The best pizzas in Copenhagen
Even though the designation 'gourmet pizza' has become a common word in our vocabulary, the classic Italian dish is still a popular and down-to-earth experience. We have gathered a list of our favourite pizza places in Copenhagen. Now, it's up to you to decide whether you'll have your pizza to go or to stay.
SURT is located in a beautiful place with a homemade tile-stove ‘behind the elephants’ in Carlsberg Byen. Here, five types of flour are used for the pizza dough, which requires between 30-34 hours to prepare. From the menu, you can choose six different types of pizza on the seasonal menu: three red classics with tomato sauce and three whites, which change occasionally.
“Opening a restaurant is like having people visit your home in your apartment. It is very personal,”owne r Giuseppe Oliva explains. Together with his brother, he has built the stone oven himself. The statement paints a very good picture of how much energy is put into the servings at SURT. The quality also means that the pizzas are in the more expensive end of the pizza scale. A single marinara costs 100 kroner, and the most expensive version ends up at 160 kroner. In any case, we think it’s worth the quality and the extra coins – it’s really some recommendable pizzas that are served here.
Behind the Elephants 2,
1799 Copenhagen V
On Rantzausgade, there is now a refreshing little spot that is not to be found in many other places in Denmark: a roman-style slice joint called Gola. Rome’s pizza style is authentically brought to Copenhagen by head chef Antonio Pasottos, whose homeland is Italy. Altaglio pizza (by the cut) is sold here, and the small hang-out spot encourages a nice, relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere and a cozy time with a few slices, a glass of natural wine or a beer.
The starting point for all slices is a sublime dough that requires between 48-72 hours of rising, and which ends up in pieces that are crispy at the bottom, soft on the top and with lots of air holes in between. Everything is made from scratch, and the produce comes from small producers in Italy or local Copenhagen places. The selection of pizza offers 8-10 different kinds on a daily basis: one of them being a margherita that is a ‘house stable’, and the rest change according to the season’s offerings and suppliers. One of Gola’s bestsellers since the opening has been the vegan slice with carrot cream and marinated squash, and other more untraditional but notable pieces have been fig and pear, Porchetta di Coppa or oven-baked butternut, thyme, nduja and goat cheese. Gola brings a new way to enjoy the beloved pizza to Copenhagen, and we love it.
Pizzeria Da Gallo
At Pizzeria Da Gallo, the Italian pizzaiolo with the name Salvatore Gallo is handing pizzas over the counter – pizzas of the kind that UN’s culture organization, UNESCO, has added to the list of World Heritage. The Neapolitan pizzas are known for their thin base, which takes two hands to handle, and an irresistible airy crust, which is so tasty that it almost becomes the part of the pizza, you’re eating towards and would never even consider to leave on the plate.
The menu is small, and there are only about ten pizzas to choose from but every pizza is exciting, and the fillings vary from potatoes, fresh pork’s sausage and red onion, spicy salami, olives and gorgonzola, anchovies, smoked mozzarella and semidried tomatoes. When the pizza comes out of the owen, Salvatore will cut it in four slices – because that’s how they do it in Naples. And it feels exactly like sitting in a small corner of Naples, even though it’s in a neighbourhood in Husum, where the kiosk is just around the corner, and the kids are playing in the streets.
In Gammel Kongevej, you’ll find this small family-owned, Italian pizzeria. The place is small and there are only two seats inside by the window. Despite of the few square feet, the family has succeeded in creating an authentic, Italian atmosphere. If you’re not lucky enough to get a seat, you can take your pizza to go, of course. Be aware that if you decide to visit during rush hours at the pizzeria, both around lunch and dinner, the space can get a bit cramped inside. But, in the true Italian spirit, there’s always room for one more!
The price of a pizza is around 75 kroner, and you are always welcome to call and order ahead of your visit.
Gammel Kongevej 101
1850 Frederiksberg C
A visit to Spuntino is like gathering the family or a group of good friends around the table in an Italian backyard on a warm summer night. Underneath the many green plants and dimmed lights, classic Italian food in family style serverings has been served since 2010. As of recently, Spuntino has extended the menu with a selection of Neapolitan pizzas that are made with fresh filling, thin base and a risen, airy crust. Spuntino obtains the latter by proofing the dough for a long time and baking the pizzas at 400 degrees, so the dough is sporadically burning while it bakes, and that results in the characteristic “leopard spots” that a Neapolitan pizza has.
The pizza selection is changing together with the menu but there will always be four different ones to choose from, and one will always be vegetarian. Right now, you can choose between a classic magherita, a salami picante with mascarpone, Parmesan cheese, basil and ventricina, one with prosciutto rucola, and a spinaci e burrata, which is a white pizza with mascarpone, spinach, parsley and burrata.
