The list of the best pizzas in Europe is packed with some of tastiest pies you will ever set your eyes on. And, while you’d expect to find lots of great pizza in Italy, you’ll find equally tasty pies scattered all over the rest of the continent, too. With European restaurants reopening in time for summer, we’re celebrating the places that take pizza to new levels alongside those that honour classic traditions and techniques.
Plan to make your way south, north, and way out east as you explore each and every pizza on this list. And yes, we’ve included some UK spots on the list, but please don’t @ us about Brexit.
Drooling yet? It’s about to get even more intense. For our annual ranking, we’ve updated this list to add editor’s picks and listened to our audience to craft the brand new list of the Best Pizzas in Europe in 2021. You can see more about our criteria for rankings here.
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The secret to their success is keeping the sourdough incredibly simple and letting it rise for between 24-48 hours. The end result is something so pure and delightful that it needs minimal toppings to bring it to life.
Their olive oils, wines and wonderful service complete the package. A place that you will begin planning your next visit as soon as you have had your first bite. Quite simply terrific.
Craving traditional Neapolitan pizza while travelling through Brussels? Check out La Pizza è Bella. It’s hailed as the best pizza joint in Brussels and easily one of the best in all of Belgium. They’re experts at crafting authentic flavours; all of their fresh produce comes from local producers in Campania and everything is made from scratch in-house. After a pizza, be sure to sample their other Neapolitan dishes, such as Polipetti Affogati.
Bijou specialises in serving superb and contemporary food. Their aim, as they note, is to create pizza “where the taste of dough, tomato and mozzarella becomes a unique experience.” And, they accomplish it with ease. Diving into one of their pizzas is like experiencing art that’s both flavourful and intriguing. Perhaps it’s the Montmartre setting that makes it all feel so romantic, but their pizzas are simply extraordinary.
Madrid is a unique melting pot of cultures and cuisines. And, while you’ll find lots of great places for Italian food and pizza in this Spanish city, there’s one spot serving some of the best pizzas in Europe. A thin, buttery crust is the base upon which they build their world-class pizza pies. And, they even have a vegan pizza for those who want to enjoy a completely plant-based meal.
At Kemencés, it’s clear that they take their time with their pies. Upon the first bite, you’ll note how perfectly crispy the crust is. Then, you’ll get a taste of the incredible sauce paired with the piping hot, ooey-gooey cheese. It’ll rock your tastebuds each and every time you visit. But, if you really want something especially tasty, try their Picante Pizza. It is, as you can guess, nice and spicy.
Jurgis ir Drakonas is the best spot in the whole country for authentic Neapolitan pizza. As real pizza pioneers, the spot serves mouthwatering pies to hungry locals all over the country. All of the pizzas are made from real Italian 00 flour along with imported Italian salami and sausages and Parmigiano Reggiano. Bite into the perfectly charred crust that comes fresh out of their wood-burning oven and you’ll be in very flavourful heaven.
Few travellers seem to make it all the way out to the seaside town of Viimsi. But, once you hear that OKO is home to some of the best pizzas in Europe, we bet it’ll be on your foodie bucket list for sure. You’ll love everything about your meal at OKO, from the tantalising wings you can start your evening off with straight on through to their incredibly delicious pizzas. Try the black truffle special. It’s still our favourite.
The food at Torve-Hallen is “Italian with a twist”, and you’ll soon understand what they mean when you try the pizza here. It’s all about the love and effort they put into their toppings here. As well as traditional pies, there’s creative options such as smoked salmon, lemon caviar, asparagus broccoli, sesame, wasabi and dill.
If a great pizza for you depends on the dough then you won’t be able to resist the enchanting allure of the pizza at this Tallinn hotspot. Because here, it’s all about the dough here. They take 30 hours to make this light sourdough base. Then, they top it with San Marzano tomatoes, the finest Italian mozzarella and organic extra virgin olive oil. Finished off in a wood-fired oven, pizzas come out fresh, crispy and delicious.
nNea Pizza consistently makes top lists for having some of the best pizzas in Europe. And, while it’s easy for the restaurant to get lost in the sea of all of the other fantastic Italian restaurants and pizza joints in the city, this is an absolute can’t-miss. They prove the dough for over 50 hours, ensuring the pizza is far from fast food. Then, they top it with premium ingredients. Borlotti beans and cured pig cheek are amongst them, just to name a few.
Putte’s Bar and Pizza is both vegan and dog-friendly. So, they’re one of the best places for pizza in Europe already in our book. However, even dog-free, meat-eating travellers will enjoy a pizza pie and the vibes at Putte’s. Head here to sample something creative such as their Silence of the Lambs or Bacon and Avocado. Then, stay through the night to check out the live entertainment they’ve got going down on in the cellar.
