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6 of the best pizza places in Edinburgh, recommended by an Italian

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What better way to visit a city than to combine food and sightseeing? Edinburgh has a lot to offer, from traditional Scottish cuisine to international foods from all around the world.

As an Italian living in the city, I’ve pulled together a list of my favourite places where you can find the best authentic Italian pizza in Edinburgh, friendly service and, if that’s not enough, things to see and do nearby. Keep reading to find out more about these delicious independent pizzerias!

 

SALERNO PIZZA

Salerno Pizza offers a fresh Neapolitan pizza experience, using the best traditional Italian ingredients. They have something for everyone – vegan, vegetarian and gluten free pizza options can be found on their menu.

What makes it so special?

Those with a sweet tooth won’t want to miss their “Nutella Calzone,” a real treat within their dessert menu.

Find out more about Salerno Pizza

What is there to do nearby?

Salerno Pizza is located within the St James Quarter, a state-of-the-art shopping centre that combines modernity and technology to offer one of the best shopping and food and drink experiences in Edinburgh.

Explore St James Quarter

 

@PIZZA

With their distinctive rectangular pizza, @Pizza uses 48-hour slow-rising sourdough and lovingly prepare their pizza right in front of your eyes.

What makes it so special?

No pizza for you? No problem! With a choice of 53 premium ingredients and more than 95,000 possible combinations, you can create your own pizza, just the way you like it.

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What is there to do nearby?

@Pizza directly overlooks the Royal Mile, the central hub of the Old Town and where, in August, you can watch the many street performers putting on all kinds of shows.

Discover the Royal Mile

 

PIZZA POSTO

Pizza Posto offers a wide variety of Neapolitan-style pizzas made with a slow-rising multi-grain dough, side dishes and appetisers that you can enjoy alone or with friends!

What makes it so special?

Pizza Posto have special spritz cocktails on the menu that you can sip in the summer in their exclusive Spritz Garden.

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What is there to do nearby?

Located directly across the street from the Festival Theatre, Pizza Posto is the perfect place for a snack before heading to the theatre.

Enjoy a show at the Festival Theatre

 

PIZZERIA 1926

Pizzeria 1926 offers pizza and service in true Neapolitan style. With frequent pizza specials on their daily menu, this pizzeria won’t disappoint if you’re looking for true Neapolitan pizza.

What makes it so special?

Do you know all the Napoli players? Don’t worry, you’ll learn them all – every pizza here has been named after one of the players! Napoli, Maradona and Pizza, that’s the order of things according to Pizzeria 1926.

Find out more about Pizzeria 1926

What is there to do nearby?

Spend an evening at the nearby Fountain Park after eating a delicious pizza. You’ll be able to find a movie theatre, bowling alley, laser tag, mini golf and trampolines, as well as other restaurants for a late-night snack!

Immerse yourself in the fun at Fountain Park

 

MATTO PIZZA

With two pizzerias in Morningside and Meadowbank, Matto Pizza is dedicated to the art and craft of true Neapolitan pizza. All of their pizzas are slow-cooked in a wood-fired oven at 500 degrees for 60 seconds or less.

What makes it so special?

Matto Pizza has 16 pizzas on the menu, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, too. Don’t forget to try their “Matto crema e amarena,” a Neapolitan babá filled with cream and decorated with black cherries.

Find out more about Matto Pizza

What is there to do nearby?

If you’re in the Morningside area, take a stroll down this delightful street in south Edinburgh where you can browse through a variety of independent stores. Or, if you’re near Meadowbank, grab a takeaway pizza and enjoy it at sunset on the hills of Arthur’s Seat.

Enjoy the view from Arthur’s Seat

 

PIZZA GEEKS

If you’re into the world of video games, cartoons, movies and everything in between, then Pizza Geeks is the place for you! With pizza names based on their favourite video games and cartoons, make sure you try their famous filled-dough balls.

What makes it so special?

If you want to taste real Scottish flavours, don’t forget to try “The Braveheart,” “The Wildling” or “The Chorizard” pizzas, which mix Italian and Scottish flavours in a unique combination – only for the daredevils!

Find out more about Pizza Geeks

What is there to do nearby?

Enjoy pizza with a sea view on the shores of the Water of Leith, or stroll through the Leith neighbourhood, ranked fourth on the list of the world’s most beautiful neighbourhoods in 2021, according to Time Out.

Stroll the shores of Leith

If these places have made your mouth water, then what are you waiting for? Plan your next pizza party at one of these places and don’t forget to explore the surroundings before, after, or while you try one of these delish pizzas!

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