Posted by: Debra Kolkka | March 5, 2014

The best pizza?

I have had lots of pizza experience and I think I may have recently had the best one ever…and it wasn’t in Italy. Tinderbox Kitchen is the new restaurant by P J McMillan in James St, Fortitude Valley in Brisbane.

P J’s other restaurant, Harveys, is a favourite of mine and now I will be torn between that and Tinderbox. The new restaurant is built around an enormous wood fired pizza oven and it is from here the wonderful pizza emerged.


It is called the Tinderbox and has a topping of prawns, tomato, zucchini,mozzarella and basil…too delicious for words, but the best part of the pizza is the base. It is thin, crunchy and chewy with excellent flavour.


I shared one with a friend and we had side orders of farro salad and kipfler potatoes, also delicious.



I would suggest a trip to Tinderbox very soon to try the pizza…and I would love to hear about your favourite pizza.


  1. Hi Deb, You have me convinced! I will try them out tonight. L x

    • I’m sure you will enjoy the pizza.

  2. We don’t have a tinderbox restaurant, so I don’t know how their pizza tastes. we have others they maybe different from the ones you get.

    • There is bound to be a great place near you.

  3. Very yummy food there. I might move in.

  4. Looks great!

    • The food is excellent. If you live in Brisbane you should try it.

  5. Goodness, that looks good! Believe it or not, we have pretty good pizza here in Cuenca–though I’m sure not as good as you have shared here or what’s available in Italy, but pretty darn good.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • I’m sure you can get great pizzas there, they seem to be everywhere now.

  6. It looks delicious! If you ever go to Buenos Aires, you will be surprised by the pizza and pasta served there. Top quality and really yummy! But then, many Argentinians are of Italian ancestry.

    • I was there more than 40 years ago…perhaps I need to go back.

  7. Yum! Have to try that!

    • PJ is doing a great job at his new restaurant.

  8. Tinderbox- been twice and both times very impressed -delicious roast shoulder of lamb, great Pizza and the best grilled peaches . PJ and his team do it very well at both Harveys and Tinderbox.

    • I’ll have to try the lamb next time.

  9. My gosh…this pizza couldn’t look any more scrumptious!!

    • The crust is the best I have ever tried.

  10. OK, Deb, I’m convinced. Do they deliver to San Diego? 🙂

    • I’ll check for you next time I go.

  11. Looks delicious!! I think it would be agin-the-rules in Italy, but who cares? My pizzaiolo down the road has been doing a pizza with creamed pumpkin and smoked cheese plus porchetta! Wonderful and not to be found on the menu!

    • It wouldn’t be too far away from being acceptable in Italy. Perhaps the prawns would be a bit out of place, but there wasn’t too much topping.

  12. ciao a tutti ………..questa pizza sembra buona …ma secondo me ci sono troppi ingredienti diversi sopra …che possono confondere i vari gusti …buona giornata

    • The flavours weren’t confusing, everything went well together.

  13. Ok, I’ll undertake to do further research:). The faro salad sounds interesting, I haven’t tried faro or freekeh, but I think we will definitely need to go for the slow roasted lamb – wood fired ovens give such good flavour – and pizza crusts.

    • I’m sure you will like the food at Tinderbox. Have a pizza for me.

  14. OK. It is Brisbane, but who was the chef, Italian?

    • He must have some Italian blood.

  15. That pizza looks very Italian. Debra, you gotta find something better than that pizza in Italy. It just can’t be. 😀

    • I will do some serious research and get back to you.

  16. Pizza…
    Pizza usually have a tomato base…
    You can call this Focaccia or schiacciata like we call in Tuscany…
    Do you know egiptian invent Pizza base…
    Do you know a Sailor from Genova Bring the recepie in Italy and an old woman from naples stole the recepie…
    Do you know why we call our tomato and mozzarella Pizza Margherita??
    In onor of Naples queen Margherita…
    Hello I m Rossano Tantulli
    1 star Michelin Executive chef of Chef academy in Florence
    Executive chef for GG group Australia

    • Thank you for the extra information. I didn’t know about the base coming from Egypt. I have had wonderful pizzas in Napoli and here in Bagni di Lucca.

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