Top 10 Pizza Slices in Madrid

Madrid is known for many delicious dishes, including Tapas and Cocido, but what about pizza? Well, why don’t you be the judge and treat yourself to some of the best pizza Madrid has to offer.

1) La Vita é Bella – La Vita É Bella is hands down the most popular place to grab a slice around Madrid.  Advertising themselves as providing “Comida Italiana para llevar” they serve up a huge Sicilian style slice (square-shaped and thick crusted) stacked with lots of toppings and cheese.

2) El Mundo de la Pizza – When the owners of “El Mundo” say they offer a world of pizzas, they are far from exaggerating. The menu alone gives you about 100 suggested pizza combinations, from ham and pineapple to simple cheese and pepperoni. And if you can’t find one that sounds appetizing, the staff is more than happy to make a pizza that suits your taste.

3) Opera Pizza – This is something of an institution and has been around the city for some time. In short it offers all the stereotypical American foods, however the restaurant manages to not give off that discomforting tourist trap vibe.  There are usually a couple different options for slices on hand and depending on the day.

4) Mastropiero – This funky pizza joint mixes up Spanish, Argentinean, Italian, and a myriad of other international tastes to create a truly one-of-a-kind menu.  Mirta – the amiable maître d’ – has been running the place for 25 plus years now; she’ll serve you up not only slices of heaven, but also tips for how to eat your pie.  At 2.50 euro a slice – this is a great option if you’re on a tight budget.

5) Pizza & Pita –  Pizza & Pita gets the award for best late night pizza spot in the Malasaña area.  Open until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

6) II Piccolino della Farfalla –  Every night the restaurant is filled with locals, and if you don’t get there early it’s hard to get a seat. The food is wonderful and prices are inexpensive.

7) Estación Obligatoria – The slices here come in a distinct long and skinny rectangular shape, which actually makes it handy to eat, though not your typical idea of a slice of pizza.  This place gets big points for its crust, which is thin and always crispy allowing the slices to makes it stand the test of time.

8) Luna Rosa – As with any large metropolitan city one can find an overwhelming amount of options when it comes to places to eat pizza in Madrid.  The trick, however is to search out one place and make it your go to spot. If you’re a fan of thin crusted, traditional oven-fired Neapolitan style pizza Luna Rossa just might be the place for you.

9) Vesuvio – Cheap and tasty are the slices at this small pizza joint. The locale can be hard to miss, but this modest spot packs a punch with its fresh ingredients and unbeatable sauce.

10) Sandos Pizzaría – Enjoy a nice pie while soaking up the Madrid sun.  The terraza here in the spring and summer is flat out fantastic and the servers are super friendly.

Madrid Monthly Roundup: March 2011

Happy March Map Readers! Spring is right around the corner and what better way to spend your time than to be out on the town, checking out some of the great events and activities happening in Madrid throughout the month?  There’s a nice array of just about everything scattered across the calendar, so no need to wait! Read on!

Madrid Restaurant Week [Until March 6]
Those with a soft spot for good food at an affordable price will love that the fourth edition of Madrid Restaurant Week under Sabor del Año is in session until March 6th.  You’ll be able to eat at quality restaurants for a fixed menu price (25 euros!) while donating to a social cause.  Reserve your table at any of the participating restaurants to take advantage of this gastronomical event! To see a list of participating restaurants and more information, click here.

Carnival 2011 [From March 4 – 9]
Carnival 2011 comes to Madrid from the 4th to the 9th of March with it’s eccentric parades, music, and theatre performances.  During this time, you’ll surely see the city filled with costumes, madness, elegance, and amazing characters of all sorts.  Check out the official site for the sequence of events!

Tango Metrópolis [Until March 6]
A blend of old Argentina and contemporary dance. The idea behind Tango Metrópolis seems to catch on fast with the public, as it has already captivated numerous audiences across four continents.  Creators Pilar Álvarez, Claudio Hoffmann, and Daniel Binelli lead this musical performance of Tango into the realm of nostalgia as they succeed in expressing humor, chaos, and passion like no other. Metro: Canal. Address: C/ Cea Bermúdez, 1.  Cost: 30 – 35 euros. For tickets click here. For more information click here.

Ellas Crean
The seventh edition of Ellas Crean will be celebrated throughout the month of March into April. Ellas Crean is an initiative sponsored by the Spanish government to show the creativity of women and their contributions to society. This celebration will coincide with International Women’s Day (March 8th) drawing in many artists from across a variety of disciplines, from fashion, to music, to theatre.  For locations and tickets click here.

Teatralia [From March 4 – 27]
The 15th edition of Teatralia (Festival Internacional de Artes Escénicas para Niños y Jóvenes) will be held from the 4th to the 27th of March in 57 distinct spaces around the city. There will be 23 performances and an exhibition in this festival, which is aimed at the young creative minds, to inspire curiosity and enthusiasm in performing arts. For more information, click here.

