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On the hunt for the perfect pizza in Madrid

Written by Laurence

On the hunt for pizza perfection in Madrid?  Well, you’re in the right place to find some delicious examples of one of the world’s best-loved foods.  For visitors, it can be difficult to sort out the tourist-fare from true, traditional pizza heaven.  Whilst there are many we’ve had to omit, this guide is sure to steer you in the right direction toward Madrid’s best purveyors of Italian pizza!

Luna Rossa

Hands down, Luna Rossa wins for the most delicious, most authentic Neapolitan-style pizza in Madrid.  Sisters and owners, Anna-Carla and Simona are Napoli natives and ensure pizza perfection.  Ingredients are imported freshly from Campania (including authentic buffalo mozzarella) and pizzas are handmade in a wood-fired oven, built by Neapolitan oven builders! It’s a true taste of Napoli in Madrid.  Be sure to make a booking, as the restaurant is cozy, seating only 40.  (Semiesquina C /San Bernardo, 24, 28015)


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOven is the new kid on the Madrid pizza scene.  Offering artisanal pizzas and a mozzarella bar in modern classy surrounds, Oven is sure to grow into a new Madrid pizza hot-spot.  The pizzas are a mix between the soft Neapolitan and the firmer Roman crust styles, with unique topping ideas of the freshest Spanish-sourced ingredients.  Try the Gorgonzola: tomato, mozzarella, gorgonzola, cherry tomatoes, walnuts, and honey.  Sure to delight!  (Fuencarral 74, 28004)

Il Pizzaiolo

Another restaurant offering great Neapolitan style pizzas in Madrid is Il Pizzaiolo, in the Chueca district. The real melt-in-the-mouth dough is what makes these pizzas outstanding, and the queues for a table every night are proof of Madrid’s seal of approval.  Try coming at lunch time for a shorter wait. (Hortaleza, 84, 28004)

Restaurante Italiano Emma y Julia

Located in the trendy La Latina district, Emma and Julia offer another very popular pizza in Madrid. Unusual topping combinations of fresh ingredients are what keep people coming back from more. A denser crust, closer to the style popular in the United States, will keep international travelers happy.  Try the Norma: tomato, mozzarella, semi-cured ricotta cheese and fried eggplant.  Gluten-free crusts are also available. (Calle Cava Baja, 19, 28005)

La Tagliatella

Best_pizza_in_MadridLa Tagliatella is a Spanish institution.  A family-dining chain, with over 20 locations in Madrid alone,  La Tagliatella won’t disappoint pizza fans with their enormous offerings.  Wafer-thin crust pizzas come with a variety of Italian and Spanish inspired toppings, and each season a customer-chosen combination pizza appears on the menu.  Head to our favorite restaurant at Goya, where head waiter Carlos will take good care of you! (Various, for example, La Tagliatella – C/Felipe II 239, 28009)

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Laurence is an Australian expat, who has been living in Europe for about 10 years.

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