9 pizzerias that totally get student needs
It’s a well-known fact that pizza is the preferred food choice of students. It tastes amazing hot or cold, thick or thin, served on a plate or out of a cardboard box. To celebrate National Pizza Day on 9th February (yes - tomorrow!), we’ve chomped through the finest slices this side of Naples and can now reveal the best budget pizzerias close to you and your university. If you’re serious about pizza, read on…
Food bloggers flock to La Mangiatoia for huge portions, great service and multi-topping pizzas that are immensely Instagrammable. If you’re studying in Cardiff, make sure you don’t graduate without trying the delicious chicken pizza. Oh and did we mention it’s only a six-minute walk to Liberty Park? Win!
Do you believe in love at first slice? We didn’t, until we discovered Dough Boys. Part of the Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen in Leeds’ Northern Quarter, Dough Boys serve up hand-stretched pizza by the slice, to a soundtrack of live music from the likes of Roni Size (25th February) and Snakehips (30th March). Don’t leave Leeds without taking advantage of their half price slice offer, from Sunday to Thursday.
We know that students in Southampton love cheap eats as much as in any other location, but if you don’t want to sacrifice quality or taste, Lupa (known to locals as La Lupa) cannot be beaten. Make sure you arrive hungry during lunchtime, when you can devour three courses for just £14.95 (valid Monday to Saturday until 2.30pm). To top it all off, the restaurant is very close to Liberty Quays.
Neapolitan pizza dough is made fresh every day at Pizza Pilgrims. The pizzas are an absolute steal, starting from £6, but our favourite thing about this Clerkenwell gem has to be their motto, ‘in crust we trust’. ‘Nuff said. Plus, it’s just around the corner from Liberty Court.
The artisan pizzas at Paesano are proofed for over 24 hours, before they’re lovingly scattered with ingredients and placed in wood fired ovens from Naples. Word on the street is that the Paesano chain is set for expansion later this year, so they must be doing something right (and with £5-£8 pizzas you can’t go wrong). Liberty House is based quite literally within drooling distance of the Miller Street branch.
Scousers share a special love for pizza that rivals that of Napolitanos themselves. They’re also so spoilt for choice that we couldn’t decide which Liverpudlian pizzeria was our favourite, but have whittled it down to two TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-clutching contenders: At Crust, Pizzas start from £5.50, and you can choose from four types of crust, whereas Dough Bar attracts a young and hungry crowd with their winning £3 cocktail menu. Whether you prioritise crusts or cocktails, you won’t be disappointed.
La Cucina is a popular takeaway about 15 minutes’ walk from the University of Wolverhampton. This may sound like a lot, but trust us, you’ll need to work up an appetite for this particular pizzeria. La Cucina actually doubles as a fish and chip shop (hey, whatever works for Wulfrianians), which is perfect for those of us who have always fancied some scampi with our Sicilianas. If you place your order before you set off from uni, they’ll have your pizza piping hot by the time you arrive.
Independent Italian restaurants are battling into the Bristol pizza scene with fistfuls of dough and a competitive crop of toppings, but our pick of the pizzarias has to be Flour and Ash. Serving sourdoughs made from scratch, this popular Montpelier joint also makes its own ice cream. Their lunch deal (£6 for a margherita and a drink, valid Sunday to Thursday) is well worth the walk up Cheltenham Road. Alternatively, you can order any pizza (yes, even the ones with steak and chorizo) for just £9 before 6.30pm.
Last but not yeast, artisan pizza kitchen The Herb Garden has us hooked. Go hungover on a Sunday and their £7 ‘breakfast pizza’ will get your day off to a roaring start. Or, go any weekday and you can get a takeaway pizza and a pudding for just £5 (valid Monday to Friday, 11.30am-5pm). Many say it’s the best pizza in toon.