Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Best Pizza In Prague?

Brewsta, Prague's first and most tireless restaurant blogger, recently wrote a review of the pizza at Sbarro, in the Flora mall.

(For some reason, some readers took him to task for writing about what is basically a fast-food joint. That's pretty ridiculous. Food is food. I agree with Brewsta. Some of the best pizza in Prague can be found at Pizza Grosso, a little hole-in-the-wall under the highway near the Muzeum metro stop and the No. 11 tram stop. But by their reasoning, Brewsta shouldn't write about that place because it's not a real restaurant. But I digress... )

Brewsta's a New York-pizza kind of guy, and I, too, like a good New York-style pie (although, unlike Brewsta, I do like the pizzas at Rugantino and Grosseto very much, especially the salami pizza at Rugantino).

Which brings me to my own little fast-food restaurant tip.

If you're ever out at the Metropole mall near Zličín, go up to the food court and have a slice or two of the pizza at a place called Villa. In my opinion, it's the best New York-style pizza in Prague. Lovely crust, well-cooked. Nice assortment of fresh toppings. Fantastic sauce.

The first time I tasted one of their slices I was blown away. I hadn't expected anything special, but it knocked my socks off. I hadn't tasted anything like that in Prague before, or since. (Yes, it would be nice to have a picture of the actual pizza, but I wasn't actually eating the day I took the picture above. Sorry.)

It's not the best pizza in the world. It may not even be the best pizza in Prague. And Zličín is a long way out there, so I can't even say it deserves a special trip.

But if you're ever shopping at Ikea, or seeing a movie at Metropole, check out Villa. You won't be disappointed.

Here's hoping Villa opens another branch somewhere closer to the center of Prague.


  1. that's odd because they certainly cannot cook pasta (they overcook it to the consistency of canned noodle soup pasta).

    But I will try the pizza the next time my wife drags me (kicking and screaming) to Metropole.

  2. Hmmm. Definitely can't vouch for the pasta, but the pizza I do love. And so does Daisy. So it's not just me. Hope you like it, too. Keep me posted.