What do the city of Brighton and pizza have in common? Both are cheesy, vaguely cosmopolitan and irresistible when you’re drunk. 

Pizza-pioneer Raffaele Esposito first garnished a humble flatbread with basil, mozzarella and tomato in the colours of the Italian flag as a gift to Margherita of Savoy back in in 1889 (true story). Since then chefs around the world have been competing to forge the very finest.

But of all the countless pizza joints in Brighton and Hove, which is the best? Join us for a slice of the action, as we uncover the most delicious pizza in town.

Pizzaface

You know a pizza parlour is special if it still pushes the retro combination of ham and pineapple. Believe it or not, Pizzaface pulls off this dowdiest of throwbacks with real élan. Elsewhere on the menu, the outrageous jakub pizza is deservedly the stuff of local legend. This brawny pizza pie is topped with chorizo, pork and wild boar salami, caramelised onion, mascarpone, a sprinkle of dried chilli flakes, and a twist of oregano. Don’t panic, they also have a strong vegan options and a cracking range of booze. Hip lighting and understated decor seal the deal.

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Pizza500

Proper Italian pizza, i.e. thin crust and simple ingredients made by proper Italian staff, is as authentic as it gets. Pizza 500 is exactly this. Though the decor is a shade on the shabby side - note the thoroughly un-ironic gingham tablecloths - it’s always buzzing, and the cramped feeling is largely due to an eager to cram in as much as they can. This also includes an old country-style gelateria. The chefs are creative with the specials too, and always eager to push you into dessert. Mama would be proud. 83 Preston Road, BN1 4QG

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Fatto a Mano

Worth a visit just to a gawp at the stunning, mosaic-tiled pizza oven, all surrounded by modish seating wherein handsome chefs knead and toss mounds of floury dough. Fatto A Mano’s new corner spot in Hove is fun, friendly, and outrageously chic. Sneak upstairs and bag a table on the mezzanine, all the better to watch the chichi locals tuck into light, pillowy dough doused in seasons and toppings. The veggie calzone is a moist, moreish revelation. The white pizza - to some, a pizza blasphemy - somehow holds its own. Invest in a decent bottle of red, and savour a slice of the good life.

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PizzaVIP

Don’t be put off by the cheesy name - it stands for Very Italian Pizza. The family behind this joint go back five generations, and source ingredients from their very own Neapolitan farm. Pitch-perfect Italian design, including light fittings you’ll want to steal, underline the relaxed dolce vita vibe. You’ll feel reassured by the cluster of foxy Italian students who make this their main Brighton hangout. The food? Bellissima! The charcuterie board is the perfect window display for their on-site delicatessen. Most importantly, the pizza? The kitchen’s light, unobtrusive choice of yeast allows the other ingredients to sing. The quattro formaggi is rich and complex, while the eponymous VIP pizza is a decadent combo of mozzarella, black truffle cream, porcini wild mushroom and sausage. Polish off with a tiramisu, then tell everybody on social media you’ve found a very important place.

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Dead Wax Social

Tucked away in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine, sits casual dining royalty and premier late night drinking hub, Dead Wax Social. Firing up the stone-bake oven daily, you can watch the wonderful chefs hand-stretch 12" sourdough bases to order. Covering in their in-house pizza sauce recipe and topping with super fresh ingredients, these guys serve up deliciously crispy, topping-heavy pizzas. Enjoy the famed vinyl soundtrack accompanying your meal or BYO vinyl as well. With a range of meaty, veggie and vegan pizzas available, there's no reason you shouldn't give Dead Wax Social a spin!

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Nuposto

Situated amongst the hustle and bustle of West Street, Nuposto has quickly become one of the city’s favourite pizza places and it’s not hard to see why. Bringing traditional Naples style pizza to the heart of Brighton in a relaxed and modern setting, many flock to Nuposto for a bite to eat after a long day relaxing down the beach. The pizza dough is made fresh on site and the menu includes classics from the Margherita to the Wriggle favourite, the Amalfi, which is topped with Italian sausage, friarielli and smoked mozzarella – quite simply, stunning! Once you’ve eaten your fill, relax by grabbing a drink at the bar or choose something sweet from their dessert menu whilst you sit back and watch the pizza makers spin their dough at the back of the room.

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Published -16th November 2016