There’s plenty of great options for pizza in Hobart, and my restaurant of choice for superb Italian is usually Da Angelo in Battery Point. However, during the week I decided to give somewhere else a try and pop into the relatively-new Cugini down on Bellerive Quay to sample the pizza voted this year’s ‘Hobart’s best’ by local radio station 7HOFM.
Cugini is run by two local boys – cousins Marco and Alfonso Giusti – who both come from a great pedigree of local Italian hospitality; Marco coming from Da Angelo and Alfonso from a long stint running Solo Pasta and Pizza in Sandy Bay.
The lunch menu is extensive, covering lots of pizza and pasta options, along with some light main meals and antipasti. Good to note that Cugini also offer gluten-free options for those with intolerances.
I went for the aptly-named Giusti pizza and I was really impressed. If you’re hoping for a trendy thin-crust artisan-style pizza you may be disappointed – this absolute monster of a pizza is made from a lovely thick and crunchy (yet fluffy and light) base, and Cugini certainly don’t skimp on the quality toppings.
The Giusti is a combo of salami, pineapple, garlic, pepper, olives, bacon, tomato and cheese, and is seriously addictive. It’s a big hearty pizza with plenty of guts. I loved it.
I dined with my mum, who enjoyed her blue-eye trevalla, served with a delicious salad of tomato, red onion, olives and croutons.
The service was (typically for Hobart) smiley and friendly, and we watched a few tables of happy diners come and go in the time we were there.
My only regret is eating so much Cugini pizza that I wasn’t able to save room for dessert, as there was a fabulous slab of tiramisu behind the counter… Next time! I’ll be back soon with more room to spare.
Cugini – 34 Cambridge Road, Bellerive, TAS 7018