Whether it’s five in the evening and you’re craving Italian or it’s five a.m. and you’ve stumbled out of a club on Allenby unable to wait for Israeli breakfast, there’s nothing better than an authentic pizza pie. The current pizza scene is bursting with flavor in the White City: imagine the crispiest of crusts baked to perfection, hand stirred marinara that will put shakshuka sauce to shame and a never-ending combination of toppings. From Tel Aviv street food favorites like Tony Vespa to more refined picks, here’s our all-encompassing guide to the best restaurants in Tel Aviv serving pizza.
Pizza, pizza, pizza! The best restaurants in Tel Aviv for a slice or four
Thin crispy crust, authentic Italian sauce, and the finest buffalo mozzarella...am I in heaven? No, you are at HaPizza, Italian pizzeria. With some of the best pizza in Tel Aviv, it’s no shock the small space is always packed. Not only does HaPizza serve sensational thin crust pizza and gourmet toppings, it also features some of the most authentic pasta and gnocchi around. HaPizza brings Italy straight to the Holy Land with a menu of both classic and contemporary pizzas, pastas, and salads.
Started by a musician and pizza artist who immigrated to Israel from France, bringing with him everything he knows about dough and pizza, Philippe is a fusion of delicious flavors. Philippe doesn't compromise on anything – the dough is made using painstaking methods and the finest raw materials. The cooking process includes selecting special combinations of vegetables, fine cheeses, and sausages, as well as orchestrating the pizzas to come out at the exact right moment from the authentic wood-burning stove – hot and steamy, crisp, thin, and fresh. Philippe promises your encounter to be an “experience of tastes, aromas, and a great, joyful atmosphere.”
The winner of time Out Tel aviv best pizza award since it was established, and with three branches in Tel Aviv alone, Tony Vespa Pizza is the best spot to grab a slice or two in Tel Aviv. With original flavors and topping choices, Tony Vespa offers vegan options as well as a ton of great meat options. Slices are ordered by weight, so you can choose a custom size that suits your appetite perfectly! If you are looking for a quick and filling bite to eat in the center of Tel Aviv, look no further.
For those missing a slice of oversized pizzas — 50 cm to be precise — the Brooklyn-style pizza that doesn’t fall apart also seems to have a never-ending selection of toppings like artichokes, ham and cornichons, all with some serious New York nostalgia. For a decadent ending to your meal, get the calzone filled with nutella alongside some luscious soft serve ice cream.
Huddled in the newly opened Sarona is an historic German Templar compound established in the 19th century that now flaunts a slew of boutiques and restaurants fit for couples, friends and families. Third time's the charm as Rustico’s other two branches in Tel Aviv are humming with patrons from all over the world. Begin with beef Carpaccio and a fresh salad, take a breather with a gorgeously homemade brick-stone oven focaccia and end off slurping up a perfectly creamy pasta. Delicate flavors, relaxed atmosphere and little Italy in Israel, remember Rustico.
Nearly always buzzing with a young, hip crowd, Magazzino serves up Italian comfort food at reasonable prices. The tabun (clay oven) is just as busy as the atmosphere with creative pizzas coming out at all times, from the classics to funky renditions like the chili cheese and gorgonzola or the spicy eggplant version. A fun spot for cocktails and bites.
A family friendly establishment by day and a hip hang out by night, this Italian-style pizza parlour is more than just a place to get a great slice. Independent music on the record player and hand-picked Italian beer on tap is the perfect accompaniment to owner Uri’s thin crust handmade pizzas. Sit in the bar seating by the front window and people watch as you overlook the newly renovated Natanzon Street of downtown Haifa or opt to sit at the communal table and participate in the local conversations. Like an old school coffee house for the modern era of pizza-obsessed Israelis, this warm establishment is a bright spot in an already shining area.
This restaurant stall serves delicious Italian food featuring homemade pizzas and filling pastas. With delivery service and a fast food setting, the dishes manage to be made of the highest quality materials. With individual sized pizzas created with a unique blend of vegetables and a delicious thin crust you just can’t go wrong! Kiosko Pronto is not your average Italian kitchen, so prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the original creations. Described by guests as simple, fresh, and delicious, clearly it is a good choice to savor these amazing Italian delicacies.
Traveling with a large family in need of patient waiters, gigantic sizes and an atmosphere vibrant, yet relaxed enough to recline for dinner, makes Gusto the perfect haven for an unforgettable evening out. The winning combination of a traditional kitchen with a modern innovative spin on Italian cuisine makes Gusto stand ahead of the pack. And that’s not the only thing packing a punch, the quick service is a takeaway many locals love, the pasta is cooked to perfection, pizzas ooze with cheesy goodness and the drinks are always flowing.
Indulgence knows no bounds at Shine 38, an Italian restaurant perched on the corner and humming with people. Stroll by and it looks like any ol’ neighborhood café, but look a little closer and their pizza brick oven, excellent menu offering an array of delicious breakfasts, fresh salads and saucy pastas might keep you there forever. Stretch those legs outside on the large terrace, or dip in for desert, if you close your eyes you might hear the distant murmurs of vespas vrooming by and a swoosh of a gondola.