Bæst The Best Pizza in Copenhagen!

The first evening of my Copenhagen food tour was spent at restaurant Bæst in good company with my friend Arve. We met up outside the restaurant Noma, where he works as the PR & Administration Coordinator, and cycled all the way to Nørrebro in the North-East part of town. Bæst had been on my list of top spots in Copenhagen to visit, ever since I read about the place opening a year ago. This pizzeria is as close to Italy as you will come in Denmark, and yet very few of the ingredients they use are actually imported. Only the highest quality meat is chosen from the organic free-range Hindsholm pork. The restaurant even makes its own fresh cheeses like mozzarella, burrata, and ricotta.

Check out that crust!
Check out that crust!

Bæst is the third restaurant of chef Christian Puglisi – the famous Noma alumni and owner of acclaimed restaurants Relæ and Manfreds. This time Puglisi has gone back to his Italian roots, but at the same time stayed true to his vision of local produce and 100 % organic. Next door he has opened Mirabelle; a bakery that supplies Bæst with the pizza doughs. Mirabelle is also a great breakfast and lunch spot. Don’t miss out on the amazingly perfected thousand layered croissants, or the traditional Rome style square pizzas you can purchase by the slice. Arve and I started our evening with a pre-dinner drink at Mirabelle.

Pre-dinner drinks with Arve outside Mirabelle
Pre-dinner drinks with Arve outside Mirabelle.

Getting ready for an epic meal of organic meats and quality pizza

Bæst is the kind of place which made me feel at home as soon as I entered. Maybe because they had the same lamps hanging from the ceiling as I have in my living room, but more likely because of the people here. The waiters are friendly and informal, but at the same time professional and efficient. This combination is quite rare. Arve ordered the house signature spritz, and I followed his lead. After all, he had been here at least a dozen times the last few months judging from his Instagram. Always do like the locals! We looked at the menu and quickly decided on the BÆST selection of charcuterie. DKK 195 is so ridiculously cheap for the amount of food you get on the table.

We started with a aperitivo, Bæst's signature spritz. A very refreshing drink!
We started with a aperitivo – Bæst’s signature spritz. A very refreshing drink!
Small snacks started to fill the table. Liver paté of pork and ciccioli on confit pork.
Small snacks started to fill the table. Liver paté of pork and ciccioli on confit pork.
‘Nduja with wafer thin crispy crostini. You can't stop eating once you start on these
‘Nduja with wafer thin crispy crostini. You can’t stop eating once you start on these.
Parma ham and one of the absolute best cooked hams I have ever had to the right. Check that texture!
Parma ham and one of the absolute best cooked hams I have ever had to the right. Check that texture!
Fennel salami, lardo, Bresaola and Coppa
Fennel salami, lardo, Bresaola and Coppa.
Proper ham cutter
Proper ham cutter.

Next up we tried the freshly made mozzarella and stracciatella. The latter being the softest and tastiest part of the burrata cheese. Topped with shavings of truffle made this a heavenly dish! By the time the pizza arrived there was almost no room for more food. At least I didn’t think so until I had a bite of the thin, crunchy, slightly burnt pizza pie with fresh cheese, mushrooms and crispy pork fat on top. Bæst is a perfect choice for an evening of great food in company with awesome people, in the best city for food adventures at the moment – Copenhagen!

Bæst's homemade mozzarella
Bæst’s homemade mozzarella.
Bæst's homemade stracciatella with fresh truffle
Bæst’s homemade stracciatella with fresh truffle.
Pizza nr. 8 with nettles, oyster mushrooms, "fedtegrever" (crispy pork fat) and Bæst's homemade ricotta
Pizza nr. 8 with nettles, oyster mushrooms, “fedtegrever” (crispy pork fat) and Bæst’s homemade ricotta.
Proper wood fired oven
Proper wood fired oven.
Copenhagen meets Italy on top of a pizza pie
Copenhagen meets Italy on top of a pizza pie.
As the evening progress Bæst is completely packed with guests every night
As the evening progress Bæst is completely packed with guests every night.

Did you try the croissant at Mirabelle or a pizza at Bæst yet? What did you think? Please leave a comment below.

2 comments

  • I am not really keen on pizza nor croissant in general. I would much rather have a vegetable based asian meal or some kind of dairy/egg-thing for breakfast. However Mirabelle and Bæst has radically changed this. You see, smell, feel and not in the least taste the professionalism, research, passion and sense of quality that has been put into the craftmanship that is bakery. It is more than reasonable prized for this standard of food. I more than agree with the review on this blog.

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