Generación 2011 [Until March 13]
Until the 13th of March, you can visit La Casa Encendida to see the ten winning projects of Caja Madrid’s youth outreach program, Generación 2011.  The exhibition showcases the creativity of Spanish youth, their motivations, and concerns, giving us insight into the world today through their eyes and artistic work. Metro: Embajadores. Address: Ronda Valencia, 2.  For more information, click here.

Design Against Poverty: A Story of Overcoming Adversity [Until March 17]
Design against Poverty – that’s the idea behind this project funded by the European Commission, which sheds light on poverty and the homeless through the projects of young designers. The individual design projects, inspired by the stories of homeless people themselves, offer improvements to the issue of social exclusion.  This exhibit shows the value of the subjects’ personal experiences from the street and how they were subsequently able to rebuild their lives. The projects will be on display at the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas (MNAD) until the 17th of March. Metro: Retiro, Banco de España. Address: Calle Montalbán, 12. To learn more, click here.

Ruddigore [Until March 19]
Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse is based on Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta about the curse put upon the lineage of the Barons of Ruddigore.  To avert the curse and a horrible death, the one who inherits the title must commit a crime daily. This musical comedy, which has earned the Critics’ Award for Best Musical, will be playing in Teatro Fernán Gómez (Art Centre) until March 19th. Metro: Colon. Cost: 13 – 16 euros. Address: Plaza Colón, 4. For more information, click here.  For tickets, click here.

Night of the Theaters [March 27]
On the 27th of March, Madrid will be celebrating the fourth edition of Night of the Theatres (La Noche de los Teatros), giving those around the city the opportunity to enjoy theatre, dance, and music for a discounted price.  From 17: 00 p.m. to midnight, the city of Madrid will be a grand stage, boasting 132 artistic spaces and 170 activities for everyone to enjoy.  For more information, locations, and prices, click here.

Atlas. How to carry the world on one’s back? [Until March 28]
The Mnemosyne Atlas, put together by Aby Warburg and left unfinished, has remained a mystery to artists and historians alike.  The images, which are in the Museo Reina Sofia until the 28th of March, continue to fascinate and introduce a new way to understand art in between madness and war. Metro: Atocha. Cost: 3 euros. Address: Calle Santa Isabel, 52. For more information, click here.

Justicia Paya [Starting March 30]
Two prestigious families in flamenco come together to perform Justicia Paya starting from the 30th of March in the Teatro Häagen-Dazs.   This piece of flamenco theatre by Manuel Molina, Carmelilla Montoya, Alba Molina, and Angelita Montoya shape the story of Richard and Alba, as they tell their tale of hope, life, joy, passion, and despair. Metro: Tirso de Molina. Cost: 24.50 – 35 Euros. Address: Calle Atocha, 18.  For more information, click here. For tickets, click here.

By Anna Soria

March Concerts in Madrid

Spring is here, or at least it’s showing signs of its impending arrival, and that means more music, bigger names and shorter sleeves. March is just the tip of the ice-berg in the calendar season, but already Madrid is lucky enough to have some great shows coming its way.  Check out your March 2011 ConcertMAP:

Simian Mobile Disco 3/4 – Low Club: One of the UK’s great purveyors of electronic mixes headlines one of Madrid’s great places. This night should certainly lead to a 6 a.m. cab ride home.

Boat Beam 3/10 – Moby Dick: Boat Beam is a local Madrid based group comprised of three young ladies from Australia, America and Spain. They combine their individual talents with stringed instruments and vocals to produce a unique sound.

Madison Cano 3/12 – Wurlitzer Ballroom: A night of soul searching lyrics, groundbreaking vocals, and a talented band of musicians is what you’re in for. The folk, indie, pop and rock group is becoming a well known name in the local music scene. A MAP must see.

Beady Eye 3/18 – La Riviera: Three-fourths of the great 1990’s alt-rock groups, Oasis, decided to forge on after the departure of Noel Gallagher. Check them out.

Taylor Swift 3/19 – Palacio de Deportes:  Country or Pop? Whatever it is people seem to like it (based on record sales). So Madrid, here is your chance to catch one of the biggest names in the biz right now. For tickets click here.

Cut Copy 3/22 Sala Heineken: The dance-rock outfit from Australia has just released another stellar album, Zonoscope, which is sure to please fans and newcomers alike.

Roger Waters 3/25 & 3/26 Palacio de Deportes:  One of the legendary front men of Pink Floyd has recently embarked on a tour performing Floyd’s “The Wall” to audiences. For tickets click here.

Slayer + Megadeath 3/28 – La Riviera: What does Slayer plus Megadeath equal?  bloody loud metal!

No Age 3/30 Sala Heineken: The duo of Randy Randall and Dean Spunt get so much out of their music you might be shocked to realize it’s just the two of them when take their places on stage. However, what they lack in numbers, they more than make up for with the sheer energy they put into their music.

The Go! Team 3/31 – Joy: The exclamation mark is there for a reason, so head-out and find out why this group is still putting the ‘!’ in their music.