Hope you’re hungry. Here are the 23 best pizza spots in Charlotte — from New York-style to deep-dish.
This guide was first published in 2017 and was most recently updated in February 2021.
Owner Grant Arons is so obsessed with replicating authentic Neapolitan pizza, he makes his crust using water imported from Italy for its exact pH balance and mineral content. He also imports Polselli type “OO” flour, San Marzano tomatoes, and real buffalo mozzarella. It doesn’t get much closer to the real deal than that.
You’ll need two plates and two hands for a slice of Benny’s behemoth 28-inch pies.
Farm-to-table meets pizza. All ingredients are locally sourced — plus: they have gluten-free crust options, vegan cheese, and plenty of meat-free toppings. Who said pizzas couldn’t be healthy?
Our pick: Pure Pizza’s chorizo pizza with red onions, sliced radishes, cilantro, and fresh lime wedges.
The deep-dish at Matt’s in Cornelius eats more like a casserole than a pizza and we’re not mad about it. If deep-dish isn’t for you, Matt’s also does a crispy, thin-crust pizza. Both are available in 10- or 14-inch shareable sizes or you can get a more manageable mini size for one. (The Uptown location is a dog-only operation. No pizza — sorry.)
The difference is in the oven — that’s the motto at Luisa’s. This pizzeria uses a brick oven imported straight from Italy to cook its pies.
Go big or go home with Hawthorne’s 18×18-inch thick crust, square pie. They have traditional New York-style pizza too, but you need to give this one a go. It only comes in one size (gigantic) so bring an appetite.
Omaggio’s thin-crust pizzas make it so you can eat the entire pie in one go. Their seasonal pizzas are the stand-out on the menu, though.
Although TRUE makes a mean traditional wood-fired pizza, the restaurant’s signature pie is its super-thin crust brushed with olive oil and cooked to a perfect char on the grill.
Pro tip: You can also get TRUE pizzas at sister restaurant Osteria LuCa in Park Road Shopping Center.
The Charlotte classic has been serving up authentic Italian food for nearly three decades. Their pizza is New Haven-style with a thin, bubbly crust cooked in a wood-fired oven.
Zio has a garden on-site that not only serves as a romantic outdoor space where guests can enjoy their meals (pandemic-friendly), but also as the primary source for the majority of the fruits, vegetables and herbs used in the dishes.
Enjoy a Neapolitan-style pizza, cooked in 90 seconds. The pies are made with fresh ingredients and dough imported from Italy and cooked in wood-burning ovens. The menu also includes salads and cannolis among other menu items. Aliño has locations in Concord and Mooresville.
This family-casual pizza joint has a wide selection of specialty pizzas (meat and veggie), or you can build your own pie. Outdoor seating and a spacious astroturf lawn at the Plaza Midwood location make for a great place for kids to run around. Plus, kids 12 and under eat free every Tuesday at all three locations.
Room & Board does reimagined pub fare but their Detroit-style pizza with extra-crispy crust is a standout on the menu.
ICYMI: Speaking of Detroit-style, Emmy Squared, a New York-based pizza joint is opening this summer in Plaza Midwood.
Intermezzo was started by two brothers who wanted to bring their grandmother’s Serbian family recipes right here to Charlotte. Serving both Italian and Serbian cuisine, the menu has everything from pizza to schnitzel.
If you’re looking for authentic New York-style pizza, Due Amici is the place to go. There are plenty of fresh toppings for you to customize your pizza exactly how you like it.
Portofino’s has your classic “foldable” NY slice. The pizzas are made with Grande cheese, Italian whole peeled tomatoes, homemade sauce, and fresh-made dough. Pick up a slice at any of its four Charlotte locations.
Sal’s crispy, Jersey-style pizza comes by-the-slice and in whole pizza pies. It’s thin, yet sturdy and doesn’t need to be folded.
The fast-casual Italian restaurant has locations outside of Uptown and in SouthPark. There are nine Neapolitan-style pizzas with red and white sauce options.
DeSano specializes in authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. What makes this pizza chain unique is that the pizzas are cooked in wood-burning ovens for 90 seconds — perfect for those who are eager to chow down.
House of Pizza has been a family-owned favorite in the Charlotte community for more than 43 years. In addition to serving authentic Italian fare, House of Pizza also serves cheesesteaks and wings.
Founded by two brothers from Buffalo, NY, Bisonte pizzas are made using fresh, hand-tossed dough, and housemade sauce from a passed down family recipe.
In addition to its extensive beer selection, Salud also serves up a host of fun, fusion pizzas like its Latin Lingo Elote Chicken Pizza made with chicken breast, a spicy cream base, roasted corn, red onion, jalapeño, cotija cheese, crema, tajín spice, and Cilantro. Word on the street is that the “Liberation” potato pizza is a must-try.
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