Pizza is probably one of the most famous dishes in the world. Pizza, as we know it, was invented in Naples and since then, along with its variants, has spread all over the world. In 2009, upon Italy’s request, Neapolitan pizza was registered with the European Union as a Traditional Guaranteed Dish and in 2017 the art of its making was included by UNESCO in its list of intangible cultural heritage. In Athens you can find numerous places making pizza, as it is one of Greeks most beloved dishes. In this article we are going to present our top picks for delicious and unique pizza in Athens and its suburbs. We have concentrated on places that make almost exclusively pizza and excluded trattorias, Italian restaurants or any other kind of restaurant.
Crust : In the revived neighbourhood of Psyri, Crust opens at noon everyday and offers excellent and delicious authentic New York pizza. The dough is fluffy and at the same time crispy, while the ingredients are always fresh. Perfectly baked and offering a wide variety of combinations, it is going to be hard to stop at one slice. (Protogenous 13, Psyri – Athens)
School Pizza Bar : Probably the most popular pizzeria in the city center. Always crowded, it offers tasty Italian pizza with a few American touches. The dough is thin and crispy. There is a good range of combinations and the pizza is always perfectly baked. The decoration of the restaurant which resembles a school classroom is also very interesting. (Plateia Agia Eirinis 8, Athens)
Smak : This place is one of these pleasant surprises you could find in downtown Athens. The place is the result of the effort and the will of four friends to make good pizza and peinirli. The difference here is in the dough, which is prepared and seasoned 6 days. The pizza is always baked the moment you order it and has a distinct shape with the edges raised. (Romvis 21, Athens)
Granello : Excellent pizza near Syntagma Square with tasty, crispy and flavouring dough from a cook who learned who to make it in UK. The place is prefect for those who want pizza to be extra thin. The quality and variety of toppings is very good and original (try pizza truffa for something totally different). (Perikleous 18, Syntagma – Athens) [pictured below left]
La Bella Napoli : A small pizzeria hidden in the streets of Dafni which makes probably the best authentic Italian pizza in the city. The owner and cook is Italian. He makes pizza in the original Neapolitan way and uses only Italian products. The choices are not many but each one of them is very tasty. This place is a real Italian experience. (Roumpesi 64, Dafni – Athens) [pictured above right]
Mystic Pizza and Pasta : This restaurant has been operating for the last 17 years (in Exarchia and recently in Pagrati as well) and is one of the places which has taught Athenians to seek and eat quality pizza. The secret here is in the dough which is made with flour from organic cannabis sativa, that gives pizza a unique taste. Mystic owes its success to its original recipes and the high quality organic products they use. (Emmanouel Mpenaki 76, Exarchia & Ferekydou 2, Pagrati – Athens)
Pizza Days : You can find this very good restaurant in two locations, in Ano Liosia and Agios Dimitrios. The pizza is made with fluffy dough and has very rich toppings. It has a distinct Greek touch but it is always tasty and made with fresh products. The place has its loyal customers and begins to gain good reputation across Athens. Here you could also taste very good sweet pizzas. (Pineiou 38, Ano Liosia & Andrea Papandreou 2, Agios Dimitrios)
Nonna Edda : What started as a common secret among the inhabitants of Kesariani, it’ s now considered one of the best Italian pizzas in the city, made by an Italian. The difference here is in the extra thin and extra tasty dough. Delicious, perfectly baked, always hot from the oven and made with authentic Italian products. You have a choice between red pizza (with tomato sauce ) and white pizza (without tomato sauce) (Ethnikis Antistaseos 62-64, Kesariani)
Just Pizza : In the streets of Zografou, you will find this small pizzeria, loved by the university students who live in the area (due to its proximity to the university campus). The two cooks had worked as pizza chefs in various restaurants in Greece and abroad, before opening their own pizzeria. The pizza is thin and tasty with fresh ingredients and well baked in wood-oven. The variety is sufficient and they also make excellent calzone. (Mouskou 21, Zografou)
Coupepe (Bake & Shake) : Far from the city center, this place deserves every km you will drive to find it. It started as a small place with three tables and now it is one of the most famous pizzerias in town. The dough is tasty and fresh, but what makes this place to stand out is the originality of the toppings they use. Chestnuts, chorizo, Iberian sausage, German speck, bresaola and curry are only few of the things you could taste on their pizzas. They have a distinction between red and white (bianca) pizzas, and also some excellent sweet ones. (Plateia Heroon Polytechneiou 31, Penteli)
These are our top ten choices for a slice of pizza around Athens. Do not hesitate to write about your favourite pizza in the comments area of this article or under the same post on our facebook page.