Aljezur pizzeria among Europe’s 50 best

Aljezur pizzeria among Europe’s 50 best

Arte Bianca placed 49th in 50 Top Pizza

Aljezur restaurant Arte Bianca is among the 50 best pizzerias in Europe, according to Italy’s prestigious pizzeria guide 50 Top Pizza.

The restaurant is placed 49th in the ranking which also features another Portuguese restaurant – Lisbon’s renowned Forno d’Oro (16th).

Manuela Mattavelli , founder of the Arte Bianca Group which also runs two further pizzerias in Arrifana and Sagres,  is over the moon with the recognition, describing it as the result of the restaurant team’s commitment to “bring the best of this dish from Italy, the country from which we came to invest in Portugal with the opening of the Arte Bianca restaurants.

“We prioritise the quality of the dough and seasonal products along with an attentive room service and the comfort of our space, criteria which are also taken into consideration in the selection of the restaurants that are part of this contest,” Mattavelli said.

“We believe this distinction will arouse the curiosity of Portuguese people and tourists even more to get to know the essence of Arte Bianca and the work, passion and love we have for good food and Italian cuisine,” the founder added.

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The 50 Top Pizza ranking is put together based on several factors, from the quality of a restaurant’s service and waiting time to the existence of a wine menu, its selection of beers and, of course, the quality of its pizza.

“As with all of the rankings under the 50 Top brand, 50 Top Europe 2022 is the result of an annual process carried out by inspectors which collaborate with this project and which have assessed an enormous number of pizzerias located throughout the entire European continent,” the team behind the ranking says on its website.

“In compliance with our policy, they always work under a strict guise of anonymity.  The criteria for assessment encompass the overall attention given to the customer beginning, of course, with the quality of the products used,” it adds.

What does 50 Top Pizza say about Arte Bianca?

“This establishment is located in the deep, southern part of Portugal where agriculture and tourism are the two main sources of income. The furnishings are spartan but welcoming, and the place has a philosophy which combines flavor with health-consciousness. The pizza has a Neapolitan shape but the dough, which is obtained with natural leavening, is crunchy and in the Roman style. It is served in slices, also common in Rome.

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“The Italian owners are very attentive in their selection of the raw ingredients, many of which are imported from the homeland, and enriched by a vegetable garden cared for by the owners themselves. There is a good choice of beers, and a few wines. The service is kind, welcoming and enthusiastic. The pizza is complemented by a few classic Italian dishes. Takeaway is also available.”

The full ranking

    1. Peppe Pizzeria – Paris, Francia
    2. Fratelli Figurato – Madrid, Spain
    3. 50 Kalò London – London, England
    4. Bæst – Copenhagen, Denmark
    5. Sartoria Panatieri – Barcellona, Spain
    6. Via Toledo Enopizzeria – Vienna, Austria
    7. Pizza Zulù – Fürth, Germany
    8. La Piola Pizza – Brussels, Belgium
    9. Kytaly – Geneva, Switzerland
    10. La Balmesina – Barcellona, Spain
    11. nNea – Amsterdam, Netherlands
    12. La Pizza è Bella Gourmet – Brussels, Belgium
    13. Napoli on The Road – London, England
    14. Malafemmena – Berlin, Germany
    15. Pizzeria Luca – Copenhagen, Denmark
    16. Forno d’Oro – Lisbon, Portugal
    17. 400° Laboratorio – Paris, France
    18. L’Antica Pizzeria – London, England
    19. The Dough Bro – Galway, Ireland
    20. San Gennaro – Zurich, Switzerland
    21. ‘O Ver – London, England
    22. Forza – Helsinki, Finland
    23. Guillaume Grasso – Paris, France
    24. Surt – Copenhagen, Denmark
    25. Futura Neapolitan Pizza – Berlin, Germany
    26. Pizzeria Luca – Helsinki, Finland
    27. 60 Secondi Pizza Napoletana – Munich, Germany
    28. Ostro.– Gdańsk, Poland
    29. 450°C – Turku, Finland
    30. Ciao a Tutti– Warsaw, Poland
    31. Verace – Nova Gorica, Slovenia
    32. Marcella – Brussels, Belgium
    33. Belli di Mamma – Budapest, Hungary
    34. De Superette – Gent, Belgium
    35. Majstor I Margarita – Belgrade, Serbia
    36. Oro di Napoli – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
    37. Pietra – Belgrade, Serbia
    38. Cinquecento – London, England
    39. Casa Nostra – Munich, Germany
    40. IMperfetto – Puteaux, France
    41. Matto Napoletano – Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
    42. Demaio – Bilbao, Spain
    43. Pop’s Pizza – Ljubljana, Slovenia
    44. Kaja Pizza Köök – Tallinn, Estonia
    45. Franko’s Pizza & Bar – Zagreb, Croatia
    46. Street Pizza – Riga, Latvia
    47. Zielona Górka – Pabianice, Poland
    48. Animaletto Pizza Bar – Bucarest, Romania
    49. Arte Bianca – Aljezur, Portugal
    50. Pizzeria MaMeMi – Copenhagen, Denmark

By Michael Bruxo
michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com