If you’re looking for good pizza in Quito, Ecuador, you have plenty of options for your next pizza fix. Sure, there are American delivery places like Papa John’s, Dominos, and Pizza Hut, but if you’re looking for the homemade stuff, try these three pizza places in Quito.
Portofino Restaurant and Pizzeria
I discovered Portofino’s by accident when I was walking around La Mariscal after work. The owners are undeniably Italian, and the young server was especially helpful when I ordered in a traditional sit down restaurant. Due to its proximity to “gringo land,” there were quite a few tourists, but I took the fact that it was packed as a good sign. I bought one portion for $1.50, and was shocked when the waiter brought me an entire personal sized pizza. I thought I was just ordering a slice, but the simple cheese and sweet tomato sauce pizza on thin crust exceeded my expectations. I even treated myself to a $3.50 tiramisu dessert, which came drizzled with raspberry and chocolate sauce. It was divine.
Portofino is located at the corner of Reina Victoria and Wilson. You can call ahead at 2555-308.
The Tomato Restaurant and Pizza Bar
I went to The Tomato Restaurant and Pizza Bar after seeing the lunch menu prices at restaurants in the Plaza Foch. Just a few blocks away from the main tourist center, this was the first pizza bar I’d ever been to. They offer a simple $3.50 personal pizza with a huge list of any topping imaginable. Extra toppings only cost $0.50 extra. My favorite part is that each table gets two fantastic sauces to add to the mix: sweet pesto and spicy red pepper. Although the pesto kept getting stuck in my teeth, it was a refreshing spread for an otherwise plain pizza. My friend ordered a vanilla milkshake, which came drizzled with chocolate syrup. She said it was the best milkshake she’s ever had, but I think she might have been biased because it was such a hot day.
The Tomato Restaurant and Pizza Bar is located on Juan Leon Mera and Calama in downtown Quito.
Al Forno Pizzeria Italiana
I’ve never actually had pizza in the restaurant, because every time I’ve had it, we’ve ordered delivery. The Italian owners pride themselves on making each pizza pie by hand. They have a long list of combinations, from deli meats to gourmet cheese. You can tell the pizza is made with fresh ingredients, and the crust is thin and crispy. Al Forno is located on Belgica and Shyris.
For deliveries, call 3330-691 or visit their website at alfornopizzeriaitaliana.com
These are just three of my favorite pizzerias in the city. From thin crust to thick dough, there are several good pizza restaurants in Quito, Ecuador.