5 Best Pizza Restaurants 2019

Someone once said that “even bad pizza is still good”. We could not disagree more, life is definitely too short to eat bad pizza! As parents, we don’t get to go out for pizza enough and that is why we have compiled a list of the 5 of the best places in Australia to sit down and eat amazing pizza. And they are all, of course, in Canberra!

This is a hotly contested and highly controversial list, with so many good pizza places in Canberra! However, we could only pick 5. There are also some fantastic pizza takeaway spots that are excluded because this is a dine-in restaurant review. There are a couple of takeaway shout outs at the bottom of the article.

The secret to great pizza is a wood fired oven running at least 350 degrees and good dough, with simple ingredients.

Ostani Bar, 5 Bourke St, Barton ACT 2600.

A Friday favourite of ours, Ostani has been recently renovated and boasts a fairly hip and youngish crowd, but somehow also manages to be family friendly. It is a great place to start the weekend with a beer and a fresh made pizza. Their Margherita pizzas are classic Italian style with fresh basil and a delicious rich tomato sauce. You just can’t go wrong with simplicity.

An added bonus is that Ostani is attached to the Realm Hotel, which has extended opening hours:
Monday to Friday 8am – late.
Saturday and Sunday 11am – late.

Molto Italian, 155/43 Eastlake Parade, Kingston ACT 2604.

We love Molto! Their pizza is amazing. We smashed a Margherita pizza, which was perfectly cooked by their Italian pizza chef. They are so authentic their chefs are Italian too. Head down and sit in the sun for lunch or enjoy an evening out with special people. Either way they have you covered.
P.S. We also highly recommend their pasta cheese wheel!

Open for dinner everyday 6-10pm.
Lunches Tuesday to Sunday 12-3pm.

Trecento Restaurant, Unit 33/18 Flinders Way, Griffith ACT 2603.

We love Trecento, a cosy restaurant tucked away in Manuka- but do book as they do get busy. You can watch them making your pizza from your table too, if that interests you. I highly recommend their aptly named Prosciutto and Rocket Primavera pizza (which means spring in Italian). It was colourful, fresh and tasty as. Pay them a visit, they are super friendly.

They also do a mean breakfast which we have featured before- but I warn you, don’t try this alone!

Open for dinner everyday 6-9:30pm.
Lunches Tuesday to Sunday 12-2:30pm.

SoLita Pizzeria, Restaurant and Bar, 143 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2600.

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This was a great find, tucked in at Bailey’s Corner in the city.  I just wish I had visited sooner. Their pizzas are absolutely amazing, perfectly wood fired dough and simply delicious. A member of a very select group, the Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani. We will definitely be going back for more- and you should, too!

Open Monday to Saturday 11:30-2:30 and 5pm – late.

Locale Pizzeria, Shop 5, Hopetoun Circuit, Deakin ACT 2600.

Always a winner with consistently amazing food. If your local pizza place could be classed as fine dining, then this is how that would be defined.
Their wood fired pizza is always fantastic and my wife would die if they ever took the polenta chips off their menu. I personally love their white based pizzas, Quattro Formaggi (four cheese) and the Gamberi (prawn) pizza is the best. I am still hoping that one day I will walk in to be pleasantly surprised to find the ‘Ligure’ on their specials list. It was a white based prawn and chilli pizza that was absolutely spectacular!

Open every day 12pm-3pm and 5pm – late.

Awesome Takeaway Pizza Options.

A shout out for great takeaway wood fired pizza goes to Pizza Arte in Kingston and Mama Dough in Ainslie.  For catering, Alex the Pizza Guy is definitely our go-to. He comes to you and serves pizza, as well as dessert!

Happy Eating!
– Miguel

5 Kid-approved places to eat in Canberra

Kid-friendly places to eat in Canberra- there’s certainly a number of spots around this city, but are they kid-approved? We took it to our resident experts to find out. We’re looking for places that have good food, a nice environment and an outdoor playground. We wanted places where the kids are enjoying themselves, without resorting to technology to be entertained.

So here’s our Top 5 for kid-friendly, kid-approved places to eat:

5. Fox and Bow, 4 Farrer Place, Farrer ACT 2607.

An awesome cafe in Farrer.

What a treat! The breakfasts at Fox and Bow are definitely among the best in Canberra. Just quietly, I absolutely love the ‘Mr Fox’. You simply cannot go wrong with eggs and chorizo. With a basketball hoop and ball, plenty of building blocks and milk crates in the lane along the side of the cafe, the kids will be kept entertained for long enough to enjoy a nice meal, before sharing some family basketball time.

4. Ricardo’s Cafe, Jamison Plaza, 1/1 Bowman Place, Macquarie ACT 2614.

Swing by Ricardo’s!

