Last Updated: October 30, 2019
Ah, pizza. The most flexible modern-day comfort food for the millennials. You can eat pizza on a formal dinner date in a classy Italian restaurant, or casually at home when you’re watching movies and chilling in your pyjamas. This is why I love this Italian flatbread so much.
Pizza is very popular in Singapore, with fast food pizza delivery chains popping up ages ago. Now we also see more authentic establishments featuring variations like the Neapolitan and New York styles. We’ve still yet to see Chicago deep dish pizza though.
If you have any recommendations or suggestions of amazing pizzas I’ve missed out in Singapore, let me know because I know for sure that there are many more places out there that serve this treasured gem.
Here’s my compiled list of the 10 best pizza places in Singapore for my fellow tomato flatbread fans.
I absolutely fell in love with Bella Pizza the first time I had it. The thickness of the crust and the molten, hot cheese that tops each piece gets me every time, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, I implore that you do.
Their Pulled Pork Pizza (S$26) is a must-try, and it’s peppered with fresh spinach, 24-hour marinated shredded pork and generous clumps of ricotta cheese. The flavours meld together to create a divine not-so-traditional pizza that will make you want to return almost as soon as you left.
Their signature, Bella Pizza (S$26), is a crowd favourite for good reason; mozzarella, ricotta, salami and sautéed spinach top this simple yet robustly-flavoured creation.
Also, if you are tired of the usual items for brunch, the Pizza Prima Colazione ($26) is the one you should go for. The pizza is topped with egg, ham and beneath the layer of mozzarella cheese lies gorgonzola cheese – what more can you ask for?
Bella Pizza: 30 Robertson Quay, #01-14 Riverside View, Singapore 238251 | Tel: +65 6734 0139 | Opening Hours: 12noon – 3pm & 6pm – 11pm (Tue – Thu), 12noon – 3pm & 5.30pm – 11.30pm (Fri, Sat & Public Holidays), 11.30am – 3pm & 5.30pm – 11pm (Sun), Closed on Mon | Website
Located at a pretty random place along Bukit Timah, discovering Capri Trattoria And Pizzeria was like, “Woah, this was here the whole time?” Because I never realised such a brilliant pizza was within reach.
A self-taught chef, the owner never stops learning despite already winning at his pizzas. He researches and experiments with different flours, dough mixtures, water temperatures and more.
He explained that pizza doughs are worked differently every day because of differing daily humidity and water temperatures. Also, it is impossible to recreate authentic Italian pizzas here simply because the water in Italy and Singapore are completely different.
Visiting Capri was like receiving pizza wisdom and it was honestly eye-opening.
Here’s their really vintage, cottage-style looking oven.
While this more-angular-than-round Margherita (S$17) pizza looks really pale in comparison to the usual dark-spotted beauties, the crust is really interesting.
With his constant research and conscientious effort to make good pizza crust, Capri’s owner has come up with this special one. The crust is super crispy on the outside, with tons of small pockets holding together the airy elastic dough.
This is probably the crispiest (discounting those that seem like biscuits) and most elastic crust I’ve tried.
This flavour is the most standard pizza flavour, and Capri did it well with each element balancing the other. I would’ve loved more basil though.
Now, the Tartufata (S$25) looks hella messy and maybe a little bit off-putting but don’t let its appearance fool you.
This one is messy because it is drizzled with a lot of truffle. With shaved truffles and truffle oil on top of a load of cheese and juicy mushrooms, be prepared for a really wet and gooey pizza. You might look unglamourous eating it, but it’s totally worth it. Slurp that goodness up!
Quite an anomaly in this list, because it isn’t an Italian pizza place but their pizzas are really good. Not to mention, the atmosphere’s really cool, so it makes a good place for a lively get together with your friends.
Alt. Pizza serves up American style pizza, with none of the Italian simplicity. The pizzas here are messy, greasy and sinful with all sorts of ingredients you’d love like bacon, bacon and more bacon.
