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The 14 Best Pizza Spots in Amsterdam

Published On 04/15/2015 Published On 04/15/2015

Amsterdammers are only human, and therefore love pizza. And despite the abundance of chains like Domino's, New York Pizza, and Turkish-Italian comfort food hybrids, we've got plenty of, well, real pizza in town too. You know what we're talking about: pastry-style crusts loaded with inventive toppings and crisped to perfection, usually in a wood oven. Here are 14 best places to get a truly Italian pie..

Michel-Inn

Transvaalbuurt

Most nights, the playful, leather-accented interior is surprisingly bustling for this somewhat sleepy shopping street. That comes down to the wood-oven pizzas that are a combo of a thin, supple crust topped with a zesty, tomato-y sauce and inventive Spanish-influenced topping combos, which are served next to a menu of pintxos: the other Spanish small bites. The pizzas are also available to-go -- you'll get a stamp for each and the 10th one free. However, on a warm day, the Steve Bikoplein terrace is worth sticking around for -- and for the cool nights, there are board games inside.

 

 

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La Perla

Jordaan

In our rigorous research into public opinion (i.e., asking everyone we know what their favorite pizza place is), this is the name that came up more than any other. And no wonder: you're probably not getting a table (unless you have a good, long while to wait), but it's still worth a bike ride to pick up these thin and crispy pies coated in zesty tomato sauce, milky mozzarella, and toppings your taste buds won't forget.

Fuoco Vivo

Fuoco Vivo

Oud-West

The homey, bare-bricks location isn't fancy, but it doesn't need to be. All your attention should be on the star attraction: the sourdough pizzas, the recipe based on way-back-in-Naples pizza legends. The ingredients scream fresh, and the sausage and several of the cheeses are even created on-site. The spot is unsurprisingly a favorite with homesick Southern Italians.

Odessa Pizza & Grill

Odessa Pizza & Grill

Zeeburg

"That boat bar way out near Panama" has been reborn as a pizza and grill restaurant. The boat itself (from the rooftop terrace through the serre with sliding glass roof and bar area with room for dancing down to the cozy bowels of the boat) is still worth the bike ride on its own. But if you're into flaky whole wheat pizza crusts loaded with, but never sagging from, plentiful fresh toppings, the destination is all the more satisfying. Pizza sibling bonus: Odessa a bit too far North and East for you? You'll find "big brother" Marathonweg bar & grill on the Southwest side of town.

YamYam Trattoria Pizzeria

YamYam Trattoria Pizzeria

Westerparkbuurt

It feels like eating in a very chic Italian cafeteria with a surprisingly varied menu -- but we're here for the pizza, which is crispy and authentic. And if you get one without the truffle cream, you're doing yourself a disservice. Do treat yourself to a gelato for dessert as well (soon available to go).

De Pizzabakkers

De Pizzabakkers

Plantage (& Other Locations)

This classic- and clean-looking cafe's pizza & prosecco formula has proven so popular that there are now four Pizzabakkers in Amsterdam (and two beyond). However exciting the menu of bubblies, this chain's got a lot more going on than its scroppino machines (serving lemon sorbet, vodka, prosecco, and limoncello smoothies)... namely, some really original and consistent pizzas.

Da Portare Via Copernicusstraat Amsterdam

Da Portare Via

Centrum (& Other Locations)

Another chain of four in Amsterdam (and three in Utrecht and Laren), Da Portare Via's success has come from its dedication to simple, pure ingredients and traditional wood-oven cooking. Some of these locations are more for takeout than on-site dining, but what you're taking home is a thin and crispy crust topped with a balanced mix of flavor-popping toppings. Plus a tiramisu or chocolate mousse, if you're smart.

Renato's Pizzeria

Renato's Pizzeria

Pijp

Powered by imports directly from Italy and with a trattoria-style decor, Renato's sticks mostly to the classics for pure authenticity. The buffalo mozzarella is creamy and the dough is made fresh for each day and baked thin and crunchy (or not-so-thin in the Sicilian version), for a light overall effect with bursts of flavor from the traditional toppings.

Restaurant De Italiaan Amsterdam

Restaurant De Italiaan

Oud-West

The bi-level restaurant looks like Tuscan pop art... and serves pizzas that qualify as a pan-Italian version of the same. It values fresh and local ingredients over keeping it strictly from the (say, Roman) source, and it shows in deliciousness. This is also the only spot on the list to offer a gluten-free alternative for the crust (cooked in a separate oven).

SOTTO

SOTTO - Pizza LegĂ le

Oud-Zuid

SOTTO is taking over the Oud-Zuid pizza scene with two locations in the 'hood serving crispy crusts with soft, breaded interiors, topped with simple, high-quality ingredients, all by candlelight (okay, and some dim overhead lighting). To them, pizza is a purely Neapolitan art... one that they take very seriously. They trained with the True Neapolitan Pizza Association (AVPN), the mozzarella is made from buffalo milk, and the tomatoes are imported from the slopes of Vesuvius.

Eatmosfera Ristorante Enoteca

Eatmosfera

Rembrandtplein

This simple and authentic charmer with a "gezellig" courtyard terrace is hidden down a short (but HORECA-packed) alley. There's plenty of fast-food and tourist-trap pizza pits around the corner, but those in the know know that this is the best pizza game in this part of town. And now you know too.

De Pizzakamer

De Pizzakamer

Pijp

Wood-oven pizza offerings span the range from traditional to unexpected in this trendy pie tent. The restaurant doubles in popularity in the summer months, when the terrace is open until midnight.

