Pizza is very popular in Medellín and we look at 14 of the best pizza places in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley with very good pizzas.
The following ranking of best pizza places in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley is based on my personal opinion after having eaten pizzas at all of these pizzerias and many others.
Here is my ranking of the 14 best pizza places in the Medellín and the Aburrá Valley, which includes best pizza places in Medellín and the nearby municipalities of Envigado and Sabaneta:
Ammazza Pizzeria & Gin Garden is a popular chain of three pizzerias in Medellín with excellent brick-oven cooked thin-crust pizzas as well as some good Italian food.
“Ammazza” is the name of the pizzeria chain that was chosen due to it translating to ¨amazing¨. And this is reportedly the goal, mission and vision of these three pizzerias.
In addition, Ammazza is a pioneer in Colombia in the world of gin & tonics that are popular in Europe but pretty unknown in Colombia. So, the pizza chain has created a gin bar prepared with a range of botanicals.
Ammazza is currently my favorite pizzeria in the Medellín area. And if you like thin-crust pizza with high quality ingredients cooked in a brick oven, Ammazza is highly recommended.
The pizzas at Ammazza come in one size with eight slices. On the menu at Ammazza are 17 different pizzas with pizza prices ranging from 22,900 to 39,500 pesos.
Ammazza has three locations in Medellín listed below.
- El Poblado – Provenza: Carrera 34 # 7-40
- El Poblado – Las Palmas Indiana Mall: Km 17, Av. Las Palmas
- Laureles: Carrera 76 # 73B-39
Phone: +57 4 444 6197
Hours: Monday to Wednesday: noon to 9:30 pm, Thursday to Saturday: noon to 11:30 pm, Sunday: noon to 4:30 pm.
Pizzeria Centro is a pizzeria located in El Centro in Medellín, which is a hidden gem and hasn’t been discovered by many foreigners. It has excellent thin-crust pizzas cooked in a wood-burning brick oven. And it’s my second favorite pizzeria in the Medellín area.
Rodrigo Puyo is the English-speaking owner of Pizzeria Centro. Rodrigo is an apprentice of Giorgio Budicin, a chef based in Medellin, who taught Rodrigo how to make pizza as they do in Italy.
This pizzzeria reportedly opened in October 2007 and it has a loyal local customer base.
The pizzas at Pizzeria Centro come in one size with eight slices. On the menu at Pizzeria Centro are 23 different pizzas with pizza prices ranging from 27,800 to 32,800 pesos.
Address: Calle 57 # 41-57, El Centro, Medellín
Phone: +57 4 254 4510
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 4:30 pm to 11 pm, closed Sunday and Monday.
3. Café Zorba
Café Zorba is a very popular pizzeria located in El Poblado in Medellín. It has some excellent vegetarian thin-crust pizza cooked in a brick oven.
I have been to Café Zorba many times over the past several years. While I normally prefer pizzas with meat, Café Zorba has some excellent vegetarian thin-crust pizzas.
The pizzeria has a relaxed vibe and an open kitchen. And the ceiling is covered with Colombian bamboo. Also, on the Parque Presidential side, there is a small outdoor patio area.
This is a very popular pizzeria due to having some very good pizzas. So, there is normally a wait for a table in the evening, particularly on the weekends. So, we recommend going early.
The pizzas at Café Zorba come in one size with six slices. On the menu at Café Zorba are 10 different pizzas with pizza prices ranging from 19,000 to 25,000 pesos.
Address: Calle 8 # 42-33, El Poblado, Medellín
Phone: +57 4 580 4600
Hours: Monday to Sunday: 5 pm to 11:30 pm, but the last kitchen order is at 10 pm.
Due Amici Pizzeria is a popular pizzeria located in the Suramericana barrio in Medellín with very good thin-crust pizzas as well as some good sandwiches.
Due Amici is a hidden gem pizzeria with very good thin-crust pizza with a perfectly cooked very thin-crust, which is cooked in a gas pizza oven. The crust in this pizzeria is one of the best thin-crusts I have tried in Medellín.
