Talk about a hidden gem – tucked away in a former garage in Mayland’s new(ish) Lyric Lane, Rossonero is not your nonna’s pizzeria. With names like “Brussel Crowe”, “Dr McCreamy”, or “Cheeses of Nazareth”, these unique pies will make you rethink any prejudice you may have towards punny menus (or brussel sprouts!) And while their pizzas are next level, the high point of Rossonero might just be chatting to owner Fil, possibly the friendliest pizza guy around. If that’s not enough, vegans can get in on the action too with some top shelf vegan cheese available!
King Somm/Jane Dough, Bayswater
This February saw the welcome addition of King Somm and its in-house pizzeria, Jane Dough. Part bar, part bottle shop, part neighbourhood pizza place – how can you be a jack of all trades while mastering them all? The secret is probably in a team of industry hard hitters, including a kitchen run by Ben Atkinson (Meat Candy, Ace Pizza, the Old Crow). Producing a pared back, seasonal menu and taking no bookings, this is somewhere you’ll want to get down early to.
Wembley pizza joint Monsterella has gone from strength to strength since opening its doors at the end of 2016. You just have to drive past this neighbourhood spot to see the locals packing it out every night of the week. Luckily, they’ve expanded their offerings this year with the opening of Mummucc, a small bar just a few doors down. With a selection of simple, well executed pizzas on offer (and some tempting pasta dishes), it’s easy to see how Monsterella has already become a modern classic. Bring your gluten free friends too – their gluten free bases are light, fluffy and almost indistinguishable from the traditional dough base.
Si Paradiso, Highgate
Would you like some party with your pizza? Look no further than cool kids on the block, Si Paradiso. With the motto “DRINK é DINE é DANCE”, these guys are all about keeping the vibe not-so-serious, and pizzas seriously good. With Italo-disco and house DJs on the decks most weekends and super-fun specialty beer and wine events, make sure you keep an eye on their Facebook page for what’s coming up and dig out the dancing shoes. Ciao ciao!
Photo by Lajos John Varga
Canteen is not your run-of-the-mill pizza joint. With a beachfront location and views this good, it could probably afford to be a lot worse. Instead, much like its older sibling il Lido, Canteen have created a slice of Neapolitan summer all year around. The menu features a modest list of deceptively simple pizzas – fior di latte, sausage, fennel, fresh chilli and… broccoli? Trust me, it works. With aperativo specials and the practically-a-steal Monday night pizza and pinot deals, Canteen really live up to their maxim: “Pizza, wine and a real good time”.
Mamma mia! If you sit down to eat and can only hear Italian being spoken, someone must be doing something right. Pappagallo is a cosy spot in between Leederville and Mount Hawthorn – don’t let it’s unassuming exterior fool you, booking ahead is highly recommended. With the crispiest, crunchiest base, and a menu that explores the nuances between a burrata and a buffalo, Pappagallo is sure to please the whole famiglia – and make sure you don’t forget to order the mushroom and truffle “Misto di Bosco”.
Helmed by award-winning pizzaiolo Raffaele Brotzu, Delisio has been serving up some of the best pizzas in Perth (and the world!) since 2002. With classic Roman pizza available al taglio (rectangular slices perfect for a quick takeaway lunch) or traditional round pies in their inviting dining room, Delisio is that reliable, delicious friend you can always count on.
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Sally is a designer, artist and fried chicken aficionado. When she’s not working, you can find her obsessing over her houseplants or at the movies. See some of her art here: www.instagram.com/
Cover photo of a pizza line-up at Si Paradiso taken by Lajos John Varga