If there is one thing to be made known about the Baltimore pizza scene, it is that Baltimore citizens are fiercely loyal to the same local shops that have been serving them the same classic pies for a long time. Charm City is known for different pizza joints that all have their own takes on serving the best pizza in Baltimore.
Some might disagree with our top picks, others will be drooling alongside us but either way, this city has amazing pies.
Here are seven of the best places for pizza in Baltimore.
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Isabella’s Pizza is in Baltimore’s Little Italy district and is a tiny, hole-in-the-wall pizza place that locals love. This shop is makes their pies in a brick oven using homemade cheese made daily along with a super thin crust.
Meatlovers will especially love their King Richard pizza which comes loaded with sausage, pepperoni, ham, and meatballs.
Home Slyce is another locals favourite for their New York-style pizzas. Their secret ingredient is their homemade tomato sauce which is lathered onto a big pie that is then loaded up a variety of different toppings.
Home Slyce’s meatballs (a combination of beef and lamb) on pizzas are a real treat here, so get any pizza with meatballs on it. You won’t regret it!
Matthew’s Pizzera just might be Baltimore’s favourite non-chain pizza shop. They have been serving pizzas in Baltimore for over 50 years and their pizzas are a hybrid between New York-style and Chicago deep dish pizzas.
Matthew’s Pizzeria serves up a unique seafood pizza with their Crab Pie. Definitely get this if you enjoy seafood.
Joe Squared Pizza is a cosy and friendly pizza parlour in Baltimore that often treats locals to live music to go with their tasty pizzas. A hit amongst families in Baltimore, Joe Squared makes their pizzas in an interesting coal-fired (not wood or brick!) oven. Their sourdough crusts are infamous in America for being one of the best!
The pies are square (not round!) here and you need to try their Bacon and Clam Pizza.
Johnny’s Rad Pizzeria Tavern serves up some of the best thin-crust pizzas in Baltimore. Bordering on flatbread territory, Johnny’s pizzas menu features a long list of options for customers to choose from ensuring that everyone will be able to find a pie they like here.
For those with more adventurous palettes, try their spicy Hosoi Pizza, which features jalapeños, bacon, and pineapple!
Verde Pizza Baltimore is an upscale and hip pizza joint that serves their take on gourmet pizzas. Their pizzas are Neapolitan-style pizzas, made in a wood-fire oven, and their mozzarella cheese is made fresh, daily.
Really taste their homemade mozzarella by ordering their Margherita Pizza.
Don’t get this place mixed up with national pizza chain, Papa John’s because Pizza John’s is so much better and more authentic. Locals here grew up eating Pizza John’s and they have been influential in the Baltimore community for decades. Their pizzas are large and full of flavour and toppings.
Come to this wholesome pizza joint in Baltimore and get their massive Pepperoni pizza.