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7 of the best places to get pizza in Edinburgh

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

Published: March 3, 2017
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Civerinos

Flagship Eatery (5 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW) | Civerinos Slice (49 Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QP) | West Slice (187 St John's Rd, Corstorphine, Edinburgh EH12 7SL) | Prom Slice (47-49 Figgate Ln, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1HJ) 

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. With a fan base as loyal as theirs, they must be doing something right.

The 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, the all vegan ‘meat is murder’ pizza, and of course, the now famous Civerinos pizza.

Since 2017, Civerinos has seen huge business growth, and has opened 4 more pizza places in Edinburgh. The same incredible sourdough base and delicious sugo is used, but toppings vary from menu to menu. In Edinburgh in 2021, you're never more than a stone's throw away from a civerinos pizza, which in our books, is a great comfort.

Soderberg

(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 surdegspizzas at Soderberg are an example of what they are capable when food is their only focus.

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Made with sourdough as a base, 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 or the classic Margherita 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.

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Origano

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Picture: Origano

Opening up again for deliveries on the 1st of July, Origano on Leith Walk 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.

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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.

Pizzeria 1926

(85 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2AA)

In case you didn't know Neapolitan pizza is the in-thing at the moment and Pizzeria 1926 have got this delicious traditional treat nailed down.

Launched by the creative pair behind Locanda de Gusti, chef Rosario Sartore and his wife Maria,  this exciting pizzeria specialises in all things Naples.

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Choose from pizzas such as the wonderfully named Diegoal (named for the Napoli and Argentinian great Maradona), the 1926 or the Quattro Formaggi.

Those looking for something truly special would be well advised to check out the Pizza Fritta, a Neapolitan street food that is basically a deep fried calzone (and is as delicious as it sounds!). You'll have to be quick though - Pizzeria 1926 is only open Friday night through til Sunday, 12-8pm each day. Tables are sure to fill up fast.

at.Pizza 

(4 Charlotte Lane, Edinburgh EH2 4QZ)

One of the newest ventures to hit the capital, atPizza made waves when they first arrived with the claim that they could make your perfect pizza in "just 90 seconds".

They've become hugely popular since their launch due to their highly customisable menu, meaning anyone popping in can have a pizza made to their spec (for a fixed price of £9.95) with four different cheeses, five sauces and over 35 versatile toppings.

Don't worry if you are indecisive: they also offer a large selection of premade styles to take all of the fuss out of ordering.

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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 homemade slices go down that much easier with pint or two.

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.

Quattro Zero on Queensferry Street made it into the Evening News readers’ favourite pizza restaurants for expert use of its wood burning pizza oven.

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