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Pizza Pura
Pizza Pura

Pizza Pura Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pizzapura.com
  • Phone: (828) 225-2582
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Laura Reuss
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Pizza Pura is small and the entire restaurant can be reserved with seating for 40.
  • Private Party Contact: Ben Mixson (828) 279-5176

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bartlett St.
  • Public Transit: Traffic Circle on Clingman Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a large free parking lot across the street, free street parking, and an additional parking lot 1/4 mile north on depot street.
A word from Pizza Pura
The mission of Pizza Pura is to respect the history of pizza by implementing the original methods of pizza preparation dating to the 1800"s in Naples, Italy. We use a Neapolitan template and apply local and seasonal produce and meats to our wood-fired oven. This is complimented by our house made small batch gelato.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "If you want pizza that tastes like real Italian look no further. The arugula salad is delicious and huge. I don't often have dessert when dining out but I make an exception at Pizza Pura because they make delicious gelato and cannoli's. This is the perfect place for a casual inexpensive meal that is so much better than other "pizza joint"."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Ordered Caprese Salad, Genovese Pizza, Tiramisu Gelato. All were amazing!!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Well crafted pizza! Spectacular flavors, well executed dishes."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great tasting pizza and creative combinations of ingredients."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Excellent pizza and a real plus that you take reservations"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Excellent crust, simple but fresh tomato sauce & ingredients. Not the most variety available, but what they serve they make well."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This is the real deal people! Very authentic and as close to what you'll find in Italy as you'll get. Go and enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Best pizza ever.... Salsicchia... It was amazing! Everyone was nice; hand-made home-made mozzarella! Just wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Delicious salads and pizzas. Our group of six shared several arugula salads and five different pizzas (we had leftovers) and several of us shared a bottle of wine (montepulciano for $32). We also ordered several of the yummy cannoli for dessert. Nice wait staff. We sat on the deck on a rainy Friday evening (rustic feel, picnic tables) protected from the rain by an awning. Overall very happy dining experience, reasonable prices and we will go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Incredible handcrafted gourmet pizza with unique ingredients. Homemade pistachio cannoli's the best ever. All staff warm, welcoming and efficient. Eaten there many times and amazingly consistent. Way to go."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We love the unique toppings, great salads, and the awesome Lambrusco served here, but this visit, pizza crust had burnt oven sediment that overwhelmed the taste. Very disappointing, as we have enjoyed our prior visits so much. I hope this will be corrected so we may return."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Just the best! Our go-to place for outstanding pizza, salad, dessert. Service is friendly and knowledgable."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Pizza was great. There was not a great selection of beer, especially with Asheville's current beer scene."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Loose, relaxed, comfortable, friendly and OUTSTANDING FOOD!!!!! This is the real thing and of course Asheville fresh. We go regularly and are trying to eat our way through the menu. Last week the discovery of sage sausage and leeks on italian cream rather than a tomato sauce was AMAZING! This week we tried the artichoke and spinach on italian cream and asked the chef to add a meat of his choice. He surprised us with calebrese sausage. Little pigs is also a favorite. AND DO NOT miss the cannolis, salty caramel is my fave. Ok...here is the deal. Get both specialty salads and share, a glass of house red, pizzas of your choice, cannolis to finish and an espresso to savor and you just had one of the best meals Asheville has to offer."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "An outstanding pizzeria--neapolitan pizzas from a wood fired oven. The pizza has less cheese than is usual in the U.S. and choice ingredients without being overwhelming. The pizzas are a cut above ordinary and are truly gourmet. The staff is friendly and helpful. The restaurant is small with booth and table seating. We were in a party of 5 and all were quite pleased. The cannoli for desert were wonderful as was the gelato. Overall, as good as it gets for pizza in Asheville."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We have been patrons of Pizza Pura since it first opened, and we love this little gem. The service is always casual and friendly, with helpful descriptions and wine suggestions. But it's the simple and delicious food that holds our interest. When guests are in town, Pizza Pura is a solide choice and great alternative to busy downtown establishments."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "When we go out to dinner we want it to be special. That doesn't necessarily mean expensive! It does mean good food and good service. I took my husband to Pizza Pura for his birthday since we had heard so many good things about the pizza. We started with the anitpasti appetizer that was plentiful and delicious. From there we ordered two different pizzas - the Fig and Pig and the house special that night, brussels sprout and green apple. Yes, it sounds strange but they were amazingly delicious. All ingredients were fresh and nothing overpowered. Of course no birthday is complete without dessert and they more than delivered with salted caramel toffee cannolis. We could have cut everything in half but it was a birthday. Great place"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My husband is on the hunt for the perfect slice. He's from New Jersey so he wants his pizza to be as good as a mythical place in his memory. Consequently, we try a lot of mediocre pizza. Pura pizza is in my top all time pizza places. I love the crust, the presentation and the atmosphere. It has a lot of foodie toppings like Brussels sprouts and figs but it also pleases my very picky Jersey guy. Pura also does a nice job on several salads and their homemade cannolis are worth the calories. It's a fun place to hang with large roomy booths and great outdoor seating. Great service and a fair price finishes the story of why I am a repeat customer."