More than a mere pizza joint, NAP Antic is a full-blown authentic Italian restaurant serving a variety of tantalising dishes and some freshly-baked pizzas. Campania-style pizzas taste as if they’ve just been freshly baked in a tiny Italian home. Order their iconic buffalo mozarella to start. Then, enjoy diving into a pizza that’s oozing with flavour and served by passionate and friendly staff.
Who’d have thought you’d find one of the best pizzas in Europe tucked away in Malta? Al Legna is actually located inside of the Sensi Hotel. And, that gives it a particularly elegant, charming vibes. Sit out by the hotel pool and chow down on the pizza piece by piece. They use a traditional wood-burning oven to infuse their pizzas with rich flavours. Throw in a beer or even one of their cocktails for an extra treat.
When a place imports all of their ingredients straight from Italy you can almost guarantee that the pizza is going to be out of this world. At least, that’s the case with Ave Pizza in Warsaw. But, they take it well beyond simply using quality ingredients. To ensure the perfect results they prove their dough for 72 hours and cook the pizza in less than two minutes, at 450 degrees. It locks in all of the flavours you love.
After sourcing products straight from Italy and from various places all over Greece, La Bella Napoli ferments their dough for a long while. Flavours are enriched as they prepare to pile it high with savoury sauce and all of the toppings you’re craving. Not sure what to get? They’ve got their own specialty pizzas you can choose from. Or, build your own perfect pizza from scratch. It’s all going to blow your mind regardless.
For an upscale evening full of fantastic pizza and creative cocktails, check out Pizzeria Bokamorra. This trendy pizzeria serves wonderfully original pizzas alongside some of the best cocktails in the city. It’s a winning combination you can’t miss out on. But, more than that, the spot itself just oozes charm. It seems to be where all the cool kids hang out. The fact that they serve Italian-quality pizza is just a (very big) plus.
Geneva is known for a lot of things, and while pizza might not be one of them, you can’t deny the fact that Kytaly serves easily some of the best pizzas in Europe. Wander the shores of Lake Geneva, bathe yourself in stunning Swiss sunlight and then head straight for this prize-winning pizza joint. They’ve stripped the pizzas down to their most basic flavours here, letting each ingredient speak for itself. The result? Irresistible.
Basilicó is nothing short of a fantastic spot for some of the best pizzas in Europe. It’s a home of sorts for great Italian food in general, including pasta and a wonderful steak served with an Italian flare. But it’s the pizza that is the star of the show here. It all starts with their fluffy crusts. They’re full of air and wonderfully crunchy while still being perfectly chewy. It balances out all of the toppings and sauces perfectly.
Sinking your teeth into a pizza here is like tasting the final result of a long journey of real Neapolitan pizza from beginning to it. Their 24-hour leavened dough is the base of all of the goodness. Then, they add in local ingredients and regional recipes to create something truly special and scrumptious. Their pizzas are simultaneously authentic yet modern and creative. In short, they’re pretty near perfect.
Their pizzas couldn’t be more classical in style and are every bit as good as anything you would taste in Naples. In fact, we would go so far as to say possibly better?! The name of the restaurant refers to the super hot wood-fired oven and the temperature it takes to cook the pizza in less than two minutes. Perfection.
One whiff of the pizza here and you’ll be screaming “come to mamma” (or, in this case, mother). What’s not to love about a pizza that features “a thin base with a puffed-up pillowy edge, blistered from the intense heat of the wood-fired oven”…? Yeah, it’s as mouthwatering and heaven-like as it sounds. Eat your way to the soft, chewy centre as the cheese billows into each bite. Is it easy to see why this spot is so popular?
You’ll find that even Italians visiting Gothenburg flock to BOV just to get a taste of some of the best pizzas in Europe. Here, they sling Italian-quality pizza pies done up the Neapolitan way. Along with a nice selection of wine and beer, you’ll find the menu at BOV to feature only the finest of specialty pizzas. Craving something classic? Stick with the Margherita pizza, which tastes like it’s come straight off the streets of Naples.
If you find yourself craving traditional Neapolitan pizza that’s full of pure, natural flavour, then Pizza Nuova is the spot for you. They’re topped with Italian San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and extra virgin olive oil to taste. Then, they bake it over beechwood in an oven straight from Naples. The flavours are so authentic that you’ll find yourself mistakingly thinking you’re in Italy and not in a trendy Prague eatery.
This popular pizza spot in Galway city has gone from strength to strength since its humble beginnings as a food truck. It’s well known for its Neapolitan-style pizza, topped with Italian and local Irish salami and cheese. Not only have they mastered the art of woodfired pizza in the restaurant itself, the Dough Bros expanded during the pandemic to offering DIY at-home pizza kits. The perfect amount of char, chew and flavour.
