The Best Pizzerias Across Yorkshire and the North East
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Head to Darlington’s award-winning, family-run Neapolitan pizzeria and enoteca for delicious pizza made using the finest ingredients. Working with local businesses and suppliers to ensure all their ingredients are fresh and seasonal, as well as importing the best Italian produce, it’s no wonder this pizzeria is so popular. As well as Italian sides such as arancini and sharing platters, we recommend the wood-fired Autunno pizza – a creme di zucca base, topped with provolone and scamorza cheeses, garlic, wood-fired mushrooms and finished with 24-month-aged parmesan.
33–35 Duke Street, Darlington DL3 7RX
This cosy pizzeria on Heaton’s bustling Chillingham Road is so popular you need to book early to bag a seat, but they do takeaways too. Creating delicious Neapolitan pizza, as well as serving charcuterie, small plates and natural wine, it’s another of Heaton’s real treasures. We love the portobello pizza topped with hand-crushed tomatoes, Fior di Latte, portobello mushrooms, fresh basil, garlic oil and parmesan.
218a Chillingham Road, Heaton NE6 5LP
Scream For Pizza
The Scream For Pizza journey started back in 2014 when founders Victoria and Alex left their jobs and headed to Naples to pursue their passion for pizza. After training at Enzo Coccia’s celebrated La Notizia restaurant, the pair came back to the North East and took to the streets in their converted pizza van. Now Scream have their own restaurant in Sandyford where they create exceptional wood-fired pizzas. They also have a second venue on Newcastle Quayside where you can grab a slice to go.
21–25 Starbeck Avenue, Sandyford, Newcastle NE2 1RJ
0191 261 7974
Up North Pizzeria & Deli
Up North serve tasty Neapolitan-style pizza in the heart of South Shields. Dine in or take away, and enjoy 12-inch pizzas created using hand-stretched, homemade dough, San Marzano tomato bases, oregano and extra virgin olive oil. Our pick is the spicy bufala with buffalo mozzarella, ‘nduja, pepperoni and red peppers.
Westoe Crown Village, South Shields NE33 3PE
0191 455 0271
Pizza at Square is created Detroit-style – deep and square with delicious sauce on top. Using dough which has proved for 48 hours, the pizza here is cooked in blue steel pans which gives it a delicious caramelised cheese crust, a crispy base and a fluffy centre. At the slice house in Newcastle, sit in for tasty squares of pizza alongside waffle fries and delicious dips, or order 14-inch pizza pies to share with friends at home.
1 Market Street, Newcastle NE1 6JE
0191 933 3519
Formerly Eleven, the team at Bawn have transformed their Ponteland hub into a plates, pizza and wine restaurant. The menu is filled with seasonal small plates and New York-style sourdough pizza and the dishes change depending on the best ingredients available – think pizza topped with ricotta cream, courgettes, spenwood cheese and salsa verde. Make sure to order a side of roasted garlic mayonnaise to dip your crusts into.
11 Main Street, Ponteland NE20 0ES
No. Twenty Three
This Saltburn gem serves up authentic Neapolitan pizza using fresh dough which is rested for 48 hours before being hand-stretched and topped with the finest Italian ingredients. Cooking in as little as 60 seconds in their wood-fired pizza oven, enjoy light, soft and thin pizzas with puffy crusts. Order the pizza Florentine topped with black olives, spinach and a free-range egg, and thank us later.
23 Milton Street, Saltburn TS12 1DJ
Just off Gosforth’s bustling High Street, Koru is a friendly, family-run artisan pizzeria serving deliciously different pizzas. Their extensive menu offers unusual and delicious toppings including chicken tikka with cashew nuts and spicy mango and mint chutney, marinated prawns with rocket and fennel, and pumpkin seed, blue cheese and mushrooms. Sit inside, outside or take yours away to enjoy at home.
83b Salters Road, Gosforth NE3 1DU
0191 816 1154
On the Northumberland coast, near Embleton, you’ll find this small converted shipping container slinging tasty pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven. Take a seat under the canopy cover and order everything from a classic cheese pizza (topped with basil, padano and extra virgin olive oil) to The Stinger spicy pizza made with pepperoni, cured sobrasada sausage and homemade hot honey. Make sure to check their socials for opening times before you go.
Eleanor’s Byre, Spitalford, Alnwick NE66 3DW
Wild Fire Pizza
Born during lockdown in 2020, Wild Fire serve tasty pizzas made with the finest ingredients to the locals of Sunderland, and after a year of pop-ups, they found their permanent home in The Ship Isis. Pizza lovers will want to stop by for a hand-stretched pizza slice and a pint, and be sure to look our for their weekly specials.
26 Silksworth Row, Sunderland SR1 3QJ
Knead a Slice
Bishop Auckland’s contemporary, Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant, Knead a Slice, serves authentic pizza using dough which has proved for 24 hours, and is then hand-stretched and topped with in-house sauces and the freshest toppings. As well as daily specials, their regular pizza menu is extensive – we recommend the 10-inch BBQ chicken which comes with barbecue sauce, red onions, chicken, piquante peppers and chillies.
29 Fore Bondgate, Bishop Auckland DL14 7PE
Punto Italian Kitchen
This Heaton hotspot specialises in mouth-watering sourdough pizza made with expertly-sourced ingredients. The sourdough is aged for 72 hours and hand-stretched before Punto’s signature pizza sauce and carefully selected toppings are added. Pizzas are then cooked in their Gozney wood-fired oven. Look out for their La Bomba pizza topped with crushed pistachios, sliced sausage, a whole burrata and pesto dressing – it’s our favourite.
