The biggest lie we tell ourselves is that we’ll just have one slice of pizza.
Pizza, however you like it, is basically circular happiness. Even the sight of pizza makes us feel all gooey inside like the cheese topped pizza we often find ourselves pining for. Are you a margarita fan? Meat Feast? Garden Party? Whatever your preference, we can all agree there are fewer delights in the world than a box of warm pizza on your lap or plate. We’ve toured Liverpool through pizza in search of the best cheese-laden goodness. And below is what we’ve come up with. A bible of sorts, where asymmetry is a sign of quality and where we can promise it will be love at first slice.
If you’re on a diet do what we do and just get your pizza cut into 4 slices rather than 8.
American Pizza Slice
Inspired by New York pizza but much more than a big apple is American Pizza Slice, a fan favourite amongst the masses. You can get it by the slice or 18” – the choice is yours. Go the whole hog and you’ll be basking on the couch like a woozy sea lion drunk off pizza starting the last slice in the face before waving the white flag and eating it for breakfast. Don’t judge us for eating breakfast for pizza, we’ve all been there. Try the pulled pork and caramelised onion if you’re a meat eater and the roasted vegetables and goats cheese if you’re a veggie.
Address: 52 Whitechapel, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 6EG
Say hello to Santa Maluco – not your traditional Italian pizza parlour. This is a Brazilian Rodizio pizza restaurant. Rodízio is an ‘all you can eat’ style of restaurant service common in Brazil where you pay a fixed price and then stuff your face. So when you go to Santa Maluco you will pay a ‘preço fixo’ and the servers will bring samples of pizza to you at several times throughout the meal, until you signal that you physically can’t take anymore. What we are basically saying is that make sure you wear your oversized pants when you visit, because you are bound to eat a lot of pizza. So much so you might go down in local Liverpool folklore.
Address: Castle Street, 2 Castle St, Liverpool L2 0NA
Amalia are famous for a Calzone that weighs in the average size of a toddler but denizens head in search of the ‘Americana’. It’s a thin crust pizza with sweet tomato sauce, spicy salami, mozzarella and wait for it, French fries or Italian fries, rather. For some, this is two worlds that shouldn’t collide but for many of us, it is a world that collides far too often, usually in a takeaway at 3am on a Saturday. Despite initial horror to the eyes of the average pizza lover, the stomach will certainly be left satisfied. Veggies, go for the “Funghi E Rucola”, a mushroom, rocket and truffle oil amalgamation destined to leave the taste buds tantalised. Recently voted the best pizza in England, you’re going to want to try this.
Address: 2 Campbell Square, L1 5AX
For many patrons, the go-to pizzeria is Tribeca. Tribeca have saved you the flight and brought a slice of New York, in the form of pizza, to the cobbled streets of Liverpool. They don’t just do your typical margarita so we recommend going for the “New York Deli”, pastrami, sauerkraut, gherkins and fresh horseradish. Veggies, go for “The Forrester” – a combination of tomato, smoked mozzarella, spinach, wild mushroom, garlic, pine nuts.
Address: 336-338 Smithdown Rd, Liverpool L15 5AN
Sound on Duke Street is unique in the fact it’s the kind of place that will give you a hangover but will also do a pretty good job at curing it. They’ve become renowned for their pizza and unlimited prosecco Fridays that put your ability to drink fizz to the limits. Their Italian style, thin and crispy pizzas are just wonderful and we can say that with or without the promise or influence of unlimited fizz. They’re so simple but… aren’t all the best things in life?
Address: 52 Duke St, Liverpool L1 5AA
Love & Rockets
What was once BIER on Lark Lane is now Love & Rockets, a pizza, craft beer and tequila joint that tells us not all change is bad. The name is a homage to an 1980’s Mexican comic and the walls are bedecked with mini graphic novels from the comic books. Thin long slabs of wood along with booths invite people in to lose their hunger and find some new friends. They also created a pizza where one of toppings is Monster Munch so they’re practically geniuses. Not a crisp fan? Go for the chorizo and fried egg pizza.
