Brighton is, undoubtedly, a great city for a foodie. With restaurants, cafes, bakeries and pâtisseries around every corner, there is enough to scratch anyone’s sweet or savoury itch. Having said that – and as much as I would love to claim to have sophisticated and stylish tastes – I must admit that my favourite food and takeaway of choice will always be pizza. Despite the wide variety of excellent food that surrounds me, nothing will ever match the unparalleled sense of child-like glee I feel when pulling a slice of pizza away from the box to see a string of deliciously gooey mozzarella trying to cling on to its sliced-apart brethren.
My being in Brighton is providential. You could even say that fortune favours the cheesy; among the varied spots to indulge your tastebuds, there are pizza places aplenty. How, then, is one to know where to go for the best pizza fix?
At BN1 we are here to help, as I have enlisted members of our staff to give a slice of insight into our favourite pizza takeaways and restaurants.
Fatto a Mano:
Having never eaten at Fatto a Mano myself, I defer to my colleague’s opinions here – and Fatto’s has the Jessie and Erik seal of approval.
Jessie: “Fatto’s is great, especially if you are looking for something different because they have loads of white-based pizzas, it’s a dairy lover’s dream. I’ve been to the one in Hove and in the Laines, one on a date, one with the girls and the vibe is solid either way.”
Erik: “Great fluffy crust and fairly thin base, Fatto a Mano is one of my go-to pizza places.”
Looking at the menu, Fatto a Mano has a great range of pizzas including some vegan options. With locations throughout Brighton, this is a must-try. Our learned pizza connoisseurs recommend the ‘Nduja and Salsiccia E Friarielli from Fatto a Mano.
PizzaME’s name is an A* pun and they have the food to match. Decent sized pizzas for equally decent prices, I definitely recommend this place to anyone in the Elm Grove area that likes a thinner crust. A common theme for Brighton pizza joints is good vegan options – and Pizza Me certainly hit those vegan-friendly notes. Not only catering to the vegan customer, Pizza Me has a wide variety of toppings to hit any cravings you may have (special shout out to the ‘ForgetMeNot’ pizza and the wild boar salami). Pizza Me holds a pizza my heart.
Continuing with the vegan hype, Purezza sports an entirely animal-product free menu. With vegan cheese often not quite living up to the real dairy hype, it is a real testament to Purezza that I had no idea it was vegan the first time I tried it.
Chandni: “I had a stint of veganism a couple of years ago and Purezza was the place to go. I found the hardest gap to fill in my cravings was cheese but Purezza really hit that spot.”
A hit with vegans and non-vegans alike, with a great fluffy base and awesome vegan cheese. The toppings on the pizzas here can be a bit busy, but if you’re a fan of that (or are feeling particularly animal-product conscious) then Purezza is the place for you. My pick from here is ‘The One With All The Seasons.’
Pizzaface deal in both vegan and non-vegan pizzas, but is another one I regularly hear about from my vegan friends. Out of the pizzas to get in Brighton, Pizzaface and Purezza definitely receive the veggie and vegan stamp of approval most frequently. Pizzaface pizzas are deliciously cheesy – my comment earlier in the piece about the mozzarella and its sliced-apart brethren is inspired by a ‘Johnno’ pizza I had from here recently. Deliciously light and fluffy crusts and a great pizza sauce to boot.
Another that I am yet to try, Nanninella’s has come in as a recent recommendation. The menu here has a nice amount of variation and looks to be great value for money. Also with vegan cheese as an option for all the pizzas, Nanninella’s can cater for all.
Honor: “It’s proper pizza oven, thin base, Italian pizza and it’s not an arm work-out to slice through either. Went at it with your average knife and fork and it cut open so easily. My boyfriend reckons it is the best pizza he has ever had. Pizza of choice from here is the Bufalina. Classic.”
High praise from Honor and her boyfriend, Naninella’s can be found right in the centre of Brighton. Sounds like one that everyone should have on their lists to try.
Very Italian Pizza:
I would bathe in V.I.P’s pizza sauce if I could acquire enough of it. I would then use the exquisite sourdough crusts to brush my teeth, all while singing the Italian national anthem. I don’t know the Italian national anthem but I feel as though V.I.P’s pizza would summon it out of the depths of my soul.
I have one minor complaint of V.I.P, in that I would love a little bit more cheese on the Quattro Stagioni (my go-to pizza). Having said that, more cheese may ruin my appreciation of the tomato sauce; could be a case of trying to eat my pie and have it too.
There you have it: our favourite pizza places in and around Brighton. This list is neither definitive nor exhaustive, there are plenty more to be tried and tested. We would always recommend having a wander around to try and find your own perfect pizza. However, if someone were to ask me to recommend somewhere to get some really good pizza in Brighton then these would be the first out of my mouth.