Who serves the best pizza in Iceland's capital, Reykjavík? Where are the vegan and vegetarian pizzas? Do you fancy something a little different or are you a fierce traditionalist craving a slice of universally appreciated cheesy goodness?
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Well, you're in luck as pizza is Iceland's most popular fast food and there are plenty of places ready to offer you the perfect pie. Informed by invaluable local knowledge, this countdown will walk you through the top seven pizza providers in Reykjavík; because let's face it, what weirdough doesn't like pizza?
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Discover this cute and rustic family-run eatery close to Reykjavík harbour, and you will not be disappointed. The Coocoo's Nest holds themed evenings so drop in on a Wednesday or Thursday night to enjoy one of their delicious gourmet sourdough pizzas.
Squirrelled away in an ex-industrial unit, this restaurants popularity adds to its intimate character and is a testimony to its culinary quality. If you're feeling adventurous, why not wing it and try something out of the ordinary: a pizza with mozzarella, blue cheese, apples, organic honey, and hazelnuts.
If you are of the vegan persuasion, then a little bird tells me there is the coveted Vegan Surprise—an ever-changing treat created from what is most fresh and interesting each week. You don't have to be coo-coo or out of your tree to swing by this cosy joint, only 10-15 minutes from the central downtown area.
Address: Grandagarður 23, 101 Reykjavík
Opening Hours: For Pizza - Wed & Thu 7PM-10PM
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One of Reykjavík's best-kept secrets, Pizza with no name at Hverfisgata 12 is as delicious as it is mysterious. It could be easy to think you were stepping into a private residence instead of a restaurant; the warm and relaxed decor immediately welcomes you into the slightly quirky surroundings.
Co-owned by Michelin starred chef, Gunnar Karl Gíslason, Pizza with No Name's highly eclectic menu will have you intrigued and excited to sample the strange but delicious pizzas on offer.
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One of the most famous is the renowned potato pizza boasting boiled potatoes, cream cheese, rocket and truffle mayo. If you are getting there early in the day or maybe after a night out, order the 'breakfast pizza' with bacon and eggs, a great way to start your day or shake off the night before.
This restaurant shares the building with expert craft beer merchants Mikkeller & Friends, and you are welcome to bring your beer with you as you enjoy your pizza. If you prefer a cocktail, be sure to check the cocktail menu which is expertly planned and deliciously executed.
There are many vegetarian options as well as an entirely vegan pizza. This restaurant is a favourite of locals and visitors alike, the finest ingredients on crispy sourdough bases, don't miss out!
Address: Hverfisgata 12, 101 Reykjavík
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 5:30 PM-1AM | Sat-Sun: 11:30AM-1AM
This popular takeaway joint is a family venture taking pride in making everything from scratch and only selecting the finest local ingredients. With a genuine stone oven imported straight from Italy, the scrumptious pizzas are cooked in a wood fire and spun on a stone plate, so your pizza is even on all sides.
This restaurant fills up quickly, and at dinner hours on weekends you could be waiting an hour for a takeaway or a table, they do not take reservations so best to plan ahead.
Situated in the suburbs of Reykjavík, Eldofninn is a perfect location to pick up a pizza after a visit to Laugardalslaug swimming pool—just don't go on Mondays as they are closed.
You can accompany your delicious pizza with a selection of beers and wine as well as excellent Italian coffee, imported straight from the motherland. With plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, plant preferrers are guaranteed to be kept happy. Go for the pizza, stay for the garlic bread!
Address: Efstaland 26, 108 Reykjavík
Opening Hours: Tue - Thu & Sun: 11:30AM-9PM | Fri & Sat: 11:30AM-10PM
Hornið is Reykjavík's oldest and in fact, first Italian restaurant, established in 1979. It is quite the establishment too, and in the ever-changing Reykjavík downtown, you can rely on the friendly yellow corner-house Hornið to be a constant.
Its location by the harbour in Reykjavík makes it an ideal stop for dinner after a day exploring or before a night out, and the ample portion sizes will not leave you wanting.
Renowned for its fresh ingredients and particularly delicious pizzas with expertly cooked thin crusts, Hornið is a perfect spot for families without the risk of breaking the bank. Try the Pizza Pescatore, a seafood pizza with shrimps, mussels, and scallops—you don't want to get this close to the sea without tasting it.
Address: Hafnarstræti 15, 101 Reykjavík
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11AM-11:30PM
This is an article about finding the best pizza in Reykjavík, but although this next pizzeria is situated 40 km (25 mi) east of the capital, it's simply too good to go without mention.
Nestled in a photogenic spot in the geothermal town of Hveragerði, Ölverk is the perfect spot to fill up with delectable pizza after hiking Reykjadalur hot spring valley or while visiting the Golden Circle.
Only half an hour from Reykjavík, this unique pizza place also offers homemade craft beer, brewed in-house using the raw geothermal energy of the area.
Opened in 2017 by a group of friends, Ölverk's wood-fired pizzas promise to delight your taste-buds and are a real treasure in such a small town. The company's origins in friendship translate to the relaxed and inviting surroundings, generating warm conversation as well as warm sated bellies.
Try out the Chef's Choice if you fancy a bit of a surprise and combining flavours that you would not usually put together. Their renowned beer sauce is a must-try too, either on a pizza or as a dip for starters and crusts.
Ölverk is a must-stop on your way out of Reykjavík and beyond.
Address: Breiðmörk 2, 810 Hveragerði
Opening Hours: Tue - Thu & Sun: 11:30AM-9PM | Fri & Sat: 11:30AM-10PM
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Flatey Pizza offers real Napoli pizzas baked at high temperatures in an electric oven to ensure that all ingredients are cooked to their maximum potential, producing mouth-wateringly fresh and yummy pizzas each visit.
Flatey pizza prides themselves on only using the freshest of products especially the mozzarella. To make their irresistible pizzaiola, all tomatoes are sourced directly from the farm, and their delicious pizza bases are made with Caputo Blue, a very well respected Neapolitan flour.
The menu offers ten well-known and loved pizzas as well as the weekly speciality pizza which is well worth a try, it certainly brings the locals in.
The speedy cooking time means waiting times for tables are low, and once seated, you won't have to wait long for your slice of Italy in Iceland.
Address: Grandagarður 11, 101 Reykjavík
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11AM-10PM
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Situated in the financial district of Reykjavík, just a short walk from the central bus station Hlemmur, Blackbox Pizza has catapulted itself as the undisputed leader of the pizza market despite being relatively new to the scene.
Blackbox is a pizzeria with a difference, where you are encouraged to select your toppings and build your Napoli pizza in the style of such franchises as Blaze Pizza in the US. The owners have strived to only provide the tastiest and very best ingredients guaranteed to deliver heavenly artisanal pizzas.
Cooking times are limited to only two minutes per pizza making Blackbox a perfect option for a takeaway. Home to the largest disco ball in Iceland, it's also a great place to go with friends to enjoy their delicious pizzas and happy hour drink prices all day long.
Get experimental and have fun creating your own pizza at the stylish Blackbox Pizza, they even offer duck as an option not to mention a range of tasty vegan and vegetarian options as well as a gluten-free base.
Get down to Blackbox and let's talk pizza!
Address: Borgartún 26, 105 Reykjavík
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11AM-11PM
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