1. Blue Label Pizza & Wines
Believe the hype, the pizzas here are really good. While the J-Dog (with pork sausage, bacon, pepperoni, jalapeño, and red sauce) is the most popular, the Travis Supreme is really good. The ground chuck, near-crispy sesame crust, and cheddar-bacon melt just worked together.
The atmosphere adds to the allure – you enter the restaurant from a side alley, the decor is dark and intimate but unpretentious, and the service is amazing. It won’t be the cheapest place to grab a pizza, but it’ll be an experience.
Address: #B1-01, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708, Tel: 9821 9362, Opening hours: Weekdays noon to 2 pm, 6 pm to midnight; Saturday 6 pm to midnight
2. Nipong Naepong
Surprisingly, this Korean noodle house has a non-traditional pizza that has earned the raves of millennial patrons.
The Ninae Pizza-Spinach is a hit with its simple combination of spinach and cherry tomatoes, with dollops of cream cheese and generous drizzles of honey on a paper-thin crust.
Address: #01-16 JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549, Tel: 6262 4078, Opening hours: Weekdays 11 am to 10 pm, weekends 11 am to 11 pm.
3. Pizza Express
While Pizza Express is a popular option in London for students who go there for a cheap and familiar meal, in Singapore, the quality moves up a few notches.
There are a few good pizzas on the menu, but try the Pollo Froza. It has chicken with a healthy dose of spicy heat in the form of smoked chilli, dried chilli flakes, jalapeno and chilli oil.
Address: Scotts Square, #B1 08/09, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209, Tel: 6538 0083, Opening hours: 11.30 am to 10 pm.
4. Timbre @ The Arts House
The Straits Times Food editor Ong Sor Fern recommends the Crispy Caramel Anchovies pizza: “It’s not a purist’s pizza but it’s good bar food.”
The pizza has a thin dough topped with umami anchovies, sweet pineapple, clean cucumber and crunchy ikan bilis, as well as loads of melted cheese.
She adds: “It’s just salty enough that you’ll happily gulp down beer and cider with it. It’s what I would call millennial bait. Teenager food gussied up a bit for working adults.”
Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane, #01-04 The Arts House, Singapore 179429, Tel: 6336 3386, Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 6 pm to 1 am, Friday and Saturday 6 pm to 2 am, Sunday 6 pm to midnight.
5. Publico Ristorante
The star pizza at this Italian restaurant is the Tartufata. It has mozzarella, porcini mushroom, smoked scamorza and truffle. It seduces with the enticing aroma of truffles but it’s the bold umami and cheesy flavours that win stomachs over.
Address: 1 Nanson Rd, Singapore 238909, Tel: 6826 5040, Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 4 pm to 11 pm, Friday 4 pm to midnight, Saturday 1 pm to midnight, Sunday 11 am to 11 pm.
6. Pizza Maru
The largest Korean pizza chain opened its first outlet late last year at Northpoint City, and followed up with another outlet at Bugis+ last month (April 2018).
Its popularity is bolstered by the fanciful, Insta-ready pizzas. One of their most popular-on-social-media items is the Mango Ocean Pizza (seafood with mango chunks on a green tea dough) but foodies are full of praise for the Real BBQ Chicago Pizza, with double mozzarella cheese, string cheese and cream cheese mousse and served with chicken leg bits.
Address: 1 Northpoint Drive, #B1-192/193, Northpoint City (Southwing), Singapore 768019
Tel: 6254 4307, Opening hours: 11:30 am to 10 pm; 201 Victoria Street, #04-03/04, Bugis+, Singapore 188067, Opening hours: 11:30 am to 10 pm.