There are over 50 places in Cardiff where you can get pizza. When hunger strikes, how are you meant to know where to go?
Worry not; WOW Cardiff’s City Editor Amy Pay has compiled a list of 10 places guaranteed to serve you a decent slice of Italy.
For a lunchtime pizza hit in Canton, head to this Italian-owned take-out (you can dine in, but there are very few seats). The piping hot pizzas have a crisp thin crust and a thick layer of cheese, and all are great value. Other temptations include the lunchtime specials, traditional Italian snacks and mini calzones.
154 Cowbridge Road East, Canton CF11 9ND, facebook.com/Calabrisellacardiff
In the heart of Studentland, Face 11 offers nearly twenty different types of stone-oven baked pizzas. Aside from the cosy interior and live music, what makes it even better than your average pizza place is that they are really accommodating to those with special dietary requirements. Let them know in advance and they’ll create a paleo, gluten free or vegan pizza that tastes as amazing as its oven brothers.
105 Cathays Terrace, Cathays CF24 4HU, face11.co.uk
Lucky Cardiff – it has its own mini chain of top pizzerias, with two Bellini’s in town and one down the Bay. Perfect for slightly more upmarket dining, date nights or special occasions, the polished restaurant serves around 15 types of pizza (including authentic calzones) priced around a tenner. There are stacks of extras to choose from if you want additional flavours.
1 Park Place CF10 3DP; 7 Bridge Street Arcade, St David’s 2 Shopping Centre CF10 2EF; Unit Upper 14, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay CF10 5BZ, bellinisitaliano.com
This place feels Italian the moment you walk in. The owner and namesake is a Welsh Italian, born in Italy and brought up in Grangetown, an authenticity that shines through in the hearty Italian dishes and friendly Welsh inclusiveness. for something different, try the Pizza di Mare: Atlantic prawns, mussels, clams and squid on a strong mozzarella and tomato topped base. Make sure to check out the impressive photographic displays of celebrity diners they’ve had over the years.
38 The Hayes CF10 1AJ, giovanniscardiff.co.uk
— O L Jenkins (@owainsworld) April 8, 2014
Up in Lakeside, near the Cyncoed Campus of Cardiff Metropolitan University, sits this welcoming, traditional and unassuming family pizzeria. The ever-helpful staff are really friendly, and the BYOB policy means you save on buying alcohol with your meal. Their wood fired pizzas are delicious thanks to fresh toppings and a tasty, substantial crust. If you ask for ketchup, the waiter will probably make a joke about how real Italians never eat ketchup with their pizza (try it – it’s funny).
25 Clearwater Way, CF23 6DL, Anatonis on TripAdvisor
New to the menu as well prosciutto, rocket and shallots pic.twitter.com/MvaHxfsnb5
— Ffwrnes Pizza (@Ffwrnes) April 3, 2015
Picture the scene: two chirpy Welsh men, one small revamped van and a wood-fired pizza oven riding around Wales. That’s Ffwrnes, and it’s brilliant. Catch them at festivals, pop-up markets and one-off appearances around Cardiff (see their Facebook for details). It’s not just the novel nature of the business that makes them stand out; their pizzas are roasting hot, topped with your choice of classic or experimental combinations on top of a bold basil and tomato sauce.
Various locations, facebook.com/ffwrnespizza
This large Italian restaurant in Pontcanna is so true to style, it has palatial pillars, maps of Italy on the walls and Italian staff. The menu is vast, with many pasta dishes and traditional hearty Italian mains. Their fresh, flavourful pizzas really tick the boxes, available on 10″ freshly made plain, wholemeal or calzone bases. No wonder they have an overflowing trophy cabinet!
14 Romilly Crescent, Pontcanna CF11 9NR, stefanos.co.uk
Capturing the essence of Italian street food, Pizza Pronto is based in a very small wooden shack next to the Stanwell Road bridge. Their pizza flatbreads are ideally sized for a fun lunch treat. The toppings vary throughout the year, with exciting specials such as brie and onion jam margherita, though staples like ham and olives and tuna and anchovies always remain. If you want something sweet, opt for one of their Nutella pizzas (it works, trust us).
The Kiosk, Stanwell Road (next to the train station), Penarth CF64 3EU, pizzaprontopenarth.co.uk
A microbrewery and restaurant, Zero Degrees brings locally sourced food made in front of your eyes, all washed down with a good pint. The pizzas cater for the traditional palette and more adventurous ones; options include the Peking Duck (
27 Westgate Street CF10 1DD, zerodegrees.co.uk
Last but by no means least in our list is one of the very best pizzerias in Cardiff. Intimate, warm and buzzing with atmosphere, this small Italian restaurant is usually reservation only due to its popularity. The wood-fired pizzas are insanely good, with the crust being bang on the line between crispy and bready. Eating here feels really special, so much so that the bill always seems surprisingly low.
4 Church Street, Cardiff CF10 1BG, facebook.com/Cafe-Citta
Main image: Ffwrnes
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