Kaja Pizza Köök: real pizza in Tallinn

by Gigi Griffis
pizza Tallinn

If you’re looking for real, wood-fired pizza in Tallinn, look no further. This warm, tiny, almost-always packed pizzeria serves up Naples-style pies made in a real pizza oven with sourdough dough risen for 30 hours in handmade wooden proofing boxes.

Seating is family-style around a huge wooden table. Pies are big enough to provide a light lunch for two people or a very filling meal for one. And if the menu says spicy, it’ll be spicy (unlike much of Europe), so go in prepared for a kick.

We stopped by for a pizza (okay, two) on my birthday weekend after a disappointing morning. The pizza turned the day around for me and I’ve found myself craving it several times since.

Should you expect the best pizza of your life? No. For that, you’ll need to go to where pizza was born (Naples). But if you want a serious pie in Tallinn, this is your place.

Address: Õle 33, Tallinn

Phone: +372 660 1611

Hours: 11:30 to 16:00 daily.

Price range: Pizzas start at 5.50 euros.

What (else) to do in Tallinn

The best multi-course meal in town is at Noa Chef’s Hall, located on the coast in the northeastern part of the city. For good cardamom buns, check out Rost, and for equally good cinnamon rolls, my favorite spot is Katharinenthal at Kadriorg Park. For excellent farmers market goods, Balti Jaama Turg is the place to be.

When you’re not eating, Kadriorg Park is a great place for a stroll (and our favorite neighborhood to stay). A day trip to Viru Bog is a wild experience. And the hip neighborhood around Balti Jaama Turg is a great place to find cool graffiti and hipster haunts.

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