Parma di Vinibenedetti, Wedding

You know, there is pizza and than there is original Italian pizza! When it comes to this beloved comfort food I am totally loyal to the people who invented the dish sometime in the 18th century. I actually live right on top of a regular pizza delivery shop, so the temptation is so near, but to be honest I would rather order in a real Italian pizza from further away before I eat even a bite of that globalized crap (sorry) from downstairs.

Berlin is full of pizza places, but how do you know where to find the real deal? A lot of great places are actually really low key in their appearance, so you can’t judge those kind of books by their covers. Luckily our friends from Berlino Magazine found a solution for this dilemma. With their True Italian food festivals they are promoting the best and most authentic Italian restaurants in Berlin. The next edition that takes place in 2018 is dedicated to Pizza. We thought the True Italian Pizza Week is a great opportunity to extract our first True Italian Pizza guide from their list of participating restaurants. If you want to try out some of the best pizzas in town you should follow their map and get a taste of some special pizzas in each of the places marked on it.

To wet your appetite we selected our favorite pizza place per district in our new guide!

Prenzlauer Berg

photo: Pizzare

Pizzare

Conveniently located at the most central intersection of Prenzlauer Berg at Eberswalder Straße this little canteen style place offers the basics of traditional Italian comfort food: Pizza, Focaccia and Lasagne, as well as a few pastries and cakes. Their pizzas are really solid, but for me their true highlight is the lasagne that comes in meat, veggie and vegan options (especially the last one is superbe).

Pizzare, Eberswalder Str. 21, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, Open Mon-Sat 11.30-23h, Sun 10.30-21h

These restaurants in Prenzlauer Berg are also recommended by True Italian and are part of the True Italian Pizza Week:

Osteria in Bàcan, Winsstr. 53, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, Open Wed-Mon 11:30-15:30 & 18-23h, Tue closed.

Pizza Nostra, Lychener Str. 2, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, Open daily 18-22h

Rawtastic, Danziger Str. 16, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, Open Mon-Sat 11-23h, Sun 12-22h

San Rocco, Greifswalder Str. 227, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, Open Mon-Sat 7:30-14:30 & 18-24h, Sun closed

Standard, Templiner Str. 7, 10119 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, Open Tue-Fri 18-22h, Sat-Sun 13-22h, Mon closed

Zia Maria, Pappelallee 32A, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg and Winsstr. 21, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, Open daily 12-23:30h

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Mitte

photo: Papà Pane di Sorrento

Papà Pane di Sorrento

Papà Pane was pretty much my go-to-choice for pizza in the years that I was living in Mitte. It has the typical Italian flair of a trattoria with charming (but loud) waiters, checkered table clothes and excellent pizza. Make sure to try their special rolled up pizza pictured above!

Papà Pane di Sorrento, Ackerstraße 23, 10115 Berlin-Mitte, Open daily 12-24h

Also recommended for Mitte by True Italian and part of the True Italian Pizza Week:

Vizio Italiano, Friedrichstr. 114, 10117 Berlin-Mitte, Mon-Sat 12-21h, Sun closed

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Kreuzberg

photo: Terracruda

Terracruda

Placed right across one of the most popular Pizza places in Kreuzberg (Il Casolare) the Terracruda might not be the obvious choice here. But their pizza is pretty much on par with their neighbor, but they excel in atmosphere and service which makes Terracruda the clear winner here for us.

Terracruda, Grimmstraße 1, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg, Open daily 12-24h

Not part of the True Italian Pizza Week but we still recommend it for Kreuzberg:

Trattoria Venezia, Liegnitzer Str. 28, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg, Open Tue-Sun 17-22h

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Friedrichshain

photo: Jamme Ja

Jamme Ja

Jamme Ja is not your traditional pizza place but a full-blown Italian restaurant with many different authentic dishes made with a lot of love and traditional Italian recipes. One of their specialties is fried pizza which is a nice change from the usual traditional baked ones.

