Everyone loves the cheesy, tomato, doughy goodness that is one of the nation’s favourite meals – the humble pizza. Whether you’re a lover of a topping stacked deep dish or prefer a more minimalist margherita, TripAdvisor has today revealed the top 10 destinations in the UK to head to for a slice of the good stuff as well as a rundown of the very best pizzerias that the UK has to offer, based on the reviews and opinions from millions of TripAdvisor travellers.
London is revealed as the big cheese of UK pizza destinations according to reviewers on TripAdvisor, followed by Edinburgh and Bristol. However, when it comes to the best restaurants, Bournemouth more than earns its dough. The Dorset town is the only city after London to boast more than one restaurant in the UK’s top ten – the UK’s number one pizzeria, Da Mario, as well as UK’s fifth best rated, Bournemouth Pizza Co.
Overall Top UK Pizzerias:
1. Da Mario, Bournemouth, Dorset – 5 out of 5 average bubble rating on TripAdvisor and 292 reviews
Located in Westbourne just outside Bournemouth’s town centre, this family run restaurant serves up authentic pizzas from its traditional wood fired oven. Pizzas can be ordered individually or by the metre for families or groups.
As one TripAdvisor traveller said “Decided to visit after reading the reviews and can honestly say I've found the perfect pizza. This place is so authentic I was convinced I was in a little side street cafe in Italy. It’s small and cozy and the food is so delicious, it's impossible to say anything negative.”
2. Trattoria Il Forno, Horsforth, West Yorkshire – 5 out of 5 average bubble rating on TripAdvisor and 244 reviews
Situated in the market town of Horsforth, this small family run restaurant is famed for its 20” pizzas, while diners can see the chef preparing the pizzas and spinning the dough from the open kitchen.
As one TripAdvisor traveller said “This place came highly recommended and definitely didn't disappoint! The pizza was one of the best I've ever had - filled the entirely table and was absolutely incredible!”
3. Origano, Edinburgh, Scotland – 4.5 out of 5 average bubble rating on TripAdvisor and 372 reviews
Set on Edinburgh’s Leith Walk, Origano is an elegantly designed café and pizzeria. With its extensive pizza menu and three different size options, there is something for all taste buds.
As one TripAdvisor traveller said “Best pizza ever! Great food, great service, great atmosphere and great prices. The Calabrese pizza is a must!”
4. That’s Amore, London – 5 out of 5 average bubble rating on TripAdvisor and 157 reviews
Located in Finchley, That’s Amore has been designed with a traditionally rustic feel. Pizzas here are made to share and brought out on large wooden boards that are guaranteed to fill your table.
As one TripAdvisor traveller said “Fantastic authentic Italian pizzeria, with great service and excellent pizza. We had a wonderful meal and will definitely be back.”
5. Bournemouth Pizza Co, Bournemouth, Dorset – 4.5 out of 5 average bubble rating on TripAdvisor and 263 reviews
Wood fired pizzas are served up in this modernly decorated Bournemouth eatery. Customers can dine at the restaurants communal tables and choose from an extensive menu including gluten free pizza bases and vegan cheeses.
As one TripAdvisor traveller said “If we want pizza this is our 'go to' place. Its easy, simple menu means that everything is done so well.”
6. Italian Pizza Connection, London – 5 out of 5 average bubble rating on TripAdvisor and 296 reviews
Located in the heart of Bayswater this Italian eatery has over 30 different pizzas on its menu. Each pizza is stone baked to order and their sauce is made using the finest Italian vine tomatoes.
As one TripAdvisor traveller said “The best pizza we’ve had and the kids loved it. Well priced and fantastic staff, from the manager to the waiters. We will be back.”
7. Little Italy, Newquay, Cornwall – 4.5 out of 5 average bubble rating on TripAdvisor and 483 reviews
A small restaurant with views overlooking the Newquay coast, Little Italy serves a selection traditional pizzas and simple Italian dishes, using locally sourced produce. Pizzas here come in two size options and there is an additional smaller size for children.
As one TripAdvisor traveller said “Lovely friendly service and the best pizza ever! I would recommend any pizza lover to have a meal here.”
8. Very Italian Pizza, Brighton, East Sussex – 5 out of 5 average bubble rating on TripAdvisor and 296 reviews
Using only Italian produce, this family-run eatery offers up a true slice of traditional Italian flavour, with much of their produce coming directly from their own farm in Naples. The menu has over 28 pizzas on offer and a number of vegetarian and gluten free options.
As one TripAdvisor traveller said “Probably one of the nicest meals I have ever had. Feels like being in Italy. Will definitely be back for more.”
9. Bravi Ragazzi Pizza, London – 4.5 out of 5 average bubble rating on TripAdvisor and 181 reviews
Serving fresh, authentic Neopolitan-style sourdough pizzas starting from £5.50, Bravi Ragazzi is a firm favourite amongst the locals in Streatham.
As one TripAdvisor traveller said “Words cannot really describe the brilliance of this place. We have been numerous times and are always super satisfied by the consistent quality and perfect balance of flavours in this authentic pizzeria.”
10. Anatonis, Cardiff, Wales – 4.5 out of 5 average bubble rating on TripAdvisor and 125 reviews
Located in the inner suburb of Cyncoed, this retro themed Italian restaurant is the Welsh capital’s hidden gem. Locals reviewers rave about its vast selection of traditional pizzas, which diners can see come straight from the restaurant’s wood fired oven.
As one TripAdvisor traveller said “The service was great and the staff were extremely friendly. The pizzas are made traditionally and taste amazing. I definitely recommend it!”
Top UK cities to grab a slice:
2. Edinburgh, Scotland
3. Bristol, Gloucestershire
4. Belfast, Northern Ireland
5. Bournemouth, Dorset
6. Manchester, Greater Manchester
7. Brighton, East Sussex
8. Oxford, Oxfordshire
9. Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
10. Newquay, Cornwall
Top Cities: The TripAdvisor ranking of top UK cities for pizza is based on three factors:
· The quality of pizza restaurant reviews
· The quantity of pizza restaurants and their reviews, with more weight given to reviews in the past year
· The ratio of pizza restaurants and reviews compared to all restaurants for the city
Top Restaurants: The TripAdvisor ranking of top UK pizza restaurants is based on the quantity and quality of reviews for pizza restaurants, giving more weight to reviews written in the past year. Pizza restaurants were identified as those having a majority of reviews mentioning pizza, a minimum of 500 reviews, and at least 10 percent of reviews mentioning “best pizza.”