1620 København V
Mission is a modern and informal restaurant that offers dishes inspired by California and the Mediterranean Sea, and exquisite cocktails in pitchers. The menu invites you for both a relaxed dinner experience on a weeknight with a few good snacks and a pizza, as well as for a bigger evening with more dishes and pitchers on the weekend. There are five pizzas to choose from on the menu. Try the Margrethe, which is Mission’s version of the margherita, with tomato, mozzarella, Vesterhavscheese, basil and garlic, or the Truffle, which is a white pizza with buffalo mozzarella and winter truffles.
The Pizza Bro
The former owner of Cofoco, Torben Klitbo, started The Pizza Bro last summer with crispy, Italian pizzas in the newly opened food market Broens Gadekøkken. The dough for the pizza is made with sourdough and is baked in two Italian wood-fired owens. The base at The Pizza Bro is always crispy and organic, and the topping is a combination of the finest Italian specialities and organic produce. During the winter months, The Pizza Bro changes location to the warehouse in Islands Brygge, where you can stop by and have your pizza cravings satisfied. The menu has many different pizzas to choose between, and the price starts at 90 kroner.
2300 København S
Pizza La Fiorita
Pizza La Fiorita has existed since 1991 and is one of those classic Italian places who does things exactly the way, they’ve always been done. And why change that, when you make really good pizzas? The menu at Pizzeria La Fiorita is long, and there are many both truly Italian and Danish-interpreted pizzas to choose from. Most of the pizzas comes with a base with tomato sauce and mozzarella but there are also 17 different pizza bianche to choose from. The small shop, which is very close to Nørreport and Dronning Louise’s Bridge, also sells pasta dishes and other Italian specialities. Inside, Pizzeria La Fiorita is equipped with a tv that shows sport and Italian soap operas, and outside (in the summer), you can enjoy your pizza – but hurry up, the small tables outside are very popular.
Charlotte Ammundsens Plads 2, Kld.,
1359 København K
Gorm’s i Magstræde
Chef Gorm Wisweh has put his name on 10 restaurants in Copenhagen, Odense and Aarhus but the one in Magstræde, Copenhagen, is the absolute most ‘hyggelige’ on the list, and it was the first of all the restaurants. The restaurant is housed in an old, crooked timber frame and is spread in two floors. Here, gourmet pizzas, antipasti and twisted desserts will be served. The pizzas which are made with a thin, crispy base of semolina flour, is especially characterising for the pizzas at Gorm’s, and the filling is a mix of classic Italian and modern Nordic elements.
1204 København K
Neighbourhood started off as a local pizza and cocktail bar in Vesterbro but has since developed into a restaurant in Frederiksborggade, Nørrebro, too. The pizzas at Neighbourhood are a modern interpretation of the Italian classic. The base is very thin, so it will not be the bread that fills you up but instead the delicious toppings on the pizza. Different from these pizzas are that most of the filling is not baked. The topping, instead, consists of fresh vegetables, pickles and fresh pesto. Neighbourhood’s coctails are, just like the pizzas, made with organic produce and they are paired with the menu.
Istedgade 27 / Frederiksborggade 20D
1650 København V / 1360 København
La Vecchia Signora
This place is really a traditional, Italian pizzeria. The Sardinian owner, Achille Melis, has imported the huge brick owen himself, and it is used to bake the crispiest of pizzas everyday. True to tradition, it’s the pizzaiolo who takes care of the owens and ensures that the flames are exactly how they should be. Even though La Vecchia Signora is known for their pizzas, you can also have many other Italian classics in the restaurant. The price of a pizza is approximately 135 kr., and there are 16 different ones to choose from.
1107 København K
Do you want to try one of the world’s best pizzas? The pizza king, Daniel Young, published the ultimate pizza book “Where to Eat Pizza”. In a post on the publisher’s website, he presents a liste of the world’s best pizzas, and here, Bæst was found in a beautiful spot at number 14. The pizzas at Bæst are baked with 500 degrees in a wood-fired owen that is built in Naples. The dough is made from a mix of local and Italian flour, and it is gently fermented with sourdough. The unique, local twist is also expressed in the toppings, where Bæst is experimenting with ingredients like brussels sprouts and greaves. The price of a pizza is approximately 135 kroner. While waiting for your order, try some of Bæst’s homemade charcuterie and handmade cheeses.
2200 København N
Here is yet another pizza pusher, who can grace itself with being among the best in the world. In may 2019, Pizzeria Luca was announced the world’s 5th best pizza by the organization 50 Top Pizza – and that is despite the fact that the pizzeria had just opened its doors. At the newly opened pizzeria, the rule of thumb is that the perfect pizza dough takes 72 hours of unconditional love. And that is exactly what it gets. The recipe comes from the award-winning Italian pizzaiolo Luca Platania, who the pizza is also named after. All the pizzas are classic Italian with ingredients like salami picante, mozzarella, anchovies and pecorino.
Gammel Strand 42,