Best Pizzas in Singapore: Where to get pepperoni, wood-fired crusts and all that cheesy goodness

Photo: Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar – Singapore/Facebook

We never say no to pizza, and the same should apply to you. Just think about it – a piping hot slice loaded with meats, veggies and lots of cheesy goodness? These bad boys will never go out of style (since the neolithic age BTW), and that’s what we love about the Italian classic. From thin crust to deep dish, from Hawaiian lovers to pepperoni devotees, from affordable pies to expensive gourmet toppings, there’s so much you can do with pizza.

Craving a slice right now? Time to dig in. Forget Pizza Hut, Domino’s or Sarpino’s – behold, the best pizza places in Singapore that offer everything from traditional wood-fired ones to unconventional creations.


Al Forno

East-siders will know this cosy Italian eatery for its tavern-like space and homely, comfort food influenced by southern Italy’s Amalfi coast. After all, it’s not easy to survive in our ever-so-fickle dining scene for three years, much less over two decades like Al Forno has done.

Its wood-fired pizzas are a crowd favorite – popular varieties include Pizza Margherita ($23) with mozzarella, Pizza Al Forno with sausage, ricotta, spinach and mozzarella ($27), and Pizza Diavola with salami, chilli flakes and mozzarella ($25).

400 East Coast Rd, 6348-8781. Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 6.30pm-10pm; Sat-Sun noon-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm.

 

Alt Pizza

Photo: Alt Pizza

The cheeky pizza bar with the quirky, pop art packaging landed on our shores a couple years ago – and true to its name, it offers creative pizza topping combinations, as well as a ‘Design-It-Yourself’ option for you to create your dream pie (from $8).

Must-tries ($16-$18) include the Dangerous Diego, a mix of chorizo, roasted onions and peppers, sweet paprika and roasted garlic chilli oil; or The Hangover, made with mozzarella, pepperoni, fennel sausage, roasted onions and parmesan. Wash each slice down with any of the craft beers on draft.

Three locations, including #01-602 Suntec City Tower 4, 6836-9207. Daily 11am-10pm.

 

Bella Pizza

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The riverside restaurant has been serving up cheesy slices and crispy crusts since 2007 – and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon (we hope). While you soak in the laidback vibes and waterfront views, dig into servings of red and white pizzas (with and without a tomato sauce base) like the Pizza Burrata ($28) sprinkled with oven-roasted tomatoes and basil, or the signature Pizza Bella Pizza ($26) with toppings like mozzarella, ricotta, salami and sautéed spinach.

“Folded pizzas” aka calzones are also available with stuffings like ham, mushrooms and parmesan, as well as “Sicilian Boats”, which are basically boat-shaped pizzas with ingredients such as Italian sausage and mozzarella.

#01-14 Riverside View, 30 Robertson Quay, 6734-0139. Tues-Thurs noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Fri-Sat noon-3pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm; Sun 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm.

 

Capricci

Situated in a shop house along the bustling stretch of Tanjong Pagar Road dominated by Korean BBQ joints, Capricci is the kind of restaurant that CBD workers flock to when they’re not in the mood to jostle with the sweaty masses at hawker centres.

Its weekday buffet selection – with salads, soups, pastas, pizzas and desserts – is a rather value-for-money deal at $19.90. But if you’d rather just enjoy the taste of a freshly-baked pizza, you can’t go wrong with the Quattro Formaggi ($24) with mozzarella, gorgonzola, emmental and parmesan; or the Parma E Rucola ($28) of tomato, mozzarella, rocket, parmesan and parma ham.

27 Tanjong Pagar Rd, 6221-6761. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, Mon-Sat 6.30pm-10.30pm.

 

Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar

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It’s (obviously) all about the crust here – we’re talkin’ thin, crispy dough bases that won’t sag or go soggy under the weight of the ingredients and cheeses. Originally from Down Under, the franchise also offers pizza delivery services to neighborhoods in the vicinity of Holland Village and Serangoon, where its two outlets reside.

