Villa Paradiso is widely acclaimed for dishing up the city’s best pizza. It’s Napoli style pizza with a thicker, more chewy crust than the thin, crispy ones you’ll find in most other Italian pizzerias.
My personal favourite is a hands down tie between the pure flavours of the margherita, and the more fun ai formaggi, which is made with gorgonzola, figs and walnuts.
But the pizza is not the only thing that draws in the crowds, Villa Paradiso is also adored for its authentic Italian feel, both in terms of décor and ambiance. But all the while the ingredients are imported straight from Italy, the restaurant is owned by Grunerløkka guru Jan Vardøen.
The restaurant gets super busy at peak hours, so it’s more than wise to book a table in advance. If the sun is out, fetching an outdoor table is the way to go, it’s also the #1 people watching spot in the hipster hub of Grunerløkka.
P.S Villa Paradiso now has a sister restaurant on the other side of town, at Solli Plass. It’s not as charming though.