Pairing Pizza with Wine and Beer


Some of the basic characteristics of pizza include saltiness, high acidity (from the tomato sauce) and cheese and oil. When selecting a beer or wine to go with a pizza, you will want something that will enhance these flavors, not overpower them. As with any food pairing, a person’s particular tastes will come into effect, but generally, if a person likes a particular pizza, the beer and wine suggestions should complement their tastes.

Pairing Pizza with Wine

Italy is known for both wine and pizza, but suprisingly, Italians rarely pair the two together. Most Italians consider the best wine for pizza to be beer, and think that only tourists or Americans consume the two together. That said, many people do prefer a nice glass of wine with their pizza.

Here are some common pizzas and the wines they pair well with:


Suggested Red Wine

Suggested White Wine

 Pepperoni Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris,Pinot Noir, Sangiovese Sauvignon Blanc,White Zinfandel
 Cheese Cabernet Franc, Beaujolais,Chianti, Sangiovese Pinot Gris, Riesling,Chardonnay
 Margherita Barbera Sauvignon Blanc
 Pesto Negro Amaro Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
 Vegetarian Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chianti Sauvignon Blanc
 Hawaiian Beaujolais, Pinotage Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
 Neapolitan Sangiovese, Valpolicella n/a
 Seafood Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
 Sausage, Mushroom, & Onion Zinfandel, Syrah Chardonnay


Consider hiring servers with knowledge of wines, or to encourage your existing servers to receive sommelier training and certification.

Pairing Pizza with Beer

Beer is a go-to beverage for most people when dining out, and with the proliferation of microbreweries in American, there is a limitless supply available to satisfy anybody’s particular taste. When paired with pizza, beer is meant to cut through the oil and some of the acidity of the tomato sauce and complement the pizza, not overpower it. You will also want to take the toppings into account when pairing pizza with beer. Listed below are some suggested beer/pizza pairings.

 PizzaSuggested Beer
 Italian Sausage PizzaBlonde Ale
 Pepperoni Light Lager
 Onion, Olive, Mushroom and Peppers Indian Pale Ale
 Spinach and Broccoli Scotch Ale
 Feta Cheese Wheat Beer
 Bacon and Pineapple Porter or Stout
 Eggplant with Parmesan Cheese Pale Ale or Amber Ale

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