The menu’s fuss-free, with round, rectangular and gluten-free pizza options ($18-$39) and toppings such as wagyu steak, Moroccan lamb, pesto chicken, and everyone’s favorite pepperoni and Hawaiian.

Two outlets, including 34B Lorong Mambong, 6467-2224. Mon-Thurs noon-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-1am, Sun noon-midnight.

 

Cugini

A lovely little trattoria on Club Street, Cugini exudes a quaint ambiance, with plenty of pizza options to satisfy everyone from Hawaiian ($25) die-hards to fans of the good old Margherita ($19).

For a generous dose of parma ham and rocket leaves, get the Crudo E Rucola ($25); otherwise, you can also go for seafood options like the Regolare ($25) with prawns and Italian sausage, or the Nordica ($25) with tomato cream sauce and salmon.

DIY pizzas are also available, with toppings like buffalo mozzarella, cold cuts, chicken and seafood ($7.50 each) for you to customize your order.

#01-01, 87 Club St, 6221-3791. Tue-Fri & Sun noon-2.45pm; Sun-Thurs 6.30pm-10.30pm, Fri 6.30pm-midnight, Sat 6pm-midnight.

 

Da Paolo Pizza Bar

Photo: Da Paolo Pizza Bar at Holland Village/Facebook

Dining experiences at Da Paolo’s various eateries have never disappointed, and its pizza bar is no exception. With a glass of wine in hand, chill out at the indoor or alfresco areas as you peruse the menu, which offers red and white thin crust pizzas such as the Fiorentina with salami, sautéed spinach, mozzarella and egg, or the veggie option of Bosco D’Inverno with truffled mascarpone, mushrooms and a drizzle of truffle oil.

#01-46, 44 Jalan Merah Saga, 6479-6059. Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sat-Sun 11am-10.30pm.

 

Etna

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The elegant restaurant’s Sicilian-inspired menu, touted as authentically Italian, features a signature pizza named after it ($26), with mozzarella, mushrooms, parma ham, cream cheese and pistachios.

If you’re after a vegetarian option, try the Sicilia Bella ($26) for slices of tomatoes, eggplant, basil, mozzarella and shaved Pecorino. Alternatively, stuff your face with a calzone ($26) of mozzarella, mushrooms and ham.

Two outlets, including 49/50 Duxton Rd, 6220-5513. Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm.

 

Extra Virgin Pizza

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This one’s our go-to when we’re in the mood for crisp, thin slices of Neapolitan-style pizzas (these typically come with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese). With a dough base that’s aged for three days and all-natural ingredients, the pizza parlor offers simple options like the Margherita ($20), Bufala Margherita ($24) and Four Cheese ($24) made with mozzarella, pecorino, fontina and parmigiano reggiano.

For those who prefer a pizza with more than just cheese, definitely go for the Spotted Pig ($30) with pepperoni, pork sausage and Applewood-smoked bacon, or the Truffle Kerfuffle ($36) of béchamel, mozzarella, sautéed leeks and mushrooms. For something a tad healthier, the Broccolini and Sausage ($26) is surprisingly pretty good – if you’d even deign to give those greens a chance to be sprinkled on your pie.

#01-04 Tower 1, Asia Square, 8 Marina View, 6247-5757. Mon-Fri 11am-9.30pm.

 

Jamie’s Italian

Photo: Jamie’s Italian Singapore/Facebook

Sure, Jamie’s Italian is a commercialized chain restaurant that no longer sees ridiculous queues like it did when it first opened here. But its pastas and pizzas continue to hit the spot whenever we’re in the mood for some no-frills Italian.

Try The Parma ($27) for some good old prosciutto, mozzarella and rocket leaves, or go for the Spicy Meatball ($26.50) if you want more of a kick to each bite. There’s also the Truffle Shuffle ($26.50) that comes with white sauce, balsamic onions, free-range egg and black truffle for all you fungus fanatics.