Address: 52 Lark Lane, L17 8UU
Any Italian worth its sauce will know how to make a good pizza. The centrepiece to Il Forno’s elegant interior is a huge pizza oven moulded from a friend of the family’s face. It might be cooked in the God-like’s fire breathing mouth but don’t worry, it’ll end up in yours. A combination of a thin and crisp base cooked in the wood burning oven with fresh ingredients makes it a winner. If you’re a veggie go for the ‘Rustica’, fresh mozzarella, aubergines, spinach courgettes, mushrooms and peppers and go for the ‘Capricciosa’, fresh mozzarella, ham, artichokes, olives, Italian sausage and anchovies.
Address: 132 Duke St, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 5AG
Just like in Naples, the dough is made on site every day, takes 24 hours to double ferment and just 60 seconds to cook. It takes even less time to demolish one. Located on Castle Street, in the heart of Liverpool’s business district, Rudy’s bright and beautiful restaurant slinging out pizzas and spritzes is a little bit of tranquility amid the mayhem.
Address: 3-7 Castle St, Liverpool L2 4SW
Are you wearing socks? If so they’re about to be blown off. You know before we mentioned that American Pizza Slice do an 18” pizza? Well, Otto’s, determined to prove that size does matter, have created a 20” pizza. Stretchable pants at the ready. Whilst the 20” monster is what they’ve become famous for we often find ourselves returning for the Nutella S’mores pizza. A sweet twist on an traditionally savoury dish that’d have Italian grandmothers having panic attacks. It is gooey, crispy, delicious and transports your mind to a campfire in the woods. The only difference is there’ll be no smoke going into your eyes and you get to lie on a couch rather than a rock after it.
Address: 4 Ashfield Rd, Liverpool, Merseyside L17 0BZ
Fritto is on a mission to enrich people’s lives through food. One bite of their pizza and we’d say they’re doing a pretty sterling job. When they’re not at Homebaked Anfield, the incredible baking co-operative, rustling up a storm full of fresh focaccia and more you can find them at various events around Liverpool. They’re masters as getting a good crust, it’s almost leopard print when it comes out of the even and provides the perfect bite every single time.
The Quarter is a buzzing and vibrant restaurant on the cobbles of Falkner Street. Whilst being renowned for its food, the venue is understated for its romance. The Quarter brings the best of Europe together; the road looks like something out of Amsterdam, the decor is reminiscent of Paris and the food is Italian inspired. Whilst we can vouch for all the stone baked pizzas, we love the ‘Peking Duck’ for its intrepid refute to be traditional. On top you’ll find confit duck leg, spring onion and hoisin sauce. Veggies, the ‘Goat Caprese’ is a winner and is full of gooey goats cheese, pesto that packs a punch and other roasted vegetables. They do gluten free pizza too, hurray!
Address: 7 Falkner St, L8 7PU
Pizza by the slice, gin by the goblet. The Merchant is everything you want it to be and more. The late-night slice bar has lined the stomachs of the revellers of the night for some time now and we always find ourselves coming back for more. During the cold winter months we recommend a slice (or three) of the Hot Damn! Not only is it all sorts of wonderful but it’s coated in fresh chilli to warm the furnace. Pour a bit of chilli oil over it if you’re a real maverick. Half price slices all times with the Independent Liverpool card.
Address: 38 Slater St, L1 4BX
Off the back of national acclaim for their pizza at the English Italian Awards, Il Forno have just opened their latest venture on, where else, but Bold Street? Every city has a street that defines them and for us, Bold Street keeps on doing that, month in and month out. They opened very recently and specialise in all things pizza, pasta and beer. They also have some organic and gluten-free dough available as well as a unique black dough that is equally as intriguing as it is delicious.
Address: 25 Bold Street, L1 4DN
We’re living in pop-up mania and once you come across Little Furnace, you become very pleased the pop-up world has had an osmosis into the pizza world. But as well as popping-up at various festivals, Little Furnace have got their own place on Smithdown Road as well as pizza residency at Baltic Market. No excuses to not grab one, eh? Out of all their pizzas there is one we hold closely to our heart and our hands and it’s the half margherita, half garlic bread. Yep, you read that right.