Du Amici is open Tuesday to Sunday each week and it serves sandwiches from 10 am to 4 pm and starts serving pizzas at 5 pm.
The pizzas at Du Amici come in one size with eight slices. On the menu at Du Amici are 11 different pizzas with pizza prices ranging from 22,500 to 30,500 pesos.
Address: Calle 49A # 64C-58, barrio Suramericana in Laureles-Estadio, Medellín
Phone: +57 4 230 5602
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm sandwiches and 5 pm to 11 pm pizzas, Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm sandwiches and 5 pm to 9 pm pizzas, Monday: closed.
Pizzeria Olivia is a popular chain of eight pizzerias in Medellín with great brick-oven cooked pizzas as well as good Italian food. As a result of Pizzería Olivia’s popularity they have grown over the past several years to a total of eight restaurants in the Medellín area.
I first discovered Pizzeria Olivia several years ago when I was living in Belén. I like pizzas and Italian food. And I particularly like thin-crust pizza and Pizzeria Olivia specializes in brick-oven cooked thin-crust pizza.
So, I have eaten at this popular pizzeria chain many times and they have a big menu with many options.
The pizzas at Pizzeria Olivia come in one size with six slices. On the menu at Pizzeria Olivia are 29 different pizzas with pizza prices ranging from 17,500 to 36,900 pesos.
Pizzería Olivia currently has eight locations in the Medellín metro area listed below:
- El Poblado: Carrera 43 # 7 Sur-170, Santafé Mall, +57 4 313 1532
- El Poblado: Carrera 25A # 15 Sur-25, El Tesoro Mall, +57 4 418 7687
- El Poblado: Carrera 43E # 11A-31, Manila, +57 4 268 5532
- El Poblado: Carrera 32 # 25 Sur-47, Mall Zona 2, +57 4 268 7487
- Envigado: Calle 30 Sur # 34A-47, +57 4 331 3885
- Laureles: Circular 74B # 39-46, +57 4 250 7785
- Belén: Carrera 82 # 30A-24, Los Molinos Mall, +57 4 356 0902
- Sabaneta: Carrera 48 # 50 Sur-128, Mayorca Mega Plaza, +57 4 366 4865
Hours (Manila, Envigado and Laureles): Sunday to Wednesday: noon – 10pm, Thursday to Saturday: noon – 11pm
Hours (Other locations): Sunday to Wednesday: noon – 9pm, Thursday to Saturday: noon – 10pm
Pizza en Leña is a popular chain of two pizzerias located in Sabaneta. Pizza en Leña specializes in very good thin-crust pizza that is cooked in a brick oven at both of its locations.
A Dutch guy owns the Pizza en Leña chain. He bought his first pizzeria in Sabaneta about seven years ago from another Dutch guy. This first pizzeria became so popular that on weekends it frequently had lines waiting to get into the relatively small place.
This drove the owner to open a second Pizza en Leña about a year ago. This second pizzeria is located next to the popular Parque Sabeneta. The second pizzeria is much larger than the first and seats a maximum of about 75 people. And it has two floors.
The pizzas at Pizza en Leña come in two sizes: medium with six slices and large with eight slices. On the menu at Pizzeria Olivia are 18 different pizzas. And the pizza prices range from 21,000 to 27,000 pesos for medium or 28,000 to 36,000 pesos for large.
Pizza en Leña has two locations in Sabaneta listed below:
- Sabaneta: Carrera 46 # 72S-49
- Sabaneta: Carrera 44 cl 70 sur 32 (next to Parque Sabaneta)
Phone: +57 4 301 5735
Hours: Monday to Thursday and Sunday: noon to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday: noon to midnight.
Ragazzi Pizzas Y Pastas is a popular pizzeria chain with two pizzerias in the Medellín metro area with a third pizzeria opening soon.
