A Guide to Pairing Italian Wines with Pizza

To get the best taste from Italian wines and pizza, make sure you are pairing them appropriately. In this guide, we’ll explore the rich diversity of Italian wines with the tastes and textures found in every slice of pizza. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast, a pizza lover, or both, join us on this culinary journey.

Consider the Toppings

Pairing Italian wines with pizza becomes an artful experience when considering the toppings. The key lies in matching the flavors, textures, and intensity of the toppings with the characteristics of the wine. For instance, a bold red wine like Chianti complements robust meat toppings, while a crisp Pinot Grigio might enhance the freshness of a vegetable-loaded pizza. 

Below are some considerations for prioritizing toppings when pairing Italian wines with pizza:

  • Tomato-based: With their vibrant acidity and savory notes, Tomato-based toppings call for wines that complement and balance these flavors. Opt for Italian red wines like Chianti or Barbera, as their acidity mirrors the tomatoes and cuts through the sauce’s richness. 
  • Mushroom: Opt for Italian wines with subtle complexities, like a Pinot Noir or a Chardonnay. These choices complement the savory richness of mushrooms without overpowering their delicate flavors.
  • Cheese: Creamy and rich cheeses, like mozzarella or burrata, pair well with a crisp and acidic white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc. For pizzas featuring stronger cheeses like gorgonzola or Parmesan, robust red wines like Barolo or Chianti Classico provide a complementary flavor contrast. 
  • Meaty: When dealing with meaty toppings on pizza, opt for robust Italian red wines like Chianti or Barbera. The boldness of these wines stands up well to the richness of meats such as pepperoni, sausage, or prosciutto. 
  • White pizza: Consider a light and crisp Pinot Grigio to accentuate the subtleties of cheeses like mozzarella or ricotta. Alternatively, a medium-bodied Chardonnay can enhance the creamy textures, creating a harmonious balance.

Go for Bubbles

The effervescence in sparkling wines, like Prosecco or Franciacorta, makes each pizza taste like a fresh encounter. The lively bubbles cut through the richness of cheese and toppings, providing a delightful contrast that enhances the wine and pizza flavors. 

Satisfying Your Taste Bud

The best way to satisfy your taste buds is to drink what you like. Even when you want to explore, you can start with little quantity. However, there is no general rule regarding Italian wines and pizza pairing, so you can always explore your creative side.

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