian restaurant encourages ordering a number of plates for the table and sharing them, so you get to try more than one dish and create a fun and festive atmosphere. With a few tweaks to the traditional Italian recipes, their slogan is "Don't tell Nonna!". See here for more details .
Via Dolce Pasticceria is located on Bunda Street, one of the main streets that runs through the city. This central Italian café specialises in traditional Italian pastries as well as tasty wood fired pizzas. Walk inside and see the chefs in action from the open kitchen and enjoy a range of pizzas off their menu. There are tables to sit outside and watch the city life go by, or sit inside under their spectacular chandelier and stay warm by the wood fire oven. The added advantage of this café is the range of speciality pastries and desserts to also enjoy afterwards. See here for more details. For a full article on Via Dolce Pasticceria, see here.
Canberra has such a wide variety of fine dining restuarants, casual cafes and takeaway bars showcasing almost every cuisine from around the world. Italian cuisine is one of the favourites, with a good variety of traditional and modern choices around the region to choose from. For me, the best part of going out for a wood fired pizza is sharing your meal with friends and family and those you love - it is something that all ages can enjoy.
Why dont you gather a group and try one out this weekend?
An Italian sharing feast at Provini. Source: Provini Facebook