If it's pizza you're after, the slice will always be right at these Leeds gaffs
Pizza is the answer to most of life's problems. Can’t be bothered to cook? Pizza. Something to celebrate? Pizza. Need to cry into layers of molten cheese? Pizza.
When it comes to finding primo slices, we’re spoiled for choice in Leeds. Whether it’s deep, fluffy, focaccia-style pizza you enjoy, Neapolitan for the win, or sides and condiments that are what draw you in, there’s something for everyone.
Read on for a list of ten of our favourite pizzas in Leeds.
Yes, this is a list of the best pizza in Leeds, but Anello is a short train ride away and it's so good we had to include it. This neighbourhood pizza spot is from the duo behind Rudy’s Pizza, and it’s a firm favourite with locals and visitors. If you’re looking for a more refined offering, Anello is the place for you. Enjoy natural wines, fragrant salads, and gooey arancini. They even offer free yeast and cooking tips, so you can cook up your own slice of magic at home. For more excellent spots to enjoy in Slaithwaite, check out some of Confidentials writer Sarah's favourites.
Anello, 8 Britannia Road, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5HG
I once had a blazing row with an old boyfriend as we stumbled tipsily home and he tried to eat a pizza that he found on the floor. He was screaming, "It’s free pizza, Anja! Don’t turn down a gift from the pizza gods!"
Well, thankfully for him, he can now get free pizza from the good folk at Cuckoo, where you can grab a free 6-inch pizza with any drink before 9pm every day of the week. And no, it’s not floor pizza, Cuckoo has an excellent food hygiene rating. They even offer pudding pizzas, including the Appealing, an apple sauce base with granola, custard, and cinnamon sugar. Sounds so wrong that it’s probably right.
Cuckoo, 37 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BT
In need of a slice before heading for your night out? Dough Boys has got you covered. Stop off for a full pie, or throw back a slice or two. They offer a half-price slice from 12pm-7pm Sunday-Thursday, and 12pm-5pm on Fridays and Saturdays. They create weekly specials, but the Queen Brie is a firm favourite, combining French brie, caramelised onion, grapes, black pepper, and their signature sprinkling of smoked sea salt. Find them in Belgrave Music Hall, which hosts all manner of gigs and events.
Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, 1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds
Another place with a killer condiment lineup is Mozza, situated in The White Rose Shopping Centre. They serve delicious pizzas, focaccia, and panozzo (Neapolitan sourdough sandwiches), but the real magic is the mozza bar. The mozza bar is a section of the menu dedicated to mozzarella. 100% buffalo mozzarella DOP from Caseificio Autieri in Naples is served in a variety of ways, from a simple drizzle of extra virgin olive oil to flavour bomb combos like white fig, pear, white balsamic jam, and rocket.
Mozza, Units 102-103, Upper Level, White Rose Shopping Centre, Leeds LS11 8LU
Pizza Fella is a personal favourite of mine. This small industrial space manages to create cosy out of raw concrete, peg board walls, and school-style furniture. The large wood fired pizza oven is the focal point of the room, and there’s always a buzz about the place. Pizza Fella makes Neapolitan Pizza with a focus on simple, quality ingredients, and you’d be a fool not to take them up on their £5 Margarita deal (available 12-5pm Monday to Friday, walk-ins only). Oh, and did we mention they make a banging Negroni?
Pizza Fella, 114-116 Vicar Ln, Leeds LS2 7NL
Pizza Loco started life as a street food truck serving Neapolitan pizza from their stunning vintage locomotive engine. They now have a permanent spot in Oakwood where you can enjoy their woodfired pizzas, as well as woodfired sandwiches called panuozzi. Pizza Loco uses Wildfarmed flour, which is grown and milled in the UK from a diverse variety of wheat. Their growing system avoids chemicals and prioritises soil health and biodiversity, as well as drawing carbon from the atmosphere. There’s plenty of theatre to enjoy in the restaurant, the pizza chefs are visible in the raised open kitchen. And the drinks menu is a well-curated list of flavour sensations for drinkers and non-drinkers alike.
484 Roundhay Rd, Roundhay, Oakwood, Leeds LS8 2HU
Come for the pizza, stay for the fist-sized arancini. Poco on Kirkstall road is a great option for a cheeky lunch. Their Sicilian pizza (also known as sfincione, "thick" in Italian) is similar to focaccia but with toppings and is served Al Taglio - by the slice. Think deep, aerated, doughy base with lashing of tomato sauce and other toppings. The menu is simple, choose between meat, vegetarian, and vegan, the flavour combinations change regularly. They also serve pasta and salads, and the cheese pull on the arancini is the stuff of dreams.
Poco Sicilian Street Food, 360 Kirkstall Rd, Burley, Leeds LS4 2HQ
Since taking on their site on New Station Street, there are two factors that have bumped Rudy’s into a podium position when I’m choosing who to order pizza delivery from. Firstly, they understand the magic of a white pizza, which I will always choose over a tomato base. Secondly, their condiment game is strong, all the garlic dip and nduja aioli, please. And can we talk about the option to add a whole burrata to your pizza? That’s the kind of no holds barred indulgence I’m here for. Rudy’s opened its first location in Manchester in 2015 and has just opened its second Leeds site in Chapel Allerton, which is its 12th restaurant.
Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza, 2 New Station St, Leeds LS1 5DL
If you like your pizza with a side of funk then Sela Bar is the place for you. This basement bar is one of Leeds’ best-loved live music venues, hosting the likes of Dr Lonnie Smith, Mojah, and The New Mastersounds. The cocktail list is full of fun favourites, they pour beer from around the world, and the hand-pulled sourdough pizzas are top notch. If there’s one thing we know about the Sela Bar team, it’s that they love a pun. Catch their Pizza Bus at The Brudenell Social Club Thursday-Sunday, where you’ll often find the pizza names themed to match the acts. When Tom Jones played the menu included such classics as Cheese A Lady, It’s Not Ndu-sual, and You Can Leave Your Meat On. If that’s not reason enough to get yourself down to pizza town, we don’t know what is.
Sela Bar, 20 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU
The Pizza Bus, The Brudenell Social Club , 33 Queen's Rd, Burley, Leeds LS6 1NY
Main Image: Pizza Fella
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