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5 Places to grab the perfect pizza

5 Places to grab the perfect pizza

5 Places to grab the perfect pizza 2000 1333 Joseph Keele-Toms

Pizza, it can come in many forms… from your perfectly rounded standard pepperoni, right through to malformed handmade beauties. Over the last decade pizza has come a long way, with most restaurants throwing their twist on the classic into the mix.

It’s one of those foods that just hits the spot whatever the mood or occasion, and even though it’s easy enough to jump straight on that delivery app – are you really happy with those run-of-the-mill stuffed-crust delights? No… we didn’t think so either! Sometimes it really is worth getting out there and finding a restaurant with handmade pizza which is both healthier, more flavoursome and often featuring locally sourced ingredients.

To celebrate National Pizza Day, we’ve combed through all the best places to get pizza on the Isle of Wight to give you our top five places to pick-up the perfect slice.

Ada Mediterranean Kitchen

With locations in Ryde and Carisbrooke, Ada Mediterranean Kitchen brings a taste of the Med to the shores of the Isle of Wight, the authentic cuisine provides an unusual mix of flavours with their pizzas handmade to order. Coupled with extensive sharing and tapas menus, this throws a spanner into your standard Italian pizza experience.

Stripped

A recent edition to the ever-growing foodie scene in Ventnor, Stripped is the next venture from the people behind popular bakery and bistro, Cantina.  We think their pizza bases are second to none, with a wide range of toppings including vegan mozzarella and gluten-free options. Plus the new children’s pizza parties are perfect for kids to get stuck in and make their own pizza, along with the quirky surroundings of this former-bank, Stripped in Ventnor is one not to be missed.

Olivos

A staple Isle of Wight Italian restaurant, Olivos is one of those perfect places to visit whether it’s to grab a quick lunch, or a full on feast!  Famed for thin and crispy pizza bases, Olivos reasonable pricing and friendly staff make this the perfect place to visit whatever the occasion. Their welcoming and contemporary restaurants can be found in Ryde and Newport (currently under refurbishment).

Michelangelo

A seriously authentic Italian, overlooking the Solent and Portsmouth on Ryde seafront.  With a warm, welcoming staff and service to complement their menu of authentic Italian dishes.  Pizzas with exceptionally thin crusts, and toppings are not scrimped on – as well as their pizzas, many of their best combinations can also be ordered as a calzone.

Wightwoods Pizza

Ok, we’re making things a little more difficult with this one – but it’s worth it!  This traveling pizza van makes its way around the Isle of Wight hand-making pizzas with locally sourced quality ingredients. Cooked on a wood-fired clay oven in their vintage Citroen van, you’ll need to make sure you follow these guys on Facebook or Twitter to find out where they’ll be on the island next!

Have we missed somewhere? Share your favourite pizza spots with us on Instagram, just tag @tasteofthewight next time you’re out exploring the Isle of Wight on your next italian-inspired adventure.