Pizza is a relatively new concept in Nigeria. Nevertheless, we took up the challenge to compile the 15 Best Pizza Restaurants in Lagos. No more rice & stew!
Not every time rice and stew. Sometimes bread and tomato sauce a.k.a., Pizza! There truly is nothing like a good, hot, slice of delicious pizza to satisfy your carb cravings. Now, we all know that pizza joints in Lagos can often be ‘hit or miss’ but that’s probably because the concept is still relatively new in Nigeria.
We’re sure that one day though, Nigerians will consume as much pizza as the Italians. Actually that should be the Norwegians (better believe – Norway consumes the most pizza in the world).
Here they are, in no particular ranking order:
1. Domino’s Pizza
Various Locations in Lagos
Since entering Nigeria in 2012, Domino’s Pizza has become a household name in Lagos. There are 17 branches in the city of Lagos alone. Domino’s has wisely adapted the menu to reflect local tastes in Nigeria so our recommendation would be to start with the suya & chicken pizza and take it from there.
2. Debonairs Pizza
Various Locations in Lagos
Is South African Pizza better than Italian? You can decide for yourself at any of the four Debonairs locations in Lagos. Debonairs is known to have unique pizzas on their menu especially in the “Something Special” Category. And if you are not sure what to order, you can’t go wrong with the Debonairs Chicken Triple Decker Pizza – a real favourite alongside the BBQ chicken wings. We hope they make a Braai pizza soon sha.
3. La Veranda
Blowfish Hotel, 17 Oju Olobun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Part of Fouad Hanein’s collection of fine dining restaurants in Lagos, La Veranda is located in the Blowfish Hotel in Victoria Island. It serves classic pizza cooked in an Italian wood burning oven, as well as a wide selection of wide selection of fantastic pastas. You can munch on your pizza and sit next to the pool outside and pretend you don’t have to face traffic on your way home. If you want excellent and attentive service whilst enjoying good food, this is your spot!
4. Umutu Coffee / II Soriso
27 Oju Ologbun Close, Victoria Island, Lagos
Located in Victoria Island, II Soriso was recently renamed Umutu and is now under new management. “Umutu” sounds like the name of a coffee shop but it is definitely still the same Italian restaurant with beautiful and inviting decor where you can get really good pizza and first rate service.
5. La Giara
Sheraton Lagos, 30 Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos
La Giara, located in the Sheraton hotel in Ikeja offers a fine dining experience and features not only an extensive menu of pizzas, but also some of the finest Italian cuisine, along with an impressive selection of wines. If you’re in the mood for something fancy, this is your spot.
6. Pizze Riah
13 Musa Yardua Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Half the fun of getting a pizza is seeing how it’s made. At Pizze Riah, you get to see your pizza prepared in an outdoor brick wood fired oven while you wait. Over the years, the pizza has been consistently good and there is also a suya grill if Pizza is not your thing. Let’s not forget the great wine collection and outdoor area with a small playground for the kids to play. Two things to bear in mind – the service can be slow and it is cash only last we checked.
7. La Taverna Milano (Pizzeria Milano)
48 Balarabe Musa Crescent , Victoria Island, Lagos
La Taverna is actually run by Head Chef Christian, a Chilean based in Lagos. This is one of our favourite spots because it’s great for toasting/romancing. Every item on the menu is shockingly good and there’s also a reasonably priced wine selection. On Wednesday, all pizzas are priced at ₦2,000 and on Thursday, the restaurant showcases some of the most talented live bands in Lagos.
8. La Pizza (Manuela)
Manuela Residence, 13 Taslim Elias Close, Victoria Island, Lagos
Hidden within the Manuela Residence, an Afro-Italian themed hotel in Victoria Island, La Pizza is tastefully decorated and is considered one of the best spots in Lagos for authentic Italian food. They are especially known for their Pizzas and Calzones.
9. Mario’s Pizza
2 Lander Close, (entrance on Liverpool Road), Apapa, Lagos
Located in Apapa, Mario’s Pizza is yet another spot nested within a hotel (Ray’s Inn). This is probably one of the best places to grab a pizza in Apapa without breaking the bank and drinking garri for a week after you go. Whilst known mainly for their delicious pizza, the menu is very diverse, serving various mouth-watering dishes.
10. Sultan Pizza & Fast Food
41 Ribadu Road, Ikoyi, Lagos
Sometimes referred to as Al Sultan Restaurant. The best way to describe this joint is a giant hall with long dining tables for large groups of people serving pizza and other fast food. There is outdoor seating, kid playing area, snooker tables, and you can even smoke shisha whilst waiting for your pizza. The food here is 100% Halal. Sultan is very popular with both locals and expats.
11. Pizza Lounge
Lateef Salami Street, Ajao Estate, Lagos
Pizza Lounge is focused on blending the original pizza taste with unique African flavors which has made it a favourite among locals. Does this mean they’ll have an okro flavored pizza anytime soon? Pizza Lounge has a second location in Isolo and offers free delivery from both locations.
12. Pizza House
Surulere Leisure Mall, 97-99 Adeniran Ogunsanya street, Surulere, Lagos
Started in Lagos by 4 friends in 2012, Pizza House uses carefully sourced food ingredients to deliver amazing and tasty pizzas. They are located in Ogudu and Surulere. Pizza House offers delivery service and free wifi at both locations.
13. Rubies Pizza, Shawarma & Grills
62 Akowonjo road, Miccom Bus Stop, Akowonjo, Lagos
Located on the famous Akowonjo Road, this is more of a beer parlour / sports bar serving pizza, shawarma, pepper soup etc. This cosy joint is open till 10pm daily.
14. La Pizza and Shawarma
City Mall, Awolowo Road, Onikan, Lagos Island, Lagos
What are the odds? Another La Pizza on this list, not to be mistaken for the one hidden in the Manuela Residence. La Pizza and Shawarma operates 2 locations – Allen Avenue, Ikejaand City Mall, Lagos Island.
15. Zizis Pizzeria & Ice Cream
2018 Amuwo-Odofin Festac Link Road, Beside Mobil via Apple Junction, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos
If you are ever around Festac Town / Amuwo-Odofin and don’t fancy eating at the Domino’s Pizza. Here is alternative joint attached to the Zizis Sports Bar.