The insider’s guide to the best pizza in The Rocks
In the 16th century, the Italian Renaissance was in full swing and some of the world’s most renowned works of art were created. However, the most historic, famous work produced during this period isn’t a painting or a sculpture - it’s pizza.
Humble street vendors gave this delicious, cheesy delight a name and started selling it all over Naples. Fast forward four centuries and there’s pizza joints all over The Rocks where you’ll find slices just as good as any in Naples - if you know where to look.
The Australian Heritage Hotel
Just a short walk from the edge of the harbour, you’ll find The Australian Heritage Hotel, one of Sydney’s oldest pubs. Despite being over 100 years old, the hotel is still keeping up with the times, serving a range of 130 craft beers alongside a zany but delicious Aussie pizza menu. There’s the Coat of Arms which features emu, kangaroo and lemon myrtle, and the Pepper Kangaroo which features, well… kangaroo and pepper. Tripadvisor rates these as the best pizza in The Rocks!
Zia Pina Pizzeria
If you want authentic pizza in The Rocks, you go to Zia Pina. This quaint wee place has been owned and operated by the same Italian family for over three decades and has served over 1.1 million pizzas. Their menu features dozens of pizzas but the best has to be the classic Margherita - woodfired to perfection and washed down with a cold Peroni.
The best way to eat pizza is definitely al fresco. That explains why the airy sandstone courtyard at Caminetto is always bustling with locals in the know and lucky tourists who’ve stumbled upon a gem. Their lasagna is their most famous dish, but we can’t go past their pizza - order the Prosciutto Crudo with parmigiano, garlic and fresh buffalo mozzarella and thank us later.
Pancakes on the Rocks
Everybody knows that Pancakes on the Rocks serves pancakes (duh). But most aren’t aware that this iconic breakfast joint is open all day, slinging some of The Rocks best pizzas too. We recommend a spicy chicken and bacon pizza to start and chocolate peanut butter pancakes to finish.
You may think that The Argyle only does big name DJs, delicious cocktails and big nights out - but you’d be wrong. This Sydney nightlife icon also slings some of the best authentic woodfired Italian pizzas in the city. If you’re really fiending for your dough fix, grab a pizza party, which includes all you can eat pizza and a 2-hour beverage package (including spritzes) for $69.
That’s Amore Street Pizza
In Naples, there are street-side stalls everywhere, serving pizza, snacks and drinks in a casual, fun atmosphere. That’s Amore Street Pizza does something similar with a traditional menu and a streetside location at The Rocks Markets. Our favourite by far is the incredible Salumi with tomato sauce, fiordilatte mozzarella and hot salami.