Address: Stanhope Street, Cains Brewery, L8 5XJ
The Italian Club
Rumour has it that the sauce on a pizza is the same colour of a true Italian’s blood. It was a comment we once seen on a YouTube video so it must be. One step into Italian Club and you’re made to feel like one of the family. You’re sat down amongst a shrine of family photos and given an offer you can’t refuse: tasty pizza. If you like a bit of spice in your life we recommend the Piciniscana, a combination of pork loin, fresh chillies, sausage and red peppers. There might not be a Nonna to greet you at this entrance and kiss you on the mouth but this pizza has just enough spice to jump up and do that.
Address: 85 Bold St, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 4HF
The Casa Italia opened its first restaurant in Liverpool in 1976. For over 40 years it has been one of the most loved Italian restaurants in the city and has been owned by the same Italian family for the last four decades. The family are from a small village in the North East of Italy called Ostra Vetere. Over the past three decades the likes of Paul McCartney, Liam Gallagher, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams have all graced their tables. We can’t work out whether it’s the food or the service that keeps people returning but we can guarantee the pizza plays a big part.
Address: 36-40 Stanley St, Liverpool L1 6AL
Crazy Pedro’s is the brainchild (and alter ego) of Lyndon Higginson, and brought to life along with co-owners Ross Mackenzie and Jobe Ferguson. Ross woke up one morning to a text from Lyndon which read: ‘I’VE GOT IT… CRAZY PEDRO’S PART-TIME PIZZA PARLOUR… MEZCAL AND PIZZA… TIL 4AM… ROCKING!’ and he just thought ‘oh he’s had a big night, he’ll sleep that one off and we’ll never hear of it again. Little did they all know that text would change their lives forever and turn out to be a stroke (or should we say slice?) of genius.
Address: 25 Parr Street, Liverpool, L1 4JN
Located between the cathedrals on Liverpool’s iconic Hope Street, Frederik’s has been a hub of the Georgian Quarter since 2013. The Brooklyn-style bar offers a wide range of craft beers, as well as gin and Prosecco serves and also enjoys an unmatched reputation for some of the best cocktails in town. Food is served daily from lunch into evening and the menu includes some pretty tasty pizzas.
Address: 32 Hope St, L1 9BX
Located in the heart of the city’s commercial district, the Old Hall Street eatery is situated in a grand Victorian building, and is surrounded by an impressive architectural backdrop rich in heritage and culture. Set across two floors, the stylish restaurant provides signature Italian charm with a contemporary yet inviting twist – making you feel at home as soon as you step inside. Pretty much everything is good but the pizza is really good. We wont judge you for getting a side plate of pasta with it.
Address: 25-31 Old Hall St, Liverpool L3 9BS
One of Liverpool’s most historic pubs. It was built in 1869 and named after the pub’s longest serving landlady, Mary Egerton. Mrs Egerton was also a registered theatrical agent and mixed with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Charlie Chaplin, Tom Jones and more. In obeisance to Mrs Egerton, it’s not unusual that we go for the “Tom Jones”, a chorizo, caramelised onion and santos tomatoes rectangular pizza. Now that’s a sex bomb.
Address: 9 Pudsey St, L1 1JA
Sometimes referred to as Claudio’s, the Pizza Parlour opened near Wavertree Park in 1977 and remains popular with good reason. This is the kind of pizza spot generations of family visit and the length of time they’ve been open is testament to their pizza. We always find ourselves returning for the seafood marina – it’s a taste of holiday and will whisk your tastebuds abroad if just for a while. Anchovies, tuna, prawns and black olives collide on a tasty tomato base with melty mozzarella. Authentically Italian, quintessentially Scouse.
Address: 284 Smithdown Rd, Liverpool L15 5AJ
New for 2015 from the team behind Liverpool student’s most beloved food and booze emporium, The Font, comes Dough Bar. Located at the edge of Grand Central student accommodation, Dough is a home from home for students and Scousers alike. As well as some dishy pizzas they also do a pretty mean dessert so luckily there’s a separate dessert organ that can handle an afters no matter how much pizza you have.
Address: Grand Central, Hilbre St, Liverpool L3 5GA
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