Whether you prefer authentic Italian style with a thin base, or the American deep dish take on the classic dish, there are few simple culinary pleasures better than tucking into a delicious pizza. It’s a hearty, filling dish that has so much variety with its endless choice of toppings.
It’s a dish that is easy to get wrong, though! Nobody wants a soggy base or bland toppings, so it’s important to find somewhere nice for pizza when you do decide to be self-indulgent and tuck in.
We’ve compiled our list of ten of the best places to get pizza, so you make a great choice when looking to dine out — leave your comments and let us know where your favourite place to get pizza is!
Exe Valley Pizza Co, numerous locations!
We’re starting with something a little unique; this firm has a bespoke van where they make their handmade woodfired pizza, freshly cooked on the streets of Devon communities each week. The bases are flavoursome, the toppings on offer are varied and change with the seasons and they’re also really well priced. Check out their website to find out where they’ll be each night of the week.
This restaurant has a dedicated following locally and has a focus on making their gourmet pizzas using organic, local ingredients. You can eat in or take away; we recommend eating in, as the restaurant has a relaxed and welcoming ambience. There are some delicious sides to choose from to mix things up too — the nachos are a particular highlight!
The Stable, Barbican
We don’t often recommend chains here on South West News, but this chain is based almost entirely in the South West, so we’re willing to make an exception! We particularly like the Plymouth restaurant, located at the heart of the harbour on Plymouth’s bustling Barbican waterfront. The outdoor area is a wonderful spot to relax and watch the world go by. As well as offering delicious pizza, the Plymouth Stable specialises in cider, serving more than 50 varieties!
On the Waterfront, Exeter
There are few restaurants in the whole of Devon with a better location than On the Waterfront, a unique restaurant located on Exeter’s picturesque quayside with a perfectly placed terrace for al fresco dining. Luckily, their food matches the location, with a wide range of handcrafted pizzas that will really hit the spot.
Pig & Olive, Westward Ho!
The wood fired and stone baked pizzas served at The Pig and Olive are a real treat. The quality toppings are produced in north Devon; some of their pizzas use delicious pulled pork made at Coach House Farm in High Bickington. Their pizzas are cooked in a wood fired oven, which is so hot that they’re cooked between 60 and 90 seconds!
Fortescue Inn, Salcombe
Salcombe is an increasingly popular place to visit and if you’re paying a visit to this exclusive seaside town, the pizzas served at The Fortescue Inn are worth paying a visit for. There’s a nice terrace to soak up some of the coastal sunshine while you enjoy your pizza.
Old Firehouse, Exeter
This popular city centre ale pub might not be an obvious choice, but the pizzas sold here are huge! They’re giant and designed to feed more than one person, which plays into the buzzy communal atmosphere of the pub, which is known to be one of the best ale and cider pubs in Exeter. There’s a few pizzas to choose from, which are served from midday, plus there are some other pub favourites on the menu too.
Le Pisani, Seaton and Axminster
The entire menu at Le Pisani’s two restaurants have a heavy Mediterranean influence with hints of Devon through the ingredients used. There’s takeaway too, but the relaxed Mediterranean vibe in the restaurant makes it a wonderful place for a date night or catch up with friends.
Quo Vadis, Heavitree (gourmet)
This independent Italian restaurant serves a wide range of gourmet food, including 20 choices of delectable pizza. The restaurant itself has a welcoming atmosphere and the excellent service makes it a great choice for special occasions.
Flame Factory, Appledore
The family-run Flame Factory presents wood fired pizza, flame grilled burgers and steaks in a beautiful Georgian building that stands tall on the Appledore quay front, overlooking the calm waters of the estuary. Their meaty pizzas are a delight, but there’s a generous choice of vegetarian and gluten free options too.
That’s our list! What do you make of it, have we included your favourites? Let us know in the comments below!