Where to Eat Pizza in Lisbon
I’ve mentioned before that one’s first visit to Portugal can be a bit of a culture shock when it comes to the food. This is when we start to scramble for our home comforts, the foods that we are accustomed to having within reach whenever necessary.
Pizza happens to be one of these foods for most people around the world, regardless of if they’ve ever traveled to Italy or not. It’s comfortable, it’s safe and its usually very hard to get wrong.
Pizza is easy enough to find in Lisbon if you know where to look. There is a huge Italian expat community that have brought the authentic parts of the cuisine over, and the food is loved by Portuguese locals as well!
Let’s go on a pizza date in Lisbon…
Restaurante Casanova in Lisbon
Word has quickly spread that this Italian restaurant on the Tagus River makes the best pizzas in Lisbon and you’ll probably find it hard to disagree.
Upon arrival you’ll find Casanova packed to the brim with excited diners, don’t be surprised if you are met with a thirty to forty minute waiting period at the door. Don’t be deterred either, simply add your name to the list and take a stroll on the waterside until it’s your turn.
Once you sit down and order the pizzas will be out within 5 to 7 minutes. So it’s really like the wait never happened!
Fresh ingredients, reasonable prices and juicy, juicy pizzas overlooking the water — a dream.
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Sunday – 12:30pm to 1:30am
ADDRESS: Av. Infante Dom Henrique Loja 7, 1900-264 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Lisboa Santa Apolónia
Valdo Gatti Pizza Bio in Lisbon
Believe it or not there are a handful of them, and Valdo Gatti Pizza Bio takes you on a journey into the depths of Italy with their food.
They have a menu packed with meaty pizza options and equally as many for vegetarians. Vegans wishing to dine at Valdo’s can request any of the pizzas to have the cheese left off — and they are as good without it, believe me.
They bake their pies with bubbly crusts to perfection each time. To top it off the menu is incredibly affordable and they offer craft beers too.
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Sunday – 12pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: R. do Gremio Lusitano 13, 1200-211 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Rossio – Lisboa
Pizzaria Lisboa does well with travelers to Lisbon because the name is so straight forward. While the pizzas are great, the pastas that they make are incredible — a one stop restaurant for a proper Italian feast.
I like to visit here with one or two friends and order two pizzas and two pastas just to get a taste of everything. Their Napoletana sauce I would order as a soup if that was an option.
Their portions are extremely generous and you’ll almost always have leftovers to take home for tomorrow.
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Sunday – 7pm to 12am
ADDRESS: R. Duques de Bragança 5H, 1200-162 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Cais do Sodré
Forno d’Oro in Lisbon
Forno d’Oro is further north of the city center, yet still always crowded at the best of times. Reservations are necessary and note that they don’t open on Tuesdays at all.
This is the kind of pizzeria where the mozzarella is tossed on in thick, white clumps that melt between the toppings. In other words, the best kind of pizza.
I am also a big fan of restaurants in which one can watch food being prepared from a distance. In Forno’s you’ll see your meals coming out of the oven piping hot and sent straight to your table.
The ambiance of the restaurant has a lot to do with its success; the staff are incredibly relaxed yet attentive and you really do lose track of time once seated.
OPENING HOURS: Wednesday TO Monday – 7pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: R. Artilharia 1 16b, 1250-039 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Rato
Nosolo Italia in Lisbon
Nosolo Italia is further down the coast of Lisbon. Very often I meet people on free guided walking tours who are following their walk with a visit to Belem or the Berardo Collection Museum and I suggest they visit Nosolo while down there.
The restaurant is a beautiful Italian kitchen that does all the dishes you know and love from the cuisine, from pizzas to pastas all the way to authentic gelato and tiramisu.
Their pizzas are extra cheesy and actually rather large compared to other Italian spots closer to the center. Pair your meal with their house sangria!
OPENING HOURS: Monday TO Sunday – 10am to 12am
ADDRESS: Av. Brasília 202, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Belem
M’arrecreo Pizzeria in Lisbon
Another hidden Italian gem within the alleys of Bairro Alto. M’arrecreo Pizzeria does that clumpy mozzarella style pizza that some people love and some people hate.
It’s a tiny spot and I’ve never not seen it filled to the brim. Reservations are necessary but they do turn tables quite quickly and you can get lucky as a walk-in.
After your meal you simply need to try a piece of their tiramisu. Their nightly cocktail special for €6 is a crowd pleaser as well.
This would be the best place to eat pizza in Lisbon as a vegan as the overall experience of the dish does not rely heavily on the cheese.