Bratislava's Top Pizza Places

1. Corleone Pizzeria- Topping our poll is the namesake restaurant which moved their pizza operations to a nice, yet more casual spot around the corner. The service is quick and the thin, wide pizzas will fill up your hungry stomach. We highly recommend the loaded vegetarian pizza. Arched roofs create a pleasant atmosphere, especially for smokers. $$. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Hviezdoslavovo nám. < 10:00-22:00, M-Su.

2. La Mamma- Easily accessible behind the gray, marble walls of the Istropolis high-rise at Trnavské Myto, this restaurant's real star is the calzone, a slab of pizza wrapped up in a lightly-baked crust and stuffed with ham, mushrooms, artichokes and laced with mozzarella cheese. Start with the salad bar, which at this time of year is laden with fresh vegetables, but avoid the grilled cutlet. $$. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Škultétyho 10. % 271-938. < 11:00-22:00.

3. Umag- Excellent, wide, thin-crust pizzas with a Croatian coastal flair. Among the pie highlights here are the Pizza Ananas and the Pizza Bratislava (don't let the corn deter you). Beware: the calzone comes with anchovies and an egg. Service is polite, attentive, and swift. If you can, sit in the upstairs room and back in the sun's rays while protected by tinted windows. Otherwise, the downstairs area has separate smoking and non-smoking rooms. Located between the Ministries of Finance and Transportation, Umag gets its share of government lunch-goers. $$. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Žilinská ul. < 11:00-22:30.

4. Spaghetti & Co. - It's hard to go wrong with this restaurant on anything - including the pizza, which gets high ratings for their creativity, or oddness, depending on what you like. Examples: a spinach pizza or a gorgonzola pie, among other fancy combinations. Regardless, you can count on quality and freshness and attentive service. Their outdoors area resembles a live set of Melrose Place in the summer. $$$. CC: yes. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Gorkého 1. % 332-303.

5. Pizzeria Ciao- This place tends to be forgotten during the winter months, but come summer, the expansive patio beckons, as does the sweet smell of authentic Italian thin-crust pizza. We say it's as close as you're going to getb to the real thing, because the pies are cooked in a wood-burning oven, with real tomato sauce to boot. You'll also find a well-stocked salad bar, and hefty desserts that make a nice change from palacinky. Service can be slow, but the food is worth the wait, and the patio makes it even better. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Trnavská Cesta 37. % 212-109. <11:00-24:00.

6. Pizza Hut- The worldwide pizza chain finally has thrust open its doors in Slovakia, offering its tried and true formula of deep dish pies with a variety of toppings and smothered in mozzarella cheese. Go take a look at the restaurant, very specious and bi-level, but lifeless due to nothing hanging on its white walls. A big hit is you can call in and order your pizza, and low and behold - it'll be ready in 20 minutes. It may take you longer for you to go there and fetch it, though. $$. CC: No. Eng. menu: No. Res: Yes. Drevená 8. % 531-0900. < 11-23, Su-Thu; 11-24, Fri-Sat.

7. Chicago Pizza- The first delivery place to make our list, this family-owned joint was one of the first pie places of any kind in the capital. while there are plenty of contenders, we stick with Chicago because of Ľuboš, the Slovak who went to California, learned the art at a local pizza place, and brought the idea back home. The result: big pies with thick crusts and low prices. Delivery service is their specialty and costs 30-40 Sk extra, but make sure you order well in advance; there are no Domino's-style time restrictions on the drivers. Sample dishes: Dallas Pizza (pepperoni and mushrooms). $. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: yes. Teslova ul. 41. %634-74. <10:00-22:00 M-Su.

Little Caesar's- Without a doubt, the quickest pizza in town, just sitting there under the hot lamps, ready to be served. Nestled on Tesco's ground floor, this fastfood chain's pizza and "crazy chlieb" are predictably tasty, if a bit pricey at 40 Sk a slice. Other options include salads, sandwiches and cookies. $. CC: no. Eng. menu: yes. Res: no. Kamenné nám. 1. < 8-20:00, M-Su.

Sole Mio- This pizza palace displays probably the snazziest sign in town, featuring the illusion of a flaming oven. Inside this pizzeria, pies are prepped and cooked on a conveyor belt, which makes for cheap entertanment. Usually crowded for lunch, the place often has as many eaters standing as sitting. $. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Grösslingova ul. < 10:00-20:00

Pizzeria Romantica- Don't let the name fool you. This place is a hidden treasure below Kramáre - 200 meters from the Patronka bus station as you're making your way out to Dúbravka or to Lamač. Plus #1: a large pizza is less than 100 Sk. Plus #2: you can combine any toppings. Ask for the Emil Special (double cheese, ham, salami, onions, fresh mushrooms, oregano and a whiff of garlic). Among the best-kept secrets in the city, which is probably why our staff didn't rate it higher. Brnianská ul. $$. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. < 11:00-22:30.

Champion Pizza- Like Chicago, unless you live in the neighborhood, use this place for its delivery service, and, of course, for its pizza. Speaking of delivery, Champions is about as fast as local delivery gets - expect to wait at least 30 minutes and be ready to pay 30-50 Sk, depending on location. Speaking of pies, they're good but no prize-winners, though the low prices make them gold medal winners with people who want to load up with, say, 1,910 grams for 195 Sk. They also serve calzones, "big dogs," beer and cola. Get your 10% discounts on pizzas on Sundays. $. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Komárnická ul. % 522-7395. < 10-22, M-Su.

Pizza Bolero- Bolero offers late-night snackers their only real delivery option after 10 p.m. The pizzas are a bit small and overpriced, ranging from 72 to 182 Sk for pizzas that measure only 28 or 32 cm in diameter. Delivery and pizza boxes are free, but you'll have to slice the pizza yourself. Bolero also delivers turkey, spaghetti, French fries and extras like cigarettes, rum and brandy. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Starohajská cesta 35. % 5811-600. <10:00-2:00, M-Su.

Pizzeria Umbria- This popular, cheap pizzeria offers a variety of pizzas on fluffy crust. The average price for a pizza is 47 Sk and it fills your belly. You won't be stuffed, but you won't be broke either. Located across from Hotel Kyjev, near Kmart. $. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: no. Špitálaksa 31. < 10-22, M-Sa; 15-22 Su.

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