As fans of this globally loved food will tell you, all pizzas are not created equal. It takes a deft hand to spin that dough, perfect the sauce and dance the line between not too little, not too much that rules pizza toppings. While there’s a place for the kind that’s delivered in 15 minutes with a bottle of pop and a foil-wrapped side; here’s where to find the real deal in Parramatta.
Pizza by the metre
The original Criniti’s restaurant, now part of a national chain, has been serving pizza to Parramatta since 2003, and it has never lost its popularity. After all, there are 39 pizzas on the menu served up in any size up to a three-metre extravaganza; needless to say, Criniti’s is particularly loved by groups. All pizzas are wood fired, including the range of ‘white’ pizzas, with mozzarella instead of the more well-known tomato-based sauce, and favourites include pork belly and pear, meatball, sausage and pineapple, and even a potato-chip pizza for the kids. Take the challenge to finish a metre-long pizza alone in one hour, and you get free VIP status for a year.
291 Church Street Parramatta 2150; Open Sunday - Thursday 8:00am – 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday 8:00am - 11:00pm.
A few minutes away from the City of Parramatta, Merrylands enjoys a different take on pizza. The family-run Hilltop Oven bakery is as well known for its Lebanese pizzas as for any of their more traditional pies and pastries. The traditional oregano pizzas are topped with labneh, cheese, tomato and onion, while cheese pizzas use such specialty types as haloumi, feta or soujuk (sausage). You can also enjoy more familiar toppings such as meat lovers, supreme or Hawaiian.
53 Coleman Street Merrylands 2160; Open daily 6:00am - 4:00pm.
Although Italian food can so often be seen as a carb-fest, Restaurant 317 is bringing a fresh perspective to pizza (and pasta, and an extensive selection of other dishes besides) with a 90 per cent gluten-free menu. This is mainstream stuff, with a huge choice of pizzas offering the choice to be cooked as gluten free, right on Parramatta’s Church Street. An emphasis on fresh produce means that both classic and contemporary pizzas are a fabulous eating experience, no matter your dietary requirements.
317 Church Street Parramatta 2150; Open Sunday - Thursday 11:30am – 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 11:30am – 11:00pm.
In a quiet corner of Dundas, just 10 minutes from the centre of Parramatta, an unassuming hole-in-the-wall pizzeria is taking pizza to new places. The gourmet pizza menu at P’EATzza at Joe’s will transport you to Tahiti (sweet corn base with chicken, fresh pineapple and mango); Pattaya (king prawn red curry with cashews); El Paso (vegetarian with pinto beans, hot salsa, guacamole and corn chips), and plenty more flights of fancy from around the world. As well as these tastebud-tingling adventures, Joe and his team do also serve up the more traditional pizza treats, all on freshly handmade dough.
20 Station St Dundas 2117; Open Monday - Wednesday 5:00pm – 9:00pm and Thursday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm.