Foodies Guide to the Top 10 Pizzerias in Bologna

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Foodies Guide to the Top 10 Pizzerias in Bologna

What’s cheesy, saucy, and zesty all over? Okay, a cheeseburger is an interesting answer. We were gonna go with pizza, though. There’s nothing like a toasty slice of pizza in our opinion. Especially one from an authentic Italian restaurant. Bologna, Italy has more amazing pizzerias than you can shake a breadstick at.

Each of these establishments offers something different and unique from the last - be it a cozy atmosphere, specialty dishes, or fascinating flavors of the week. Each of these pizzerias also serves mortadella. If you don’t know what that is, trust us, you’ll be an expert by the time you finish this guide. 

On that note, we happily present the Top 10 Pizzerias in Bologna. We’d like to suggest not visiting all of these places in one day. Pizza is amazing, but you will be cheesy, saucy, and zesty all over if you eat too much of it. But savor and dine as long as you wish after you drop extra bags and shopping parcels at a luggage storage locker in Bologna.


What are the key ingredients of a great pizza? Cheese, Marinara sauce, dough - yes on all fronts. But there’s another ingredient that we’re missing; one that can’t be bought at a store or grown on a farm. Quality is that special ingredient, and quality is king at Berberè. This pizzeria specializes in serving handcrafted artisanal pizzas

These pies don’t just taste great, they’re also baked with “living sourdough”. Sounds wild, right? Well, don’t be alarmed. Living sourdough actually works wonders in terms of digestion. Pizza that tastes amazing and makes you feel amazing - that’s exactly what’s in the oven at Berberè. 


With age comes experience, and with experience comes quality. That’s the case with Caruso. This pizzeria has been around for more than 30 years. That’s no accident - Caruso worked hard to earn the respect and patronage of its guests. An authentic wood oven, a spacious veranda, and a soothing atmosphere are some of Caruso’s claims to fame. A fine dining experience unlike anything you’ve experienced awaits you at this class pizzeria.


Good pizza isn’t hard to find. Great pizza is a bit trickier. However, pizza that’s delectable and affordable can seem a challenge to locate. At least, that’s the case if you don’t know where to look. Turn your gaze to CERTO! The name just jumps out at you, doesn’t it? 

Well, it’s not just the name - the taste and the price of this place’s pizzas are truly out of this world. This restaurant has a knack for pizza alla pala; it’s a Roman-style flatbread pizza that’s famous for its crisp taste and crunchy texture. You can feed the whole family without breaking the bank if you visit CERTO!

Mozzabella Pratello

So, we’re 4 entries in and we haven’t gushed about mortadella yet. Time to change that. For those of you who don’t know, mortadella is a popular dish in Bologna. Hmm, that description feels a bit underwhelming. 

Honestly, mortadella is a cultural touchstone for the city; young or old, rich or poor, Bologna’s citizens love this fatty, cured pork sausage dish. Mozzabella Pratello is one of our favorite places to order mortadella pizzas from. Don’t hesitate - order as much or as little of the stuff as you like.

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O' Fiore Mio

Craftsmanship and care go a long way towards making a meal feel special. At the risk of sounding corny, O' Fiore Mio puts the “art” in “culinary arts”. Their ingredients are all locally sourced, their sourdough is always made fresh, and their chefs cook their food with the utmost care. We say food because this pizzeria is just as popular for its tasty sandwiches as it is for zesty pizzas. Go on. Treat yourself. Order a little bit of both. You deserve it.

Pizzeria Vesuvia

Neapolitan cuisine doesn’t just refer to ice cream. Pizza can also come in a Neapolitan flavor. No, that doesn’t mean strawberries, chocolate, and vanilla will be slathered on top. Neapolitan pizza is heavy on the mozzarella and the tomato sauce. How does Pizzeria Vesuvia come into the picture? Well, this parlor specializes in baking Neapolitan pies. A cheesy, saucy, and hearty meal awaits you at Pizzeria Vesuvia.

Ranzani 13

Some folks believe that fancy restaurants are the only places that serve great food. Higher price tags guarantee higher quality, right? Ranzani 13 is proof that isn’t always the case. This pizzeria isn’t a traditional restaurant - it’s a gastropub that specializes in craft beer, burgers, and pizza. Prices aren’t steep, but the food still tastes incredible. This place is a bit tucked away though, so you’ll need to search for it. But hey, great things rarely come easy.

Ristorante Pizzeria La Verace

Contrary to Ranzani 13, Ristorante Pizzeria La Verace is about as traditional as you can get. That’s not an insult - it’s a compliment to an award-winning establishment that makes awesome Mediterranean pizzas. La Verace also uses a wood oven to preserve flavor, but they stick with traditional whole wheat dough. 

Classic Bolognese cuisine (we’re talking mortadella, you know) is also on offer. Add in fantastic fish dishes and it’s easy to see why this pizzeria is so popular. Really, there’s no school like the old school.

Zapap Pratello

Lots of dough, lots of cheese, choice meats, and ice-cold beer. That’s how Zapap Pratello rolls. Every meal is made with customer satisfaction in mind. Each bite envelops you and delights your tastebuds. Zapap Pratello is what we like to call a “low key joint”. That means that this pizzeria is tucked away, and its prices are incredibly affordable. 

Their ingredients come from local sources, as do their craft beers. Frequent patrons all seem to agree that this is one of the best places to grab Buffalo Mozzarella. Zapap Pratello is worth a few visits, to say the least.


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