Food trends come and go, but pizza is for life. Here are five of the best pizza places you'll find in Edinburgh.

Looking for a slice or two in the capital? Our list of what we think is the best selection of pizza vendors in the city should help.

Civerinos

(5 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW)

Picture: Civerinos

Picture: Civerinos

We were quite rightly lambasted for missing out this excellent little eatery in our last feature on Edinburgh’s pizza joints and with a fan base as loyal as their’s they must be doing something right.

Their menu is a little more stripped back and leaning towards street food than the others on our list, but it is safe to say that it offers some of the most interesting pizzas around.

Using artisan sourdough as the base for some cracking ingredients including slow cooked pulled pork & apple, Nduja sausage and salciccia and the all vegan ‘meat is murder’ pizza.

Picture: Civerinos Facebook

Picture: Civerinos Facebook

Also, Nutella Calzone for dessert anyone?

Peter’s Yard

(27 Simpson Loan, Edinburgh EH3 9GG)

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As anyone who goes to Ikea just for the meatballs and hotdogs on the occasional Saturday afternoon will attest, even when food isn’t their main focus, the Swedes are more than capable of creating something wonderful.

Thankfully, the pizzas at Peter’s Yard are an example of what they are capable when food is their only focus.

Made with sourdough flour, this is the best crust in town.

Crispy and chewy, stretchy and firm, they are bursting with flavour.

The pizza menu is simple and the choice small, restricted to a vegetarian option, a meat feast of parma ham and salami, or anchovy for the pescetarians, each are uniquely enjoyable in their own right.

Combining fresh exciting ingredients and delicious sourdough bases is a simple formula that works, and one that will have you coming back again and again.

Origano

(236 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8PD)

Picture: Origano

Picture: Origano

The busy yet cosy Origano on Leith Walk (which is now apparently quite the hot spot for pizza – Origano is oft-cited as La Favorita’s main competition) boasts giant bases handmade using only Italian 00 flour and piled high with fresh and inventive combos of toppings including mascarpone, ‘nduja (Italian spreadable spicy sausage), mini mozzarella balls, santos tomatoes, spinach, truffle oil, Gorgonzola and artichokes alongside the usual suspects, all generously littered with fresh rocket or parsley.

The Del Mare – with fresh lemon squeezed over anchovies, tuna, prawns, garlic and parsley – is a menu highlight.

Mamma’s

(28 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU)

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Mamma’s on the Grassmarket is an Edinburgh institution, and has previously been named best pizzeria in the UK.

The restaurant has been around since 1985 and current husband-and-wife owners Paul and Cait met while working there – as did apparently five other married couples.

Branding themselves as traditional American pizza purveyors, rather than Italian, this is where to head for the properly cheering pizzeria experience; one that will see you leave with a smile on your face, if not perhaps a new spouse.

The pizzas are stonebaked and the menu boasts more than 40 toppings, including apple, avocado, banana, cactus, calamari, marshmallow and chocolate.

Or go for one of the house specials such as Gusto del Papa (red onion marmalade, goats cheese and basil), The Cash (Aka Ring of Fire) with spicy beef, jalapeños, roquito peppers, onions and salsa, or even The Scotsman – haggis, potato, onion, mushroom.

La Favorita

(331-325 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8SA)

Picture: Trip Advisor Traveller

Picture: Trip Advisor Traveller

Ask anyone for the name of a pizza restaurant in Edinburgh and the chances are they will answer La Favorita.

The pizza found at their branch on Leith Walk (or delivered to any Edinburgh postcode from its various takeaway outposts) is quite likely the best in the city (though we accept debate on this issue).

Wood-fired to robust yet yielding perfection, this is pizza as you’ll find it in Italy (or New York, depending on the provenance of your pizza-based fantasies).

The menu is sizeable, and highlights include the pork and apple with pecorino and tenderstem broccoli; diavolina with spicy sausage, mushrooms and plenty of finely chopped red chillies and the tri colore of chicken breast, rosemary potatoes, pancetta and pesto – although the DOP (“Protected Designation of Origin”) Margherita is pretty hard to beat for purists.

Also highly recommended: 

Should you be looking to enjoy a some craft beer alongside your pizza then you can’t go wrong with Brewdog in the Cowgate, their home made slices go down that much easier with pint or two. The perfect combination.

Vegetarians and Vegans ( and omnivores alike) should definitely check out Novapizza Vegetarian Kitchen on Howe Street which serves pizzas with vegan cheese, vegan ham and pepperoni.

New Neapolitan-style pizzeria Pizzeria 1926 on Dalry Road is also getting a decent share of the limelight, check out our review here.

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