With thinner, harder and crispier crusts, Alt. Pizza’s creations are less filling but make up for it with rich ingredients. Also, have I mentioned how affordable their pizzas are?
The Hangover (S$17) has beef, salami, cheese, onion and more cheese, a greasy cure for your hangover needs. In case you’re wondering, it is named after the movie and also for its mysterious medicinal value for hangovers.
Absolutely delicious, Bradley Cooper would approve just as much as I approve of him, ha ha ha.
Their wings and artichoke spinach dip starters are fantastic too. As for the desserts, they have a pizza-inspired dessert where pizza dough is rolled up into many small doughnut balls, sprinkled with icing sugar and dipped into Nutella.
Cheekiness abounds through their dish names, and even on their walls and their giant mural. After all, Alt. Pizza is promoting those chill, casual vibes.
With such affordable prices, I would return for their food, with an army of eager mouths.
Sleek, modern and minimalist, Pizza Fabbrica is mostly shaded with white, grey and copper tones. Their walls are also adorned with interesting typography posters.
Much like their decor, their pizzas are crazily modern and refreshing, but still with a basic foundation of the Neapolitan style.
They carry the usual suspects like every respectable pizzeria. But over here, I recommend going for their innovative flavours that a traditional Italian pizzeria would shy away from.
At Pizza Fabbrica, they believe pizza goes well with fancy craft beer.
The yeasty and acidic profile of beer pairs well with doughy pizza. They even have a complete list of which beer to pair with which pizza for the best enjoyment. Talk about dedication!
Warning, the Pancetta Funghi Caprino e Scalogno (S$24) is basically a stink bomb on a crust. It contains fior di latte, tomato sauce, pancetta, portobello mushroom, scallions and goat cheese.
While the smell was a bit too much for me, I powered through because the pizza just tasted so good. The flavours from the juicy mushrooms and onions were infused into the cheese and sauce, adding their natural sweetness and distinct flavours.
Fresh mozzarella, Parma ham, fresh figs, gorgonzola cheese and walnuts on pizza. Doesn’t the Gorgonzola Fichi e Proscuitto di Parma (S$30) sound interesting?
The sweetness from the figs combines extremely well with the savoury Parma ham, as well as the pungent gorgonzola. The walnuts added a delicate and nutty profile.
This is definitely an interesting combination that I’d love to taste again.
The Crema di Zucca e Broccolini (S$28) actually has pumpkin sauce on it, which makes it really different from the usual kind of pizzas. Very light and rounded with a slight tang from sundried tomatoes, this pizza is more on the sweet side with the pumpkin base.
I’d recommend this place for their really innovative pizzas that are well-executed, all at decent prices.
Along the beautiful, expensive and happening Club Street, lies CUGINI.
With flowers growing on the side, a little porch and a brightly lit interior, CUGINI is a lovely place to dine in. The decor transports you to a cottage atop those Greek islands. I’m definitely recommending this for the lovely ambience plus great pizza.
The only topping on the La Bufalina (S$28.90) is a pristine dollop of buffalo mozzarella in the centre, and a few sprigs of fresh basil. And honestly, these two fresh toppings are all the pizza needs.
The sauce is slightly watery and packs a hint of zest, with some sweetness from the tomatoes. Accompanied with the springy and clean flavour of fresh buffalo mozzarella and the crisp, earthy basil fragrance, this pizza definitely scores 10/10. Simplicity is the winner here.
The crust is irresistibly delicious and looks gorgeously symmetrical despite being hand-spun.
Their Porto Cervo ($30.90) came with mozzarella, artichoke and bottarga. Bottarga is a kind of dried, salted fish (normally grey mullet) roe found mostly in the Mediterranean. It is sometimes dubbed as Mediterranean Caviar or the poor man’s caviar.
Bottarga is usually grated on top of the dish, and is similar to cheeses like Parmesan in terms of their texture, strong taste profile, brininess and slightly pungent aroma that’s an acquired taste.
