dolce pizza… how sweet it is

first off – i am not someone who will travel through town for pizza,  no matter how great.  i like pizza for what it is, but it’s not something i will seek out.

that said, having lived just around the corner from the dolce branch on maaßenstr. this summer,  i think I can safely pronounce their pizza as the best berlin has to offer.

mind you, this is not a fancy sit-down place – although there is an area with benches outside generally occupied with a crowd happily munching away – but when evening plans dictate an early, simple, cheap AND tasty dinner, it’s the way to go.  one of their rectangular slices is 2 €, and it’s usually enough to prep for any drunken reveries you might have in mind.

mmmmmpizza!

mmmmmpizza!

the crust, made with imported italian flour, has a nice crunch and chewy bite to it, the sauce is tangy without being over-powering, and the mozzarella cheese actually tastes like cheese.  toppings vary from the mundane – sliced fresh mushrooms, salami, or chorizo – to the slightly more extravagant, like anchovis, zucchini and capers, or tuna & scallions.

the pizza funghi happens to be one of my faves, elevated from the ordinary by sprigs of fresh rosemary.

thanks to the place’s massive popularity, the turn-around is quick, and so one often gets the pizza straight from the oven, bubbling with hot, molten, cheesy deliciousness.

there’s olive oil, chili oil, red pepper flakes, and oregano on the counter to “customize” your slice; be careful with the red pepper flakes – they are really spicy, and will turn your lips into a burning ring of fire.

the only thing that really pisses me off about the place is that it closes at 11 p.m., which means  no late-night pizza for me.  damn you, dolce.

fyi:  dolce pizza is not related to the dolce ice-cream place next door, whose owners have been the center of controversy for homophobic comments this summer.

dolce pizza                        maaßenstr.                              10777 berlin

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7 Responses to “dolce pizza… how sweet it is”

  1. Chris K. Says:

    Ja, früher oder später landet jeder bei dolce. Bei mir um die Ecke ist die Kreuzberger Filiale…

  2. eichiberlin Says:

    Was können wir nur anstellen, um sie zu erweiterten Öffnungszeiten zu zwingen?

  3. bunnyberlin Says:

    ein eat-in vor der tür? die jungs einsperren bis mindestens 1 uhr morgens? ischweeßetnisch….

  4. culinspiration Says:

    I had a slice of arugula and mushroom (w/ham?) here. Wanted to love it, but kept wishing I’d gone next door for pho instead. Any second favorite pizza places in Berlin? Maybe it’s the proximity to Italy, but I remember the pizza in Austria being a bit better.

  5. bunnyberlin Says:

    The Vietnamese place next door isn’t bad, but nothing to write home about. The Thai place across the street is actually pretty good (they make it spicy if you tell them spicy. like, really spicy).

    If you like a ‘punk’ atmosphere, check out I Due Forni on Schönhauser Allee. I am aware that they’ve had some hygiene issues, but I still think their pizza is pretty good. Most of the staff is Italian, and they can be anywhere from aloof to aggravating. Interestingly enough, I have never experienced serious issues with the service, but MANY complain about it (check out qype.de for the whining).

    I still think Dolce is the best. Maybe the had a bad day…

  6. culinspiration Says:

    Oh yes, I second I Due Forni. I had an excellent boar bolognese there. Tried someone else’s pizza and it was good, but not enough to bring me back. The pasta, however, was. Mmm.

    Where do you get good pho? I had some really disappointing pho on Greifswalderstrasse last night. No plate of herbs, no hoisin, only one beef option. Sigh. Is Com Viet at Alex any good?

    -Christina (ChristinaMason on chow)

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