Vietnam is famed for phở, bún chả and the bánh mi, but pizza? Not so much. You certainly don’t travel to Vietnam expecting the best pizza of your life (at least, I didn’t). However, to my great surprise, I have had some incredible pizza in ‘Nam. From classic New York slices to Japanese-Italian fusion, Ho Chi Minh City has got some excellent options going on.
A Vietnamese-based Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant, Pizza 4PS is certainly a very international way to enjoy pizza. It’s western and Asian food combined in the absolute best way. Although they do offer your traditional margaritas and pepperonis, the real attractions here are the more unorthodox toppings, such as calamari seaweed, soy garlic beef and, my absolute favourite, salmon miso cream. You can also add a burrata (a huge mozzarella-and-cream blob) for extra deliciousness. The pizza is hand-made right in front of you and it’s some of the best that you’ll ever taste.
4PS don’t deliver, but visiting the restaurant is all part of the experience- 4PS is luxury. There are currently five locations across Ho Chi Minh City, but they’re expanding fast (they have restaurants in Hanoi and Da Nang, too.) Each branch is slightly different, but they all boast charming, bare-brick interiors and a cosy, classy feel. If you eat one pizza while you’re in Vietnam, it has to be 4PS.
Address: My favourite branch is 151B, Hai Bà Trưng, District 3 but there are locations throughout the city. For a full list, click here. They’re pretty busy, so it’s a good idea to reserve if you’re going with a group!
If you’re looking for authentic Italian, head to Pendolasco in Thao Dien. With an inviting atmosphere and an extensive menu, Pendolasco is a firm favourite among pizza lovers in Ho Chi Minh City. They also have vegan options and make a mean calzone. What’s not to love?
Address: 36 Tong Hữu Định, Thảo Đien, District 2 (or find them on vietnammm).
Espy pizza is the only place I’ve found that offers doughy, cheese-overloaded New York-style pizza- and sells it by the slice. They also have delicious, heart-attack-inducing sides such as fried mozzarella sticks and chicken wings- NOM- which you can order as part of one of their combo deals. If you’re looking for a hangover meal, then look no further. Since hangovers are the basis of my relationship with Espy, I haven’t actually visited the restaurant itself, but tend to have it delivered to my bed via the Vietnammm app.
Address: 628 Xa lộ Hà Nội, An Phú, District 2
Italiani’s was my first pizza love in Saigon. I treated myself to their four-cheese pizza at the end of a very long day and from then on, I was hooked. Sadly, I now live outside of their delivery range (they don’t deliver to District 2 for some unfathomable reason) but Italiani’s still hold a place in my heart. Like Espy, Italiani’s was my stay-in-bed staple, so I haven’t been to the restaurant, but I hear it’s pretty nice. As you might have guessed from the name, their pizzas are Italian-style. I love their soft dough (overly crispy/burned dough is my least favourite thing) and generous helpings of cheese.
Address: 290 Lý Tự Trọng, Ben Thành, District 1
What’s your favourite type of pizza? Where’s your favourite place to grab a slice? Let me know in the comments below!