Jamme Ja, Neue Bahnhofstr. 7B, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain, Open Tue-Sat 18-23h, Sun & Mon closed

Not part of the True Italian Pizza Week but we still recommend it for F’hain:

Trattoria Libau, Libauer Str. 10, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain, Open 16-24h

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Neukölln

photo: Monella

Monella

Only two years young this place in Neukölln has already developed as a favorite not only in the neighborhood but all over town. It’s not just a pizza restaurant with Italian pizzas that mix traditions with modern variations, it’s also a bar that offers excellent Italian-inspired drinks.

Monella, Weichselstr. 17, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln, Open 18-23h (for pizza, bar open end…)

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Wedding

photo: Parma di Vinibenedetti

Parma di Vinibenedetti

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a place stand out in the crowd. In my case the verdict about the pizza has a lot to do with the amount of crudo they put on the crudo pizza. In the case of a restaurant that already has Parma in its name you can expect a lot of parma! A dream come true for me.

Parma di Vinibenedetti, Utrechter Str. 31, 13347 Berlin-Wedding, Open Mon-Fri 11-15h & 18-23h, Sat-Sun 11-23h

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Schöneberg

photo: Olio Sale Pepe

Olio Sale Pepe

You say black burgers are all the rage now? Well, what about black pizza? It exists and it’s not even a globalized trend from a hell-hole pizza chain, it’s from the Italian restaurant Olio Sale Pepe in Schöneberg. We love when chefs find a way to be traditional and experimental at the same time.

Olio Sale Pepe, Willmanndamm 15, 10827 Berlin-Schöneberg, Open Mon-Fri 12-24h, Sat 14-24h, Sun 16-24h

These restaurants in Schöneberg are also recommended by True Italian and are part of the True Italian Pizza Week:

Café Aroma, Hochkirchstr. 8, 10829 Berlin-Schöneberg, Open Mon-Sat 17-24h, Sun 11-24h

Malafemmena +39, Hauptstraße 85, 12159 Berlin-Schöneberg, Open daily 11:30-23h

Prometeo, Goebenstraße 3, 10783 Berlin-Schöneberg, Open daily 17:30-22h

Trattoria Muntagnola, Fuggerstr. 27, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg, Open daily 17-24h

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Charlottenburg

photo: Vadoli

Vadoli

Vadoli is actually an online delivery gourmet pizza, but they have a physical flagship restaurant in Charlottenburg where you can enjoy their chef-designed pizzas in a modern ambiance. This one is definitely more for the fun-loving, experimental types of pizza lovers.

Vadoli, Kantstr. 55, 10627 Berlin-Charlottenburg, Open daily 11-23h

These restaurants in Charlottenburg are also recommended by True Italian and are part of the True Italian Pizza Week:

Dal Terrone (U7 Wilmersdorfer Str.)

Pestalozzistraße 87A, 10625 Berlin-Charlottenburg, Open Sun-Fri 16-23, Sat 12-23h

Francucci, Kurfürstendamm 90, 10709 Berlin-Charlottenburg, Open daily 12-24h

LimaLima, Schlüterstr. 74 , 10625 Berlin-Charlottenburg, Open Tue-Sun 17:30-21:30h, Mon closed

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Special Diet Pizza

photo: Rawtastic

Rawtastic

This place was actually already listed in our Prenzlauer Berg section. But since veganism is such an important development on the gastronomy scene we thought it deserves its own section. Rawtastic does not just offer a vegan pizza, but a completely raw, un-baked one. It’s definitely a large step away from the traditional pizza but it’s still so good and worth a try even for non vegans! For a more traditional pizza that is vegan we recommend another place in Prenzlauer Berg that we already mentioned which is Pizzare at Eberswalder Straße. For those of you who cannot eat gluten we recommend the really excellent and extra thin rice flour pizza at Muntagnola in Schöneberg.

Rawtastic, Danziger Str. 16, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, Open Mon-Sat 11-23h, Sun 12-22h

Pizzare, Eberswalder Str. 21, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, Open Mon-Sat 11.30-23h, Sun 10.30-21h

Trattoria Muntagnola, Fuggerstr. 27, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg, Open daily 17-24h

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We hope our selection has wet your appetite to discover the tastes of True Italian Pizzas. If you want to find out more about this delightful new food festival, you can read on here. The map above shows you the locations of all the participating restaurants in the last edition.

And what are your favorite Italian pizza places in Berlin?

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