I recently discovered this pizzeria chain’s location in Sabaneta, which has been open for about a year. This chain’s first pizzeria is in Envigado, which opened about two years ago. And the chain recently opened its third pizzeria in Laureles.
Ragazzi has very good pizzas that are served on a skillet to keep the pizzas hot, something I haven’t seen at another pizzeria in Medellín. Also, it has some good pasta dishes.
The pizzas at Ragazzi come in three sizes: personal (18 cm), for a couple (28 cm) or with friends (38 cm). On the menu at Ragazzi are 16 different pizzas. And the pizza prices range from 19,500 to 23,500 pesos for 18 cm, 25,500 to 32,500 pesos for 28 cm or 33,500 to 39,500 for 38 cm.
Ragazzi Pizzas Y Pastas has three locations in the Medellín metro area:
- Envigado: Calle 41A Sur # 42-12
- Sabaneta: Calle 71 Sur # 43B-31
- Laureles: Calle 38 # 76-06
Phone: +57 313 620 3142
Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Thursday and Friday: 11:30 am to 11:30 pm.
8. Ná Pizza
Ná Pizza is a popular pizzeria in Envigado with very good thin-crust pizzas. I recently went to this pizzeria that was recommended by a Medellin Guru reader and found that the pizzas are very good.
Ná Pizza is reportedly owned by Italians. And Ná Pizza specializes in thin-crust pizza cooked in a gas brick-oven. In addition, this restaurant has some good pasta dishes.
The pizzas at Ná Pizza come in one size with eight slices. On the menu at Ná Pizza are 33 different pizzas with pizza prices ranging from 17,000 to 40,000 pesos.
Address: Carrera 44A # 31 Sur-18, Envigado
Phone: +57 (4) 612 9617
Hours: Noon to 11 pm.
Pane e Pomodoro is a popular pizzeria chain with two pizzerias in the Medellín area located in El Poblado and Laureles with very good thin-crust pizzas and good Italian food.
Giancarlo Mazarrino is the chef at Pane e Pomodoro. He’s an Italian who is passionate about gastronomy. Mazarrino studied in Italy and worked at several restaurants. And he he traveled to Bogotá where he started advising restaurants such as Le Calvane, La Bottega de Andrei and Trattoria Archie’s and went on to become the chef at Dante. And now he is the chef at Pane e Pomodoro in Medellín.
The pizzas at Pane e Pomodoro come in one size with six slices. On the menu at Pane e Pomodoro are 11 different pizzas with pizza prices ranging from 15,500 to 24,500 pesos.
Pane e Pomodoro has two locations in the Medellín area:
- El Poblado – Manila barrio: Carrera 43B # 11-92
- Laureles: Carrera 73 # 5-6
Phone: +57 4 322 9679
Hours: noon to 10 pm.
Opera Pizzeria & Restaurante is a popular pizzeria located in Laureles in Medellín with very good brick-oven cooked thin-crust pizzas as well as some good Italian food.
I have been to Opera many times over the past several years with friends that live in Laureles and I like the thin-crust pizzas at this pizzeria.
This is a pizzeria that specializes in made-to-order pizzas with reasonable prices. And this pizzeria is owned by Italians. So, the pizza is Italian-style. Also, this pizzeria is popular with locals in Laureles. This pizzeria also has some good Italian food.
The pizzas at Opera come in one size with six slices. On the menu at Opera are 21 different pizzas with pizza prices ranging from 17,000 to 30,000 pesos.
Address: Calle 42 # 70-22, Laureles, Medellín
Phone: +57 4 413 1920
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday: Noon to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday: Noon to 11 pm, Sunday and Holidays: Noon to 10 pm, Monday: closed.
Da Filippo Pizza Artigianale is a popular pizzeria located in El Poblado in Medellín. It has some very good thin-crust pizza cooked in a wood-burning brick oven. “Artigianale” in the restaurant’s name is Italian for “handmade.”
