It’s time to talk about pizza. When I meet tourists during my food tours I’m always not sure if we have the same idea of pizza. It’s an Italian product famous everywhere but this popularity has grown that much that most of the pizza you eat outside Italy (do I have to post a photo of the so called Chicago pizza?!) has nothing to do with our pizza.
And even in Italy there are a lot of different schools and tastes about it: “I want it slim and big” “I prefer it high and soft” etc.
So to choose the best pizza in Bologna I have to first say what is my idea of pizza. Pizza is Naples style. So my ideal pizza is quite small, soft in the border but not high as a focaccia. I love pizza with provola cheese, sausage and friarielli (a typical broccoli from Naples) or a simple margherita with bufala, mushrooms and rucola but I always like to try new combinations.
Via Petroni, 9/b, Bologna
Call it gourmet pizza, pizza for foodies or whatever you like. It’s a different way to eat the most known Italian food. First choice ingredients (seasonal and quality Slow Food Presidia), 7 different types of flours (wholegrain spelt, Kamut, Enkir, 5 grains etc.), slow ripening (up to 48 hours from sourdough born from an apple and a pomegranate) make it a very special pizza experience. The place is in the heart of university area, so a bit messy on Friday and Saturday night. If you like a craft beer after this amazing pizza try Green River Pub, just a few steps from it.
Reccomendend pizza: the menu is seasonal, in autumn I reccomend the one with Trentino Speck, gorgonzola cheese, honey, walnuts and fiordilatte
Price: High, 20€ pizza and craft beer, but I think you won’t regret it
O Fiore Mio
Piazza Malpighi, 8, 40123
051 040 2308
I follow O fiore Mio since it opened in Bologna, a couple of years ago, and even before with their first restaurant in Faenza. It's different compared to the other places in this list: it's not a restaurant, even if you can sit inside, but it's more like a street food place. Anytime you go there you can find at least 10 different kind of pizza, some for veggie and even one for vegans with chickpea cream, lentils and dried tomatos.
Reccomendend pizza: nduja, bufala and tomatoes or zucchini flowers and sardines
Price: Average, 15€ for 4 different square of pizza and craft beer
Via del Parco 13, Bologna
A bit far from the city centre you’ll find a classic and reliable pizza restaurant. It’s possible to ask for pizza with kamut or spelt dough (if you don’t digest wheat) with 1€ extra or the high digestible 48-hour rising with 2,5€ extra.
The dough is soft and tasty, not heavy, and with quality condiments (like buffala Dop). I absolutely reccomend their tagliere for 2. The place is usually quite busy, so in the weekend booking is recommended. The also make a good gluten free pizza.
Reccomended pizza: Verace, with sausage wild broccoli and 48-hour rising
Price: average, 13€ pizza and beer
La Verace (Pizzeria Tonino)
Via Cairoli, 16, Bologna
051 588 2700
Classic pizza restaurant, the only in the city centre that is part of the association of real Naples pizza. Pizza is soft but slightly crispy and very digestible: try the classic margherita or the one with bufala cheese. The staff is friendly and accommodating and the place has a lot of tables so you don’t need to book. The inside looks like a cave but it's as not weird as it seems.
Reccomended pizza: Cafona, with sausage and friarielli (broccoli). In summer, when friarielli are not seasonal they use zucchini flowers, even better if possible.
Price: Average, 15€ pizza and beer
Via Camillo Ranzani, 12, Bologna
I have to update this post because I recently discovered this place and it became one of my favourite pizza in Bologna. Organic flour for a pizza very easy to digest and selected ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes make Ranzani 13 a new landmark in town. Great selection of craft beers on tap from around the world. Their hamburgers are also remarkable (but check also Well Done Burgers for that)
Reccomended pizza: Krotone, with zucchini, smoked provola cheese, bacon, salted ricotta cheese and pepper
Price: Average, 15€ pizza and craft beer, and free amaro when you pay
So this is my list of the 5 best pizza in Bologna, all Naples style but very different from each other. Have you tried any of them? Am I missing something?
[photos courtesy of Hendrik Terbeck, Berberè, Ranzani 13, Cucchiaio.it, Fed.Inapenale]