Six of the Best Sydney Pizza Experiences for Kids
Everybody loves pizza, and kids are no exception. Even the fussiest of eaters will scoff down a gooey Margherita pizza. In recent years there has been an explosion of restaurants serving authentic Italian style pizza, and you don’t need to give up on style to find somewhere that welcomes the kids. Now some of the best restaurants for kids are also the best for parents.
Making the experience even more fun, these pizza joints offer something unique which will turn any family pizza night into a special occasion.
Watch Pizza Being Made
Watching the chef expertly flinging gooey dough, then adding the toppings before your pizza disappears into a roaring wood-fired over is ideal for keeping the kids entertained until their food comes.
Sale Pepe in Brookvale and Seaforth have an Italian theme and an open wood-fired oven where you can watch your pizza sizzling away. For those near Terrey Hills, Cavallino has a large pizza oven with chefs working busily around it, as well as an antipasto counter where you can watch the antipasto plates being put together.
Make Your Own Pizza
Let your budding chefs get their hands dirty making their own pizza and they may even be inspired to try it at home.
Mad Pizza e Bar in Darlinghurst, Potts Point and Surry Hills have $10 BYO (build your own) Pizzette for kids every day but can also host a Make Your Own Pizza party for groups of ten or more children. Casa Ristorante Italiano at Darling Harbour offers pizza-making classes and kids birthday parties where kids will be taken through the whole messy process from mixing, making and kneading the dough to pizza acrobatics and entertainment.
Panarottis in Penrith also host fun pizza-making parties, and you can join their Kids' Club to get a free birthday meal!
Pizza With Play
If your kids just won’t sit still at a restaurant, there's no need to give up on going out for a nice meal when there's Vinnie’s Pizzeria at Coogee Pavilion. There's a large play area for the kids to keep busy, while you sit back, relax, and enjoy one of their wood-fired pizzas. There's also a range of kids pizzas from $11.50.
If you like your pizza with a side of burnin’ love, then Elvis Pizza in Rushcutters Bay comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights with their dinner and a show package including an Elvis cabaret. The show doesn’t finish until about 10:30pm and they don’t take kids under 4, so this one is better for families with older kids.
Pizza Doesn’t Look Like That!
A change is as good as a holiday and your kids will love the novelty of these different pizza shapes.
Via Napoli in Lane Cove, Hunter’s Hill and Surry Hills is not only one of the most highly regarded pizzas in Sydney but you can order your pizza up to one metre long with up to three different types. They also have a fun kids menu with Mickey Mouse pizzas for $10 each. If you're a die-hard fan, grab your friends and try the 5-Metre Pizza Challenge and you might score a free dinner.
If that sounds like too much for you, head to Epic Pizza in Darlinghurst, Enmore or Drummoyne, where you can buy New York-style pizza by the slice, ideal for kids with a smaller appetite, or just for trying new toppings. If you're feeding a large group, get the almost-too-big-to-carry 22-inch pizza for a bit of fun. Anema E Core in Meadowbank also sells award-winning pizza up to one metre long and do a Mickey Mouse pizza for the kids.
Straight-Up Good Pizza
Sometimes you just want the best pizza you can find, and there is no shortage of mouth-watering traditional Italian pizza around.
The much-lauded Maybe Frank in Randwick and Surry Hills do $20 all you can eat pizza on Tuesdays. Authentic pizza joint Recco Lab in Rozellealso has Giro Pizza Day on Tuesdays with all you can eat pizza for $20. So go and taste them all, it would be rude not to! They also serve $10 kids pizzas.
If you’re after a kids menu, you can’t go past Vacanza in Bronte or the Little Nippers menu at Bondi Pizza with six locations around Sydney. Arthurs Pizza also has six Sydney venues and a great kids menu, including a special $9.95 meal deal Monday to Thursday before 6pm.
Pizza at Home
A movie and pizza night at home with the family is not only a treat for the kids, but with no cooking or washing up, you get some time to relax with your family too. Staying home doesn’t mean you need to eat sub-par pizza though.
With handy locations right across Sydney, Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar will deliver some really interesting pizzas. 'Healthy' options are also available like vegan pizzas and wholemeal or gluten-free bases, plus pizzas especially for kids. Sven’s in Coogee and Maroubra has the unusual, yet delicious, distinction of serving Swedish pizza. Described as 'healthier but tastier', the wood-fired pizzas here have super thin crusts and Swedish toppings, as well as classic pizza varieties.
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