The top 5 UK cities for pizza lovers
The city of Manchester is awash with amazing pizza joints, so you can pick somewhere to suit your tastes. If you’re after an authentic recipe that would give the best pizzerias in Naples a run for their money, head to Double Zero 00 Neapolitan Pizza in Chorlton. This place is TripAdvisor’s number-one in Manchester for good reason, and diners rate their soft Neapolitan-style pizzas, the great gluten-free options, and the BYOB policy. At the other end of the spectrum, try Crazy Pedro’s on Bridge Street if you’re after something totally different. This bar-style joint is best-known for its frozen margaritas and bonkers pizza toppings – fried chicken and waffle, anyone?
Thanks to an influx of Italians in the 19th century, the area that lies between London’s Clerkenwell Road, Farringdon Road and Rosebery Avenue is now known as Little Italy. So it’s no surprise that Santore, on Exmouth Market, serves up some of the best Italian food around. The menu’s not limited to pizzas, so you can bookend your main with antipasti and tiramisu. Prefer to try your hand at crafting the perfect pizza instead? Try the Bread Ahead Bakery School. They run half-day workshops at Borough Market and in Wembley, so you can become a pizza-making pro.
Proof that you don’t need to be a big-name place to serve a properly good pizza, Otto is a hidden gem in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The wood-fired pizzas get rave reviews from guests, as do the charcuterie boards – and they do takeaway if you don’t fancy stopping in. If you want to get creative, meanwhile, it’s got to be @pizza Grand Central. The pizzas are crafted to order with unlimited customisation, so you can go to town with your toppings. It’s no surprise this chain has won TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Award for several years running and is ranked in the top 10% of pizzerias in the world.
Heading to Bristol in search of pizza? Make tracks for Bertha’s in Whapping Wharf – the sourdough base here is fermented for days then wood-fired for chewy and charred results. There’s seating upstairs as well as outside, and it would be rude not to order a gelato for dessert. If you’re less partial to a pud and more tempted by a pint, the aptly named Beerd is likely to go down very well. A regularly updated array of craft beers from local breweries features on the drinks menu alongside pizzas that are lauded as some of the best in town. The vegetarian and vegan pizzas are particularly good here – try the Hey Pesto and you’ll see what we mean.
Eating out in Edinburgh’s Old Town? Put @pizza Royal Mile on your radar. As the name suggests, it’s on the capital’s most famous thoroughfare, which connects Edinburgh Castle at one end to the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other. Handcrafted sourdough pizzas are served up over three floors and there’s outdoor seating, too. We particularly like the fact you can design your own pizza with unlimited toppings and flavour combos for a fixed price. Dining out in the New Town or just looking for a cracking vegan option? Novapizza Vegan Kitchen serves vegan versions of classic Italian dishes – think spaghetti carbonara with homemade smoked seitan, and an 100% vegan meat feast pizza.