The grated bottarga tasted like a saltier and fishier version of chye poh (pickled radish). With grilled artichoke, these vegetables provided some crunch and juiciness to contrast that brininess.
Even though it’s CUGINI’s special, I was not exactly a fan of this particular flavour.
The Crudo e Rucola ($28.90) had an impressive presentation with a heap of meat on top of a heap of vegetables. What a way to whet my appetite!
The thick generous slices of Parma ham lay atop a bed of rocket leaves with melted mozzarella and the same fresh and juicy tomato sauce. The Parma ham was so addictive, without being too overwhelming.
Ham definitely makes pizza better, especially for meat lovers like me.
CUGINI: 87 Club Street, #01-01, Singapore 069455 | Tel: +65 6221 3791 | Opening Hours: 12noon – 2.45pm (Mon – Fri & Sun), 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Sun – Thu), 6.30pm – 12midnight (Fri), 6pm – 12midnight (Sat) | Facebook | Website
Pizzeria L’Operetta is Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) certified, which means that the pizzas made here follow a standard set of specifications. These rules are stipulated by an organisation in Naples called the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN), that aims to protect the authenticity of Napoletana pizza.
To attain this certification, the ingredients have to come from Campania, Italy. The tomatoes have to be San Marzano, the flour used has to be of “00” grade, the oven has to be woodfired with specific dimensions and the rules go on. Essentially, there are really strict regulations for that perfect authentic Naples pizza.
I was very excited to try the pizzas here as Pizzeria L’operetta is not only widely known, it is also probably one of the extreme few to be AVPN-approved. I’m pretty sure it’ll have the true Neapolitan taste.
So what does this Bufala (S$23) have to offer?
The crust is denser than the usual pizzas, making it chewy inside yet still airy. With the consistent charred spots, the crust was enjoyably bitter with a comforting aroma of charred dough.
The tomato sauce on its own was just sour but the glistening buffalo mozzarella cheese saved it with a hint of creaminess.
Pizzeria L’Operetta: 12 Gopeng Street, #01-78-81, ICON Village, Singapore 078877 | Tel: +65 6222 9487 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.45pm (Mon – Fri), 12noon – 9.45pm (Sat & Sun) | Website
Famed for good Italian food, La Forketta Gastronomia Italiana is pretty pricey. Pizzas are easily S$30 while mains go for above S$30. They serve up good Italian pizza complete with that ‘soupy’ centre, fresh tomato sauce, molten cheese and splendid sourdough crust finished in a wood-fired oven.
They’re so confident of their pizzas that they dedicate two entire pages in the menu to it, with over 30 combinations. Though the price is really daunting, you know what they say about quality correlating to the price you pay.
The food here is spectacular and I understand why people visit frequently and talk about it. Even the Chef from Il Lido frequents La Forketta Gastronomia Italiana, and a guy from La Pizziola even said the pizzas here are good.
La Forketta Gastronomia Italiana: 9 Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill, #01-09, Singapore 247697 | Tel: +65 6475 2298 | Opening Hours: 12noon – 3pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Mon – Fri), 11.30am – 5pm (Sat & Sun), 6pm – 11pm (Sat), 6pm – 10.30pm (Sun) | Facebook | Website
Behind the popular stretch of Greenwood Restaurants is the quiet and posh La Braceria Pizza & Grill.
If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of their chef from Naples!
They’ve got authenticity all the way down to the bloodline. While they can’t use a woodfired oven because there’s a residential area upstairs, the gas-powered oven is definitely good enough.
You know La Braceria is not just any Italian restaurant when they have the Ospitalita Italiana plaque to vouch for their authenticity. This is an award issued by the Italian Chamber of Commerce Singapore to outstanding restaurants that uphold Italian lifestyle, culture and food.
I was really excited to visit La Braceria because they are the Italian Embassy’s choice of catering. If the Italian Embassy recognises their efforts, I’ll bet they are authentic in taste.
