*Updated August 2016*
Food doesn’t come much simpler and comforting than a pizza, and yet some places have managed to take the basics of dough, tomato sauce and cheese and make something quite spectacular.
Whether you like your pizza straight from a wood-fired oven, made from sourdough, served alongside a flight of cider or made with vegan cheese, Bristol has something for every preference and persuasion.
So without further ado, here are Bristol’s most perfect purveyors of all thing pizza….
Flour & Ash
If Hawaiians and Meat Feasts have become too over familiar, head along to Cheltenham Road to sample an ox cheek ragu pizza, or perhaps you’d prefer one with rare steak and horseradish? Their ice cream is also damn fine.
Not content with offering a ridiculous number of ciders, this lot also lay on some tasty pies and pizzas to soak up all that fermented apple juice. I’d recommend the Lamb Roast pizza with sweet potato & goats cheese, but the Avonmouth Angler (salmon, spinach & mackerel), or the West Country Porker (chorizo & rocket) are also spot on.
Italian fast food and a fine choice of pizzas (including some 20inch beasts) now based out of the Beer Emporium to help you soak up all of the beer you’ll be consuming – hurrah! These guys do an excellent selection of vegetarian and vegan pizzas and it’s all organic too, so your conscience will feel just as satisfied as your tastebuds. They’ll also be operating out of the Full Moon on Stokes Croft soon too – so keep your eyes peeled!
A newcomer to Easton, head here for slightly quirky toppings (chilli beef, squash & sage, anchovy & caper) on sourdough bases with local mozzarella – as soon as they mentioned ‘breakfast calzone and a Bloody Mary’ my heart was won.
Planet Pizza is an old favourite among Bristolians, with lots of funky toppings to choose from, including harissa chicken and halloumi. They also do pizza parties – can you imagine??
Newbie Pizzarova is making waves on Gloucester Road & at their harbourside crate for their create-you-own approach and pizza giveaways every Friday – we’re also desperate to get our hands on one of their pink cards which entitle you to UNLIMITED PIZZA, FOREVER.
The harbourside is also now home to the brilliant Bertha’s – they’ve upgraded from their Land Rover to a permanent premises in Wapping Wharf, so go pay them a visit!
The arrival of Pizza Workshop on North St means that you no longer have to trek north of the river for excellent pizza. The menu is short and sweet, and the ingredients are first rate. Pay them a visit!
The Italian Jobs
Bringing a slice (heh) of Italian glamour to Whiteladies Road, you can sit in a cosy booth or up by their pizza ovens to watch the action. The veal meatball pizza is especially epic, but then everything I’ve tried so far has been lovely.
The Michelin-starred team from Casamia have turned their hand to pizza, and it’s likely to be some of the most exciting pizza you’ll have in the South West. Will you go for a classic Margherita or Meat Feast, or try one of their trademark specials such as carbonara pizza, or Australian truffle with 36 month aged parmesan.
A cute little deli cafe on Wells Road in Totterdown, by day you can fill up on cake and antipasti, and in the evening choose from a selection of yummy pizzas. They’ve won lots of awards for their pizza, so definitely give them a try!
A new addition to the list due to the overwhelming amount of people telling me that this little Italian cafe in St Werburghs does the best pizza in Bristol by a country mile. I’m yet to visit (I’ll be rectifying this asap), but on word of mouth alone I’d say you’re on to a winner here.
La Grotta (another pizza award winner), Europa and Renato’s are all central and reliably good trattorias with a loyal following and family feel – I’d say any of them are worth the visit, peruse their menus and pick your favourite! Sergio’s just off Park Street is still great value and known citywide for fantastic Italian food – plus it’s BYO!
A quirky interior, one of the best selections of beer in town and super fine pizzas; I had a chorizo, cauliflower and blue cheese one recently which made me want to slap the table with joy. It’s totally worth the trek up St Michael’s Hill.
Beer fans should also look in on Zero Degrees – their pizzas and home-brewed beers are especially good when enjoyed on their balcony on sunnier days.
No. 51 Stokes Croft
More than just funky music and a spacious beer garden, No. 51 also offer up a short and sweet pizza menu which will do more than just line your stomach before a night out on Stokes Croft – I particularly like the herby cheese and squash one.
Other pubby options include The Hen & Chickens in Bedminster, they do some great 2 for 1 deals during the week, and have a comedy club upstairs – The Greenbank in Easton also do tasty pizza with a monthly dose of comedy upstairs.
Or you could try Ray’s Pizza at The Lanes where you can eat your pizza whilst bowling, then wash it down with a boozy milkshake; what could be better? Ray also cooks up a pizza storm at The Crofter’s Rights, if you want to wash down that dough with some chilli & ginger cider or one of their 10+ beers on tap.
Well, that’s my pizza recommendations almost exhausted, the only other tips I can give you is that if you can’t be bothered to leave the house, try ordering from The Grecian on Gloucester Road (how they’re still doing their £5 pizza + chips deal is beyond me), or The Red Pizza Company – their Bristol Bad Boy is an especially tasty spicy number.
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