Finding the Best Pizza in Beijing

Finding the Best Pizza in Beijing
By Mark Turner ,

Finding the best pizza is a daunting task, especially since there are so many different variations, toppings, shapes and sizes. Some like them thin and crispy, others thick and doughy.  However, the city may be peppered with numerous pizza restaurants, a few stand out in particular. We get deep (base) into all things dough, mozzarella and tomato in the capital with some of Beijing’s top pizza spots.

O Sole Mio
The portly opera impresario Pavarotti -should he have ever paid a visit to Beijing- would definitely have made one or two visits to this very classy and up market Italian eatery. You too can eat like a gigantic swarthy Mediterranean guy, whose singing voice just falls short of hitting the high notes. O Sole Mio are touted by many as being the purveyors of some of the finest pizzas in town, their thin crust, tasty cheese and tomato sauce discs are a step closer to authenticity than many others in the city.  The restaurant also boasts a great wine menu and the friendly service of the wait staff is widely acclaimed.  With pizza prices in the upper bracket (70RMB + ) compared to the gargantuan platters on offer at other restaurants, O Sole Mio is definitely considered a treat by many Italian food lovers.  Go on, what are you waiting for? Spoil yourself. 

O Sole MioView In Map
Add: 1/F, Jiezuo Dasha, 55 Xingfucun Zhonglu, Beijing
Tel: 010 6417 7022
Opening hours: 10:30- 24:00 

Hutong Pizza
Hutong pizza is one of the most popular destinations for Beijing pizza lovers that are in the know, and after the lamented drop in quality of Kro’s nest pizza it is probably the main contender for the monster pizza title. The square thin based pizzas also probably hold the title for most distinctive with generous toppings combined in nice ratios, some criticize the pizzas for being slightly on the oily side although the oil in question is clearly olive oil and of a reasonable quality. What Hutong pizza offers is mid priced tangy thin crust choices that are likely to satisfy all but the most fussy of lovers of the Italian staple. On top of this the restaurant itself is a cozy gem hidden away in Houhai's Yindingqiao Hutong, in the summer the conservatory with running water feature makes for a little gastronomical oasis and in the winter the wooden beams of Hutong Pizza's tiny mezzanine make for a great sanctuary for sampling italian delights.

Hutong Pizza胡同比萨:View In Map
Add: 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel:  010 8322 8916
Opening hours: 11:00-23:00 

The Tree
The tree is the home of stone baked pizzas in Sanlitun. A dark and warm continental style interior reflecting the restaurant’s extensive imported beer selection is truly inviting. Most appealing about The Tree, however, is the restaurant’s open Pizza kitchen which is well maintained and meticulously clean. Pizza lovers are able to see the toppings added and their pie put into the huge fiery stone furnace that is the heart of the fine establishment. The Tree’s pizza menu is fairly no-thrills but what is on offer is good solid pizzas that are normally just right for filling the corners and having that satisfied, full but no bloated feeling; they are reasonably priced to boot, the cheapest weighing in at less than 50 RMB. The Tree’s friendly warm atmosphere, reliable food and attentive friendly staff make it a hot spot for pizza friends.   

The Tree View In Map
Add: 43 Sanlitun Beijie (100m west of Sanlitun North Bar street, Youyi Youth Hostel, behind Poachers Inn), Chaoyang District
Tel: 010 6415 1954
Opening hours: 12:00-02:00, daily

 Pizza Buona
Anyone reading this that is not a devotee of authentic Italian thin and crispy pizza and is hankering a slab of all American pizza with a hefty base need not despair. Pizza Buona may be exactly what you are looking for. The pizzas at this fine Gongti establishment are substantial to say the least, they are pleasing on the old taste buds and much welcomed by those that have become jaded by too many over priced, under filling excursions on the Beijing gourmet scene. Pizza Buona serves up the definitive Beijing ‘Mizza’, that means: Buona pizzas are to pizza what the man-wich is to the sandwich. Rugged is not a word I ever heard in description of a pizza –and probably shouldn’t be- however if a pizza was to earn such a mantle then the Buona pizza would be that pizza

Pizza Buona 百好乐View In Map
Add: 7 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 6551 3518
Opening hours: 10:30-24:00

 The Best of the Rest

Annie’s is a Beijing institution that’s great for kids, serves good solid value pizzas and has a near magical delivery service. Pizza lovers living downtown not having Annie’s programmed into speed dial on their phone do so at their own risk.

Cat’s Eye Pizza is one hell of a budget pizza restaurant. With a mostly student clientele this is the place for those slumming it, pies are average for a fast food style restaurant but the price is almost guaranteed to beat that of anywhere else in the capital.

Cat’s Eye猫眼儿 View In Map
Add: 200 meters west of Zizhuqiao Bridge, south side of the road, Haidian District, Beijing (Opposite to the Shangri-La Hotel)
Tel: 010 6848 2123
Opening times: 10:00-22:00

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