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Around the world in 8 pizzas

Ready to plan the ultimate pizza pilgrimage? We’ve sought out some of the world’s best, weirdest and most authentic pizzas, and provided getaway ideas based on guest recommendations. From the more unusual additions of Sweden and South Korea, to the traditionally delicious Naples, we guarantee that this selection will hit the spot.

Hungry people – look away now.

Traditional wood-burning ovens give Napoli pizza a crunchy bite

Traditional wood-burning ovens give Napoli pizza a crunchy bite

The original pizza – Naples, Italy

Naples is the birthplace of the pizza as we know it. According to the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, a true Neapolitan pizza must only be made in a wood-burning oven by a qualified ‘pizzaiolo’, using San Marzano tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil. The ‘margherita’ was also invented here, with green basil, white mozzarella, and red sauce to represent the Italian flag.

Where to sleep it off:
Pizza-loving bookers frequently stay at sleek B&B Hotel Napoli – which offers unbelievable views from its roof terrace. They also like the Exe Majestic, in the city’s trendy Chiaia quarter.

Sicilian pizza makes for a hearty, mouthwatering meal

Sicilian pizza makes for a hearty, mouthwatering meal

Sfincione (Sicilian pizza) – Palermo, Italy

Sfincione (meaning ‘sponge’) is a thick, focaccia-style pizza baked in a deep, rectangular pan. Typical toppings include earthy caciocavallo cheese, caramelised onions, salty anchovies, and crunchy breadcrumbs. There’s some discussion about whether it really counts as pizza, but any recipe that’s said to have inspired the Chicago deep dish just had to make the list!

Where to sleep it off:
Bed and breakfast, Khalisah, is right in the historic centre of Palermo – one of guests’ favourite locations. Also in the neighbourhood is the beautifully restored Quintocanto Hotel & Spa, dating back to the 16th century.

Deep dish is all about textures – crispy crust, juicy tomatoes, and gooey cheese

Deep dish is all about textures – crispy crust, juicy tomatoes, and gooey cheese

Chicago-style pizza – Chicago, USA

The famous deep dish is an absolute cavern of a pie, with inches of gooey cheese and tasty toppings beneath a thick layer of tangy sauce. Take all that, then double the size, cheese and toppings and you get ‘stuffed pizza’. But these are not Chicago’s only offerings. Locals love the extra-thin and cracker-crisp, ‘tavern-style’, and the slightly charred ‘pan’.

Where to sleep it off:
The industrial-style hostel, Urban Holiday Lofts, is often chosen by pizza-loving travellers. Effortlessly cool, Freehand Chicago, is also popular – and gets a near perfect score for its Near North Side location.

In Brazil you can tuck into a fruity dessert pizza drizzled in chocolate

In Brazil you can tuck into a fruity dessert pizza drizzled in chocolate

Brazilian pizza – São Paulo, Brazil

In Brazil, the local pizzerias go easy on the tomato sauce, sweeping on only the most delicate layer. In total contrast, crusts are puffed up and stuffed with a variety of ingredients – with creamy requeijão cheese a particular favourite. Sweet-toothed travellers can also grab a ‘dessert pizza’, covered in toppings like condensed milk, guava marmalade, chocolate, and banana.

Where to sleep it off:
Golden Tulip Paulista Plaza is a hit with people endorsing São Paulo for its pizza (and also has its own international and Japanese restaurants). The Bourbon Convention Ibirapuera, near Ibirapuera Shopping Centre, is a favourite, too.

Argentinian pizza makes for a gourmet dining experience

Argentinian pizza makes for a gourmet dining experience

Argentinian pizza – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Pizzas in Buenos Aires range from thin and crispy ‘de molde’ to spongy ‘masa alta’, and cheese-stuffed, onion-topped ‘fugazetta’. Argentinians are huge pizza fans and, whichever type you pick, you should expect an extra-thick layer of cheese (and probably some olives as well). Locals always eat with a knife and fork and usually wash bites down with a glass of sweet moscato wine.

Where to sleep it off:
With its gorgeous panoramic rooftop pool, it’s no surprise pizza lovers also love the Broadway Hotel & Suites. Great value Hotel Reconquista Garden is another option, located just six minutes from Buenos Aires’ Obelisk.

A NYC pizza joint is a rite of pizza-loving passage

A NYC pizza joint is a rite of pizza-loving passage

New York pizza – New York, USA

In the Big Apple, vast, thin-crust pizzas are carved up and served out, slice by giant slice. Floppy and covered in toppings and stringy cheese, these are often folded in half to make them easier to munch. Some say that NYC’s water composition is what gives the dough its uniquely moreish taste – meaning you really can’t get true New York pizza anywhere else in the world.

Where to sleep it off:
Radio City Apartments is right in the heart of Manhattan, while HI NYC Hostel is just 10 minutes from Central Park – both ideal bases for hunting down the city’s best pizza.

Seoul's pizerrias are some of the coolest spots in the city

Seoul's pizerrias are some of the coolest spots in the city

Korean pizza – Seoul, South Korea

It’s usually a bad sign when your pizza arrives in a ball of flames, but not in Seoul, the home of flambéed ‘Bomb’! You can also dig into a ‘spooning pizza’ – a big doughless dishful of toppings and gooey cheese – or a pizza made with egg custard, sweet potato, or cranberry cream cheese stuffed into the crust. Locals like theirs with pickles and lots of corn.

Where to sleep it off:
The modern Sieoso Hotel is near lively Insadong and is renowned for its tasty breakfast. Pastel-painted Twin Rabbit Guesthouse is just as highly rated, with travellers loving the neighbourhood’s restaurants!

A slice of Swedish pizza is usually topped with plenty of meat

A slice of Swedish pizza is usually topped with plenty of meat

Swedish pizza – Stockholm, Sweden

Surveys recently put ‘kebab’ in first place for Sweden’s favourite pizza topping. Kebab pizza also comes in ‘Viking’ form, with the dough all folded up into a boat shape and cheesy toppings stuffed into the hull. But it’s Sweden’s more unusual concoctions that get it on the list. Meat, banana, and curry powder, anyone?

Where to sleep it off:
Family-run Hotel Hornsgatan gets excellent reviews from bookers, who love the location and warm welcome. For affordable dorms and private rooms right in the heart of the city, guests say quirky Hostel Generator has got it covered.

*These holiday recommendations come from the travel scientists at Booking.com. They’ve analyzed destinations endorsed for pizza, scrutinized available accommodations, cooked it all up in a test tube … and have come up with these suggestions.