This restaurant in El Poblado has good pizzas and also a number of other good Italian dishes on the menu.
Da Filippo Pizza Artigianale opened in early 2016 and the restaurant specializes in Italian food, particularly pizzas.
The chef of the restaurant is Diego Vásquez. And all the items on the menu are reportedly the result of a search for products that were carried out for two years by Diego Vásquez from Bogotá and Luigi Gaudenzi from Antioquia.
The concept of the restaurant is to make all its Italian food in a wood-burning oven. Nothing is prepared on a stove, grill or otherwise. And all the ingredients used at this restaurant are of very high quality.
The pizzas at Da Filippo come in one size with six slices. On the menu at Da Filippo are 19 different pizzas with pizza prices ranging from 28,500 to 36,000 pesos.
Address: Carrera 40 # 10A-30, El Poblado, Medellín
Phone: +57 4 266 3489
Hours: Monday to Saturday: Noon to 11 pm, Sunday: Noon to 4 pm
12. Sicilia in Bocca
Sicilia in Bocca is a small pizzeria located on Calle 10 in El Poblado not far from Parque Lleras. This pizzeria came in second place in the 2017 Pizza Master competition. And the owner of this pizzeria is from Sicily.
I have been to this pizzeria several times. The ingredients used are fresh and the pizza itself is an authentic Italian-style pizza with a very good thin crust. The only negative about this place is that it’s tiny with only about six tables and it’s popular. So, it may be difficult to get a table during lunch or dinner.
Sicilia in Bocca used to have a second location in the Monterrey mall. But this location closed due to problems with employees in this second pizzeria.
The pizzas at Sicilia in Bocca come in one size with four slices. On the menu at Sicilia in Bocca are 93 different pizzas. This is a bigger variety of pizzas than I have seen on the menus any other pizzerias in Medellín. In addition, the pizza prices at Sicilia in Bocca range from 15,000 to 40,000 pesos.
Address: Calle 10 # 41-05, El Poblado, Medellín
Hours: Monday to Sunday: 11 am to midnight.
Bigotes is a popular chain of two pizzerias that specializes in German-style pizza. German-style pizza is characterized by semi-thick crust and natural and artisanal ingredients including German ham and German bacon, which is made by the pizzeria chain.
A German expat named Jens owns the Bigotes pizzeria chain. He opened his first pizzeria in the Carlos E. Restrepo neighborhood over five years ago in July 2013.
Bigote is Spanish for mustache and the name of the pizzeria comes from the German owner who has a white mustache that twists on both ends.
The German expat owner Jens is an engineer who first arrived in Medellín in 2010. He was looking to escape an economic crisis in Europe at the time. He moved from Tenerife, Spain, where he lived and managed five pizzerias with his brother.
The recipe for Bigotes’ pizza was brought to Colombia by Jens, who for more than three decades perfected, along with his brother, the traditional formula of artisanal German pizzas.
The ingredients of the pizzas at Bigotes are all natural. In addition, they grow their own tomatoes, make their own sauces and smoke their own meats.
The pizzas at Bigotes come in three sizes: small with four slices, medium with six slices and large with eight slices. On the menu at Bigotes are 29 different pizzas.
The small pizzas at Bigotes range in price from 16,500 to 21,000 pesos. The medium pizzas range in price from 28,000 to 37,000 pesos. And the large pizzas range in price from 47,000 to 62,000 pesos.
Bigotes has two locations in Medellín listed below:
- Carlos E. Restrepo: Calle 53 # 64A-39
- Cristo Rey barrio of Guayabal: Carrera 52 # 3 Sur-88 (near Parque Cristo Rey)
And opening third location in Sabaneta was reported in the news earlier this year. But this hasn’t opened.
Hours: Monday to Sunday: noon to 11:30 pm.
Cavieli Ristorante Caffe is a pizzeria in Medellín with very good thin-crust pizzas as well as some other good food. Cavieli Ristorante Caffe is popular with locals. And it’s located in Belén near Clínica las Américas.