Two outlets, including #01-165/167 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, 6733-5500. Mon-Thurs noon-9pm, Fri noon-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm.

 

Knicker+Bockers

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The casual eatery lets you create your own pizza (and pasta) by customizing everything from the dough and the sauce to the cheese and the toppings – all for just $12.90. That’s a pretty good deal, considering it’s in the CBD area, where lunches can cost double or triple that.

With options like thin crust and herb crusted, curry sauce and garlic pesto, feta and gouda cheese, fennel sausage and smoked salmon, the world’s your oyster when it comes to whipping up your fantasy pizza.

#B1-10 Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, 6509-9247. Mon-Fri 8.30am-8pm.

 

La Nonna

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La Nonna, which means ‘the grandmother’ in Italian, is a warm, rustic restaurant that serves up traditional Italian cuisine reminiscent of what you’d imagine an Italian grandma making in her home kitchen.

While you’re there, order the signature namesake pizza ($24.50), which comes with asparagus, egg, black truffle, parmesan and mozzarella. Otherwise, go for the Nera ($24.50) for a squid ink pizza topped with prawns, scallops and calamari, or the Meat Lovers ($25.90) with salami, ham, pancetta and roasted chicken.

Two outlets, including 26/26B Lorong Mambong, 6468-1982. Daily noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm.

 

Limoncello Pizza & Grill

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Wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas inspired by flavors from the Amalfi Coast are what this eatery specializes in. Vegetarians and meat lovers will both have options to choose from, but you should probably make a beeline for the Limoncello ($26), a white base pizza served with mozzarella, beef sausage, porcini mushrooms, button mushrooms and parmesan.

A healthier option of making your pizza a wholemeal one (for an additional $3) is also available.

#01-19/20 Rivergate Condominium, 95 Robertson Quay, 6634-5117. Wed-Sun noon-3pm, Mon-Sun 5.30pm-11pm.

 

Luka

Surrounded by endless Korean joints and bridal salons along the Tanjong Pagar Road stretch, the newly-opened Luka is a breath of fresh air. Besides dishing out impressive plates of pasta, the restaurant also bakes a pretty mean selection of wood-fired pizzas in its handmade brick oven.

Cheese lovers will freak out over the five types of margherita pizzas ($14-$22), but we’d highly recommend you go for the Prosciutto E Rucola Burrata ($23) for heavenly bites of parma ham, arugula, cherry tomatoes, burrata and mozzarella, all coated with a drizzle of tangy balsamic. Oh, and if you head over soon, you may still catch Luka’s promotional afternoon prices (the prosciutto pizza, for example, goes for $18 at lunch).

18 Tanjong Pagar Rd, 6221-3988. Mon 6pm-11.30pm, Tues-Sat noon-11.30pm.

 

Mondo Mio

Photo: Mondo Mio Italian Restaurant/Facebook

The quaint riverside spot – good for family dinners, business meetings and romantic occasions – offers an array of thin crust pizzas with everything from vegetarian options to crowd favorites such as the Hawaiian ($19).

Of course, like every Italian restaurant proud of its culinary creations, it’s got one named after itself as well. The signature pie ($23) comes with parma ham, mushrooms, mozzarella and cooked egg.

#01-02A Riverside View, 30 Robertson Quay, 6736-2503. Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm; Mon-Thurs 5.30pm-12.30am, Fri-Sat 5.30pm-1.30am, Sun 5pm-12.30am.

 

O Mamma Mia

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O Mamma Mia may not be the most accessible eatery around town – its got outlets at Causeway Point, Clementi Mall and Changi City Point – but if you happen to work or live in those areas, you can get pizza by the slice at prices that are easy on your wallet ($3.50-$4.20).

Highlights on the menu include 5 Terre with Boletus mushrooms, pesto sauce, tomatoes, parmesan and mozzarella, as well as the dessert option with Nutella and banana. Plus, since it’s quite a casual concept, feel free to get your order to go.

Three outlets, including #01-42 Changi City Point, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, 6733-2500. Daily 11am-10pm.

