Top-rated Czech pizzeria Da Pietro debuts inaugural Prague branch

Pizzeria Da Pietro, which has long enjoyed rave reviews from Plzeň, now has a branch in Prague's Vinohrady neighborhood.

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky Published on 02.12.2023 15:52:00 (updated on 16.05.2024) Reading time: 2 minutes

Where's the best pizza in the Czech Republic? While many Prague pizzerias have claimed that title, it's a Plzeň venue, Da Pietro, that has accumulated some of the country's top reviews over the past years. A recent Honest Guide roundup of the best pizza in Prague even made the journey to to Plzeň to confirm.

From today, however, Praguers can sample Da Pietro's pies without making the trip south. Pizzeria Da Pietro Praha is now serving pies from a wood-fired oven at their newest location in Vinohrady near the I.P. Pavlova metro station on Bělehradská Street.

Founded by Petr Soukal, whose passion for Italian delicacies led to the creation of the much-loved pizzeria, Da Pietro has been tantalizing palates in Plzeň for the past eight years. In a recent interview with CzechCrunch, Soukal emphasized the importance of the wood-burning oven designed by Roberto Fazzone, vital for the even heat distribution crucial to perfect pizza baking.

"Even the best pizzerias around the world yearn to have this oven," says Soukal. "It is made brick by brick, using a string, thanks to which it is possible to measure precisely to the millimeter how the bricks are stacked and turned."

The new Prague pizzeria mirrors its Plzeň counterpart, featuring the same high-quality wood-burning oven - albeit even slightly larger.

Da Pietro maintains precision not only in pizza technology but also in ingredient sourcing. Soukal's belief in understanding the people behind each ingredient led to a personalized connection with suppliers. To further illustrate their commitment, a documentary showcasing his suppliers and ingredient origins was produced during a June trip across Italy.

"At the beginning, we didn't even think about it from a business perspective, how much we would actually earn from it," recalls Soukal. "We always started with the raw materials and did our best to work with the best. At first, we went regularly to northern Italy, where a truck arrived from Naples, and then we loaded the goods into the van in the parking lot."

Thanks to the larger size, Da Pietro's Prague venue also features an expanded menu. The new location introduces Neapolitan street food, including deep-fried appetizers like rice arancini, pasta frittatina, and potato croquettes.

"People who come to us have to judge for themselves," Soukal tells CzechCrunch. "In Plzeň, it just happened that people started talking about us and then Emanuele Ridi declared that we make the best Neapolitan pizza in the Czech Republic. And then it started to fill up."

Reservations to Da Pietro's new Prague branch can be made through the restaurant's official website.

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