These are the best pizzas in Milan (2024)

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

Photograph: Pizzium

Written by Emma Harper, Michelle Schoenung & Marianna Cerini

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After a long day of shopping, sightseeing and soaking up Milan’s culture, there’s only one thing you need. Milan’s incredible restaurants serve up all the Italian delights you can imagine, but sometimes nothing will hit but a fresh-out-the-oven pizza.

Luckily, Milan has got some of the best pizza around. 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 guide was recently updated by Marianna Cerini, a writer based in Milan. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

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Where to eat pizza in Milan

1.Gino Sorbillo Lievito Madre
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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
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LegendaryStaritahas been serving classic pizzas in the Naples area for more than 100 years. The Milan location opened a fewyears 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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3.Berberè
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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

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Michelin-starred chef Andrea Berton launched Dry Milanoin 2013 as an upscale co*cktail 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 thefriarielli, with broccoli rabe and pumpkin purée. Be sure to try one of the co*cktails concocted by the expert mixologists on staff.

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5.Denis Pizza di Montagna

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With two locations in Milan – one in chic Moscova, the other in buzzy Porta Venezia – Denis Pizza di Montagna is a favourite among Milanese who are serious about their pizza. Don’t be fooled by the cosy (and admittedly tad surprising for a pizza place) chalet-inspired decor – courtesy of owner Denis Lovatel, who used to be a second-generation pizzaiolo in the Dolomites – and take a look at the menu instead: on offer here are some of the city’s most avant-garde pies, featuring paper-thin crust and a blend of wild herbs, as well as ingredients like berries, mountain cheeses and seasonal vegetables. A wide range of natural wines and Champagne is also a welcome departure from the classic pizza-and-beer pairing.

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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.Marghe

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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.

8.Lievità

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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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9.Pizza Big

As its name would suggest, Pizza Big churns out wagon-wheel-sized pizzas bigger than the plate they’re served on. Expect a classic round Milanese pizza with a crunchy, ultra-thin crust. Located near Stazione Centrale, this is an unpretentious place with paper placemats that serve as the menu, but it is very popular with locals.

10.Pizzium

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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.

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