Done right, pizza is food of the gods. Melted cheese, tomato base and the ever changing array of toppings keeps pizza up there as one of the UK’s most favourite cuisines. And, us Yorkshire folk are no different. Finding a pizza place that does it just right for you is like looking for a needle in a haystack, especially in the city of Leeds. We’ve rounded up the best slices around, in no particular order, just for you.
1. Pizza Fella, Vicar Ln
Opening in 2016, Pizza Fella have made themselves known, and cemented themselves in the city of Leeds. Originally started in a converted Citroen H van, their ethos is food focused simple and relaxed food. Their pizza is the classic Neapolitan pizza. Whether you are going to try their Margherita or something a little more special, you will not be disappointed. The owner, Miles, began his love of the traditional Neapolitan pizza in 2014 on a trip to Naples where he trained with Figlia Del Presidente. Pizza Fella, 114-116 Vicar Ln, Leeds, LS2 7NL.
2. Culto, Meanwood
The first thing you’ll notice about Meanwood’s Culto, is its laid-back atmosphere. The second is the amazing smells that make their way from the stone-baked pizzas. You can eat in or order to go. They have an array of various Italian classic pizzas to try such as Capricciosa, Bianca, Diablo and the Vegetariana. You can upgrade to their special black pizza base. This is made with vegetable charcoal, which is apparently has many benefits that detoxify the body. Culto, 97 Stainbeck Rd, Meanwood, Leeds, LS7 2PR.
3. Ecco, Headingley
Located in the student area of Leeds, Ecco prides themselves on creating authentic Neapolitan pizza, following in the footsteps of the origin of the best pizza. Using the old techniques their pizzas are cooked in 800 degree wood-fired ovens.
Pizza will cook within 60 seconds. Ecco prides itself on using organic, seasonal ingredients from local farmers and artisans, when and where items can be they’re ordered directly from Italy. These strict rules help this pizzeria become one of Leeds most highly regarded. They live by the simple ethos of ‘honest, natural and healthy pizza in its purest form’. Sounds perfect to us! Ecco, 93 Otley Rd, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3PS.
4. Grumpy’s, Farsley
Community is at the heart of Grump’s, affectionately named after the owner’s father. Sister Cassie and Alex Rogerson have created a beautiful back drop for their great Roman-style pizzas that are baked in a wood-fired oven. Just a stone’s throw from the city centre, Farsley’s eatery has established itself within the community. They name all their pizzas after people such as the ‘Simon’ which is a nduja hot chilli salumi and wood-fired chicken. Grumpy’s, 2, Old Combing, Paradise St, Farsley, Leeds, LS28 5UJ.
5. Dough Boys, Belgrave St
Found within one of the city’s most coolest bars, Belgrave Music Hall, Dough Boys pizza slices are renowned in Leeds. Made with fresh ingredients that and sourced locally where possible. Served in a laid back manner with the a no frills approach. Dough Boys let the food do the talking, and talk it does. They usually have as many as six varieties to choose from with a vegan option available. Enjoy the eclectic options of beers in this food hall with a slice of heaven with the unique options that Dough Boys have to offer. Dough Boys, 1A Cross Belgrave St, Leeds, LS2 8JP.
6. Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza, New Station St
Manchester born pizzeria, Rudy’s has become increasingly popular in Leeds City Centre. Their pizzeria is globally known for its authentic-style Neapolitan pizzas (being the tenth best pizza in the world!), and they have quite the cult following (Us being one of them).
The menu is stripped back, serving a variety of pizza options with authentic ingredients sourced from Italy, like-wise for their drinks menu. Our personal fave? The Calabrese pizza and the Zaccagnini white wine – an iconic duo if you ask me. Rudy’s, 2 New Station St, Leeds, LS1 5DL.
7. Pizza Punks, Bond St
The new guys on the block, Pizza Punk serve up artisan Neopolitan pizza with amazing sour dough that has been double fermented for 48 hours before being cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven. You can enjoy unlimited toppings such as basil, salami, nduja sausage chipotle pulled pork, black pudding as well as vegan and veggie toppings all handmade on-site. Enjoy your gorgeous pizza whilst listening to a kick-ass playlists that creates a unique atmosphere. Pizza Punk, 37 Bond St, Leeds LS1 5BQ
8. Franco Manca, Trinity Street
Originating from Brixton Market in London, Franco Manca serve up sour dough pizza with a focus on simple menu with locallly sourced ingredients. The Neopolitan-inspired pizzas stay true to this ethos with regular special being served such as the free range Yorkshire fennel sausage, lightly spiced mix peppers base, British mozzarella, red onions and wild rocket (no tomato base) special that it currently has on. Franco Manca, 1 Trinity street, Leeds LS1 6AP
9. Water Lane Boathouse, Water Lane
One of our favourite places to visit, just for the view alone. Water Lane Boathouse serve up some great sourdough pizzas and a seasonal menu. They even do a free pizza for every team on quiz nights. You can enjoy bottomless boozy prosecco and pizza every Friday after work as well – winning.