Pizza, the stable dish for watching a sportsgame, datenight and even a hangover cure. Whether its classic Italian thin-crust and innovative pizza, American style with toppings piled so high you need a fork and knife or a classic, crsipy crusted pizza with the freshest ingredients, Nanjing’s selection of pizza will keep you satisfied. And while Nanjing’s pizza scene mostly consists of questionable bar-pizza and mistakes on the classic dish, here’s a list of some of the best pizza around Nanjing.
The Wing Italian Restaurant
A hidden gem for real Italian food in Nanjing! Their ham is imported from Italy, they use real extra virgin olive oil and their dishes are truly Italian (and not Chinese style Italian). Their Chinese chef has worked previously at Bellini in Nanjing and has also traveled Italy for inspiration and getting to know some inside tips.
The setting is inside a big shopping mall (knowing China this is normal) and easily fits large groups as well as cozy booths for couples. Considering the quality of the food you receive (as well as the amount), this restaurant offers some sweet deals (pizza starting at 60RMB). Delivery is offered for free within 3km.
Add: 4/F, Hexi Zhongyang Shopping Mall, Jiangdong Middle Road, Jianye District, Nanjing
Cosima is already an instant fit for Westerners and Chinese alike looking for a better pizza. In what may be the smallest restaurant in Nanjing, comes one of Nanjing’s pizza pies. With fresh ingedients and imported cheese, it’s no wonder why Nanjiners are already booking up the restaurant’s three tables almost nightly. And with 12-inch pies ranging from 38 to 58 RMB the price is so right. Their vast, and reasonably priced wine selection is just another feature that will quickly make Cosima one of Nanjing’s most saught after restaurants. Cosima also offers take away (but no delivery), but an oven fresh pizza at home with a good DVD is worth the trip.
Add: 120 Shanghai Lu, Nanjing
Opening hours: Lunch – 22:00
Contact: 025 8333 7576
Four years ago, a man moved to Nanjing, and, dissappointed with the pizza scene, he started making and selling pizzas out of his apartment. Fast forward to 2010 and he has one of the most successful foreign restaurants in Nanjing. While Jimmy’s does attract a rowdy nighttime crowd, chef Daniel doesn’t let that distract from his pizza pie making responsibilities. And with a wide variety of pizzas, there’s bound to be a pie that’ll please all tastes. If not, custom pizzas are also available. Best of all, they deliver (and reliably). So if you’re stuck on a Friday night and need some crust, cheese and loads of toppings to compliment the next 6 hours of DVD watching, Jimmy’s will most definitely provide the nourishment you need. A medium or large pizza ranging from 70 RMB to 120 RMB will be just the taste of home you need on those more challenging “China days.”
Add: 139 Shigu Lu, Nanjing
Contact: 025 8420 6485
Opening hours: 17:00 – till late
While the wait staff is helpful and the locations around Nanjing are convenient, the decor looks a bit rundown and the food (pizza, pasta, salads) are just not up to par with the competition. While their pasta fairs better than the pizza pies, for those looking to enjoy a nice meal are better off checking out another nearby restaurant.
Add: 160 Shanghai Lu, Nanjing
Contact: 025 8420 6485
Opening hours: 11:00-22:00
It is quite different in a good way! The menu is HUGE! There is so much more than pizza. Smoothies, ice cream, rice dishes, pasta, salads, soups and pizza. It is very well priced for the amount of food. They do have some unique pizza options if you are looking to be brave.
Add: FuZiMiao GongYuan West Street, Nanjing