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Where to eat the best pizza in Milan

You're spoilt for pizza choices here, but cut through the noise with our handy guide to the best of the best

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Michelle Schoenung
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You might be in Milan for shopping purposes. You might have seen how aesthetic parts of it are on TikTok. You might just want to explore a brand new Italian city and soak up the culture. But whatever you’re primarily in the city to do, there’s one thing you absolutely cannot miss. And that’s the pizza. 

Well, you’re in Italy after all, right? If it’s your first time, you’ll quickly realise that the food in Italy is as good as they say it is (even better). Fresh tomato sauce, buttery mozzarella, chewy, blistered dough wood-fired in the oven. Pizza here is an art, perfected over centuries and still delivering as the absolute best in the business. Here are our favourite pizzas in Milan. 

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This pizzeria is incredibly well known in Milan, and for good reason. For starters, it’s right next to the Duomo, so it’s perfect for tourists wanting to see (and taste) the city all in one. This does, however, lead to its only downfall — incredibly long lines form at the door, and it can sometimes be an hour before you’ve been seen. But don’t let the line put you off, because this might just be the best pizza you’ll have in Milan. Choose from pesto di basilico with pesto and provolone, salsiccia e friarielli with sausage and broccoli, and more. 

2. Starita

Legendary Starita has been serving classic pizzas in the Naples area for more than 100 years. The Milan location opened a few years ago off of Corso Sempione, and even the simple décor here is in line with the no-frills focus on the food. While waiting for your pizza, try one of the classic Neapolitan fried appetizers, like potato croquettes or stuffed zucchini flowers. Reservations not taken.

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Berberè
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3. Berberè

One of the best artisanal pizzerias on the scene, with five locations scattered across the city, Berberè uses sourdough when making its crusts. The dough rises for at least 24 hours (in some locations, you can even watch the kneading machine at work, which is surprisingly fascinating), and toppings are all organic. Pizzas are pre-cut into triangles for easy sharing. While waiting for your treat, snack on one of the small plates from the appetizer menu, like toasted bread with spicy ‘nduja sausage and smoked ricotta.

4. Dry Milano

Michelin-starred chef Andrea Berton launched Dry Milano a few years ago as an upscale cocktail bar that serves excellent gourmet pizza. Choose a basic pie from the menu and add your own toppings or opt for one of the chef’s specialities, including the friarielli, with broccoli rabe and pumpkin purée. Be sure to try one of the cocktails concocted by the expert mixologists on staff.

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Il Tegamino
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5. Il Tegamino

This cosy neighbourhood pizzeria and trattoria (the two are on opposite sides of the venue so, if you call to reserve, make sure to specify where you’d like to sit) serves delicious traditional Neapolitan pizza, but what makes it special is the homey atmosphere and the Neapolitan simpatia (charm) of the owner and waiters. There are also a variety of stuffed focaccias and different types of bruschetta that you should devour.

Da Zero
Photograph: Courtesy TripAdvisor/Da Zero

6. Da Zero

Da Zero (which translates to “from zero”) is all about starting things off with a quality base, meaning top ingredients from the Cilento area in the Campania region and products boasting a slow-food certification. The dough is a mix of specially grown grains, along with a little yeast and a lot of water, resulting in a unique crust that is not too heavy. Da Zero offers classic pizzas like Margherita and Marinara, along with more interesting combinations such as broccoli and sausage. Its focus on getting the basics right makes it a winner.

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7. Spontini

You can’t talk about pizza in Milan without mentioning Spontini, which began serving the good stuff by the slice back in the 1950s. Today, it is a growing chain expanding throughout Italy and beyond. Traditional Spontini slices have a thick, soft crust, tomato sauce with salt, pepper, olive oil, oregano and the added touch of anchovies (though you can request yours without). Eating on the go is clearly encouraged here.

Marghe

8. Marghe

Marghe has made a splash on the Milanese scene with its unique pizzas that take inspiration from the Neapolitan style, with an added modern twist. Because a special type of brewer’s yeast is used and the dough rises for at least 48 hours, the crust is light and airy, like biting into a cloud. A select number of speciality pies are offered, with toppings sourced from specific areas of Italy, such as San Marzano tomatoes, mortadella from Bologna and anchovies from Cetara. This is a hot ticket in Milan, and they don’t take reservations, so come early if you want to get a table.

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Lievità (a play on words meaning lightness and a reference to the rising of dough) offers a concept that focuses on gourmet Neapolitan-style pizza. Pies here, made with either semi-wholemeal or wholemeal flour, are nutritious, light and easy to digest (“digestability” is a very important concept to Italians when it comes to pizza). Find everything from the classic Margherita to more unusual variations with ingredients like pumpkin purée or pistachio pesto.

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While Pizzium does take inspiration from the simplicity of Neapolitan pizza, relying on just a few quality ingredients, it also searches the country for the best of what the various regions have to offer, like Pecorino Romano (in addition to the classic mozzarella) or prosciutto from San Daniele. Pizzium is a staple for its casual, welcoming atmosphere. In addition to a wide variety of pies, the appetizer list is excellent.

Pizza AM
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Ruizhi S.

12. Pizza AM

This bright, friendly neighbourhood spot with kitschy decor near Porta Romana always has lines out the door. Worry not, though: sometimes, a glass of prosecco and a piece of the house speciality pizza is offered while you wait. Run by award-winning pizzaiolo Pasquale Pometto, the pies here are made with love: no kneading machines are used as the dough is worked on by hand before being topped with quality ingredients and slid into the wood-burning oven.

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