The 7 Best Pizzas In Kansas State

If creating pizza in Kansas State is an art form in itself, then experiencing the taste of it is something else altogether – we are not exaggerating when we say that some of the best pizza in the entire country can be found here.

Here are our picks for the seven best pizzas in Kansas State. From small and downhome pizza joints to larger, classier spaces: it’s all good, all fulfilling, with the emphasis on ‘filling’!

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1. 1889 Pizza – Kansas City

A beautifully stylish restaurant that also serves up incredible pizza. The pies taste as well as they look, with house specials including the Honey Bee with fresh pear, Gorgonzola and local honey.

All pizzas can be made with either traditional Neapolitan crust or gluten-free crust.

1889 Pizza

2. Johnny Jo’s – Kansas City

Johnny Jo’s unique sauces, market fresh ingredients and freshly made dough make this Sicilian-style old school pizza joint stand out. Pies are cooked fresh in a stone oven for a doughy base. It’s a small shop but it’s so good.

Order the Tom and Art, which includes tomato and artichoke on a garlic butter herb sauce topped with mozzarella and provolone. Delicious.

Johnny Jo’s in Kansas City

3. Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria – Wichita

Wood fired, thin crust Neapolitan pizzas are what Piatto is all about. The pies here feature a delicious ultra-thin artisan crust made from their original recipe, topped off with creamy fior di latte mozzarella and local farm ingredients.

Pizzas cook for a blistering 90 seconds in their kiln ovens, and come out supremely bubbling and smokey. Pizza just how it should be.

4. Pizza Shuttle – Lawrence

Pizza Shuttle is a true Lawrence institution – you can’t come to KU on game day without ordering a pizza from this legendary spot. With fresh dough made daily and a secret sauce recipe that uses spice blends and ripe Californian tomatoes, you can be sure of a delicious pie. Choose from toppings such as Italian sausage, pepperoni or a swirl of their beloved wing sauce.

Pizza in Kansas State
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5. Il Lazzarone​ – Kansas City

The Neapolitan style pizza here features the freshest and high quality ingredients, with San Marzano tomatoes for the sauce. Pizzas cook in their wood fire oven in less than 60 seconds, producing a lightly charred crust and soupy middle.

They only use fior de late (fresh mozzarella) or mozzarella de bufala – this is as good as you’ll have in Italy.

Pizza in Kansas State

6. Old Shawnee – Kansas City

Open since 1969, Old Shawnee Pizza is anything but dated. Count on ingredients such as ghost pepper cheese, house-smoked pulled pork and spicy peanut sauce for an unusual twist.

It’s been family-owned for more than 40 years and you can sense the warm, friendly vibe as soon as you walk in.

Old Shawnee Kansas City Pizza in Kansas State

7. Coop’s Pizzeria – Salina

Coop’s is a homey, family-style pizzeria that serves up Italian style, thick-crust pies. Bubbling cheese, fragrant salamis and a great crust. What more could you ask for? There are lots of other great items on the menu, but it is hard to look past the pizza.

Toppings range from classic pepperoni to indulgent peanut butter and jelly pie…

Love really good pie? You’ll want to check out The 50 Best Pizzas In America.

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Woefully inadequate for not having Pizza Johns in Derby Ks.

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My list would have been different. I could name 7 just here in Wichita. But this list has a few must tries.