Soft, thick and small. Or large, thin and crunchy? Even in Bologna there are hundreds of different ideas about pizza.
I love it as much that I've even created a food tour in Bologna about pizza.
For me pizza is only Naples style: quite small, soft in the border but not high as a focaccia. Toppings? Provola cheese, sausage and friarielli - a typical broccoli - or just a margherita with bufala, but I'm always open to new combinations.
Here's the list of my best pizza restaurants in Bologna, always updated. [UPDATE 2018]
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, 7 different types of flours and 48 hours ripening - through sour-dough born from apple and pomegranate - make it a must for pizza lovers.
Berberè is in the heart of university area, not the quietest on Friday and Saturday night.
Speck, gorgonzola cheese, honey, walnuts and fior di latte cheese. But menu changes seasonally.
25€ pizza and craft beer. But you won’t regret it.
Address: Via Petroni, 9/b, 40126 Bologna
Tel: 051 2759196
O' Fiore Mio
Bologna FC bought Roberto Baggio from Milan in 1997. O' fiore Mio opened in Bologna in December 2014. Both great deals for the city.
Compared to the other places in this list, O' Fiore Mio is different: you can sit inside, but is more a street food place than a restaurant. Menu is made of 10 different kind of pizza that constantly rotate. Some of them also for vegetarians and vegans, like the one with chickpea, lentils and dried tomatoes. Bologna and vegetarians seem a terrible couple, but these are 3 great vegetarian foods in Bologna.
If you've been at Bonci in Rome you know what I'm talking about. For a proper dinner they also make the classic round pizza.
'nduja, bufala and tomatoes or zucchini flowers and sardines
15€ for 4 slices of pizza and craft beer
Address: Piazza Malpighi, 8, 40123 Bologna
Tel: 051 040 2308
Outside the city centre you find this classic and reliable pizza restaurant.
Dough is soft and tasty but light, and with quality toppings. Try tagliere, a larger pizza for 2 served on a wood board. Caruso is usually very busy and a bit noisy. In the weekend booking is a must. They're famous for a good gluten free pizza and well made fish dishes.
Verace, with sausage and wild broccoli
18€ pizza and beer
Address: Via del Parco 13, 40138 Bologna
Tel: 051 531341
Another 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. Margherita with bufala cheese is a always a safe choice. Staff is friendly and booking not required.
One fo the rooms looks like a cave, but it's as not weird as it seems.
Cafona, with sausage and friarielli (broccoli). In summer, when friarielli are not seasonal they use zucchini flowers, even better if possible.
17€ pizza and beer
Address: Via Cairoli, 16, 40121 Bologna
Tel: 051 588 2700
The atmosphere of a pub, with a surprising pizza: this is Ranzani 13.
Organic flour for a pizza very easy to digest and care to the ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes. Great selection of craft beers on tap. Learn which are the best craft beers of Bologna.
Their hamburgers are also remarkable. Reservation required even on weekdays.
Krotone, with zucchini, smoked provola cheese, bacon, salted ricotta cheese and pepper
20€ pizza and craft beer. Free amaro when you pay
Address: Via Camillo Ranzani, 5/12H, 40127 Bologna
Tel: 051 8493743
Mozzabella is the Roman Empire of street pizza in Bologna. First a cozy shop in Via del Pratello. Then a stall inside Mercato delle Erbe. And now straight to conquest at Albinelli food market in Modena. What's next? Turkish friends, I'd worry if I were you.
Michele Leo, award winning pizza maker, is proud and passionate of his work like only people from Naples can be. Luckily we have him in Bologna and Modena, always busy to create new toppings for his soft pizza. Tropea onion, potatoes, zucchini and cherry tomatoes, or bacon, pecorino cheese and bean cream, or why not radicchio, burrata, speck and walnuts.
Perfect for lunch or aperitivo.
Zucchini flowers, ricotta and anchovies. Or just a simple red one with tomato sauce and oregano.
10€ for lunch with pizza and water.
Its launch begins with the love story between Marco and Elena, who were classmates at University and, driven by their passion, found PizzArtist in 2012, together with a friendly and kind staff.
It's the classic roman style pizza, thin and cruchy, simple, real, good like the owners.
Their pizza is so savory and light as the natural 48h rising allows the dough not to weigh down. There are many options about the toppings, original and constantly new matches, including many for veggies (with cooked or raw vegetables).
You can choose the size of the slice and charge it by weight, then share it with your friends. In addition, they have fried zucchini flowers and supplì with different flavours: amatriciana, vegetarian, carbonara, ragù.
Zucchini flowers and anchiovies
8€ for lunch
Via Marsala, 35/A, 40126 Bologna
Tel. +39 051 587 2755
Pasquale Penne has a red rose tattoo on his right arm. But not only flowers grow from his hands.
Opened in November 2017, Bianco Farina is a small pizzeria in Bolognina, a workers neighbourhood behind the train station (the same of #1 restaurant on Tripadvisor Trattoria di Via Serra). It's not the most romantic place to propose to your girlfriend but...what a pizza!
2 days of leavening, 70% hydration, only 2 pizzas at a time in the wood oven to keep the temperature. If you love Napoli style pizza you must go.
Borgo vergini: stuffed with endive, taggiasche olives, Salina's capers, Cetara's anchovies and smoked provola
15€ for pizza and beer on tap
Address: Via Domenico Zampieri 36, 40129 Bologna
Tel. 346 611 2769
Forno Brisa is more than just a bakery: it's a project about the production of bread with the aim to bring to Bologna a tasty and healthy bread.
The first shop opened in Via Galliera where you can also find roman style pizza and cakes.
They only use untreated organic stone-ground flour, such as sicilian tumminia, and starter.
Great rising and right baking with a top quality ingredients, a quality confirmed by the easy digest and by the unique taste and variety of the pizzas.
Forno Brisa could be an original meeting point for a different aperitif or for a healthy lunch break.
During Christmas time they also produce panettoni, one of my favorite is with marron glacé and cacao bean.
If you'd like to try a delicious homemade panettone you can also join our Christmas Bologna food tour.
Violet potatoes and gorgonzola cheese
15€ for lunch with pizza and beer
Via Galliera, 34D, 40121 Bologna
Tel. +39 051 248556
Via Castiglione, 43, 40124 Bologna
Tel. +39 051 224621
[photos: Hendrik Terbeck, Berberè, Ranzani 13, Cucchiaio.it, Fed.Inapenale]