Hello, checkered floors. Hello, velvety curtains. Hello, white pizza.
During the day this place is home to Åpent Bakeri, where you’ll find the best sourdough breads Oslo has to offer. But come closing hours, the subdued vintage looking space turns into a pizzeria. And what a pizzeria it is.
What make Lofthus special are not only the numerous white pizza options, but also the focus on quality cheeses like kraftkar (a Norwegian blue cheese), and the unusual toppings, like reindeer. Usually I go for the cep mushroom, which is always a winner – but a good tip is to ask the waiter for the daily special, last time they served up a seasonal taste bomb of chanterelles and grilled asparagus. Washed down with a lovely glass of Riesling, it was nothing but magic. But if beer is more your thing, they also have a good selection of local brews worth trying out.
Lofthus Samvirkelag is somewhat out of the way, and is not to be found on your usual going out route – which is actually what gives it that quintessential neighbourhood feel. Located where Torshov becomes Sandaker, it is still easy enough to access by trams #11, 12 or 13.
P.S. As of September 2015, Lofthus has a third branch in the old Tranen restaurant on Alexander Kiellandsplass. The second branch is located at Holtet, where they also have a wood fired oven.