Pizza en Leña is a popular chain of two pizzerias located in Sabaneta. Local Colombians living in Sabaneta I have talked to consider this chain as having the best pizza in Sabaneta. And I agree.
Pizza en Leña specializes in really 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 six 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 new location has also become popular, particularly on weekends from what I have seen. According to the owner the new location is attracting a different customer base.
So, the original smaller Pizza en Leña remains busy even though it is located only about five blocks from the first location. Consequently, if the smaller pizzeria fills up, they can now redirect overflow customers to its bigger pizzeria located next to Parque Sabeneta.
My Experiences at Pizza en Leña
Since I moved to Sabaneta over two years ago I have eaten at Pizza en Leña many times with my Colombian wife and several times with friends.
In addition, when my father visited recently I took him to Pizza en Leña. And he said the pizza was excellent with a crispy thin crust he really likes. Also, several expats living in Sabaneta I have met have told me that the pizza at Pizza en Leña is their favorite.
I have eaten at both locations and the pizzas are consistently good. Each time I have eaten there the ingredients were fresh and the pizza was cooked perfectly with a crispy thin crust. My favorites include the Amantes de la Carne (meat lovers) pizza and the Diavolo, which is a bit spicy.
In my opinion, Pizza en Leña doesn’t really have that much competition in Sabaneta. There are two Domino’s Pizza places and other small pizzerias like Doblepizza, Perú Pizza and a few others in the area that don’t have as good pizza, in my opinion.
Probably Pizza en Leña’s biggest competition is Pizzería Olivia located at Mayorca mall. But that is further away from Parque Sabaneta and the mall has a different customer base.
The Menu at Pizza en Leña
Pizza en Leña specializes in pizzas and there are 18 different pizzas on the menu. The pizzas come in two sizes: medium with six slices and large with eight slices. And the pizzas have four different price points as follows:
Median for 21,000 pesos, large for 28,000 pesos:
- Pepperoni – pepperoni and mushrooms
- Hawaiian – ham and pineapple
- Neapolitan – fresh basil, cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese
Median for 23,000 pesos, large for 31,000 pesos:
- Pesto – chicken, pineapple, fresh basil and pesto sauce
- Shoarma – special meat, tomato salad and house yogurt sauce
- Mexican – Mexican meat, maicitos, bell pepper and jalapenos
- Chicken with mushrooms – roasted chicken and mushrooms
- Vegetarian – zucchini, black olives, red onion, basil and pesto sauce
Median for 25,000 pesos, large for 33,000 pesos:
- Three cheeses – blue cheese, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese
- Diavolo – pepperoni, red onion, black olives, bell pepper, garlic and a touch of spicy
- Rustic – ham, Antioquian sausage, bacon and mushrooms
- Spring – ham, zucchini, red onion, bell pepper and pesto sauce
- Spanish – Spanish sausage, bell pepper and black olives
- Boloñesa – Bechamel sauce, bolognese meat and parmesan cheese
Median for 27,000 pesos, large for 36,000 pesos:
- Bacon – smoked bacon, ham, mushrooms and parmesan cheese
- Meat lovers – special meat, pepperoni, bacon, chicken and mushrooms
- Solomío – white sauce base, pork loin, caramelized onions and mushrooms
- Pomodoro pesto – Spanish sausage, bell pepper, blue cheese, parmesan cheese and pesto sauce
Of course, you can add or subtract ingredients to any of the above pizzas. In addition, the menu includes pita burgers, pita Italian, pita chicken or pita vegetarian with prices ranging from 7,000 to 12,000 pesos.
Furthermore, the restaurant has several drinks on the menu, including sodas for 2,000 to 3,000 pesos, bottled water for 4,000 pesos and beers ranging in price from 5,000 to 7,000 pesos. In addition, it has red wine for 7,000 pesos per cup, a half bottle for 19,000 pesos or a full bottle for 31,000 pesos.
How to Get to Pizza en Leña
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), Tel: 6119569
Phone: +57 4 301 5735
Hours: Monday to Thursday and Sunday: noon to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday: noon to midnight.
The larger Pizza en Leña pizzeria is located in a food passageway to the right of the popular Santa Ana church found at Parque Sabaneta. Parque Sabaneta is located about a 10-minute walk east from the Sabaneta metro station, which is the second to last station going south on Line A.
There are also metro feeder buses that frequently run from the Sabaneta metro station to near Parque Sabaneta, which cost only 2,100 pesos. But be careful, the buses don’t go directly to Parque Sabaneta they run about a block away. In addition, just about every taxi driver in Medellín will know how to get to popular Parque Sabaneta.
The Best Pizzerias in Medellín
We have looked at 13 of the best pizzerias in the Medellín metro area in detail, which have very good pizzas.
- Ammazza – a popular chain of three pizzerias in Medellín with excellent thin-crust pizzas.
- Pizzeria Centro – a pizzeria in El Centro with very good thin-crust pizzas.
- Café Zorba – a very popular pizzeria in El Poblado with very good vegetarian thin-crust pizzas.
- Due Amici Pizzeria – a pizzeria in Suramericana with very good thin-crust pizzas.
- Pizzería Olivia – a popular chain of eight pizzerias in Medellín.
- Pizza en Leña – a chain of two pizzerias in Sabaneta – owner is Dutch.
- Ragazzi Pizzas Y Pastas – a chain with three pizzerias in the Medellín area.
- Ná Pizza – a popular pizzeria in Envigado with very good thin-crust pizzas.
- Pomodoro – a chain of two pizzerias in Medellín with good thin-crust pizzas.
- Opera – a pizzeria in Laureles with good thin-crust pizzas.
- Da Filippo – a pizzeria in El Poblado with good thin-crust pizzas.
- Bigotes – a chain of two German pizzerias in Medellín – owner is German.
- Cavieli Ristorante Caffe – a popular pizzeria in Belén near Clínica las Américas.
All 13 pizzerias listed above in my opinion have better pizza than the big pizza chains in Medellín like Domino’s, Jeno’s, Papa John’s, Pizza Doble Pizza or Pizzas Piccolo.
Also, we included Pizza en Leña in our list of the 14 best pizza places in Medellín.
In addition, in my opinion, Papa John’s has the best pizza out of the big pizza delivery chains in Colombia. But all 13 of the above independent pizzerias we have looked at in detail have better pizzas than Papa John’s and the other big pizza chains in Colombia.
The Bottom Line – Pizza en Leña
Pizza en Leña is my favorite pizzeria in Sabaneta. It has really good thin-crust pizza, which I like.
I believe this pizzeria chain would be successful in other parts of the metro like El Poblado, Envigado and Laureles-Estadio. Yet the owner may decide to remain in Sabaneta where there is less competition.
If you haven’t experienced Parque Sabaneta yet, it’s arguably the nicest park in the Medellín metro. Also on the weekends the park comes alive with locals and many visitors from other parts of the city.
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Editors note: updated on May 27, 2018 with updated menu food options and prices.