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Who makes Berlin’s best pizza? Find out at True Italian Pizza Week 2022

True Italian Pizza Week 2022 takes place at 32 different restaurants across Berlin from September 15-21 - but which is the best pizza around?

Say what you like about Berlin, one thing it is not lacking nowadays is great, Italian pizza. And this week (15-21 Sep), you can try the very best. True Italian Pizza Week sees 32 different restaurants around the city offer a pizza and an Aperol spritz for €15. So which should you check out? Here are a few highlights.


Ammazza Che Pizza

Photo by Jane Silver

This is a Roman-owned pizzeria that makes pizzas with exceptionally light, fluffy crusts thanks to a wheat dough that rests for two to three days before being rolled out. Toppings cover all the Italian basics, with cheese and cured meats imported from around Naples (side note: you know an Italian place is authentic when they list pugliese with anchovies as a “vegan” option). The pies won’t weigh you down, meaning you’re free to try the rest of chef Maurizio Cilento’s menu with impunity. There’s handmade pasta (like a toothsome whole-wheat cavatelli with prawns and pesto), but we’d steer you towards the antipasti special. Comprising fried zucchini blossoms, buffalo mozzarella, grilled aubergine, stuffed tomatoes and various other goodies atop a bed of coccoli (fried pizza dough bites), it’s ideal for post-work snacking alongside an Aperol spritz or glass of Leverano house wine.

  • Maybachufer 21, 12047 Berlin (Neukölln)
  • Tue-Fri 17-22 / Sat-Sun 14-22

Capvin

Photo by Jane Silver

When Bielefeld entrepreneur Jan Hunke got into the Neapolitan pizza game, he went straight to the source. Vincenzo Capuano, a third-generation pizzaiolo with four restaurants in Italy, lent his name, recipes and personal flour stash to a pair of restaurants in Berlin and Hunke’s (possibly-nonexistent) hometown. Watching the waitstaff cut up your pizza with Capuano’s signature golden scissors will be a bit unsettling if you’ve seen Jordan Peele’s Us, but the soft, cloudlike crust will put you squarely back in your comfort zone. Try the zingy special with ham, lemon zest and basil-mint pesto, and don’t miss the brioche with Duo gelato for dessert.

  • Weinbergsweg 24, 10119 Berlin (Mitte)
  • Open daily, 12-23

L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele

When this place opened in Berlin, it felt like the final chapter of the multi-year love-in for Neapolitan pizza. L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele is the sister restaurant of a legendary Naples institution – and they enormous pizzas too large even to fit into a pizza box. The crust is soft and chewy, the base is a bit thinner than elsewhere, but they’re undeniably good pizza. One of the most “authentic” on the list, if that’s what you’re after.

  • Fritz-Reuter-Str. 7, 10827 Berlin (Schöneberg)
  • Mon-Thu 17-22:30 / Fri-Sun 13-16, 17:30-23

Lovebirds

Photo by Jane Silver

Certified master pizza instructor Gianluca Simonato puts his own spin on the Neapolitan classics (also available as Roman-style slices). Unorthodox topping combos include the Flora – a sphere of burrata resting atop a garden’s worth of salad – or, for Pizza Week, Brandenburg wild boar sausage. Ask nicely and you’ll get yours in a cutesy heart shape.

  • Rosenthaler Str. 3, 10119 Berlin (Mitte)
  • Tue-Thu 16-23 / Fri-Sat 16-00 / Sun 16-23

Mangiare

Photo by Jane Silver

The best pizza in the West has come to Kreuzberg! Alessandro Piras was only looking for a place to store the vegetables and deli items he’d been importing from his native Sardinia, but because the cellar in Moabit’s Arminiusmarkthalle came complete with a market stall, he began incorporating them into terrific, classical-style Neapolitan pies. Made with a secret flour mixture and intensely fruity tomatoes, stop by (or order delivery) while you can.

  • Luckenwalder Str. 6b, 10963 Berlin (Kreuzberg)

Nea Pizza 1889

Photo: Instagram/neapizza1889

Nea Pizza 1889 is as religiously Italian as Silvio Orlando in The Young Pope, with a performance to match. Chef Oscar Eisa and most of his staff were born and raised in Naples, and every ingredient gracing the chewy, blistered dough comes straight from the motherland – from the organic olive oil on the exemplary Queen Margherita to the Cetara anchovies and wild Sicilian oregano spicing up the Napule. And while sweets at most pizzerias are an afterthought, the traditional pastries baked here will make your nonna sigh with recognition. Pick up a ricotta and candied-orange tart for dessert, and a cornetto or two for tomorrow morning.

  • Chausseestr. 49, 10115 Berlin (Mitte)
  • Tue-Fri 12-14, 16:30-22 / Sat-Sun 12-22:30

Prometeo

In the story of Prometheus, the Titan is punished for giving man the secret of fire by being bound to a mountain in the Caucasus and having a vulture tear out his liver each day, before it grows back at night. That sounds terrible, and not just for Prometheus. What about the vulture? All that organ meat would surely be heavy on the stomach.

Prometeo takes its name from this legend, as well as its love for fire. This Schöneberg restaurant serves up authentic Neapolitan pizza in their wood burning oven – on certain days you can even see them preparing their own Porchetta, or Italian sucking pig. Can’t choose? Combine both, and get the Porchetta pizza.

  • Goebenstr. 3, 10783 Berlin (Schöneberg)
  • Tue-Sun 12:30 – 22:30

Rosso Berlin

Photo by Jane Silver

This is the only place in Berlin that serves Pinza Romana, an ancestral form of the snack with dough that incorporates soy and rice flour, extra water and long fermentation times. The resulting crust is crisp on the bottom, chewy on top, and full of air pockets. The possibilities are almost endless: a flatbread-like version with tomato sauce and anchovies; puffy focaccia topped with Gorgonzola and mushrooms; Pinsa Romana with grilled zucchini and aubergine, then with artichoke, Pecorino and mint. As everything but the couscous is made al minuto, service is, shall we say, “relaxed”. Have some wine or a Nastro Azzurro beer while waiting for your pizza, and don’t make any important plans before 5pm.

  • Helmholtzstr. 24, 10587 Berlin (Charlottenburg)
  • Mon-Thu 11-20 / Fri 11-21 / Sun 11:30-16:30