Grab a slice
If you’ve tired of Saigon’s street food and you’ve a hankering for some decent pizza, the city has more than just the big chains — here’s where to head.
If you’re stuck in the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area or tight on cash, basically any restaurant you walk into will have some sort of cheap pizza on the menu. While most of these pizzas probably won’t kill you, some might fill you with regret. Luckily, you can get a good pizza here without breaking the bank. We’re partial to pizzas at Stella on Bui Vien: it’s cheap, with whole pies starting around 100,000 VND, the pizzas are a good size (splittable between two people), and they come heavy with toppings. It’s worth the extra 20,000 VND to go for the Stella Special, which is loaded with peppers, mushrooms, several varieties of meat and anchovies. Another solid spot in Pham Ngu Lao is Margherita, an older restaurant with a longstanding reputation for quality, budget-friendly pizzas. Not the biggest pizzas in town, they make up for it in price, starting at 90,000 VND, so if you’re still hungry you can probably afford another.
Besides the big global pizza chains, HCMC boasts its own pizza establishment with multiple locations, Al Fresco’s. Here you’ll find large, topping-heavy pizzas that come in at a reasonable price, starting around 180,000 VND. Here all your standard bases are covered, like pepperoni or Hawaiian, though their better pizzas are the specialty ones, which generally only run 30,000 VND more but come with quite an array of toppings. We’re fans of the beefy pizza, almost a Mexican-style pizza loaded with ground beef and beans, or the super supreme, which comes with spicy chicken and tons of veggies. On Tuesday, Al Fresco’s might have the best pizza deal in town with their buy one get one free promotion, though it’s only available for pickup or delivery.
For a high-end slice of Saigon pizza, you’ll want to head to the beginning of Le Thanh Ton, moderately close to the Saigon Zoo, where you’ll find Pizza 4P’s at the end of a short alley. A stylish, romantic restaurant, at Pizza 4P’s you’ll find great, thin-crust, Italian-style pizzas cooked in a wood fire oven. A Japanese owned establishment, the menu has some interesting fusion pizzas, like a chicken teriyaki or a salmon sashimi, but the pizza we’d go for is the 300,000 VND, burrata prosciutto pizza, which comes with a large pouch of house-made burrata cheese in the centre. This joint is at the pricey end of the spectrum, with only a handful of pizzas under 200,000 VND — and be warned the pizzas aren’t the biggest in the city either, with two people splitting one possibly being left hungry. Still, the quality and uniqueness of the pizza does make up for the price if it falls within your budget.
119-121 Bui Vien, District1
T: (08) 3836 9220
175/1 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3837 0760
19-21 Mac Dinh Chi, District 1
T: (08) 3823 8427
8/15 Le Thanh Ton
T: (08) 3822 9838
By Max Murta
Last updated on 23rd October, 2014.