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.
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