Whether you’re a fan of authentic Italian pizzas with a light, crispy Dough and delicious sauces, or love big, chewy crusts and sinful slices dripping with cheese and toppings, there’s something for everyone in Perth’s pizza scene. From hip mad scientist menus with wild experimental pies to proven traditionalists taking inspiration from old Naples, we’ve highlighted the best pizzerias in town.
Little Caesar’s Pizzeria
Little Caesar’s Pizzeria is an iconic Perth franchise, born in Mundaring in 1996, run by Chef Theo Kalogeracos and his wife, Elizabeth. The restaurant has expanded to three stores statewide, though Theo splits most of its time between its original location in Mundaring and the newly opened and Co in Victoria Park. Theo won the World Pizza Maker title at the Las Vegas Pizza Show in 2010, and he’s used his powers to create wood-fired cheese masterpieces for the people of Perth. The menu caters well to vegetarians and seafood lovers, but at the heart of Little Caesar’s is a real meat lover’s paradise, as evidenced by menu items such as the Pork Star (free-range pork, caramelized onions, sweet potato, mozzarella, crushed fennel seeds, cream sauce, garlic, parsley). And the White Rocks Roast (veal, mozzarella, onion, roast potato, cream sauce, parmesan, oregano, parsley). There is also a rotating menu featuring “new release” pizza specialties, updated every three months to take advantage of seasonal ingredients.
Stones Pizza proposes itself as “what happens when chefs open a pizzeria”, reflecting the care and gastronomic attention invested by chef Brandon Farrell and his team put into their product. High-quality gourmet ingredients and trendy, creative combinations fill every inch of this menu, perhaps especially in their Pizza of the Week, which uses the pie as a blank canvas to develop unique creations like the Truffle Shuffle, Snail Away, and over 400 other combinations. Unique never saw on a slice before or since. Other cutting-edge offerings include the Garden of Vegan (no cheese, with rosemary potatoes, sweet potato, spinach, artichoke, red onion, kalamata olives, sweetcorn, and basil) and the Hicksville (house-smoked Hickory onions with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, chévre, and fontina cheeses, and basil). For something meaty, you’ll be amazed by the Guinness “Sir” (braised beef, caramelized shallot, mushrooms, and bacon with Guinness jus) and the Devine Lamb (prime leg of lamb on vine leaf with red onion, halloumi cheese, tomato, and olives. kalamata, topped with tzatziki).
Capturing the spirit of New York-style pizza bars, as many social hubs and nightlife spots as places to eat, Ace Pizza on Beaufort Street in Highgate is a great hangout and weekend spot. For friends. Take a seat in one of the green vinyl booths under ambient and disco lighting and feast on the equally green vegetarian Spear Hunter (wood-roasted asparagus, smoked scarmorza, pecorino, and black pepper), or dive into the toppings hearty Nuclear Pork (spicy pork sausage, black pepper, mushrooms, smoked ricotta, basil, and mozzarella).
On Anvil Avenue in Mt Hawthorn, you’ll find Neighborhood Pizza, an industrial-style pizzeria making some of Perth’s most mouthwatering slices. Its popularity among the locals gives it a steady, buzzing atmosphere, further encouraged by long, communal tables where disparate diners can quickly become friends. The menu has 13 regular pizzas and a rotating monthly special, with toppings ranging from artisan cheeses and local meats to exotic ingredients and out there, displaying a surprising level of craftsmanship, unlike their minimalist warehouse. Among the main ones, the sweet potato pizza with rosemary, feta, and maple syrup pizza and the pineapple, fresh tomato, and jalapeño.
Hiding in plain sight on Northbridge’s William Street among a range of Vietnamese restaurants, Dough Pizza is a retro-style pizzeria with total devotion to Dough. Inspired by Neapolitan street pizza’s authentic aroma, taste, and craftsmanship, Dough’s chefs have divided their menu into classic red (tomato) and white (cheese) bases. This southern Italian influence is evident in the taste, technique, and texture of the cakes and the quality of service and gracious hospitality that permeates the entire space. Surrounded by sweet and classic decor like vintage movie posters on red brick walls, guests can take their time choosing from the 23 pizzas on this extensive menu. Highlights include Parmigiana (Margherita, crumbled Italian sausage, sauteed eggplant) and the Capricciosa (Margherita, ham, mushrooms, artichokes, olives). Simultaneously, a vegetarian gaze might linger on the Ortolana (white, pumpkin, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, peppers).