Paulistanos (locals from São Paulo) swear São Paulo has the best pizza in Brazil thanks to a combination of Italian immigration and its great gastronomic scene. There is certainly some truth in that, yet the pizzas in Rio de Janeiro are not to be sniffed at and are perfect for when you want a bit of home comfort. Here are some of the best pizza places in Copacabana.
Restaurant, Pizzaria, Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Fast Food, $$$
Capricciosa, Rua Domingos Ferreira
With its pizzas being ranked as among the best in Rio, according to VEJA RIO Especial Comer e Beber, Brazil’s most prestigious guide to wining and dining, Capricciosa stands out from the crowd with its authentic pizzas and extensive wine list. Inspired by the traditional pizza-making techniques in the south of Italy, the toppings are varied yet based on classic flavor combinations and include real buffalo mozzarella.
Bar, Restaurant, Fast Food, Beer, Wine, Tea , Coffee, Vegetarian, $$$
Café e Bar Stalos, Rio de Janeiro
While not strictly a pizzaria, one of the main attractions at this 24-hour, seven-days-a-week eatery are its pizzas. Proudly moving away from tradition, these pizzas are best described as American-style rather than Italian, with their doughy-bases, thick crust filled with cream cheese, and a generous serving of toppings. One slice is usually enough to satisfy even the biggest of appetites and is the perfect stop for a post-party, late-night snack on the weekends.
Restaurant, Pizzaria, Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Fast Food
Vezpa Pizzas - Copacabana II, Rio de Janeiro
The New York-style pizza at Vezpa comes as both full pizzas or sold as individual slices, providing options for when you’re looking for a meal or just a quick snack on the go. The crispy base comes loaded with various toppings including classic margherita to spicy Brazilian sausage. The venues are small yet cozy, and also serve imported beers and sweet dessert pizzas such as chocolate and strawberry.
For a family meal out, Pizzaria Caravelle is the spot Brazilians head to and bring a friendly, vibrant atmosphere into this traditional venue. Here, it’s the classic pizzas that are the best such as the mozzarella with tomato and the pepperoni, although other toppings that are popular in Brazil, such as chicken with cream cheese, are also a hit. It’s one of the best value for money pizzarias in the neighborhood.
Restaurant, Pizzaria, Italian, Vegetarian, Fast Food, $$$
Pizzaria La Pizzateca, Rio de Janeiro
With its focus on delivery, Pizzaria La Pizzateca’s dining experience is simple—a balcony to sit at on the inside and a few tables and chairs scattered on the pavement outside—yet that in itself is charming and perfect for people-watching in the heart of Copacabana. The pizzas are delicious with a handmade dough that’s cooked in a classic wood oven and covered in a variety of toppings, including mozzarella, black olives, and Italian salami.
Restaurant, Pizzaria, Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Fast Food, $$$
Don Camillo Restaurante e Pizzaria, Rio de Janeiro
With its picturesque beach-side location in Copacabana, Dom Camilo restaurant combines traditional Italian food with atmospheric live music and stunning views. Among the mouth-watering pasta and seafood dishes are the Italian pizzas that come with a thin, crusty base and a choice of classic toppings. The attentive service and extensive wine menu help set the scene for a memorable dining experience.
Bar, Restaurant, Pizzaria, Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan, European, $$$
Pappa Jack, Rua Raimundo Corrêa
Located in the heart of Copacabana, Pappa Jack provides a cozy, casual environment to listen to animated live music while eating delicious pizza and drinking cold beers or enjoying the extensive wine list. The homemade pizzas with fresh toppings are a hit among locals and travelers alike and the friendly, attentive service helps create a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere.