Best Places to Celebrate National Pizza Day

What is National Pizza Day?

A day of not feeling guilty of eating pizza for all meals, a.k.a. National Pizza Day is celebrated every year on the 9th of February. Grab your friends and enjoy subtle hints of an ever-iconic dish that is so universal, yet unique for every nation!

7 best places to celebrate National Pizza Day

Today we introduce our top 7 favourite nation-specific places with their distinctive variations of pizza you should check out this National Pizza Day.

7. Pizzeria Gorizia 1916, Naples, Italy

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Well it’s all hands on deck, classic never gets old! Naples is a historic pizza birthplace of character, to this day serving as home for original modern pizza legends. Among numerous restaurants we shamelessly recommend to visit L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, founded by Salvatore Condurro in 1870s and still run by the family. Pizza Marinara would be an obvious choice for fans of tradition and simplicity: perfectly smooth and crunchy pizza with tomatos, oregano and garlic guarantees gastronomic and aesthetic pleasure and satisfies even the most demanding gourmets. Enjoy a sticky wood-oven Neapolitan pizza and immerse in the world of history, taste and romance.


Address: Via Bernini 29/31, Naples, Italy

6. Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop, New York City, USA

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Paulie Gee’s was in our top 10 from our research trip to NYC last year Although pizza remains the original Italian Institution, the beginning of the 20th century has left its tomato mark on American culinary as well. Little Italy neighbourhood inspired Americans to create their own exclusive version of pizza that today goes by the name of New York style pizza. Gooey, cheesy, portable… It will make you rethink the concept of dinning etiquette and make you go crazy by wrapping pizza slices like a sandwich (inhumane!!) you will find in Paulie Gee’s Slice shop. American tunes of the 70s, Big ass TV screens playing Cheers and The Wonder Years, complemented with cheesy and smoky tastes is what makes this place unique.


Address: 110 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA

5. Lángos Land, Budapest, Hungary

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Langos are, perhaps, the most innocuous pizza relatives, but are the real deal of Hungarian street food. Deep-fried, yet smooth dough that will be of service to the most picky eaters: you will face almost limitless selection of toppings, from classic tomatos to sweet jams. Our recommendation is the popular option which is garlic sauce, cheese, ham and sour cream. Sounds weird, right? But trust us, the lightness and creativity of this pizza will keep surprising you. To really get lost in the Hungarian street food culture, try out the favourite choice among locals – Langos Land. It is a cheap and cheerful market stall, complete with a charmingly unsophisticated vibe and what many people consider the best lángos in Budapest.Visitors are welcome to try out everything from a traditional lángos flatbread with a selection of toppings, to boosting up the adrenaline by sampling lángos doubled up in half and filled up with traditional Hungarian sausage.


Address: Lovohaz utca 12, Fény utcai piac, Budapest 1024, Hungary

4. Mizuno, Kansai Region, Japan

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Have you ever seen Japanese commercials with supermen, tentacles or other unimaginable substance? This is how we felt after hearing about okonomiyaki: a savoury combination of flour, nagaimo (potato-like tuber), cabbage, and eggs grilled like a pancake topped with your choice of condiments, usually including sauces, tempura scraps and fish/meat. It is difficult to describe the taste of this pizza, at the end of the day it is customised to your own preferences and open-mindedness. Long story short, it is the kind of experience that turns out to be oddly satisfying when you least expect it to happen. Mizuno has gained Michelin’s approval and customer’s love to the restaurant’s expertly curated ingredients. The fish you will try there comes from local fishmongers, meat from butchers, picked vegetables from specialised farmers and all from the nearby Kuromon Ichiba Market. The freshness and quality of ingredients will guarantee you the most pleasurable acquaintance with okonomiyaki. Instead of asking “why?” you will question “how?”.


Address: 1 Chome-4-15 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0071, Japan

3. Hoca Pasa Pidecisi, Istanbul, Turkey

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Discover vibrant flavours of Turkish boat-shaped pizza called Pide. Unlike original Italian sibling, Pide stands out with the savoury cheesy tones and nutritious value, but thickness-wise it is not too overwhelming no matter what combination of ingredients you select. There is not much to add about this divine flatbread with customised toppings, sizes and even shapes. You will fall in love with this pizza dish masterpiece. And no worries, cutlery is allowed and sometimes is the only way to finish every delicious piece of Pide! Order up your Pide in one of the top-ranked Pide places in Turkey, Hoca Pasa Pidecisi, enjoy the taste and the view on the dynamic, warm and hospitable Istanbul.


Address: Hoca Paşa, Ankara Caddesi & Hoca Paşa Sokak No:11, 34110 Fatih, İstanbul, Turkey

2.  Pequod’s Pizza, Chicago, USA

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While New Yorkers refer to Chicago Style as ‘Lasagna on Toast’ This chubby boy will feed the most ravenous beast. Chicago-style deep dish pizza is heaven for the cheese lovers, but instead of fighting your cheese greed, it will only heat up your intense pizza passion. Flip your understanding of pies and pizzas with this iconic cheese-stuffed and thin-crust American pizza. The unspoken choice within the local community is Pequod’s Pizza, where sauces are so rich, and toppings are so generous that it counts as a cheat month! The bonus is the caramelized “halo”, created by sprinkled cheese edge to edge and baking it until it’s crisp and brown.


Address: 2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA

1 . Lost Boys Pizza

The vampires of Lost Boys pizza

When it comes to the champions, the question is not just about the taste, but the overall experience you’re immersing into. And we’ve got a perfect match for you: We are The World’sOnly VampirePizzeria, Lost Boys Pizza offers black charcoal pizzas alongside a killer cocktail bar in London’s funkiest district of Camden. Discover an unbeatable atmosphere of friendly staff, unordinary yet delicious food and cocktails and ever-lasting Halloween parties!


Address: 245 Eversholt street, London NW1 1BA