Attention, Northern Beaches foodies, where do you satisfy your pizza cravings?

Maybe you can’t go past the ever-popular Valentine’s in Narraweena or perhaps it’s Pocket Pizza or bust. We’ve done the hard yards to round up the best pizzas on the beaches. From wood-fired wonders to gourmet creations, this list curates the crispiest, most crave-worthy pizzas the Northern Beaches has to offer. But we couldn’t cover them all, we’ll continue adding to this list. Have we included your favourite?

Pocket Pizza

Just around the corner from the beach, Pocket Pizza’s first venue in Manly offers a cosy atmosphere perfect for a casual pizza fix. Think red and white checked tablecloths, exposed brick walls, and a menu that leans towards crowd-pleasing favourites. Such as the perfectly balanced margherita pizzas, creative options like the “Netflix & Chilli” with the perfect amount of heat, incredible garlic bread, and fresh sides like rocket, walnut, and parmesan salad. The slice is right at Pocket.

Manly, Brookvale and Avalon

FB: facebook.com/pocket

Website pocketpizza.com.au

Barbert Pizza Co.

Tucked away in Elanora Heights, Barbert Pizza Co. is a secret worth discovering. This wood-fired Italian gem has quickly risen to become a local favourite, for its delicious, handcrafted pizzas and welcoming family-friendly atmosphere. It’s so family-friendly that they cater for the fussiest of little palates with Dino nuggets on the kids menu, much to the relief of any parent riding the brown food wave.

For adults and more adventurous little ones, starters like sizzling prosciutto wrapped bocconcini served with parmesan and truffle and hand rolled mozzarella stuffed bolognese suppli are a welcome surprise.

While you’ll be tempted to try all the starters, leave room for the main event. Pizza lovers can dive into classics like the “Bufala” with mozzarella, fior di latte, and fresh basil, or go spicy with the “Diavola,” featuring hot salami, roasted peppers, and a touch of chilli oil. Both are delicious.

Shop 1, 47/49 Elanora Rd, Elanora Heights

Website: barbertonline.com.au

Pizza Riccardo

Pizza Riccardo offers a taste of authentic Italy right in the middle of Narrabeen. They use traditional methods and high-quality ingredients, like Caputo flour and San Marzano tomatoes, to create their famous Neapolitan pizzas. Their menu also extends beyond pizza, featuring provincial Italian pasta dishes made with fresh, seasonal produce sourced locally whenever possible. Licensed, pair your pizza with a craft beer from local brewery, Nomad. Their diverse selection offers something for everyone, from crisp lagers to hoppy IPAs.

Shop 1/1425 Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen

Website: pizzariccardo.com

Ullo Pizza and Wine 

When we visited Dee Why’s Ullo Pizza and Wine, we couldn’t go past the signature ‘puffy pepperoni’ pizza with’ nduja, tomato, pepperoni and jalapenos on a 48-hour fermented sourdough base. It doesn’t disappoint. With the right amount of heat on a crunchy base, we instantly regretted ordering so many starters. If you find yourself in our position, don’t fret. The staff will happily box up your pizza to take home.

Ex-Rockpool chef Josefa Rakuro is responsible for the Italian-inspired menu. And award-winning pizza chef, Enrico Sgarbossa to thank for the delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas. It’s a winning combination.

Level 1, 23 The Strand, Dee Why
Website: ullopizzawine.com
Facebook: facebook.com/Ullo-Pizza-Wine

I Gladiatori Osteria Romana

If you love pizza, but it leaves you feeling bloated, you might be excited to learn about the dough at this Freshie locale. I Gladiatori Osteria Romana’s dough base, called ‘pinsa’ it’s crafted with a slow 72-hour proofing process, resulting in a highly digestible dough. Unlike traditional pizza dough, which uses a 55-60% water-to-flour ratio, Pinsa utilises an 80% ratio, leading to a lighter and lower-calorie option. They also have gluten-free options too. Did we mention the toppings are incredibly delicious too?

Shop 5, 1/3 Moore Road, Freshwater

Website: igladiatori.com.au

Facebook: instagram.com/igladiatori.freshwater/

Avoja Pizzeria

The LuMi team’s Avoja Pizza has taken over the former Ironbank pizza spot in Manly, bringing a taste of Italy with their wood-fired magic. Dive into classic pizzas or explore something new: the “Diavola” tempts with spicy salami, fior di latte, and nduja, while the “Bianca” features creamy ricotta, roasted eggplant, and a touch of truffle honey. Yum.

Vegetarians will love the “Margherita D.O.P” with its San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte, and fresh basil. Don’t forget to quench your thirst with a beverage from their curated list. Craft beers are on tap, or unwind with a signature cocktail – perhaps a “Spritz Veneziano” for a taste of the Italian coast, or a refreshing “Aperol Orange.” Avoja’s warm atmosphere is perfect for sharing a casual meal with loved ones.

208 Pittwater Road, Manly 

Facebook: facebook.com/avojapizzeria

Sale Pepe

Seaforth locals know and love Sale Pepe’s crispy hot pizzas. Also in Brookie, this staple has been serving the Northern Beaches community since 2012. Their made-on-premises pasta and authentic Italian wood-fired pizza make it ever popular choice on Friday and Saturdays for those looking for an always reliably tasty pizza. Their namesake pizza, Sale Pepe with fresh tomato sauce, fior di latte cheese, pancetta, gorgonzola cheese, red onion & chilli oil is a highlight, as are the seafood pizzas, including the Gamberi and Mare E Monti with prawns, zucchini, chilli, roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. If you’re catering for kids, they’ll be thrilled to try the Pizza Palatine – a pizza with melted mozzarella and topped with fries.

4/9 Powells Rd, Brookvale

Sydney Rd, Seaforth

Website: salepepe.pizza

Facebook: facebook.com/salepepe

Oven Lovin

The name speaks for itself! Who wouldn’t love a neighbourhood pizzeria with a name like that! Lucky it lives up to its name, with it being consistently named a Newport favourite.

The family owned and operated pizzeria serving handcrafted pizzas in a New York style, started as a catering van feeding thousands of holiday makers and locals within the Narrabeen Lakeside Tourist Park every summer for over a decade. Now set up in Newport shops, they will happily oblige a half-half order, and are the only pizzeria around with an 18-inch pizza – perfect for families (or three adults). With creative names like Hawaii 5-0, Meat Mountain, and the Italian Job, the pizzas definitely live up to the hype!

And if you can go past the pizza, they have pasta nights every Wednesday and Thursday with three courses: bruschetta or garlic bread, choice of pastas, churros or ice cream for desert all for $35. (Also BYO).

9 Robertson Rd, Newport

Website: ovenlovin.com.au

Facebook: facebook.com/ovenlovin

Have we included your favourite pizza joint? Let us know if there’s a hidden gem we need to know about at info@northernbeachesliving.com.au

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