This Neapolitan-style pizzeria was the first restaurant in the Netherlands to be accepted by the guardians of pizza authenticity: the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. In the pizza world, that’s a massive deal, meaning that the chef’s honour the traditions that have been passed down through the generations of this UNESCO-protected artform. That being said, they did manage to sneak a delicious vegan one onto the menu. Expect nothing other than simple, unpretentious pizzas prepared with excellence and the finest quality ingredients - as it should be.
Any pizza aficionado worth their salt will have heard of nNea on Bilderdijkstraat, which rose to lucky number 13 in the European pizza rankings after only six months of opening. The dough masters here are known for conjuring up lighter-than-air Neapolitan-style crusts, loaded up with fresh seasonal ingredients and meticulously well-balanced flavours. The chefs here also like to experiment, so don't be surprised if your pizza is a little different on your follow-up visit.
Pazzi now has four locations across the city, a testament to the quality of the authentic pizzas that tear out of their wood-fired ovens. Everything is prepared according to traditional recipes with honest, carefully chosen toppings sourced directly from Italy strewn over the thin, crispy bases. Inside, the candlelit atmosphere is cosy and romantic or you can order delivery to munch on at home.
Deservedly referred to as Amsterdam’s ‘Little Italy’, the bustling Jordaan neighbourhood is packed with some of the best Italian restaurants and ice cream parlours in town. Top of the bucket list is Pizzeria La Perla, where, after one bite of their delicious brick oven-baked pizzas, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported straight to Italy. The restaurant imports only the freshest ingredients of the highest quality and also offers some delicious house wines.
This plant-based pizzeria is proving to the world that our favourite Italian import doesn’t need to include meat or dairy products to be downright delicious. Choose from a wide variety of healthy and fresh toppings including a colossal selection of vegan cheeses - all loaded onto a hybrid dough that falls somewhere between Neapolitan and Roman styles. Our top pick is the ‘Lucky 13’ - a white-based pizza with cheddar, roasted asparagus, lentil mozzarella, red cabbage cream and lemon.
The Ugly Duck
Philly-born, Chicago-raised Julian Haines decided to share a piece of his hometown with Amsterdam by becoming the city’s first purveyor of classic deep-dish pizza. Small, but generously stuffed, an Ugly Duck pie is like the illicit love child of a pizza and a quiche. The meaty ‘Sosa’ features sizzling sausage, crispy guanciale (cured Italian pork cheek) and mozzarella smothered in a broccoli sauce while the ‘Parmigiana’ boasts parmesan-stuffed crusts, deep-fried aubergine, basil and provolone.
You’ll only find Italians in the kitchen at Mama Dough, which dishes up a wide choice of surprising pizzas and delicious desserts. Tip: the ‘Napoletana’ with anchovies is salty perfection, the ‘Tartufo’ is mushroomy-excellence, or, for vegetarians, we recommend the ‘Zucca’ with pumpkin, goats cheese and walnuts. For dessert, the waiters will knock you up a ‘Scroppino’ (a cocktail of lemon sorbet, vodka and prosecco) right at your table.
Situated on one of the prettiest streets in Amsterdam, De Italiaan is not called ‘The Italian’ for nothing. Alongside the delicious pasta, meat and fish menus, you’ll find a great variety of pizzas including gluten-free options. In the summer, the tranquil terrace provides a welcome escape from the city hustle whilst in cooler months, the brick oven warms up the cosy interiors. Our recommendation is the ‘Il Tartufo’ with truffle, buffalo mozzarella and lardo.
Buurman & Buurman / Buurman de With
This cosy pizza joint on the corner of Erasmuspark has been going from strength to strength since its opening in 2015 by two buds who felt that this part of Bos en Lommer didn’t have enough good food options. The dough is crisp, flavoursome and lighter than air, resembling something more like a flammkuchen than your typical pizza base. Classic toppings are ramped up a gourmet notch with options like parma ham, truffle tapenade, artichoke, grilled fennel and smoked mackerel doused in wasabi mayo.
Margherita Tutta la Vita
Margherita Tutta la Vita has become something of a household name in Diemen-Zuid. Much frequented by students and residents, the restaurant is known for its authentic and affordable pizzas baked with passion by the Italian-born Chef, Stefano. The pizzeria also caters for private events and festivals using a food truck kitted out with a wood oven that can park right outside your front door.
On the corner of Reinier Claeszenstraat and Maarten Harpertzoon Trompstraat you’ll find one of the best kept secrets of De Baarsjes. The secret recipe? The owners of Restaurant FAAM won't reveal that, of course, but it probably has something to do with the traditional wood oven pizzas and other homemade Italian dishes that people just can't stop talking about. Leave some room for dessert, because the famous tiramisu turns out to be one of the best in Amsterdam.
