Every foodie needs to know where to find the best pizza in town. It’s one of those staples – so simple yet also so good. Unfortunately its simplicity can work against it as all too often restaurants serve pizza with doughy pie, low quality tomato sauce and mozzarella, and poor quality ingredients in questionable combinations. Pizza Hawaii anyone?!?
Luckily the quality of pizza has improved significantly in Amsterdam over the last years and Amsterdam now has four pizzerias worth a trip: Da Portare Via, Forno Communale, Renato’s and Yam Yam! All four are somewhat off the beaten path. All require reservations at least a few days in advance, except Da Porate Via, which is a take away as its name suggests. And all four serve great pizza – thin crust, from a wood fired oven, with fresh ingredients and generous toppings.
Da Portare has great quality pizza to take away. There are two locations, one in the Jordaan and on in De Pijp that also has a few tables. Newcomer Restaurant Forno Communale in West behind Overtoom draws a younger crowd with a simple and fairly priced menu. Renato’s Trattoria in de Pijp is small and traditional and stacks its pizza with fresh greens and herbs. And Yam Yam Trattoria, west of the Jordaan, is very busy with tables close to each other, an artsy feel to it and an incredible truffle pizza.
Da Portare Via
Da Portare Via makes thin crust pizzas to go at two locations – one on Leliegracht in the Jordaan and the other on Frans Halsstraat in de Pijp. Da Portare Via has some classics like Margarita and Napoletana as well as more interesting garnishings such as my favorite Don Floert with thinly sliced Parma ham and large humps of Ricotta cheese. All pizzas are available in small and normal size. The location in De Pijp also has some tables where you can enjoy your pizza with other guests. You order at the counter, pick up some drinks or a bottle of wine and wait for your pizza to be delivered at your table.
Leliegracht 34 (take away only)
1015 DG Amsterdam
Frans Halsstraat 63
1072 BM Amsterdam
Restaurant Forno Communale
Forno Communale opened in 2007 as a neighborhood pizzeria in West, behind Overtoom. It draws a young crowd with its stylish, modern interior and fairly priced menu. Forno uses trendy ingredients such as Gorgonzola, apples, raisins, Italian speck and wild salmon. There are some standard pizzas with a twist and some highly unusual ones like the pizza Forno with Gorgonzola, ham, apple, raisins and rucola. The crust is thin and the pizza baked briefly in the hot wood fired oven. The service is quick and many guests swiftly move on to one of the local bars. The wine – organized by categories cheap, decent, good and special – goes down well. And all pizzas are also available to-go – just order directly from the kitchen and wait for your pizza on one of the bar stools.
Rhijnvis Feithstraat 43
1054 TW Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0)20 618 74 15
Renato’s Trattoria is a small, authentic and family-run Italian in de Pijp. There are many bars and restaurants in the area and Renato has built up a great reputation with consistently good food and friendly, quick service. The interior is traditional Trattoria style with a large bar by the entrance, wooden tables and chairs, some food posters and a dominating Italian flag. The pizza selection is mostly classics. Renato uses fresh ingredients – some of them home-grown – on his quest for the perfect pizza. The dough is Italian style, made from the best flour. Toppings are generous, often garnished with heaps of greens and herbs, added after the pizza has been baked. One of my favorites is the pizza with Parma ham and rucola. Renato’s attracts mostly locals from de Pijp, especially in the summer when they bring out tables and chairs to the sidewalk.
Karel du Jardinstraat 32
1072 SK Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0)20 673 23 00
Yam Yam Trattoria
Yam Yam is a pizzeria and trattoria with a simple decor and a friendly, alternative flair. It’s located west of the Jordaan, has two dining rooms and an open kitchen and wood fired oven. The tables are very close to each other and Yam Yam has a busy and sometimes noisy atmosphere. The same friendly and cosmopolitan staff has been running the restaurant for a long time. The trattoria menu is written on a black board and the pizza selection is divided into classic and special. I go to Yam Yam for the unusual flavors of the special pizzas, using eclectic ingredients such as mascarpone, goat cheese or fennel salami. My absolute favorite is their pizza Yam Yam with truffle sauce, Parmesan, rucola and ham. The crust of the pizzas is very thin, forming large crusty bubbles in the oven. The crowd is mixed, consists of locals and visitors and anybody from couples on dates and to small groups and families.
Frederik Hendrikstraat 90
1052 HZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)20 681 50 97
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