Do you happen to know anyone who doesn’t like Italy or Italian pizza? Neither do we.
Some prefer the simplest version, with tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil. Others like their pizza loaded – with different types of cheese, spicy meat,
Opened in December 2011, when the places on Mariacka Street could be counted on one hand, and our idea of real Italian pizza was still quite vague. They came first to teach us that pizza mustn’t be topped with pineapple, drowned in garlic sauce and ordered half-in-half. And more! They don’t serve latte or cappuccino, as it is not a breakfast place. In the afternoon, all the Italians drink is espresso (with a drop of milk maybe).
From the very beginning, Len Arte was faithful to their idea of a small Italian eatery, serving traditional food, which might have been prepared by an Italian nonna just as well. The short seasonal menu includes Italian antipasti, a few main courses and a sensational menu of the day. However, the most important spot belongs (and hopefully always will) to pizza, which has been like a Sèvres standard for Katowice residents for eight years.
A huge wood-fired oven, a real Italian chef in the kitchen, original products supplied straight from Italy. It might be a standard now, but when Len Arte set off, we could not believe our eyes while licking tomato sauce off of our fingers. If we had to leave with a bad taste in our mouths, it was because instead of the red-hot oven we were welcomed by a note on the door: the owners had left for Italy (attending their friends’ wedding and collecting the ingredients on their way).
Len Arte has done a great job. And most importantly – they stick to their high standards. The place is authentic, and the seasonal menu tempts with rarities less known or available in Poland –
Mangia, bevi, ama [eat, drink, love] – the philosophy of happiness according to Len Arte.
- Where? 25 Mariacka Street
- When? Tue–Thu and Sun 1 pm–10 pm | Fri–Sat 1 pm–12 pm
‘novo (+ Sezo’novo)
Important update: in April 2020 ‘novo has been permanently closed. To taste their pizza, visit new, bigger, and better Sezo’novo in Park Leśny [The Forest Park].
From Mariacka Street we take a short walk to Warszawska. There we find the ’novo restobar. A marriage of an Italian restaurant and a good cocktail bar is a grand idea in itself. But there comes the key element–brilliant pizza.
As Italian cuisine lovers, Katowice residents know all too well that ’novo is the younger brother of Sezo’novo project, which feeds us excellent pizza in Park Leśny near Dolina Trzech Stawów. Summer in Poland is short though, and fans of Sezo’novo pizza long for it and despair from October to April, so the founders decided to build upon their success and open a year-round place. That’s how ’novo was launched three years ago. And with it – the pizza: exceptionally thin, crunchy, and perfectly baked. There are also hand-made pastas and other specialties straight from the kitchen of chef Witek Wróbel and his talented crew. Add a selection of regional Italian wines, aromatic coffee, desserts, home-made bread, and focaccia.
From Mondays to Fridays, it serves a three-course lunch at a reasonable price, while in the evenings and over the weekends you can sit there with your friends, sipping a cocktail with a selection of original Italian antipasti. When the warmer days come again, feel invited to their charming courtyard garden and take a peek in the kitchen and the chefs at work as you wait for your order. A glass of aperitivo in hand, of course. Before, the end of the season at Sezo’novo meant an impatient countdown to spring. Now, winter comes with an equally delicious perspective.
- Sezo’novo address: 180 Francuska Street
- Opening hours: from 3 pm, only in good weather. Follow daily alerts on their Facebook
- Full review available in this post.
Pieca [Pizza From the Oven]
2017 was a real breakthrough on the culinary scene of Katowice. Within a few-kilometer radius, the city started to gradually enjoy new pizza places. And this is another one which has recently celebrated its second birthday and yet has already successfully joined our culinary repertoire. We are presenting Pizza z Pieca.
The concept – as with every good pizza place – is very simple. At its heart is a beechwood oven and a clean-cut menu, focussed on pizza itself. As the place is on the smaller side, the oven and bustling pizzaiolo are the center of attention. What else does it need after all. The homey interior and atmospheric spotlighting on the tables complement the picture. With good-quality original ingredients and several beers and wines, this Italian puzzle makes for a recipe for a successful eatery. The place has quickly gained faithful fans and it’s not always easy to grab a table. Luckily, last spring they opened a new, much larger and covered outdoor seating area, where you can relax and sip your sunny Aperol spritz.
We like this place. We like it a lot. Mainly for its pizza, the sweetness of their San Marzano tomato sauce, and the delicacy of the mozzarella di
Big outdoor seating area is one of the greatest assets of that pizza place.
- Where? 5 and ½ Mielęckiego Street
- When? Sun-Mon 12 am–10 pm | Tue 1 pm–10 pm | Fri–Sat 12 am–11:45 pm
Ludzie Mówią Różne Rzeczy [People Say Different Things]
Searching for the pizza ideal, we are leaving Katowice, temporarily. In Chorzów, next door, we find a real gem, worth taking a
The heart of ”Ludzie” – traditionally: a huge wood-fired oven, which delivers right to our table – the pizza. On thin crust, with original ingredients and unconventional toppings (would you even think of topping your pizza with lovage? We tasted it and it did the trick!). Numerous options do allow for an easy choice. If you can’t decide by ingredients, follow the names, which – as much as the name of the place itself – are far from obvious. ”We ate at Nolio”, ”I’m out in my garden” or ”Attacking Mediocrity” are only some of the ”humane” propositions.
And if you don’t feel like having pizza at all, there are quite a lot of other dishes on the menu: oven grilled veggies served with pizza bread, delightful gnocchi with a selection of sauces, and panini. For the less hungry (and more numerous at the table), it is worth ordering a board of original cheeses and cold meats. Those hungrier will appreciate the hand-made home-made pastas. In the summer, the guests have the front outdoor seating area at their disposal. Whoever hesitates whether to eat indoor or outdoor, may find their patch on the mini-balcony, with a small countertop and a few chairs. It’s perfect to savor a little Italian bite.
It’s nice that Chorzów has a place like that. And that it’s next door!
Exposed brick, wooden furniture, wood-fired oven, and pizza with a view – we like it!
- Where? 52 Kościuszki Street, Chorzów
- When? Mon–Sat 1 pm–10 pm | Sun 1 pm–9 pm
Had enough of gnocchi? It’s time we returned to Katowice. Back to Warszawska Street. Passing by ’novo this time, only to lounge in another Italian place. Welcome to Naples!
First things first… There was the city of Tychy and the La Fontana restaurant. A traditional Neapolitan pizza place, with pizza a bit different from what we have just learned about. A soft crust, much more puffed at the edges, moister toppings – pizza napoletana in the flesh. The fame of the Tychy pizzeria La Fontana, about to celebrate its third birthday at the end of October, has been running through the air like the aroma of melting cheese. Katowice was waiting, a bit envious, but they came. Since March 2019 real Neapolitan pizza has been served by Vera Napoli – La Fontana’s younger sister.
Its interior resembles an expensive restaurant rather than a cramped and buzzy Italian place. The decor of marble, large windows, golden accents – truly elegant and classy. Although the restaurant is extremely busy since
Whoever hasn’t acquired a taste for Neapolitan pizza yet, make your way to Warszawska Street. Then, cutlery in hand (because that’s how you eat pizza napoletana: with a knife and fork) and get to it! Buon appetito!
We are impressed by the elegant interior and stunning pizza oven.
- Where? 23 Warszawska Street
- When? Tue–Thu 1 pm–10 pm | Fri–Sat 1 pm–11 pm | Sun 1 pm–9 pm
- Visit also their another pizza place: La Fontana in Tychy.