Pizza the action!
You’d be hard pressed to find a person who doesn’t love a pizza slice.
Whether it’s a vegan special, a four cheese deluxe or a fiery meat feast, there is a pizza for pretty much everyone. This fact is borne out by the sheer number of pizza places which have opened up in Merseyside over the last few years. We’ve put the pizza purveyors to the test and picked out our favourites (it’s a tough job…). And as Thursday 9th February is National Pizza Day, it seemed very timely!
American Pizza Slice, Waterloo
American Pizza Slice could be considered the real heroes of the Merseyside pizza scene. Blazing a trail in the early 2000s, their Whitechapel flagship branch was the first amongst the places to serve pizza by the slice. Since then we have seen many more follow their example and APS themselves have added two more branches off the back of their Whitechapel success. Up in Waterloo you’ll find their beautiful array of classical specialities which will transport you to downtown Manhattan.
Nearest Station: Waterloo (1-minute walk)
Andre’s, West Kirby
Food lovers in West Kirby aren’t found wanting when it comes to top notch eateries and pizza lovers are equally well catered for. Andre’s on Banks Road is an Italian and pizzeria which puts real pride in its food, its presentation and the welcome received by customers. More importantly however is their superb selection of stone baked pizza. There is also a fantastic menu of calzone which will satisfy the hungriest bellies.
Nearest Station: West Kirby (8-minute walk)
Prezzo, New Brighton
New Brighton’s Marine Parade features all you need for a great night out: there’s a chimichanga Mexican restaurant, an independent cinema, the Marino lounge for eats and cocktails, a Prezzo for fine pizza and even a Travelodge (if you need to sleep all that off!) Less than ten minutes walk from New Brighton station, the complex offers great views of the Mersey and Prezzo is one of the best places to enjoy the vista with floor to ceiling windows to stare out over your margarita.
Nearest Station: New Brighton (7-minute walk)
A great slice dealer in the city centre, Nightcrawler is adjoined to gin specialists, The Merchant, on Parr Street. A regularly refreshed menu offers some nicely original toppings such as The Hulk (feta cheese, pine nuts, mozzarella, spring onion and spinach). Its open till late, so whether its day or night, you can't go wrong with one of their pizzas. Plus its a handy way to soak up that gin!
Nearest Station: Liverpool Central (4-minute walk)
Italian Club, Liverpool
For genuine Italian authenticity, Italian Club on Bold Street is up there with the best. Part of a family of outlets which includes a boutique bakery and a wonderful fish restaurant, the Italian Club’s original establishment is still perhaps their finest. Its Italian food as it should be, that is simple, elegant and packed with flavour. Why get a plane to Rome when you can alight at Liverpool Central and experience this?
Nearest Station: Liverpool Central (3-minute walk)
Al Dente, Lark Lane
Al Dente is another Merseyside gem which really cares about its customers’ experience. The Italian style decor gives it a quaint ambience while the back-to-basics menu allows the Al Dente chefs to do justice to Italy’s culinary reputation. Don’t go to Al Dente expecting off-the-wall pizza toppings, expect the classics done properly.
Nearest Station: St Michaels (8 minute walk)
Il Forno, Liverpool
Il Forno is part of Duke Street’s East Village complex which aims to bring a bit of NYC to L1. Il Forno along with the A-Tavola deli make the area feel more like Little Italy, but if you ignore this minor geographical discrepancy, you can really live it up Big Apple style. It has established a fine reputation for itself in Merseyside foodie circles, so is definitely a 'go-to' place for your next pizza fix.
Nearest Station: Liverpool Central (7-minute walk)
La Fattoria, Chester
With a choice of over 30 different pizzas on the menu at La Fattorio, this central Chester Italian should be on the radar of every self-respecting pizza connoisseur in the North-West. The quality of the hand rolled dough is another reason to make the journey and the restaurant’s busy bustling atmosphere is also an added bonus as La Fattoria has proved itself as a firm favourite of Chester’s foodie community.
Nearest Station: Chester (18-minute walk)
Get there with Merseyrail
Which ever pizza place you decide on, get there by train. Our return tickets start from just £2.50 and you’ll never pay more than £9.95 for an off peak ticket. Train travel is cheaper than you think!