I used to live nearby in the Loma de los Bernal barrio. But when I lived nearby this small pizzeria hadn’t opened yet. Cavieli opened about three years ago.
A friend of mine living in Belén first took me to this pizzeria about a year ago. And I have returned several times since it has good pizza. This pizzeria is located near the PriceSmart warehouse club. So, I sometimes eat lunch or dinner at this pizzeria before going shopping at PriceSmart.
The pizzas at Cavieli come in two sizes: personal with four slices and medium with eight slices. On the menu at Cavieli are 15 different pizzas.
The personal size pizzas at Cavieli range in price from 15,900 to 25,900 pesos and the medium pizzas range in price from 25,900 to 35,900 pesos.
Address: Diagonal 75B #21-120, Local 175, Mall Plazoleta Las Américas, Belén, Medellín
Phone: +57 341 9085
Hours: Monday to Sunday: Noon to 9 pm.
Be Careful of TripAdvisor Reviews – the Best Pizza Places in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
TripAdvisor has a list of the best pizza places in Medellín and also in Envigado and Sabaneta. But it appears that you can’t search on Trip Advisor for the best pizza places in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley with the other municipalities in the Aburrá Valley included.
TripAdvisor rates Cavieli as the best pizzeria in Medellín. Cavieli has some good pizzas in my experience and is on our best pizza places list. But in my opinion, several pizzerias in the area have better pizzas than Cavieli.
Here is TripAdvisor’s ranking of the top 12 pizza places in Medellín on October 20, 2018:
- Cavieli Ristorante Caffe
- Café Zorba
- Casa Flam’ Restaurante
- Ammazza Pizzeria & Gin Garden (Provenza)
- Romero Cocina Artesanal
- Il Forno
- Ammazza Pizzeria & Gin Garden (Laureles)
- La Bottega Verde
- Della Nonna Trattoria
- Swiss Bakery
- Pizzeria Olivia (Laureles)
One problem with this list is that some of these places are Italian restaurants that also serve pizzas. So, their high rating on TripAdvisor can be due to the Italian food and not necessarily the pizzas. There is no way I would include several places listed on TripAdvisor’s list in an accurate list of the best pizza places in Medellín.
Also, be skeptical with TripAdvisor reviews, as not all the highest rated restaurants are so good. Even friends of a restaurant can post reviews on TripAdvisor.
To demonstrate the problem of fake reviews with TripAdvisor, a reporter even made his garden shed the top-rated London restaurant with fake reviews.
I recall several years ago when the Flip Flop Sandwich shop was the highest rated restaurant in Medellín on TripAdvisor, which was pretty absurd considering there are many better restaurants in the city. Flip Flop Sandwich shop is now ranked #104 in Medellín.
In addition, there are also companies which businesses can hire to create highly believable fake TripAdvisor reviews, fix a reputation if they’ve received bad reviews, or even sabotage competitors.
I have found that you can use TripAdvisor to help find potential best restaurants but I also ask friends and locals for recommendations in the area, as you can’t really depend on the rankings on TripAdvisor.
What About the Big Pizza Chains in Medellín?
In my opinion, all 13 pizzerias listed above have better pizzas than the big pizza chains in Medellín like Domino’s, Jenos’s Papa John’s, Pizza Doble Pizza or Pizzas Picolo. In my opinion, none of these big chains belongs on the list of the best pizza places in Medellín.
Also, in my opinion, Papa John’s has the best pizza out of the big pizza delivery chains in Colombia. But all 12 of the above independent pizzerias we have looked at have better pizzas than Papa John’s and the other big pizza chains in Colombia.
Also, some readers have asked if there are any pizzerias with good Chicago deep-dish pizza in Medellín.
I previously lived in Chicago for two years and like Chicago deep-dish pizza. But unfortunately, I haven’t found any good Chicago deep-dish style pizza in Medellín, yet.