Their pizzas are made with a very traditional Italian base but where they really come into their own is with their innovative toppings. The menu is divided into sections from Old School classics, to High School pizza with goat cheese, potatoes, rosemary, garlic, bresaola, black truffle pesto and sea salt.
There’s four Copenhagen locations to choose from, so you’ll never be too far away from these amazing pies.
Situated perfectly on the French Riviera, Nice is a pure paradise for visitors and locals alike looking to bask in the sun and enjoy some of the city’s finest foods. And, Les Amourex is amongst the very best of the best. Many people will tell you that they serve one of the best pizzas they’ve ever eaten. Take one bite into their perfectly chewy, thick pizza and we think you’ll understand what they’re talking about.
What’s the pizza here made of? It’s Made of Dough, duh! And, on top of it all, they throw on some pretty creative toppings. This type of fast-casual restaurant is pretty popular in London, perfect for busy travellers interested in cocktails, gelatos and fast-fired pizzas. With four locations around the city, you’re never too far from one of their Chorizo, Truffle or Spicy Lamb Sausage pizzas. Vegan? They’ve got something for you too.
Sodo are a sourdough pizza restaurant focusing on seasonal, sustainable produce and natural wine. You’ll find them in Clapton, Bethnal Green, Hoxton and Walthamstow; they have a killer craft beer selection to help wash that pizza down with. An utterly delicious offering.
This authentic Neapolitan pizzeria is a favourite of all the Italians in Düsseldorf, so you can be sure that it’s delicious. Thick, chewy crusts are the perfect base for creamy mozzarella and a rich tomato sauce.
Forno d’Oro gets its name from the fact that they’ve got a literal gold-lined oven on-site. Their incredibly unique wood oven was built on-site and then lined with gold before they started putting it to use in crafting their homemade Neapolitan pizzas. Massive portions and a tasty crust make these pizzas popular. But, you can also pair them with any one of the spot’s 35 different beers. It’s a deliciously dangerous combo.
Nestled in Amsterdam’s charming Jordaan neighbourhood, La Perla is a great spot to spend an evening. Their ingredients are imported weekly from Italy, so you know you are always going to have a fresh, authentically flavoured pie. On top of that, they bake their pizza in a woodfired oven where the crust is crisped to perfection. It’s no wonder this is consistently ranked by locals as the best place to get a slice of pizza.
Expect nothing less than mouthwatering slow proved Neapolitan pizza here. After sourcing only the finest ingredients straight from Italy, Pizza Pilgrims carefully crafts some of the best pizzas in Europe. They stick to tradition and pay attention to the crust. How do you know it’s the real deal? They took an actual pilgrimage throughout Italy to learn the age-old secrets needed to craft pizza of this quality.
There’s no ifs and or buts about it; Malafemmena serves some of the best pizzas in Europe and that’s that. Seriously, one bite and you’ll be convereted into a fan for life, too. In bufala they trust, and we do too. They know how to perfectly balance out delicious mozzarella di bufala with their puffy crust. Each pizza is served with the perfect amount of sauce to toppings ratio, making it a sheer delight to devour.
You can’t take a tour of the best pizzas in Europe and not visit Naples. But, when it comes to the best pizza in Naples? Well, the answer might vary depending on which local you ask. However, Il Pizzaiolo del Presidente is pretty highly-regarded as serving some of the most well-crafted Neapolitan pizzas in the city. They’ve been in business for over half a century, so there’s no denying there’s something fantstic going on here.
Del Poplo Pizza is the epitome of a modern European pizzeria. Trendy decor gives way to fascinating, tempting aromas of pizza and even some of the city’s finest wine. The kicker? They’ll cook your pizza at 400 degrees right in front of your own eyes as you wait to indulge. Here, it’s all about the thick crust. You know, the drool-worth Sicilian-style pizza you crave when you’re hungry for some real sustenance.
Moving up quite a bit from last year’s ranking, locals and travellers alike can’t seem to get enough of Pizzeria Montana. This Frankfurt eatery is a staple in the local pizza community, drawing inspiration for food and decor from modern pop art. However, don’t be distracted by the trendy decor. The pizza’s on par with the very best pizzas in Europe. One bite into a slice of their gorgonzola, pear and rosemary pizza and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
Lambach might be a bit out of the way for most travellers, but if you’ve got the time as you adventure between Salzburg and Graz, you’ll want to stop off at La Stella del Sud. Nearly each and every traveller that visits claims they serve the best pizza they’ve ever tasted. And, it’s hard to deny that claim. The cash-only spot is Italian-owned and infused with lots of rich tradition. Flavours are authentic and incredibly rich, regardless of which pizza you order.
