TLDR?The best pizza in Medellin is found at El Zorro & La Gitana!
On the hunt for the best place to eat pizza in Medellin? The competition is pretty fierce. With the world and his wife competing for the title of Medellin’s top pizzeria, the field is a crowded one.
Even whittling the list of pizza purveyors down to even a top 10 is a challenge. There are good pizza restaurants that didn’t make it onto this list too, however, so feel free to make your own list!
The pizza places that we’ve chosen not only have great pizza but also make an effort to stand out from the Medellin pizza scene.
Of course, all of these pizzerias will deliver. But, more importantly, they’re all worth leaving your luxury Casacol vacation rental for.
El Zorro & La Gitana
The ‘fox and the gypsy’ hipster hangout in Manila, is the Heston Blumenthal of Medellin’s pizza circuit releasing a counter-cultural special each month. It has a fanatical following coming back for more over and over again.
Some of the crazy creations at this restaurant have included a re-invention of the shawarma in pizza form. Another one is the Colette, the latest off the ideas conveyor belt with grass-fed roast beef on a creamy mushroom sauce with caramelized leeks, topped off with fresh rocket.
Some of these delightfully, surprising, always seasonal, slow-food combinations might not appeal to traditionalists. But, there’s no question this pizza place is a cut above the rest when it comes to inspired ingredients.
As well as the creative juices being poured into the pizzas, the restaurant hosts a pop-up flea market on the weekends. There they sell local fashion, second-hand books, and other crafty treats with a DJ spinning the vinyl to keep the groove going all afternoon.
What to Order
Try the monthly specials whilst working your way through the rest of the more standard options. Most of the specials on the creative menu are vegetarian.
Our faves include the Rita with mozzarella, sun-dried, and cherry tomatoes toppings. Or, go for the Del Huerto with stinky blue cheese, rocket, and seasonal mushrooms.
This deluxe pizza parlor with a pretty place in Provenza, earned its ‘amazing’ tag (that’s what Ammazza means in Italian) and its beau monde following thanks to a superior selection of crispy, thin-crust pizzas prepared in a wood-fired oven.
It’s not just the pizza, however, that makes Ammazza amazing. Its magnificent masas are accompanied by gorgeous gin and tonics that add a refreshing touch to the restaurant’s refined ambiance.
Ammazza’s life began in Provenza but it has added another outlet high up in the Poblado hills at Indiana Mall. And, there’s another location in Laureles to help expand its allure.
This exclusive chain is far from a poor man’s pizza place. It serves its well-heeled clientele all the usual parade of pizzas as well as a great range of carpaccios, risottos, and salads.
What to Try
What we love about Amazza is that you can find some pretty great build-your-own pizzas. Top toppings include the burrata with Spanish chorizo, mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, or the pesto with mushrooms.
Rodrigo Puyo’s pizza place makes it onto the list because he’s been serving up authentic, Italian pizza longer than everyone else so he must be doing something right.
Found in a beaten-up old house downtown, Pizzeria Centro has become a legendary landmark for the locals. It’s the place you’re most likely to get taken to show you “another side of the city” by your eager Medellin host.
The thin-crust pizzas are simplicity personified, cooked with love in an old wood-fired oven. Puyo’s Italian mentor, Giorgio Budicin, passed away in 2020. But, Puyo continues to fly the flag for the traditional arts of Italian pizza making, serving up 13 varieties that all pay homage to his Italian maestro.
The pizzas from this place taste better in situ with a cheap beer or glass of wine so go to enjoy the full experience rather than ordering takeout.
What to Order
There are tons of great choices on the menu. However, we recommend the artichoke, margarita, or ham and mushroom versions of the pizza. They’re all winners.