Lismore: home of Australias best pizza

Fire in the Belly owners Rodney Scott and Julie Dickson proudly hold their Best Pizza Restaurant award that they picked up at the recent Restaurant & Catering National Awards for Excellence.

The first time Rodney Scott took his partner Julie Dickson on a date, it was to a pizza restaurant.

While romance blossomed that night, the pair never imagined that just two years down the track they would win a national award for the Best Pizza Restaurant in Australia.

It really started out as just a tiny idea, said Julie, and wed never run our own business before. But Rod did love his pizzas.

Rod and Julie were both naturopathy students at Southern Cross University when they decided to take the plunge, and on a shoestring budget opened Fire in the Belly in the heart of Lismore in 2004.

When their names were called at the Restaurant & Catering National Awards for Excellence presentation in Sydney on Monday, Julie could hardly believe her ears.

It is really overwhelming because we were up against some highly acclaimed restaurants, she said.

Julie and Rod put the restaurants success down to many factors.

We like to do things properly and were really genuine in our efforts, said Julie.

The staff at The Echo, who regularly consume Fire in the Belly pizza on deadline night, would like to congratulate Rod and Julie on their big win. Tip: Try the roast pumpkin!

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