They offer half-half pizzas here, as long as they have the same sauce base. Now we can have more variety even with only one pizza, so we decided on the Pizza Bufala, Rucola Prosciutto di Parma ($25).
Huge creamy slices of fresh buffalo mozzarella rest on top of a balanced tomato sauce that helped to hold the ingredients together.
The uneven crust with light leopard spotting was really addictive. Slightly charred on the outside and airy on the inside, the crust kept me coming back for more.
The Prosciutto di Parma was generously topped with prosciutto, shaved mozzarella and basil. The only issue was that the prosciutto Jamon slices were a tad bit too strong for me.
For their white sauce base pizza (S$25), La Braceria highly recommended their Alla Braceria (mozzarella, beef tenderloin, porcini mushrooms and Parmesan cheese), and Alla Bismark (mozzarella, cooked ham, egg and creamy truffle).
The Alla Bismark features a picture-perfect runny egg in the centre, with a generous amount of truffle over heaps of ham. The egg lends extra creaminess, complementing the rich truffle fragrance. Those of you who enjoy truffle would probably be in love with this.
The supple strips of beef tenderloin are cooked nicely and pink in the middle, giving it a great bite. The porcini mushrooms lent juiciness and crunchiness to the pizza, and there was even a layer of melted cheese. Again, ideal for folks who do not like tomato sauce or traditional pizza flavours.
Le Braceria Bar & Grill: 5 Greendale Avenue, Singapore 289501 | Tel: +65 6465 5918 | Opening Hours: 12noon – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Tue – Sun), Closed on Mon | Website
Located within Serangoon Gardens, La Pizzaiola is a casual Italian place which is geared towards a younger and more casual crowd. With a lofty name like that, I had high hopes for the pizzas here.
The La Pizzaiola Speciale ($20.90) was like a grander version of classic pizza, with all the usual suspects. The ingredients included mozzarella, thinly-sliced roast beef, shaved parmesan, Italian rocket and truffle oil.
Throw in some more decadent ingredients and we’ve got a great combination of flavours. The impeccable execution elevates the simple classic pizza to higher levels. Kudos to that!
The Diavola (S$16.90) is a common choice at many Italian pizza places, and it comes with salami and mozzarella on a tomato sauce base.
Their salami was sliced incredibly thin and yet remained rich in flavour. Spiced just right with generous amounts of cheese complementing the ingredients, this was really quite a good pizza.
La Pizzaiola: 15-3 Jalan Riang, Singapore 358987 | Tel: +65 6282 5031 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Wed – Mon), Closed on Tue | 19 Kalidasa Avenue, Singapore 789398 | Tel: +65 6455 4648 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Tue – Sun), Closed on Mon | Facebook | Website
Motorino is a famous New York pizzeria selling Italian Napoletana-style pizzas (also known as Neapolitan pizzas).
In the centre of Motorino sits a gorgeous black mosaic woodfired oven, with copper chute finishing and emblazoned with its name. The black, copper and white colour scheme of the oven matches the bistro interior of Motorino.
Their Meatball Marinara (S$25, available as part of the lunch set menu) looked fantastic, with gooey cheese, thick tomato sauce and cut meatballs.
Although the sauce looked really dark and rich, it tasted pretty sour and lacked depth compared to other sauces.
The meatballs had a squishy fishball-like texture and were pretty tasty, though I would’ve preferred to have more of them.
The egg and ham combination makes it feel like a breakfast pizza, and the egg yolk lends it a thicker, creamier flavour profile. Overall, their red sauce pizzas have that iconic italian soupy middle done right.
Motorino prides itself on making the best pizza in town and many other chefs have said that overseas branches of Motorino were good.
However, their sides and starters are puny in portion and leave much to be desired, and I would steer clear of them. While I expected much more from them, their pizzas are still pretty decent.
Motorino Singapore: 3A River Valley Road, #01-01A, Singapore 179020 | Tel: +65 6334 4968 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 11pm (Sun – Thu), 11.30am – 11.30pm (Fri & Sat) | Website