Fancy a meal at the restaurant or a stay-in dinner? No worries, we got you! Keep reading and discover where to eat the best pizza in Madrid.
The Spanish capital is well known for its wide variety of gastronomy options; in this city you will find the best international restaurants: local restaurants, Mexican cuisine, Venezuelan food, Argentinian, French, Greek, Indian, Japanese, Italian...oh Italian! And who doesn’t love a really good pizza?
If you’re living in Madrid and looking for the best pizza in Madrid (and we mean a traditional one), here are our favourite spots where you can taste some quality slices!
Yes, we know, pizza is amazing in all its shapes, sizes and toppings! But do we agree that Italian pizza boasts an incomparable quality?
This incredible dish from Naples has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO!
If you are curious about facts, history of pizza, and a couple tips for the order, here we go with a brief overview - and then we can proceed with the list of the best pizza in Madrid, indeed!
The origins of pizza, as a flattened bread dough, can already be dated back to 3,000 BC, probably in ancient Greece where they prepared the so-called “Plakous”. We can also find some discs of bread in ancient Egypt and in the Persian cuisine, arriving in the Roman empire.
So, as you can see, the question about where pizza originally came from is still debated.
What is sure, is that the pizza dish as we know nowadays comes from Naples: the Pizza Margherita, probably the most celebrated in the world, was born in 1889, in honour of Queen Margherita of Savoy. Its colours, the green of the basil, the white of mozzarella and the red of the tomato sauce, in fact, represent the Italian flag.
But you should know that this extremely tasty dish was not that famous in the beginning. It was only known in the southern part of Italy. We have to wait until the end of the Second World War to see the first pizza restaurant openings in northern Italy and overseas as well, due to the Italian immigrants in the USA.
Now, let’s go to the important matters! When looking for the best pizza in Madrid, you will run into so many places but not all of them offer a traditional version of this dish (even though their versions can be quite tasty as well!).
The traditional pizza dough from Naples should be soft and elastic, but not rubbery. As a topping, it only has a drizzle of oil and almost no spices, because the secret for an exquisite flavour is the high quality of the ingredients.
Then, picking the pizza from the menu, sure is the hardest moment of all! There are so many options: classics, gourmet and more “exotic” (but please, don’t order a pineapple pizza in front of an Italian friend!)
So, which are the very traditional options?
- Margherita: tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil.
- Napoli: tomato sauce, oregano and anchovies
- Capricciosa: tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, cooked ham, olives and baby artichokes.
- Marinara: a base of tomato sauce with garlic, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and oregano.
- Bufalina: no sauces here, but mozzarella di bufala, tomato cherry and fresh basil.
- Boscaiola: a base of mozzarella with the topping of mushrooms, sausages and parsley.
- Quattro Formaggi: mozzarella, fontina cheese, gorgonzola, parmesan cheese.
- Diavola: tomato sauce, mozzarella, chilli and spicy salami
- Salsiccia e Friarielli: sausages, friarielli (the leaf of the broccoli), smoked provola and garlic.
Now that you have a brief idea of this culinary world, let’s have a look at the best pizza in Madrid!
Piccola Napoli will take you on a unique journey through Neapolitan cuisine, mixing tradition with innovation and always providing 100% Made in Italy ingredients.
In this cosy restaurant you can find delicious pizzas but also pasta from the Campania region, such as “gnocchi alla Sorrentina” or other delicacies such as baked aubergines with cheese, known as “Parmigiana”.
A good point is that this place also has many options for vegetarians and coeliacs.
You also can enjoy all that at the restaurants or at home, with their takeaway service.
Located in the fancy Ponzano, an area loved by most of the young madrileños, in this cosy restaurant you can breathe the atmosphere of a traditional pizzeria, just like the ones located in the small alleys of Naples.
Here you can enjoy a traditional pizza and also, in their Trattoria, you can savour many more dishes of the Italian culinary culture.
Located in the beautiful and residential area of Chamberí, Noi Due has established itself as a gastronomic landmark in the neighborhood and in the city.
The restaurant was founded by two siblings from Naples and Rome, who left their country behind to embrace a new adventure in Spain.
Noi Due has been awarded among the top 10 Italian Restaurants in Madrid and it’s a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice.
Here you will be able to taste the Italian cuisine from so many perspectives: traditional Neapolitan pizza, but also pasta dishes from other regions and exquisite desserts such as Tiramisú or the famous Cannoli from Sicily.
Also in this case, you can enjoy all this delicious food at the restaurant or at home!
Nap stands as an acronym for Neapolitan Authentic Pizza and this is the beating heart of this gastronomic business, which they have been doing since the beginning!
In fact, NAP first opened in Barcelona in 2013 and in a very short time they became a landmark in the pizzerias scenario in the Catalan city.
Therefore they decided to land in the Spanish capital, by opening their first pizza restaurant in Lavapiés, one of the most international and loved neighborhoods in Madrid.
Grosso Napoletano is one of the most known places in Madrid and in Spain. Since 2017, it has offered the best quality Neapolitan pizza to locals and tourists in Madrid. Then, the founders decided to expand and bring their quality cuisine to Valencia and Barcelona.
In 2019 it was awarded as “Best pizzeria in Spain” by the prestigious international guide 50 Top Pizza and in 2020 as “Best Artisanal Pizza Chain in Spain” and among the best 10 in Europe.
You can taste the delicious pizza signed by Grosso Napoletano at the various restaurants in town or comfortably at home!
The friendship of a Roman and a Neapolitan gave life to this culinary project: Reginella, whose aim is to offer a wide variety of the Italian gastronomy.
Here you will find quality pizzas, made with the traditional wood oven and slow cooked with the finest ingredients.
But also several fresh or dry pastas, fish or meat dishes straight from the Italian tradition.
Our mouth is already watering and yours?
Get ready for an incredible pizza dinner with your international friends in Madrid!
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