Memphis BBQ gets all the glory, but the Home of the Blues has plenty of superb pizzerias, too. We’ve rounded up the seven of the best pizzas in Memphis for a serious carb-fest.
Whether you’re into wood-fired pies or pan crust, Bluff City has ’em all. Get ready to embark on a tasty – and filling – pizza pilgrimage…
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Aldo’s two locations serve big, New York-style pizza pies loaded with fresh toppings. The basic Vodka Pie is made with Aldo’s famous vodka cream sauce and housemade mozzarella. The Trippy Truffle has mushroom cream, four kinds of mushrooms (button, enoki, portobello, and oyster), plus mozzarella and fontina cheese, and rocket with truffle oil dressing.
Or go for The Memphis, made with BBQ sauce, slow-smoked pulled pork from Central BBQ, mozzarella, red onion, and coleslaw. The Midtown location has a nice rooftop patio where you can order by the pie or by the slice.
Get some garlic knots to snack on and choose something to wash it all down with from the massive beer list. Pro tip: definitely add the housemade vodka sauce.
Serving old-fashioned style pizza since 1977, this local family-friendly chain is a Memphis institution, known for thick, hearty pies with the toppings baked under the cheese. The Broadway Special has smoked sausage, sausage, beef, pepperoni, and Canadian bacon, sprinkled with mushrooms, black olives, bell peppers, and onions.
Call ahead to reduce your wait time.
This locally-owned Memphis tradition has been open for nearly half a century because they know good pizza starts with good ingredients. Garibaldi’s breads, doughs, and sauces are all freshly prepared in-house on a daily basis. There are three locations, but the OG Garibaldi’s is near the University of Memphis, complete with UofM Tigers room, pinball, and cheap pitchers of beer.
This location and the Germantown location both offer a popular lunch buffet from 11am-2pm.
James Beard award-winning chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman are the Memphis born and bred masterminds behind this Italian-Southern fusion concept serving up Neapolitan-style pizza in trendy digs. The pies are small enough for one, or you can order a few and share with the table.
Pick a pizza, any pizza—from the simple Margherita (probably the best in Memphis) to the Red Eye loaded with pork belly, egg, fontina, celery leaf, and “sugo” (sauce in Italian).
Hog and Hominy’s wood-burning oven creates a deliciously chewy, lightly charred crust. Head there for Happy Hour Tues-Fri 2-5pm or Sat and Sun 3-5pm for a selection of $10 pizzas and drink specials.
Looking for authentic Italian New York-style pizza? Look no further than this unassuming Memphis pizzeria located in the Medical District of Midtown. Oversized and satisfying, the thin, extra-large pie has just the right fresh mozzarella cheese-to-slightly sweet tomato sauce ratio on a thin, flaky crust.
Get a slice to-go or order delivery. Little Italy’s garlic knots ought to help you with the $15 delivery minimum.
With four locations, this is one of the best places for pizzas in Memphis since the ‘90s. The super-crispy, flaky, crunchy, thin-crust might be the best in Bluff City. With options ranging from the Ultimate Cheese, made with mozzarella, cheddar, and feta; to the popular Cajun Chicken Supreme, with blackened chicken, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
Or, get the Alternative, a sauce-less pizza topped with olive oil, garlic, fresh tomato, basil, and mozzarella. Yum. There’s even S’Mores dessert pizza and breakfast pizzas on Saturdays until 3pm.
Another New York-style pizza joint, but with a farm-to-table twist. Pizza master Jeremy Denno of Rock’n Dough Pizza created the Trolley Stop’s signature sauce and crust, which is made from scratch daily.
Whichever pie you choose, you can sub vegan-friendly Daiya cheese or gluten-sensitive crust. Have a slice of pizza, side salad, and fountain drink for just eight bucks during lunch, and wash it all down with a pint of local beer. Bonus: They deliver!