This is an old favourite, for obvious reasons. The desserts are stunning and a park is ideally located next door. The novelty of picking out a delicious cake from the display window is half the fun! Although I must say, I have found trying the traditional staples- eg apple pie- can also pay off. Their lunch menu is delicious- we recently reviewed their Korean Fried Chicken burger here, and their salads are tasty and filling. The kids were kept entertained with the playground for hours and didn’t want to leave.
Our tip is to reserve a table right next to the playground, it’s the perfect spot to watch the kids play.

3. Rodney’s Garden Cafe, 24a Beltana Road, Piallago ACT 2609.

Slide into Rodney’s!

Rodney’s is another family favourite. The nursery is lush and green- perfect when the weather warms up! Tables can also be reserved near the recently upgraded play equipment and the kids always have a good time. The only downside is if you have a “runner”. Some little people find it very tempting to run through the nursery! The food is delicious- we’re big fans of the Korean Fried Chicken (we’ve reviewed it here) and they have a menu that the kids love.

2. Capital Brewing Co. 3/1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick ACT 2609.

Beers, burgers and kids entertainment!

A bit different to the other spots in this post. Here we have a great combination of burgers and beer! Not just any burgers or beers, but some of Canberra’s best beers and burgers, (see the reviews here and here). Parents can relax with a freshly brewed beer or a wine and a super tasty burger. Meanwhile, the kids can get their faces painted before running around outside or discovering the cubby house in the courtyard. When in the pursuit of hoppiness, this is my pick for a sunny Sunday afternoon session. They’ll love it, so you’ll love it!

1. Ivy and the Fox, Old Canberra House, 73 Lennox Crossing, Acton ACT 2601.

A great cafe for all seasons.

One of my favourite places in Canberra! Everything about this place is fantastic- the food is spectacular, the milkshakes are delicious and the scenery is amazing. The Ivy and the Fox is a venue for all seasons, with a fireplace in winter and sprawling lawns to run on in summer. You can even go for a walk around the lake if your breakfast is a little indulgent, which I highly recommend here.

We think it’s a pretty good list of places to chill with the kids- places where they’ll have fun, so you can relax. Let us know if you have any suggestions!

-Michelle and Miguel

5 Milkshakes You Just Wanna Spoon! (Kid-friendly edition)

There is something incredibly comforting about a milkshake. Sometimes you just need a pick-me-up, sometimes you just want a filling, delicious drink … or sometimes you’re 4 years old and your entire world revolves around bubbly, chocolate milk and colourful straws! Either way, here are some great places to get your frothy fix:

5. Kettle & Tin, 71 Mawson Place, Mawson ACT 2605.

Check out those bubbles!

This hidden gem brings us yet another Top 5 entry (they featured in our Top 5 Eggs Benedict blog). This time, their delicious chocolate malt milkshake made the cut. They have a variety of flavours, including banana, which is also featured in this vlog.

4. Space Kitchen, 3G/12 Furzer St, Phillip ACT 2606.

Oreos … mmmm!

With so many options for shakes, it was hard to narrow it down. We ended up ordering two- the Oreo Peppermint and the Nutella Shake. Everyone knows that mint and chocolate are a brilliant combo, but putting them in milk with chunky cookie is genio (genius). I loved it! I got my resident Nutella Experts to drink the Nutella shake and they gave me a bigger-than-usual thumbs up. In fact, I couldn’t get any words out of the kids, because they were too busy drinking- clearly a good sign!

3. Ivy and The Fox, 73 Lennox Crossing, Acton ACT 2601.

All that chocolate syrup!

The whole family loves coming here with its big outdoor space. The kids love coming here for the milkshakes even more. I loved seeing all the rich chocolate covering the inside of the mason jars. With 3 scoops of ice cream, this milkshake was creamy, frothy and amazing. As I write this blog, I am still hanging for another Ivy and the Fox milkshake- even after consuming a very filling breakfast (which you can read about in a future blog!).

2. Patissez, 21 Bougainville St, Griffith ACT 2603.

So gooey, so good!

There are so many reasons to go to Patissez (and I am sure you will hear more from us about Patissez in the future). But for now, I will stick with the Freak Shake! This over-the-top, decadent piece of art milkshake is surprisingly delicate- even with its choc fudge, chocolate, a layer of liquid white gold chocolate, brownie and toasted marshmallow. It’s amazing they can get all that goodness into a shake. Guess that’s why it’s called the Freak Shake!

1. Stand By Me, 1 Lyons Place, Lyons ACT 2606.

Check out the malt!

This milkshake doesn’t require too many words. The secret to the success of this fantastic milkshake is its simplicity. I am not sure exactly what they do in that kitchen, but this is the creamiest, maltiest, milkiest and chocolatiest milkshake ever. It is simply tasty AF!

We haven’t even started on the Adults milkshakes with spirits and creams yet … I am a little scared of those. Please stay tuned and let us know if you know of a great milkshake, kid-friendly or of the adult variety.

Happy eating!