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I have been to Italy twice and NYC a bunch but never had pizza better than this."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Had a wonderful experience. Food was fresh, pizza was unique. Service was top notch (thanks Brittany[ney] for keeping up with our wild family). You must have dessert, some of the best canolis I've ever had. Will return! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Some of the best pizza in town! Never disappointed."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Some of the most creative and delicious pizza I've ever had. The service was great too. It's a must visit. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "This was a great pizza. It reminded me of the pizza I use to eat in Germany."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The pizza and service was great. If you go at the right time you can catch an awesome sunset. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "It's located in what appears to be a renovated warehouse district. Very well done. Small outdoor patio (we sat inside) and nicely decorated inside. The speidini was tasty. My Pig and Fig pizza, unbeknownst to me when I ordered, was not a 'red' pizza with tomato sauce. I later saw on the menu that it indeed was listed under the section labeled "special pizzas". The 'red' pizza section with classics like Margherita was above. The pig and fig pizza was fine and all, but I'd say too sweet for my taste for the main meal. It was sweet enough to be dessert. The crust though was done to perfection with that small amount of char that tells you it was baked in a wood-fired oven. Would definitely come back."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Service was excellent! Arugula Salad and pizza delicious combinations of flavors. The seasoning was just right. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Great pizza. Cool surroundings. Great service. Cold beer. What more do you need?"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This little gem tucked away in the River Arts District has a fun environment with delicious food. Don't expect the typical pizza you get in most restaurants. Pizza Pura has an interesting pasta like crust loaded with fresh ingredients. The arugula salad was very large, fresh and delicious. One thing you must do is save room for dessert. The chocolate dipped cannoli stuffed with pistachio filling should not be missed. Thank you Pizza Puro!! We've told many friends about you and you are definitely worth the drive from Black Mountain!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "There are a few great wood-fired brick oven pizza restaurants in AVL but we return to Pizza Pura more so than the others. Not sure why but there is a difference in their crust that we just dont seem to find in others. And their homemade Gelato is a must to try."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was our first time in Asheville. We picked the restaurant because of Open Table reviews. Food was different and great."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Pizza Pura's colorful wood fired oven puts out great pizza. The pizza chef/owner has got the temperature down correctly so the pizzas are lovely bubbly masterpieces. Fresh toppings such as house made sausage & mozzarella. Even a cheese less pie if that's what you want. I never take any home. The salads are also a good start to the meal. Fresh local greens & great vinaigrette dressing not over done. My son loves the Kumato tomato salad with fresh mozzarella, balsamic & pepperoni chips. The staff is friendly and efficient. I wish it was in my neighborhood, but worth the 10 minute drive."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The menu is short but includes great choices. The caprese salad with homemade mozzarella was very tasty. My pizza with homemade sausage was yummy. No room for dessert."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This place is a awesome tucked away gem in Asheville. Love it everytime we go"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Celebrated a family birthday here and everyone from ages 4 to 70+ was happy. It goes without saying that the pizza is wonderful - fabulous crust and super creative toppings. The new procuitto wrapped cheese appetizer was a huge hit. Don't miss this place. Wish it was open for lunch."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We liked the different choices of pizzas including the fig and pig one. The arugula salad was awesome. Fun place to meet with friends."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Always impress in how consistent is the food and well thought out on every ingredient, it has been a long time since we got a real Italian pizza Pizza Pura definitely know how to do it! Even in NYC we haven't find a real and truly Italian pizza...."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I am not a pizza junkie and was plus minus on going to this resturant, but they changed my mind. The pizzas were intavative and delicious . The mushroom pizza was unusual and do rich! The crust was light, non greasy and I could have had it just by itself! Great salads. Service was fast and attentive , not a lot of ambiance and it does feel crowded . But...... I will come again and again!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I've come here with my girlfriend three times now and this place has only gotten better. The food is excellent, and so is the service. The most recent time I was there a waitress brought out hot pepper oil for us to try on our pizza... wow. A great addition. I never really review restaurants, but I figured I may as well toss in my two cents about PIzza Pura because I recently came to the conclusion this is my favorite pizza place in the Asheville area."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "What a great time we had and the food was to die for! From appetizers to cannoli's, this food was prepared with perfection. The ingredients in everything was authentic and well thought out. Really good wine that has been paired expertly with the menu offerings. These people KNOW their food and how to prepare it! This cozy, friendly and professionally run little restaurant will definitely be seeing more of us! Thanks Pizza Pura for an exceptional experience!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Visited during AVL restaurant week; food was outstanding. The antipasti - excellent. The pizza - outstanding, my personal favorite. The cannoli - not so much."
    Dined on 1/27/2014