 

Plank Sourdough Pizza

Dean Brettschneider of Baker & Cook is the mastermind behind Plank, which employs the same long fermentation process used to make its popular sourdough bread at the bakery.

Besides the simple kids’ pizza ($19) of tomato, mozzarella and pepperoni, the menu also offers a seafood option ($24) with shrimp and salmon, as well as a vegetarian one ($24) with truffle oil, Portobello and oyster mushrooms. If needed, you can request for a gluten-free pizza base, too.

Two outlets, including 64 Namly Place, 6466-2280. Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm; Fri-Sun noon-10pm.

 

PizzaExpress

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A chain restaurant with more than 500 outlets across the globe, PizzaExpress is basically as its name describes. Pizzas dominate the menu here, with everything from spinach and eggs to beef Bolognese and ricotta to mussels and clams to asparagus and butternut squash topped on dough bases.

It’s casual enough for you to hang out with your buddies without having to get all dressed up, yet it’s fancy enough that everyone can enjoy a chill weekend evening here. Plus, it’s probably one of the few reasons – besides Wild Honey and The Coffee Academics — to step into the quiet mall that is Scotts Square.

Two locations, including #B1-08/09 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Rd, 6538-0083. Daily 11.30am-10pm.

 

Pizza Fabbrica

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Modern minimalist types will feel at home surrounded by the décor at this restaurant, which serves up wood-fired pizzas, homemade pastas and craft beers.

On the menu, you’ll find the usual margherita ($20) and prosciutto ($26) suspects, as well as calzones stuffed with ricotta, artichokes and mushrooms ($22), and gourmet pizzas like the Gorgonzola Fichi E Prosciutto Di Parma ($30) topped with mozzarella, parma ham, figs, gorgonzola cheese and walnuts.

69/70 Bussorah St, 6291-0434. Tues-Sun noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm.

 

Pizzeria Mozza

The not-so-formal, pizza-centric sister to Osteria Mozza – both of which are American chef Mario Batali’s first ventures in Asia – Pizzeria Mozza is one of the more wallet-friendly restaurants among the numerous celeb chef establishments in MBS.

The Californian pizzeria, which opened its doors on our shores in 2011, keeps things simple with wood-fired choices like the Aglio E Olio ($24) of mozzarella and fontina, or the Fresh Goat Cheese ($30) with leeks, scallions, bacon and garlic. But if you’re in the mood to indulge – and why not, since you’re already here – order the Egg and Bacon ($38) pizza that comes with Yukon gold potato, cippolini and thyme.

#B1-42 to #B1-46, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, 6688-8522. Daily noon-11pm.

 

Peperoni Pizzeria

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Going from its first space at Greenwood Avenue to its now expanded repertoire of seven outlets across the country, Peperoni is obviously much loved by the pizza freaks in Singapore. Its warm and cosy décor works well for family reunions, couple date nights and gatherings of friends – and who can forget the restaurant’s humongous XXL Pizzas ($55) that can feed at least five people?

The solid selection of pizzas here ranges from the regular – like Hawaiian and pepperoni – to the slightly more adventurous, such as the Bacon Miele with honey, oregano and gouda, or the Portobello Funghi with mushrooms, egg, scallion, tomato concasse and truffle oil.

Seven outlets, including #B1-130 Suntec City, 3 Temasek Blvd, 6884-7737. Daily 11am-10pm.

 

Spizza

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Even though its very first location at Club Street is now gone, Spizza still lives on at five neighborhoods across the island. Known for dishing out wood-fired, thin crust pizzas, the eatery offers a wide range of decently-priced topping combinations ($16-$25), including a locally-inspired one that features beef rendang, mozzarella, pineapple and bell peppers on it.

If you’re not pizza-faced by the end of your meal, go for the dessert option with Nutella, banana and almond flakes.

Five locations, including #01-01 Tides, 217 East Coast Rd, 6440-8300. Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Sat-Sun noon-10.30pm.

 

 

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