It doesn’t get much better than a hot slice of light, chewy dough topped with the perfect ratio of cheese to tomato. And perhaps a smattering of fresh basil. But with pizza being all the rage these days, finding the best places can be a minefield. Luckily, Birmingham is rolling in superb pizza, from razor-thin bases and bubbling crusts, to scrumptious sourdough and tantalising toppings. We’ve been making the rounds so you don’t have to: here’s where to enjoy the best pizza in Birmingham.

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Inspired by New York pizza joints, Peacer serves a bountiful selection of pizzas by the slice. Each slice starts its live as a 20” pizza made by owners Dann and Jack, who create perfectly balanced dough in-house using a slow fermentation process. They even go as far as to make their own sauce, which is equally rich, sweet and herby. Once the pizzas have risen to the challenge and are fired off, the carving process begins, ensuring its divided equally into perfectly sized slices; thin and wide-brimmed with a delicately blistered crust, each slice is the perfect shape to hold in your hand, with the base supporting the weight of the toppings with ease.

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A firm favourite with Stirchley locals, family-run Alicia’s does Napoletano pizza the proper way. For a start, the sourdough rests for at least 24 hours to guarantee a light texture and gloriously bubbly crust. Once ready, it’s cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven with your topping of choice, leaving you with a plate of pure joy. Italy, schmitaly. Just pop down the Pershore Road. Alicia’s is always heaving, so definitely book if you don’t fancy a long wait.

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Slightly scruffy location notwithstanding, the incredibly good-value pizzas at this city-centre restaurant in Martineau Place boast beautifully fresh, chewy dough, and authentic flavours. La Vera imports most of its ingredients weekly from Italy and you can tell. The service is friendly and fast, which helps when you’re hungry and in a hurry. And if there’s room for afters (almost always, in our case), order the Nutella pizza or calzone. Hazelnut heaven.

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There may be a Mini gracing the wall at Baked In Brick’s HQ, but be assured: this former street food trader serves generous-sized pizza big on flavour. Ingredients are fresh and authentic (regular pizzas are all served with mozzarella and San Marzano tomato sauce), and there are no-cheese and no-tomato options for those with non-trad tastes. Feeling adventurous? Try the beef shin ragu and wild mushroom calzone with blue stilton dip, which won best street food dish at the British & European street food awards back in 2016.

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Based in the Jewellery Quarter’s Caroline Street, this eatery serves a host of full-size pizzas with beautifully bubbly crusts, as well as grab-and-go slices for the lunchtime masses. All blasted with a 500-degree traditional wood-fired oven that renders the bases utterly chewy, light, salty and oh-so moreish. Otto’s menu also offers charcuterie boards, four dessert options (hello, homemade tiramisu) and a spiffing selection of cocktails, wines and soft drinks.

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Pizzas that the Bolognese would hold dear to their hearts are served at this multi-award winning Edgbaston spot. The hardest part may well be choosing from the 19 pizzas on the menu, which includes all the classics, as well as the Lumberjack featuring tomato sauce, mozzarella, taleggio, mushrooms and spec. Meanwhile, the South of Italy adds mascarpone, nduja (spicy salami), sundried tomatoes, and rocket salad into the mix. Oh, and the freshly made doughnuts are rib-stickingly good.

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Gin and pizza. Not the most obvious pairing, but somehow it works. And few places are as well suited to serving the delicious duo as The Distillery. As well as making its own gin on-site in the upstairs bar, it serves crunchy sourdough pizzas that are so much more than a stomach-lining exercise. With such fabulous bases, we like to keep toppings to a minimum with a simple margherita. The Distillery’s version comes drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkling of basil.

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This popular gastropub is exactly the kind of cosy-cool you’d expect in Harborne. Crispy, thin-base pizza bases are loaded with the likes of goat’s cheese, stilton, and feta, as well as meats such as nduja, candied bacon, chorizo and roast ham. There are 20 to pick from, including two fishy options, seven veggie, and three that are vegan-friendly. The best day to visit is Monday when all pizzas are two for the price of one. Bargainous.

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Just as we’re not meant to judge a book by its cover, the same should almost certainly apply to Italian rough diamond, Gustami. This family-run restaurant nestling by the A4540 may feel like a bit of a pilgrimage from the city centre, but – mama mia – it is worth the hike. The food is authentic and absurdly inexpensive. You’re looking at £6 to £8 for a lip-smackingly good wood-fired pizza (unless you order an extra topping, which will set you back another £1.30). Don’t expect anything left-field on the menu, it’s all about the classics done right.

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Published -18th September 2019