Whether you’re hankering for an indulgent meat feast, a crispy cheese classic, or a flavourful veggie slice, there are plenty of prime pizza places to satisfy those cravings.
From authentic Italian restaurants and award-winning breweries, to legendary local takeaways, SoGlos finds 15 of Gloucestershire’s most delicious pizza places.
With outposts in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud, Fat Toni’s remains a firm favourite among locals, delivering authentic Italian pizza which raises the bar on a typical takeaway – with a choice of regular, or belly-busting 20-inch base.
Championing fresh ingredients, Fat Toni’s sourdough-based pizzas can be tailored for special diets, with its extensive menu catering to all tastes – from classic margheritas to the fiery Dantes’ Inferno, with the option to combine toppings on its two, three, or four-way pizzas in order to satisfy everyone’s palates.
A stylish restaurant in the centre of Cheltenham, The Stable offers a great atmosphere for relaxing with pizza and a pint of cider, boasting a locally-inspired menu with highlights such as The Pittville Piggy; The Cheltonian Clucker; The Spy-cy GCHQ; and The Gloucestershire Trotter.
Whether visiting for lunch or dinner, pizza fans can look forward to The Stable’s innovative menu, with toppings ranging from traditional mozzarella, salami, and chicken; to Naga chillies, smoked mackerel, and sweet potato.
With a prime position in Gloucester’s historic docks, Tank serves more than just specialist craft beer, with its dedicated pizza menu sure to delight diners, with expertly matched beers chosen to complement the 12-inch dishes.
Highlights on the traditional menu include chicken and bacon with roasted red peppers, cherry tomatoes hickory-smoked balsamic glaze and parsley; pepperoni with roasted chillies and garlic; and seafood with prawns, salmon, spinach, and mozzarella.
A hip restaurant in the centre of Cheltenham, The Bottle of Sauce offers a stylish haven for eating, drinking and socialising, with its wood-fired pizzas blasted to perfection in a Neapolitan wood-fired oven, ensuring that all the delicious flavour and moisture is locked in.
With gluten free and vegan options, highlights include Salami Get This Straight; Truffle Funghi; and Mr Melanzane, which comes topped with roast aubergine, basil and fresh garlic.
A family-run pizzeria, Zitto e Mangia offers a slice of authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of Tewkesbury, with an extensive menu of classic dishes, cooked by its talented Italian chefs – including an impressive range of pizzas.
Remaining true to tradition with its toppings, diners can expect staple pizzas such as Hawaiian with ham and pineapple; calabrese with spicy salami and olives; quattro formaggi with a mix of four cheeses; and a calzone, in addition to a choice of pizzas without tomato sauce.
Serving traditional cuisine with a contemporary twist, Fratello’s in Cirencester has a carefully-created menu and head chef with a wealth of experience in Italian fayre, with its expansive menu offering someone for all tastes – and its oven-baked pizzas a sure highlight.
Whether you’re craving for a gooey margherita; a spicy diavola with spiced salami, garlic and chilli; fresh caprese with tomatoes, basil, and oregano; or the restaurant’s speciale with Parma ham, Italian sausages, and egg, pizza fans are sure to be satisfied by Fratello’s impressive selection.
Aside from its creative cocktail menu, trendy Cheltenham bar Six Degrees of Separation draws in foodies with its selection of handmade pizzas, made even more enticing with its weekly Wednesday deal, offering pizza and a cocktail for £9.
Using the best ingredients, diners can expect inventive dishes, such as Barbecue Pulled Pork; Nice to Meat You with chorizo, pulled pork, and chicken; Yankee Bacon and Egg; and Popeye with olives, spinach, and Mascarpone.
In addition to serving its award-winning beer, Stroud Brewery’s on-site bar also offers delicious sourdough pizzas from Vélo Bakery who fire up the pizza oven on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
All pizzas are cooked to order and made with organic, local ingredients where possible, with the choices including a Mediterranean topped with anchovies, Kalamanta olives, roasted red pepper, capers and red onion, along with a decadent Quattro Fromaggi.
Nestled in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water and offering Italian cooking at its best, L’Anatra Kitchen at Chester House Hotel uses only authentic ingredients in its stone-baked pizzas. From the meaty Calzone di Carne with ham, salami and pancetta; to vegetable Ortolana with peppers, olives, spinach and courgette, the menu offers something for all palates.
Cooking pizzas fresh to order, The Olive Tree in Nailsworth is a Mediterranean restaurant and pizzeria with a welcoming atmosphere, perfect for casual dining and evening meals – with its pizzas built fresh-to-order, before being cooked in a traditional stone oven.
A small but enticing menu, highlights include the Zeus with goat’s cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, peppers and olives; Venice with prosciutto, rocket, and parmesan; or Pollo Diablo with Cajun chicken, roasted peppers, chorizo, chillies, and red onion – just a few of the options.
A boutique venue in Stow-on-the-Wold, The Old Stocks Inn has a Garden Pizzeria operating during the spring and summer months, with its wood-fired oven cooking up fresh, homemade pizza.
Offering a small but suitably delicious menu, options span classic margherita; a Hawaiian; a diavola with chorizo, fresh chilli and coriander; the Caprina with artichoke, hen’s egg, goat’s cheese, and spinach; and the Old Stocks House Pizza with basil, prosciutto, and mushroom.
A family-run restaurant in Cirencester, Piazza Fontana is dedicated to providing the best food, service, and atmosphere, focusing on fresh, authentic ingredients to ensure a delicious taste of Italy.
The dedicated pizzeria menu provides plenty of temptation, with traditional toppings such as gorgonzola, artichokes, Parma ham, salami, aubergine, and pineapple, providing plenty of choice for all palates.
Located in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold, The Sheep on Sheep Street offers a laidback dining experience, with its menu specialises in pizzas which are made on-site in the wood-fired oven.
The menu includes everything from classic choices such as margheritas, while the more adventurous creations span the BBQ, topped with beef brisket, caramelised onions, Fontina and jalapenos, and the SOSS, featuring spiced lamb, Berkswell cheese, pomegranate, mint and red onion jam.
Aside from its breathtaking views, visitors to Fieldfare Café – located at Thistledown Farm near Stroud – can take advantage of the eatery’s pizza nights, which take place on Fridays and Saturdays, offering 11-inch thin crust sourdough pizzas, cooked to perfection in the wood-fired clay oven.
Using the freshest ingredients, the menu boasts tasty topping combinations including grilled courgettes and artichokes, herb and lemon ricotta with pine nuts and lemon oil; and spiced butternut with foraged pesto, caramelised onions, goat’s cheese and pecorino.
Specialising in modern, rustic dishes, The Priory Inn in Tetbury takes care to produce top quality fayre using local ingredients, with a special pizza menu ideal for quick and delicious meals, cooking the dishes on-site in a wood fired oven.
With classic and unusual flavour combinations, the menu is sure to have stomachs growling, with highlights including Wiltshire ham hock and mushroom; Cajun chicken with caramelised onion, Gloucester cheese, cherry tomatoes, and barbecue sauce; and pulled pork, along with the more unique option of strawberry with basil, Brinkworth blue cheese, and caramelised red onion.
By Kathryn Godfrey
Monday 31 July 2017
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