Looking for pizza in Perugia?
Who doesn’t eat pizza when in Italy? It would be a crime! And these days you can find gluten free pizza or ask for a vegan pizza without much confusion.
Of course for the best pizza you should probably head south to Napoli, but the pizza places in Perugia definitely serve some tasty slices.
Everyone, even (or especially?) Italians, have a different, and strong, opinion/preferences when it comes to pizza.
There’s the group that prefers a softer, thicker, shewier crusts. That’s the Napoli camp.
Then there are those who prefer a lighter crispier crust, called Pinsa. This style of pizza is from Rome and has a percentage of soy and/or rice flour in it.
Or maybe your favourite is closer to a focaccia? Then Tuscany is the place to go, focaccia with onion is perhaps my biggest weakness.
Perugia has great Napoli style, Roman Pinsa, and even gluten free pizza options.
Eating Pizza in Perugia (or anywhere in Italy)
When Italians go out for pizza it’s pretty much a carb feast. The traditional thing to do is to A) drink beer B) order fries or other deep fried treats like mozzarella or olives filled with meat (Olive Ascolane) and C) get some Supplì! Supplì are rice balls that might have a bit of tomato sauce in them, filled with mozzarella and then deep fried.
After all of that you get to enjoy your pizza.
Here, in no particular order, are my 5 suggestions for great pizza in the center of Perugia:
A great place to eat inside or out near the church of San Pietro.
It’s a great spot if there are 3 or more of you.
They have a ½ a meter pizza that is divided into 3 strips. Then you get to pick which pizza toppings you want for the pizza (pick three pizzas on the menu). So it’s perfect for sharing 3 pizzas.
One ½ meter pizza is usually enough for 4 people with a little left over, although we do split in 3 sometimes and bring home the leftovers.
Style of Pizza: a Napoletan pizza, or Napoli style pizza.
Hours: Closed Mondays. Tuesday till Sunday 7pm till midnight
Address: Borgo XX Giugno, 9, 06121 Perugia PG
Pizzeria Mediterranea Perugia
A typical Napoletana pizza, they’ve been making pizzas in Perugia for decades. The perfect pizzeria to stop at after visiting the Archeological Museum.
I love the ricotta with melanzane (eggplant/aubergine)
Hours: Open every day of the week. Lunch 12.30-2.30 Dinner 7.15-11pm
Address: P.za Piccinino, 11, 06122 Perugia PG
Pizzeria Verace Perugia
A new pizzeria in Perugia.
They opened just before 2020. Which actually worked in their favour because of the huge amount of work with take away pizzas eaten during the lockdowns.
They have some great, fun flavour combinations. You need to book in advance if you want to sit inside.
I loved the pesto and burrata pizza called:
Hours: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7 till 11pm
Address: Via Cartolari, 2, 06122 Perugia PG
Pinseria Hamburgheria Torre Delgi Sciri
Found in the center of Perugia close to
Style of pizza: A Rome style pizza, or pinsa romana- they also have a gluten free
Hours: Closed Mondays. Tuesday to Sunday, open for lunch from 12-3 and dinner from 5.30-10.30
Address: Via dei Priori, 96, 06123 Perugia PG
An easy place to stop and buy a slice of pizza for cravings, hunger pains or just because. They have all the classic pizzas to buy by weight.
Personally, I love the anchovies and zucchini flower pizza.
This is a chain which makes Rome still pizza, or pinsa, by the slice. Lots of flavour options!
Style: Pizza Romano
Hours: Closed Mondays. Open from 12pm till 10pm Tuesday to Sunday
Address: Via Sant’Ercolano, 32, 06121 Perugia PG
Eating Pizza in Italy Cheat Sheet
Or the classic pizzas you’ll find in Italy.
- Pepperoni Don’t order this if you’re looking for cured meat. Peperoni in Italian are red or yellow bell peppers. Instead ask for salame, which is normally spicy.
- Vegetarians: There is usually a pizza that is called ‘vegetariana’ which is full of grilled veg. Otherwise try the margherita, quattro formaggi, or funghi (mushrooms). Say ‘e vegetariana?’ to ask if it’s vegetarian.
- Vegans: Marinara is a pizza with a tomato base seasoned with oregano, garlic, and olive oil. Asking to add olives wouldn’t be odd. Or get a vegetarian option with out mozzarella, ‘senza formaggio/mozzarella per favore’
- Dairy free: Like for vegans you could just ask for no cheese or get a Marinara. Another option would be the ‘Napoletana’ which also has acciughe, or anchovies.
- A pizza menu is usually divided into 2 sections. Rossa (red) for pizzas with a tomato sauce base and Bianca (white) for those that just have mozzarella and olive oil.
- Burrata: Similar to a mozzarella, if you love cheese make sure to try this. It’s served whole, and when you cut in a softer cheese, stracciatella, comes pouring out. Highly recommend.
Classic Pizzas to try (in Perugia)
Margherita: The original. A tomato sauce base, mozzarella, drizzled with olive oil and a sprig of basil on top.
Salsiccia e Friarielli: On a white base, it has broken up sausage and a sort of with broccoli rabe. One of my favourites.
Capricciosa: on a tomato base, it’s olives, mushrooms, artichokes, cooked ham covered in mozzarella.
Quattro Formaggi: translation? Four cheeses. Normally it’ll be mozzarella, a sheep cheese, a gorgonzola, emmenthal and maybe some parmigiano for good measure.
Francescana: on a tomato base with cured ham and mushrooms with mozzarella.