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Our ultimate guide to the best pizza in Newcastle and the North East

It's no is one of the HLN team's favourite foods. Luckily for us, the region is home to some amazing pizzerias! Here's our ultimate guide. Think we've missed one? Let us know!

Written by High Life North
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Pizza is one of the world’s most popular foods.

The Italian staple has spread its delicious heritage across the globe, with some of the tastiest slices hitting our high streets right here in the North East. Browse our list for some of our favourite pizza places in the region, but we warn you, pizza cravings are guaranteed!

Pizza Punks Newcastle

PIZZA PUNKS

34-40 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6AE

The rule-breakers of the pizza industry. One flat price of £11 gives pizza-lovers the choice of over 50 unlimited toppings.

From proteins to veggies, this menu offers a vast range of toppings including the ‘rogue’ options of mac and cheese, haggis and chipotle and chocolate pulled pork. Encouraging freedom and expression of flavours, Pizza Punks creates a unique dining experience for every customer.

 

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Scream for Pizza

SCREAM FOR PIZZA

21-25 Starbeck Avenue, Sandyford, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1RJ

Another authentic Neapolitan pizzeria but this time with a twist.

The owners, Alex and Vicky, got their pizzaiolos training in Naples at the famous La Notizia pizzeria, so they put their heart and soul into creating epic flavours with surprising fusions from the world’s most favourite dishes.

 

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FLINT PIZZA

218a. Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5LP

One of the newest additions to Chillingham Road is the walk-in-only Flint Pizza. Wood-fire ovens, with an open kitchen-style bar, creates a lively atmosphere straight from the chefs.

Owner Ben had a ‘eureka moment’ while holidaying in Budapest and wanted to recreate a little pizza shop serving Neapolitan pizza. The small and intimate restaurant is a romantic spot to enjoy unique flavoured pizzas made in the imported authentic pizza oven.

 

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Central Oven and Shaker

CENTRAL OVEN AND SHAKER

8 Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5EN

A trend which you may have noticed is the Neapolitan theme that these fantastic North East pizzerias adopt, and Central Oven and Shaker is no different.

This popular restaurant never fails to impress with its signature puffy and light-edged base, smooth tomato base and fior di latte mozzarella.

If that hasn’t convinced you to give this spot a try, how about 2-for-1 cocktails?

 

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Box Pizza

BOX.PIZZA

Swinhoe, Chathill, Northumberland, NE67 5AB

Take a break from the seaside fish and chips with this Northumberland coastal pizzeria located near Beadnell.

Traditional Italian wood-fired ovens create authentic dough flavours, and creative toppings add that unique quality taste.

Box’s owners pride their business on selecting the very best ingredients from local sources. Perched atop the hill in Swinhoe, expect gorgeous views across both farmland and the coast

 

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BARBAROSSA

13-15 Bedford Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 2LL

A family-run, small pizzeria situated in the heart of Middlesbrough is another hot spot for pizza-lovers across the region.

Sourdough-based authentic wood-fired pizzas take only 90 seconds to create that much-loved cheesy goodness.

The dough is fermented for 72 hours to ensure maximum gluten chain breakdown and increase protein content.

 

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Stable Hearth Pizzeria

STABLE HEARTH PIZZERIA

33-35 Duke Street, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 7RX

The best pizza that Darlington has to offer, in our humble opinion.

This restaurant is award-winning with the title of 2018’s English Italian Awards for ‘Best Pizzeria’.

Stable Hearth first opened in 2013, and all of its pizzas get cooked in a third-generation family business oven purchased from Italy.

 

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ELDER AND WOLF

171 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2DN

Although this restaurant isn’t technically a pizzeria, it is nevertheless worthy of being on our best pizza spots list.

The chefs at Elder and Wolf source all ingredients locally, and make their dishes fresh every day before cooking them in the fire.

This cosy coastal spot won the award for the North East’s most relaxed restaurant, so another reason to head straight there.

 

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GINGERINO’S PIZZA

Gingerino’s Kitchen, Stepney Road, NE2 1TZ

This casual dining spot in Ouseburn, Gingerino’s makes crispy stonebaked pizzas made with the highest quality ingredients such as San Marzano D.O.P tomatoes, 00 pizza flour and Fiore di latte cheese.

Each pizza is 14 inch, sold as quarter slices and are available on a great lunchtime deal with a drink and a cake (hello, Friday treat).

It also sells garlic bread and mini calzones which are delicious. Prices from £2.50 a slice.

 

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