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The 7 Best Pizzas In Kansas City

With local entrepreneurs and passionate foodies, the Kansas City pizzas scene couldn’t be any stronger. Sure, it’s best known for BBQ joints, but they do dough just as well.

You’re spoilt for choice with pizzerias here, but where to start? We’ve picked out the seven best pizzas that you simply have to try in this great city.

All you have to do is grab your friends and start working your way through these delicious Kansas City pizza places… If you can’t dine out right now, why not order delivery or takeout?

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1. 1889 Pizza

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

You can choose to have all pizzas here with either traditional Neapolitan crust or gluten-free crust. The Neapolitan dough is perfectly authentic!

2. Grinders

Locally famous for its New York-style pizzas and Philly cheese steaks, the pizzas at Grinders are a must-eat in KC. The food here has featured on hit shows Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, Guys Big Bite & Travel Channel’s Pizza Paradise, and for good reason. From calzones and classic slices to gourmet belly-busting pies with Tots, chili, Cheez Whiz, and green onions, the pizza here is divine.

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3. Artego Pizza

Joe Perez, Kansas City native and former Chiefs player, built a unique pizzeria from recycled material that includes a full bar. The pizzas here are far from average – the dough is patiently fermented and uses herbs and oils for a crispy crust.

Choose from their tasty creations loaded with toppings (get the super cheesy Formaggio) or build you own. Not starving? You can order a Mezzaluna, aka half a pizza.

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4. Johnny Jo’s

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

5. Il Lazzarone​

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.

Il Lazzarone​ Pizzeria in Kansas City

6. Bella Napoli

A truly authentic Italian ristorante and deli, owner Jake Imperiale hand selects each product for Bella’s deli and market and every item comes from Italy. The ingredients for the pizzas are all incredible. Plus, very Monday you can get a pizza for just $6.

If you have room for dessert be sure to try their family recipe tiramisu – it’s divine.

Bella Napoli Pizzeria

7. Old Shawnee

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

Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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