210 Heaton Road, Newcastle NE6 5HP
0191 258 7999
Keeping it simple and delicious, Napoli Centro is a small pizza restaurant in Sheffield who focus on making the best dough possible and sourcing delicious ingredients from local producers, as well as from their friends in Italy. The pizza here is cooked the Neapolitan way, hot and fast, and served alongside a range of small dishes inspired by Neapolitan street food classics.
343 Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2HP
0114 270 0050
Whether you’re in the mood for a slice or a full pizza pie, Leeds’ Well Oiled pizzeria have you covered with scrumptious Detroit-style pizza. Their focaccia-style dough is double proved for 48 hours, maximising the flavour, before being topped with artisan ingredients and baked in rectangular steel pans. Can’t sit in? Fear not as you can have these light and fluffy deep-dough pizzas with caramelised cheese crunchy crusts to take away.
The Meanwood Tavern, 607 Meanwood Road, Leeds LS6 4HQ
0113 730 3160
In the bustling neighbourhood of Oakwood in Leeds, Pizza Loco is a wood-fired pizzeria specialising in Neapolitan-style pizza and wood-fired sandwiches (otherwise known as panuozzi). Dine here for soft, light and airy-crusted traditional pizza which has been given a Pizza Loco twist for extra flavour.
484 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds LS8 2HU
0113 450 3056
This hugely popular pizzeria was established in 2020, bringing authentic Neapolitan pizza to the city of York. With AVPN accreditation, Cresci embody the essence of Naples and their independent pizzeria thrives on an intense passion for food, hand crafting each pizza from scratch. Using top-quality ingredients, the team create authentic flavours and our favourite is the Salsiccia e Porcini: fior di latte mozzarella, sautéed porcini mushrooms, fennel-flavoured sausage, pecorino romano cheese, basil and extra virgin olive oil.
20 Piccadilly, York YO1 9NU
On Whitby’s West Cliff, this independent pizzeria has been slinging delicious pizza since 2021. With an open kitchen, you can watch the chefs create your sourdough pizza before cooking it in their speciality wood-fired pizza oven. Try one of the tasty appetisers such as homemade meatballs or wood-fired lamb chops before ordering your main. We recommend the chicken shawarma pizza with pomegranate, mint yoghurt, mozzarella and san marzano tomatoes.
West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3HT
Nestled on Sheffield’s bustling Fulwood Road, Proove Pizza is an award-winning independent pizzeria serving authentic pizza and small plates. Inspired by the streets of Naples, Proove have a delicious menu where pizza is created with passion and quality ingredients. They also offer tasty vegan pizzas such as the Pesto Royale with a homemade pesto base, topped with vegan mozzarella, fresh chillies, red onions, artichoke and portobello mushrooms roasted in truffle oil. They’ve also opened their latest venue in Orchard Square too.
261 Fulwood Road, Broomhill, Sheffield S10 3BD
0114 294 5185
Pizza on the Square
From the team behind SALT beer, Pizza on the Square is housed in the Grade II-listed Old Town Hall in Malton. Created using their trademark sourdough which is made in-house every day and proven for a minimum of 48 hours, their pizzas are loaded with the finest ingredients and cooked for the perfect crust. Look out for the delicious Zucca pizza topped with homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella, roast butternut squash, goat’s cheese and chilli.
Old Town Hall, Market Place, Malton YO17 7LW
Popular for their slow-fermented dough which gives their pizzas a light, soft and chewy base (with a big crust of course), and cooked super-fast at high temperatures in their pizza oven, Pizza Social is where to get delicious thin slices. Using the best flour, tomatoes and mozzarella imported from Italy, alongside locally-sourced Yorkshire toppings, you’ll be spoilt for choice at what to order here. Don’t fancy sitting in? Order your pizza to take away and enjoy at home.
4 Oxford Buildings, Mount Parade, Harrogate HG1 1BX
With pizzerias dotted across Yorkshire, Rudy’s is a sure choice for a delicious slice or two. Head to Chapel Allerton where you’ll find their relaxed neighbourhood pizzeria serving fresh Neapolitan pizza daily. As well as their regular menu which features all the classics and some deliciously different pizza toppings, look out for their specials menu. You can also order extra toppings to add to your pizza, including your favourite veggies, meat, cheese or oils.
Leeds, Chapel Allerton and Sheffield
Knead Pizzeria and Bar
This traditional Italian pizzeria and cocktail bar in the heart of Halifax make their pizza the Italian way in their authentic brick oven. Making sure the dough is rested for at least 72 hours gives their slices a deliciously crispy texture. After an Italian aperitivo at the bar, we recommend ordering the Napoletana pizza topped with capers, garlic, black taggiasca olives and anchovies, with a side of truffle mayo to dip your crusts.
2 Crossley House, Crossley Street, Halifax HX1 1UG
Rad Pizza Shop
Forward-thinking pizza slingers Rad use local and seasonal ingredients to create their Neapolitan-style wood-fired sourdough pizzas. Found in the quirky Spark:York, this independent pizza business make their dough on site, leaving it to prove for a minimum of 48 hours before hand-stretching and topping with delicious fior di latte cheese and san marzano tomatoes. Try the Calbrese Carne with pepperoni, spicy Calabrian sausage, parmesan, honey and basil.
17–21 Piccadilly, York YO1 9PB
A casual, family-run Italian pizzeria restaurant and deli is what you’ll find at Sheffield’s Paesani. Using top-quality, authentic ingredients to craft delicious pizzas which are cooked in their wood-fired pizza oven, enjoy all the classics with a special twist. We love the spicy Salsiccia e Friarielli with Italian sausage and chilli, or order the Salmone with rocket, smoked salmon and buffalo mozzarella for something a little different.
257–259 Crookes, Sheffield S10 1TF
0114 327 8241