Cooked in artisan built wood fired ovens brought over from Naples, the Pizzaiolos here take pride in baking and serving all pies to pizza Napoletana standard. Aside from incredible care taken to ensure the pizza’s cooked to perfection, it actually starts with the dough. It’s a hybrid of yeast and sourdough, proofed for over 48 hours before being baked to a thin crisp. There’s no way you’ll be able to resist coming back for seconds.
This sourdough craft pizza restaurant in Neukölln sources only artisanal produce (local when available) to create some of the best-tasting pizzas in Europe. The flavours here are unique as they seem to stick to Italian baking methods but use fresh, local German produce to create dishes that feature a unique blend of German precision and Italian flair. There’s nothing here that’s not oozing with rich flavours. It’s all so delicious.
As the food scene capital of France, Paris is home to quite a few secret spots where you can grab a world-class pizza pie any day of the week. However, when you head to Louie Louie you know every single time that you’re about to indulge in something super class. Here, the chefs whip up pizza to perfection and then add a special, imaginative touch to it all. Featuring fresh toppings and amazing ingredients, these are the real deal.
Travellers seem to always feel allured by this spot’s cute, enchanting terrace. And, sure, it’s a great spot to relax into the local vibes, the real adventure begins as soon as you order one of their wonderful pizzas. Sip red wine and enjoy a standard that never dips; every single pizza is as wonderfully glorious as the last. And, all this means is that you’ll have to head back for a second (or third, or fourth…) visit soon.
Famed pizzaiolo Franco Pepe’s place is always busy and never lets you down – considered by many to be one of the best pizzerias in the country. Toppings are locally sourced and often creative, with chickpeas, endive, figs and lardo all regular options.
Head to Budapest’s Digó Nápolyi Pizza for some of the best slices in the city, if not the entirety of Europe. Napoleon is the speciality here as they showcase rich, full flavours that always keep guests coming back for more. We recommend you try their margarita with robust tomato sauce and fresh basil. They serve it up with a nice thin crust that’s not too chewy and not too crispy. Oh, and the service? Top-notch every time you visit.
Previously ranked as both a great spot for pizza in Europe but also as one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in the world, Gustapizza has a lot going for it. However, you’ll likely find yourself so distracted by the flavours that you can’t stop for a second to snap a picture of your pizza against the pastel-hued houses that teeter over the Arno River. Order it to-go, pair it with a local beer and enjoy the fantastic flurry of flavours.
Hailed as the Master of Dough, Ciro Salvo is a third-generation pizzamaker who’s truly revolutionised modern Italian food and pizza in Europe. The original location of 50 Kalò in Naples is one of only six pizzerias to have been included in Italy’s Michelin Guide. And, you can visit either there or in London to experience the tasty adventure that is devouring a Ciro Salvo pizza. From the dough to the sauce, it’s simply perfect.
They stick pretty close to tradition at Rudy’s Pizza, crafting their pies pretty much in exactly the same manner that they do in Naples. Creating the dough here is a true labour of love, as they let it double ferment for 24 hours before throwing it in the oven for just 60 seconds to cook. There’s a reason why so many locals think this is the best pizza in Manchester. But, we’ll leave you to taste and decide for yourself.
Everywhere you turn, Animaletto is a bit of a dichotomy. The space itself is homey yet trendy, modern yet classic. And, when it comes to the pizzas, they’re sure to carry over the theme. They take tried and true classics and spin them on their head to create inventive, delicious pizzas that are familiar yet intriguing. Pair one of their creative cocktails with a traditional pizza and you’re in for an irresistible treat.
Tucked away in an old industrial building in the centre of Rotterdam, you’ll find Old Scuola. This traditional pizza joint is the place to be for anyone looking for a delicious pie. They use their own house recipes made from local ingredients for mozzarella, burrata and so much more, which means your dish is always fresh. Treat yourself to a glass of wine, too. They serve some of the best in the city here.
Browse any international list of the best pizzas in Europe and you’ll find Bæst at the near top of every list. What’s their secret? Well, to start with, they source their ingredients straight from their own farm. It’s easy to provide quality control when you’re using your own organic meats and creating your own mozarella in-house. This place has revolutionised pizza in Denmark, and they’re not stopping anytime soon.
Of course, when it comes to the best pizzas in Europe and all over the world, the No. 1 spot traces all the way back to the source: Naples. Review after reviews sees people raving about how they’ve had the best pizza of their lifesat Pizzeria Da Michele. You might have to wait a bit to get a taste, but one you bite into this cheesy goodness, you’ll realise it was well worth the hype.