If you’ve visited any Italian city before, you’ll know there’s always time for pizza, whether lunch or dinner. And Florence is no different! People don’t realize how popular pizza is in Florence. I was amazed that I saw so many pizzerias baking up their next batch of Margherita on almost every corner.
With so many options, from Prosciutto e Funghi to Capricciosa and hefty competition, you’re almost guaranteed to get a tastier serving every time.
I have tried and tested some of the finest pizzerias in Florence and compiled a list of my favorites you should check out on your next visit. And for a more immersive culinary experience, consider joining one of our Florence food tours, where you can discover these and other hidden gems throughout the city.
Let’s show you where to get the best pizza in Florence.
Mister Pizza immediately caught my eye one day as I walked through the Piazza del Duomo. There was a sign standing outside that had written on it, “light and digestible,” and since I was only slightly peckish, I thought it would be perfect for how hungry I was feeling.
As I stepped inside, I was impressed by the plethora of pizza varieties on the menu. They had a classic section with options like Modesta, made with fresh regional tomatoes, mozzarella, and Italian-cooked ham.
There was also a premium section for customers who really wanted to splash out that included a pizza with truffle flakes, EVO oil, and a tasty stretched-cured cheese called Apulian burrata stracciatella.
The La Fiorentina pizza stood out to me since it was a local option, so I ordered that. I wasn’t disappointed; the thin crust was delightfully crunchy, the beef tartare was very rich with an explosive taste of Worchester sauce, and the dust of lime on top brought a nice zest to the aftertaste.
On my visit, Mister Pizza was packed; everyone was trying to escape the insane temperatures that day. Fortunately, the outside seating spaces were empty, so I took advantage of them and had a beautiful, unobstructed view of the Duomo to myself.
Mister Pizza (€) – Piazza del Duomo, 5r, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy – Every day, 11:30 am to 4:00 am every day
I learned about La Divina from the woman working in my hotel at reception on my last weekend away in Florence. As I checked in, I asked where I could find the best pizza in the city, and she said La Divina was her favorite.
La Divina is quite a small pizza joint with only a handful of seats. Initially, I questioned whether I was at the right place, but it clicked once I saw the humongous cheese-covered doughy circles. The two men working behind the counter were so jolly and made me feel welcome, which is always nice.
The turnaround time for an order at La Divina was insane. Within six minutes, I had my traditional Neapolitan pizza dropped right in front of me.
It was absolutely delicious; the base was made from 100% soft wheat flour. The toppings included freshly made tomato sauce that was quite sweet, an elastic dollop of milky Fiordilatte mozzarella, and some dense, umami-flavored Cantabrian anchovies.
La Divina (€€) – Borgo Allegri, 50/red, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy – Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 12:00 am
Pizzagnalo was once a tiny pizzeria with one oven and two enthusiastic chefs who had a dream, and has since become one of the best pizza shops in the city. The story behind this place drew me in. I had heard so much about it from friends who had visited Florence before, so I set out to go there.
The building is quite spacious, with plenty of indoor seating and outdoor options, too, and the front desk has an open window where you can see inside the kitchen to watch the magic happen. In terms of the mood, it’s relatively relaxed even though they get a serious number of customers daily.
I was fascinated to hear that the dough used for every pizza at Pizzagnalo is entirely gluten-free. The chef told me that the dough is prepared at a leavening between 24 and 36 hours with 70% hydration. It was a great insight into the work they do.
The menu at Pizzagnalo had an overwhelming selection that took me a bit by surprise. I ended up having the Calzone Classico.
It was very heavy and quite doughy with a lot of fillings like earthy mushrooms, soft and creamy mozzarella, smoky ham, and an acidic tomato sauce. I may have added on a few unwanted pounds from eating it, but it was well worth it!
Pizzagnalo (€) – Via dell’Agnolo, 107R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy – Monday to Thursday, 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, Friday to Sunday, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Seconds away from the famous Ponte Vecchio, it’s hard to compete with the scrumptious pizza offered at Mangiapizza. Everyone always talks about their rectangular-shaped ciabatta specialty dough.
Mangiapizza is one of the trendier pizza joints in town; it has a mixed vibe of traditional Italian elegance and upmarket beauty with stooled seating, modern ovens, and a gorgeous little wine bar suspended above the front counter.
What stood out to me at Mangiapizza was how basic the menu was; there were only 15 pizza options with a couple of starters, but they made each one to perfection.
My buddy and I ordered a platter of Tuscan cold cuts of cheese, which alone could have filled us for the evening with how heavy they were, but we were feeling optimistic, so we ordered pizzas too.
I went for the pizza with homemade Tuscan pesto, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella. The nuttiness from the pesto, mixed in with the creaminess of the mozzarella as it melted onto the crunchy ciabatta dough, was truly delightful.
Mangiapizza (€) – Via Lambertesca, 24/26/R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy – Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Fermento 1889’s dough chef Gianluca Vella’s secret recipe has been attracting locals and tourists since its opening in 2017. I can’t put my finger on what the chefs do to the dough here that makes it so light but so crunchy that it melts as it touches your mouth.
This is undoubtedly one of the smallest pizzerias I have ever been to; the whole inside only covers an area of 19m2, but the ambiance is unmatched; from the “misty colored” walls to the dim lighting, it’s such a cool venue.
During my visit to Fermento 1899, I wasn’t overly hungry after just having finished a scoop of gelato, so I kept things basic and ordered the Margherita.
To say it was amazing would be an understatement; the extra virgin olive oil dripped right into the fior di latte mozzarella and gave it an extra cheesy kick, and the basil placed on top added a hint of pepperiness to it.
Fermento 1899 (€) – Borgo S. Frediano, 42r, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy – Monday to Friday, 6:00 pm to 12:00 am
Berberè Santa Croce
With pizzerias all throughout Italy, the Berberè chain has become a staple pizza across the country, and the one in Santa Croce is one of my favorites. All of their pizzas are made with fresh sourdough and left to set at a controlled temperature between 20 and 24 degrees.
I loved the unique interiors of this Berberè, including the stoned-carved walls, the pendant lights, and the creative murals on the walls.
There was a lively buzz about the place; all the tables were full, and everyone was chatting away. It’s one of the kinds of pizza places you’d go to on a Friday night after work.
After one glance at the menu, I already knew what I wanted, and that was the Sausage and Parmesan Pizza.
The Mora Romagnola sausage was what really made this pizza stand out; it was rich, fatty, and filled with pungent herbs that added to the licorice taste from the fennel seeds and the tanginess of the 24-month parmigiano reggiano.
To top it all off, I ordered a glass of refreshing Failoni Marche Rosé. The floral flavor was powerful, and the natural sugars gave it a mild sweetness, which I found to be pleasantly enjoyable.
Berberè Santa Croce (€) – Via dei Benci, 7, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy – Every day, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
I hope you’ve enjoyed my picks for the best pizzas in Florence. After Naples, of course, nothing comes close to this beautiful city for a serving of a couple of slices.
If you’re in the mood for something a bit more out there, check out my article on unique pizza in Florence, where I break down some of the city’s coolest pizza establishments. Whether it’s crazy recipes that are hard to come by or quirky locations, you’ll find it there!
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