Seriously good pizza on a limited budget is a rare occurrence, but Wilde Western is a great option for anyone watching the pennies. Pizza specials include an exceptional spicy ‘Diavola’ with ‘nduja and the ‘San Pedro’ made with mushrooms, fior di latte and truffle crème fraiche. And if you still fancy something sweet afterwards, their scroppino raises the bar of alcoholic dessert indulgence to new belt-unbuckling heights.
Located on the Zuidas, between towering office buildings in Amsterdam's business district, you'll find PizzaLab. A surprising combination, just like the pizzas on the menu. Thin bottom, fluffy crust and exceptional Neapolitan flavours. The 'Happy Pig' is our favourite: pizza with cime di rape, burrata, homemade sausage meat, yellow tomatoes and lemon zest. Vegetarians go for the ‘Fig&Morty’, with fior di latte d’Agerola, mortadella cream and fig confit.
Boasting countless Amsterdam locations, it’s safe to say De Pizzabakkers is something of a phenomenon in the Dutch capital. It’s no shock really: they offer oven-baked thin, crusty pizza that is prepared with the freshest and highest-quality ingredients, with prices starting at under €9. With their tagline of "pizza and prosecco", it’s unsurprising that they offer a respectable selection of prosecco, wine and – of course – beer too, so grab a prosecco cocktail, order your favourite pizza and dine like they do in Napoli.
De Pizzabakkers | Copernicusstraat 49, Oost / Eerste Sweelinckstraat 16, De Pijp / Haarlemmerdijk 128, Centrum / Waddenweg 2, Noord / Overtoom 501, Oud-West / Plantage Kerklaan 2, De Plantage / Spaarndammerstraat 51, Westerpark / Willemsparkweg 178, Oud-Zuid
All the components of Sotto’s pizzas are expertly sourced with San Marzano tomatoes (the exceptionally flavourful ones grown on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius) used for the sauce and high-quality toppings like buffalo mozzarella procured straight from Italy. The wood-fired brick oven was built especially by an Italian oven-building master and the restaurant hopes to get its stamp of approval from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana any day now.
This cosy neighbourhood restaurant occupies a scenic square in Oud-West, with a charming terrace that catches the rays until the late afternoon - perfect for sun-chasing alfresco diners. Inside, the atmosphere is as inviting as the staff are accommodating, making this a great family-friendly option. The menu includes a reasonably-priced ‘pizza of the month’ option and the desserts (tiramisu, cheesecake, affogato - need we say more?) come highly rated. You’re also only a stone’s throw from Vondelpark if you fancy ordering take-out.
With their pizzeria in De Pijp, locations at ‘t Blauwe Theehuis, De Foodhallen and a massive pizza lab where they knock up delivery orders, it’s fair to say that Renato’s has taken Amsterdam’s pizza scene by storm. The restaurant has been whipping up authentic Roman-style bases since 2013 for their menu that features all the words we like to see: ‘Diavolo’, ‘Quattro Stagioni’, ‘Cicciolina’ and ‘Della Nonna’. You can also order calzones or from the sizeable list of vegan and veggie options.
Klaproos pizzeria exemplifies everything that is typical for Amsterdam-Noord and why we love this part of town: a hip converted space decked out in industrial lighting, trendy people of all ages and a gorgeous riverside terrace for sundown. Drop by for excellent pizzas, antipasti and unusual wines all weekend or grab some slices to go and find a spot to eat by the water.
Yet another new reason to take the ferry to Amsterdam Noord: Euro Pizza. A pizzeria hidden in an old garage, with a tiny terrace in a parking lot and only three (!) pizzas on the menu. And all vegetarian. Order a Pizza Passard (shallots, walnuts, lemon, parsley and anchovies) and the Fennel Pie (fennel, fermented potato and burrata). Oh, and don't forget the starter, delicious toast with red mullet.
What did the Romans ever do for us? Well according to Kebec, they gifted us delicious sourdough ‘Pizza al Taglio' - which means by the slice and in crispy squares (none of that circular nonsense). This hip pizzeria bakes their classic pizzas twice, meaning the dough is light, airy and provides the perfect crunch to accompany all of the sumptuous toppings. Swing by for a lunchtime slice loaded up with Italian ingredients like provolone cheese, spicy salami, buffalo mozzarella, or fennel sausage.
This Italian concept store and deli has been around for several years, tucked away in a small side street of Nieuwmarkt and with a second location in IJburg. Il Sogno doesn't serve alcohol, but it’s a go-to location for fantastic pizzas, authentic Italian ice cream and other delectable groceries. You can have your pizza delivered, but you’ll need to walk in to browse through their assortment of risottos, lasagnas, buffalo mozzarella, coffee and many more delicacies.