Who doesn’t crave pizza? An affordable and delicious comfort food to be enjoyed with company or greedily, one pizza, you and a tell-tale dribble of orange oil on your chin. The enjoyment of pizza is a study of leaving behind your inhibitions. Best eaten by hand, even when cutlery is available, a fork and knife will do nothing but mess with the pizza-human connection. Particularly, with a wet Neapolitan Margherita pizza. It’s about gently dimpling the slice so that the cheese starts its slide to the middle of the slice and ducking your head underneath it for that first bite. Pure liberation, a hit of umami from the tomato sauce and hopefully a good chew from the gluten which has been subjected to some man-handling.
This special post was compiled by Jolibub, a secret Foodie friend, think undercover Michelin guide if you like but instead obsessed with pizza. Look! There is even a Margherita pizza price index.
There is no shortage of options when it comes to pizza in Barcelona. Most of the places featured on this list serve pizza that would fall under the general “Neapolitan” umbrella, but deviations from that will be noted accordingly. When doing research for this post we always order a margherita this way we can compare like with like and getting this simple pizza right is essential.
The Margherita Index above is a quick snapshot of the Margherita prices. This is a list of the top contenders – the SIX listed below are standouts.
C. de Provença, 330, 08037 • C. de l’Encarnació, 51, 08024
You may have heard of this one–they’ve been climbing up the ’50 Top Pizza Europe’ list www.50toppizza.it and recently made it to #1. Sartoria Panatieri is known for curing their meats in-house, with combinations you wouldn’t often find on a pizza menu (think shaved bottarga, egg yolk, pancetta, and potato slices; sobrasada, mahón cheese, wild fennel, and honey) all served on their high hydration dough which yields a pillowy cornicione, or crust. Tables are now rather hard to come by, so try to make a reservation far in advance. (Foodie in Barcelona reviewed this here in Feb 2021)
C. de la Riera de Sant Miquel, 29, 08006
There’s Gina Balmesina, and then there’s La Balmesina (No. 10 on the 50 Top Pizza Europe 2023 list). They are run by the same team, with very similar offerings food-wise, but Gina’s here on this list because we like the locale a bit better. The pizza offering leans classic (think quatro formaggi, prosciutto e funghi) but features locally sourced ingredients, so there are some Catalan touches to it. Bonus points for the natural wine list. For dessert, head to nearby Parallelo for ice cream. Reservations can (and should) be made by phone.
C. de Londres, 98, 08036 • Pg. de Marimón, 5, Bajo, 08021 • Pg. de St. Joan, 56, 08009 • Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 576, 08011
The name comes from the fact that some of its restaurants are located in what used to be a car park. The vibe is industrial, featuring exposed concrete walls and large communal tables. The pizza dough itself is light and airy. Pizza #11 which features black truffle, egg, fontina, and parmesan cheese is loved by many, though we typically go for #3 a.k.a the margherita, with Mutti tomatoes as their base. In 2023, Parking Pizza is also listed under excellent pizzerias in Spain. They only take reservations for the Marimón location, the rest are walk-ins only. (Foodie in Barcelona reviewed the one on Sant Joan here in July 2018 and the on C Londres here way back in 2016!)
Av. del Paral·lel, 94, 08015 • C. del Baluard, 69, 08003 • Av. de Francesc Cambó, 30, 08003
NAP is one of our most frequented spots, and for good reason. For starters, a margherita costs €6.90, so that and a beer will set you off just north of €10. Yes, even in 2023. The pizza here is more in the Neapolitan style of rota ‘e Carretta: wider in diameter, with a significantly thinner crust, which is because the dough ball is stretched out more.
Fragrante Pizza & Fritti
C. del Comte d’Urgell, 90, 08011
Can be considered a wildcard entry on this list. Fragrante serves Roman-style pizza al taglio. This style of pizza is baked in large rectangular trays and is sold by the slice, or by weight. The best thing about that is that you don’t need to commit to one single pizza, as you can take multiple slices with different toppings. They change up their menu very frequently (a recent favourite featured thin slices of butternut squash, butifarra sausage, and chunks of gorgonzola), and they also offer solid plant-based options. Quite popular for takeaway, this is the type of place we’d go to buy pizza to eat at home while watching a football match (if you’re into that!).
Bellillo Pizzeria Napoletana
C/ d’Enric Granados, 15, 08007 Barcelona
Ptge. de Simó, 21, 08025 Sagrada Familia • Ronda de la Univ., 20, 08007 Universitat • Rambla del Poblenou, 127, 08018 Poblenou
Fragrante Pizza & Fritti
C/ del Comte d’Urgell, 90, 08011
Frankie Gallo Cha Cha Cha
C/ de Roger de Llúria, 155, 08037 • C. del Marqués de Barberá, 15, 08001
Gina Balmesina Pizza Bar
C/ de la Riera de Sant Miquel, 29, 08006
Grosso Napoletano Senza Glutine
C/ de València, 234, 08007
Grosso Napoletano C. de Casanova
C. de Casanova, 209, Planta calle, 08021 • Pg. de St. Joan, 25, 08010
C/ de Balmes, 193, 08006
L’Antica Pizza de Michele
C/ del Consell de Cent, 336, 08009
C/ de Mallorca, 270, 08037 • C/ de la Creu Coberta, 105, 08014 • C/ de la Llacuna, 1, 08005 • C/ dels Almogàvers, 148, 08018
C/ de Muntaner, 208, 08036
C/ de la Princesa, 59, 08003
Av. de Francesc Cambó, 30, 08003 • C/ del Baluard, 69, 08003 • Av. del Paral·lel, 94, 08015
Pg. de St. Joan, 56, 08009 • Passatge de Marimon, 5, Bajo, 08021 • C/ de Londres, 98, 08036 • Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 576, 08011
C. de St. Antoni Maria Claret, 238. 08025
Rda. de Sant Pau, 59. 08015
C. d’Enric Granados, 147, 08008
C/ de l’Encarnació, 51, 08024 • C/ de Provença, 330, 08037 • C/ de Trafalgar, 19, 08010
Rda. de Sant Pau, 59, 08015 • C/ de Balmes, 159, 08008 Barcelona
C/ de la Marina, 290, 08013 • Av/ Diagonal, 123, 08005 • C/ Ample, 51, 08002 • C/ De la Boqueria, 26, 08002
Trafalgar 19, 08004