Food fads come and go, but pizza is forever. Everyone has room in their tummies (and hearts) for a truly delicious slice of pizza, and any self-respecting foodie should have a good pizza parlour recommendation up their sleeve at all times.
Whether you’re a pepperoni person or an anchovy addict, here are six places to eat perfect pizza in Edinburgh.
You’ve no doubt noticed La Favorita and their speedy yellow delivery cars dotted around Edinburgh, as the local chain (an off-shoot of the Vittoria Group) now has four different premises across the city. Unlike the majority of other high street chains, however, this one delivers authentically Italian and consistently delicious pizza straight to your door. They specialise in thin and crispy bases, but also have a few filled calzones on offer for anyone in need of real comfort food. Rather than being an after-thought, the pasta options on their menu are pretty extensive and taste just as good as the doughy star of the show – perfect for that one awkward friend who “doesn’t really fancy pizza”. Who invited them anyway?
321 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA / 350 Morningside Road, EH10 4QL / 7 Brighton Place, EH15 1LH / 26-28 Hillhouse Road, EH4 2AG – more info
If you’re in the mood for a pint, paying a visit to BrewDog is a no-brainer – but did you know they also cater to lovers of board games and (most importantly) pizza? The choice may not be endless when it comes to toppings, but any kitchen that uses nachos as a pizza topping (on the ‘Spicy Monster’) deserves a second glance, in our opinion. Next time you’re in make sure to soak up some of that craft bevvy with a homemade slice – or five – made with care, just like the beer.
143 Cowgate, EH1 1JS – more info
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Perhaps unexpectedly, Swedish café and bakery Peter’s Yard whip up some of the tastiest pizzas in the city on a regular basis. Their two premises are on opposite sides of town – one near the Meadows and one in Stockbridge – but both have a lovely Scandinavian vibe. The Peter’s Yard menu may be simple, but their unique sourdough bases set this restaurant apart from other Edinburgh pizzerias. In a pleasantly quirky fashion, the pizzas are served up in baskets and vegetarians, staunch meat-eaters and pescetarians will all find a pizza to keep them happy.
27 Simpson Loan, EH3 9GG / 3 Deanhaugh Street, EH4 1LU – more info
Despite a recent surge in competition, Origano in Leith is still thought by many to be the best pizza place in Edinburgh. Behind its unassuming exterior lies a welcoming atmosphere and your pick of bonafide Italian pizza pie. Their BYOB policy on Monday and Tuesdays only adds to Origano’s appeal – plus if you’re feeling worn out the lovely people there will deliver to nearby postcodes. We’re in the mood for a Capricciosa, but we’ll admit anchovies are the Marmite of the pizza world.
277 Leith Walk, EH6 8PD – more info
The Crafter’s Barn
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At just under a year old at the time of writing, The Crafter’s Barn is a young ‘un on the Edinburgh pizza parlour scene. Opened by foodies who simply wanted to eat wood-fired pizza and drink Belgian beer, this is a haven for any like-minded individuals. Their stone baked pizza dough is made fresh every single day, and cooked in the traditional Napoletana style with a twist. The main ingredients are actually sourced from Naples – that’s dedicated pizza passion right there. Except some intriguingly out-of-the-ordinary toppings (from pumpkin to roasted peanuts) alongside old faithfuls.
9 North Bank Street, EH1 2LP – more info
Caffé e Cucina
A little slice of Italy in the heart of Edinburgh’s southside, Caffé e Cucina top their thin-based pizzas with homemade tomato sauce and fior di latte mozzarella. This cosy restaurant have perfected warm Italian hospitality, and everyone who walks through the door is made to feel right at home. Whether you’re sharing a large Margherita over a first date or have a whole family of pizza lovers to feed, Caffé e Cucina is a brilliant location to savour a slice.
372 Morningside Road, EH10 5HS – more info
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