Everyone loves pizza. If someone says they don’t – they are lying.
I thought I that good pizza was only my mother’s homemade pizza; that it was impossible to get good fresh pizza unless you’re in Italy. I was wrong.
Berlin has so many different cultures which means one thing for foodies like me: new things to try including independent places to get excited about.
Having been to New York I would say Berlin even does compete in the pizza game.
Top 5 pizza in Berlin:
In Kreuzberg there is the Italian family, who are from Naples, who specialise in huge stretchy, doughy pizzas at Masaniellocooked on a wooden oven along with amazing antipasti boards to share. The house wine is nothing to write home about, but if you ask, they can get some nicer bottles out of their cellar for you.
What to order: Contadina with spicy salami and try their espresso!
Il Ritrovo – Cucina Casalinga Popolare
Il Ritrovo has several restaurants in Friedrichshain and Schönhauser Allee is really special. In Boxhagener Kiez they are friendlier and it seems the restaurant is always packed, even midweek. The walls here are a bright yellow colour with homemade graffiti. The Schönhäuser Allee one is huge with rows of benches with blunt service, simple decor but the pizzas are devine – they taste buttery and fresh.
What to order: A litre of wine in a carafe and Diavola
Lastly, another favourite is Zola along Paul-Linker-Ufer where pizzas are baked in a 360 degrees celcius oven for 90 seconds. They have a nice industrial style decor that is still cosy due to the size of the place. Gets very busy so I would reserve.
What to order: A beer and Spianata
If you like thinner, Naples-inspired pizza with fresh toppings such as buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes there is Vadoli ranging from 7€ – 10,50€. Recently we did a team lunch and I ordered a goat’s cheese one with pine nuts and Manuka honey. Just unreal. They do delivery, too, but the restaurant is more self-service style.
What to order: Salsiccia Prime (order it from Foodora if they deliver in your district).
Standard Serious Pizza, Berlin
Recently, I went to Standard Berlin in Prenzlauerberg – it has a more polished interior and the prices are more inflated due to the extravagant ingredients. I think it was called ‘serious pizza‘. There serve a deeper edge pizza
What to order: Parma pizza which has a mozarella ball in the middle like this one:
Ordering pizza in Berlin:
Yes – you can do it in German! There are also pizza slice shops like in the US, like Amici Amici and there is even one which sells maple syrup lashed onto it. The best way is to order in half italian-half German. They appreciate it a lot here.
= (n) Die Pizza (yes pizza is feminine!)
Die Steinofenpizza = stone baked pizza
Die Holzofenpizza = wood-burner oven-baked pizza (yes…)
scharf (adj.) spicy
heiß (adj.) hot (temperature)
mild (adj.) not spicy
(Parma)Schinken: (Parma) ham
Mozzarellakäse: mozzarella cheese
Pfeffer: black pepper
Paprika: red pepper (false friend)
Ich hätte gern…bitte : I would like…please
Ein Bier: Beer
Ein Glas Wein: a glass of wine
Rotwein: red wine
Weißwein: white wine
Sprüdelwasser: sparkling water
If you order water and they say: “Mit oder ohne?” it means sparkling or still water.
In Germany, tipping is not expected, wowever many people round up which is nice. Upon paying, always remember to tell them how much you’d like to pay rather than leaving it on the table.
For example, if the bill is 22,50€ and you want to round up to 24€, say “vierunddreißig, bitte”. I have found this is the easiest way because people are expecting it at that moment.
To conclude, the pizza I have tasted here in Berlin is like nothing else. Having said that, all of these places are owned by Italians so they know how to do it best. The best part is most of the owners really try to source fresh local ingredients, keep it original and not ‘germanise’ are of the dishes. This is where my pet hate for ‘Joey’s’ comes from as they put strange, cheap and heavy toppings (even hollondaise sauce) onto their pizzas. This is blasphemy to Italians. I have to agree.