Il Pecorino

Il Pecorino

Noord

If we call this the best pizza available above the IJ, will anybody argue? (Some dare to argue it's the best in all of Amsterdam.) The denizens of Noord liked the pizzas so much that the original location had to shut up shop... and move to TWO new larger spaces decked out in Italian-cinema style. If you don't live in Noord, you'll want to head for the waterside (and, ahem, ferryside) Wilhelminadok. What you'll get is Neapolitan-style classics with fresh ingredients baked up in a wood oven.

Pazzi Italian Slow Food

Pazzi Italian Slow Food

Jordaan & Oud West

The look is rustic-Art Deco against oversize windows. The motto is "Italian slow food." The pizza is a crunchy flavor-bomb, topped with rich ingredients like a creamy truffle sauce paired with spicy sausages. And now there's a second location!

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1. Michel-Inn Steve Bikoplein 12, Amsterdam, 1092 GN

Most nights, the playful, leather-accented interior of Michel-Inn is surprisingly bustling for this somewhat sleepy shopping street. That comes down to the wood-oven pizzas that are a combo of a thin, supple crust topped with a zesty, tomato-y sauce and inventive Spanish-influenced topping combos, which are served next to a menu of pintxos: the other Spanish small bites.

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2. La Perla Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 14 & 53, Amsterdam, 1015 RZ (The Jordaan)

This Jordaan (aka Amsterdam's unofficial Little Italy) pizza spot is one of the best in the city, hence the reason it's so tough to snag a table. But even if you have to order your pizza for pickup, it's still worth a bike ride for these thin and crispy pies coated in zesty tomato sauce, milky mozzarella, and toppings your taste buds won't forget. This place takes its quality and authenticity pretty damn seriously -- all their ingredients are imported weekly from Italy, and they hand-built their own wood firing oven.

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3. Fuoco Vivo De Clercqstraat 12, Amsterdam, 1052 NC (West)

The homey, bare-bricks location isn't fancy, but it doesn't need to be. All your attention should be on the star attraction: the sourdough pizzas, the recipe based on way-back-in-Naples pizza legends. The ingredients scream fresh, and the sausage and several of the cheeses are even created on-site.

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4. Odessa Pizza & Grill Veemkade 259, Amsterdam, 1019 CZ

If you're into flaky whole wheat pizza crusts loaded with, but never sagging from, plentiful fresh toppings, this Zeeburg destination is for you. It's also for you if you enjoy eating and drinking on a revamped ship (above deck or below).

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5. YamYam Trattoria Pizzeria Frederik Hendrikstraat 88, Amsterdam, 1052 HZ (Westerpark)

It feels like eating in a very chic Italian cafeteria with a surprisingly varied menu -- but if you're here, you're probably here for the the pizza, which is crispy and authentic. And if you get one without the truffle cream, you're doing yourself a disservice.

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6. De Pizzabakkers Plantage Kerklaan 2, Amsterdam, 1018 TA

This no cash, card-only pizzeria chain lives in Amsterdam and Haarlem and is known for its creative pies like the Da Noi (red pepper cream sauce with mozzarella, baked peppers, stir-fried Italian sausages, and pecorino).

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7. Da Portare Via Leliegracht 34, Amsterdam, 1015 DG

Traditional wood-oven cooking and fresh ingredients come together at this pizza chain to create thin, crusty inventive pies bursting with flavor.

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8. Renato's Pizzeria Karel du Jardinstraat 32, Amsterdam, 1072 SK (De Pijp)

Powered by imports directly from Italy and with a trattoria-style decor, Renato's sticks mostly to the classics for pure authenticity. The cheese is creamy and the dough is made fresh for each day and baked thin and crunchy (or not-so-thin in the Sicilian version), for a light overall effect with bursts of flavor from the traditional toppings.

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9. Restaurant De Italiaan Bosboom Toussaintstraat 29, Amsterdam, 1054 AN (West)

The bi-level restaurant looks like Tuscan pop art... and serves pizzas that qualify as a pan-Italian version of the same. They value fresh and local ingredients over keeping it strictly from the (say, Roman) source, and it shows in deliciousness. This is also one of the few spots in town to offer a gluten-free alternative for the crust (cooked in a separate oven).

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10. SOTTO - Pizza LegĂ le Amstelveenseweg 89, Amsterdam, 1075 (South East)

SOTTO is taking over the Oud-Zuid pizza scene, serving crispy crusts with soft, breaded interiors, and topped with simple, high-quality ingredients. To them, pizza is a purely Neapolitan art... one that they take very seriously.

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11. Eatmosfera Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat 8, Amsterdam, 1017 BH (Rembrandtplein)

This simple and authentic charmer with a "gezellig" courtyard terrace is hidden down a short (but HORECA-packed) alley. There's plenty of fast-food and tourist-trap pizza pits around the corner, but those in the know definitely know that this is the best pizza game in this part of town.

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12. De Pizzakamer 2e Van der Helststraat 16, Amsterdam, 1072 PD (De Pijp)

Wood-oven pizza offerings span the range from traditional to unexpected in this trendy pie tent. The restaurant doubles in popularity in the summer months, when the terrace is open until midnight.

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13. Il Pecorino Noordwal 1, Amsterdam, 1023 BD (North)

One of multiple locations, this may be the best pizza spot above the IJ. Head to the Noord 'hood and you'll be rewarded with Neapolitan-style classics with fresh ingredients baked up in a wood oven.

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14. Pazzi Italian Slow Food 1e Looiersdwarsstraat 4, Amsterdam, 1016 VM (The Jordaan)

The look of this spot is rustic-Art Deco against oversize windows. The motto is "Italian slow food." The pizza is a crunchy flavor-bomb, topped with rich ingredients like a creamy truffle sauce paired with spicy sausages. What more could you want?

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