Ah, pizza. Such simple slices can bring such tasty joy. Just like the rest of the food offerings in the city, the Nashville pizza scene is downright delicious. From authentic Napoli pizzerias to cheezy ‘n’ greasy slices, you’ll find a pie for every occasion.
We’ve got Nashville’s go-to, must-try pizzas that you have to eat at least once – whether you’re a local or just passing through.
Here’s the seven best spots to check out…
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They follow the strict guidelines Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN), so you know for sure that you’ll get an authentic Neapolitan pie here. You can’t go wrong with their Margherita D.O.P, made with San Marzano tomato sauce, basil, garlic, scamorza, mozzarella di bufala, pecorino romano.
It’s also BYOB, so you can splash the cash on extra pizza instead.
Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria is a fast casual, artisan pizza shop (with two Nashville stores) that’s wildly popular with locals – one look at the line snaking down the street outside at peak time says it all. But you know what? Pizza this good is worth the wait. It’s flatbread-style, with toppings such as Spicy Red Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomato Blend and Fresh Basil.
Nicky’s pies are made in the style of a Napoletana pizza, but because of the sourdough starter, and use of a coal burning oven rather than wood, they are unique; a bit crispier, and super tasty. The chefs here are the real deal – they try to do as much in house as possible and make their own charcuterie, creamy gelato, pickles and all sorts of other goodies.
This St. Louis import has a gourmet menu of nine different pies, all of which are cooked to perfection in the wood-fired oven. Pastaria always has the right amount of charring on the pizza, with doughy crusts and droolworthy toppings. The Roman is a classic: tomato, garlic, bacon, mozzarella, pecorino and chilli.
Lockeland Table isn’t a pizzeria, but it does have pizza on the menu and a wood-fired oven. Going with the high quality standard of the rest of the food here, the pizza is a cut above the norm. Their take on a classic Hawaiian is a must-try – it comes with Peach Truck peaches, tenshootoe ham, aged provolone, oregano, jalapenos, red onion and local honey.
The couple behind this mega-popular restaurant say their first shared meal was a pizza while sitting in their dorm room. Their love for pizza was born there and Matt and Emily have gone on to create pizza restaurants in NYC and now Nashville.
Thin, crispy and bursting full of wonderful flavours. And yes, it’s square. One of the best pizzas in Nashville.
Want an NY-style slice? You’ll be in heaven here. Five Points Pizza dough is made from scratch daily, aged in-house, hand-tossed, and topped with their hand-crushed plum tomato sauce and house-shredded mozzarella. There’s over 20 varieties to choose from with two locations in city.
Bonus points for the late-night walk-up window where you can order on the trot.