Celebrate National Pizza Day with these Local Favourites
National Pizza Day falls on 9th February, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by visiting our favourite independent pizzerias for a delicious slice or two
Scream For Pizza
After training in Naples at the famous La Notizia Restaurant, Alex and Victoria pledged to return home to create mouthwatering pizza worth shouting (or screaming) about. Seven years later and the team are still creating exceptional wood-fired pizzas which the North East can’t get enough of – they’ve even opened their second venue on Newcastle’s Quayside where pizza lovers can order a slice followed by an artisan ice cream.
Our pick: The Brooklyn Bee – San Marzano tomato sauce, fior di latte, pecorino, spianta salami, pepperoni, basil and chilli honey drizzle.
21-25 Starbeck Avenue, Sandyford, Newcastle NE2 1RJ
0191 261 7974
At this relaxed neighbourhood pizzeria, enjoy slices of delicious pizza which follow the traditional artistry of Naples. With restaurants in other major cities too, the team at Rudy’s know how to create pizza properly. From traditional Margherita, to toppings including wild boar salame, roquito peppers and roasted aubergine, there is something for everyone.
Our pick: Porchetta – a white pizza topped with roast porchetta, sage roasted potatoes, smoked mozzarella, caramelised onions and rosemary oil.
2 New Station Street, Leeds LS1 5DL
0113 834 9697
Found in the heart of Harrogate, serving freshly made pizzas using their 20-year-old sourdough recipe, Pizza Social is the perfect place to visit on National Pizza Day. Their long fermentation process creates a light, thin and chewy base, whilst mozzarella and fresh tomatoes imported from Italy are combined with locally-sourced toppings for the perfect slice.
Our pick: Truffle Shuffle – Tomato, mozzarella, balsamic onions, mushrooms, rocket and truffle oil. Pizza Social also make a pizza of the week so make sure to ask the staff what’s on the specials menu.
4 Oxford Buildings, Mount Parade, Harrogate HG1 1BX
Wild Fire Pizza
Born in lockdown in 2020, Wild Fire Pizza has become a popular choice amongst the locals of Sunderland and has now found permanent residency at The Ship Isis. The light, hand-stretched dough is topped with fresh ingredients including some from local suppliers Block and Bottle and Kaltur.
Our pick: The Blueprint – San Marzano, fresh garlic, garlic oil and fresh oregano. Top with parmesan, anchovy fillets or chestnut mushrooms for a small added cost.
One of Newcastle’s newest pizza parlours is Square, serving Detroit-style deep and square pizza. The 48 hour dough is cooked in blue steel pans with caramelised cheese crusts, a crispy base, a fluffy centre and the sauce always on top. If you want pizza by the slice, head to their city centre pizzeria, or order a giant 14 by 10 inch deep dish pizza – enough to feed two.
Our pick: Chicky Chicky Parm Parm – a three cheese blend, slow cooked red sauce, house fried chicken, creamy burrata, oreganata breadcrumbs, shaved parmesan, garlic ranch and fresh basil.
1 Market Street, Newcastle NE1 6JE
0191 933 3519
Elliott’s Craft Pizza and Grill
If you’re looking for pizza on National Pizza Day, Elliott’s in Sowerby Bridge is the place to visit. Making their pizzas with organic stone-milled whole grain flour in a 48 hour fermentation process, the team at Elliott’s take the time to perfect every pizza here.
Our pick: Napoli – salted anchovies and mixed olives.
5 Oldham Road, Ripponden HX6 4DN
This Sunderland pizza parlour and bar offers hand-stretched pizza as well as some colourful cocktails and craft beers. The pizza here is unlike any other with quirky toppings such as hoi sin duck and locally landed crab meat to get your tastebuds tingling.
Our pick: Roast Duck – hoi sin sauce, flior di latte, oven roast duck, pickled cucumber, spring onion, fresh coriander, finished with a Szechuan salt blend.
1-2 Burdon Road, Sunderland SR1 1QB
0191 565 4934
In the heart of Sheffield you’ll find Proove, a pizza restaurant on Fulwood’s bustling high street, serving award-winning Neapolitan pizza. Recently crowned the Best Neapolitan Pizza Restaurant by LUXlife Hospitality Awards, and with an extensive menu including pizzas with classic Italian toppings and some adventurous flavours too, head to Proove for a slice of heaven this National Pizza Day.
Our pick: Salsiccia and Friarielli – a classic Neapolitan white pizza with smoked mozzarella, crumbled salsiccia, friarielli and chillies.
261 Fulwood Road, Sheffield S10 3BD
0114 294 5185