Pizza Master Medellín 2018
Pizza Master Medellín 2018 started on Monday, October 22 in Medellín and ran until Sunday, October 28.
This was a promotion where 41 pizzerias in Medellín offered a special promotion pizza for only 13,000 pesos. And with a soda the cost became 16,000 pesos or with a beer for 18,000 pesos.
The 41 pizzerias that participated in Pizza Master Medellín 2018 can be seen here. Also, you can download the Food Map Colombia app for your Android or iPhone, which has a list of the pizzerias that participated with locations.
Pizza Master selected the best five pizzerias in each participating city based on its competition. But in my opinion, this was a flawed competition. For example, not all the best pizzerias in Medellín are participating.
In 2018, only the following 7 out of the top 14 pizzerias in Medellín in our curated list above participated in Pizza Master:
- #5 Olivia
- #6. Pizza en Leña
- #7. Ragazzi Pizzas Y Pastas
- #8. Ná Pizza
- #9 Pane e Pomodoro
- #11. Da Filippo Pizza Artigianale
- #12. Sicilia in Bocca
And not one of top three pizzerias in our above list of the best pizza places participated. So, how can they claim the results are the “best pizzerias in Medellín”?
This is the same problem as last year. Many of the best pizzerias in the city did not participate in the 2018 Pizza Master because they would have to offer pizzas at a discounted price of 13,000 pesos when their normal price may be 20,000 pesos or more.
In addition, each pizzeria only enters one type of pizza in the competition. So, a restaurant that chooses a popular combination of ingredients could possibly have a better chance to win. This competition isn’t necessarily comparing apples-to-apples.
Here is the list of the top five pizzeria winners in the 2018 Pizza Master competition:
The 2018 Pizza Master promotion also ran in Bogotá, Barranquilla, Cali and Bucaramanga at the same time. A total of over 150 pizzerias in Colombia participated in this promotion.
The Best of Medellín
Besides this article about the 14 best pizza places in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley, Medellin Guru has several more articles about the best and top places and things to do in Medellín including:
- 12 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in El Poblado
- 11 Best Steakhouses in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
- 9 Best Places for Brunch in El Poblado
- 5 Best Independent Coffee Shops in El Poblado
- 8 Top Coffee Shops in Laureles
- 5 Best Nano/Micro Breweries in Medellín
- 8 Best Pueblos Near Medellín Worth Visiting
- 12 Best Museums of Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
- 13 Best Malls of Medellín – the Ultimate Guide to Medellín Malls
- 5 Best Panoramic Views of Medellín
- 2 Best Walking Tours in Medellín
- 14 Top Churches in Medellín Worth Visiting
The Bottom Line – the Best Pizza Places in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
All 14 of the pizzerias in the above list have good pizzas and it was honestly very difficult to rank the best pizza places in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley.
In addition, we have detailed reviews on the Medellin Guru website of 13 of the 14 best pizza places included in this article.
You can click on the link in the heading of each of the best pizza places listed above to find these restaurant reviews. And the reviews include detailed information about the food menu and drink menu of each pizzeria with prices.
I have eaten at over 30 different pizzerias in the Medellín metro area in the over eight years I have lived in the city. And I chose my favorite 14 pizzerias for this list of the best pizza places in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley.
However, I haven’t tried every pizzeria in the metro area, as there are so many pizzerias in the city. For example, there were 41 pizzerias participating in Pizza Master this year. And I tried some of these pizzerias I hadn’t been to yet to see if they belong on this best pizza places article.
If you know of a very good pizzeria that you think belongs on this best pizza places list, please leave a comment below. I am happy to try out a new pizzeria. And I will update this best pizza places list if I find other good pizzerias.
What is your favorite pizzeria in Medellín?
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Editors note: updated on November 20, 2018 with the winners of the 2018 Pizza Master competition in Medellín and added Ná Pizza in Envigado to the list.
Editors note: updated on January 3, 2018 to add Pane e Pomodoro to the list of best pizza places in Medellín.