Best Pizzas in South Carolina

The 25 Best Pizzas In South Carolina

What’s not to love about a big pizza pie? It’s saucy, it’s doughy, it’s cheesy, and it’s usually always topped with ingredients that have your mouth watering long before you take the first bite. Simply put, pizza is a foodie dish that always delights. And, the best pizzas in South Carolina are some of the best pizzas in the country.

Sure, you can stick with the biscuits, or even sample some of the state’s best shrimp and grits. But, when you’re in the mood for something classic, nothing beats a good ole traditional pizza. And, lucky for you, we’ve got the lowdown on where to find the absolute best of the best. 

From Sicilian to St. Louis-style and straight through to the deep dish, these pizzas are going to blow your tastebuds away. Drooling yet? All you have to do is find your local, grab a friend for a slice and start devouring these bad boys. They’re the 25 best pizzas in South Carolina.

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1. D’Allesandro’s Pizza – Charleston

We’ve just released our annual list of the 50 Best Pizzas in the United States. No. 1 in all of South Carolina this year? This neighbourhood pizza joint, which is a go-to haunt for numerous locals. Choose from set creations or make your own from over 30 toppings and sauces. The end result here? A pizza that is absolutely bursting with flavour through every single mouthful.

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2. Ducatis Pizzeria & Trattoria – Myrtle Beach

Last year, Ducatis took tops honours on our top 50 pizza list in the UA. This renowned pizza joint in Myrtle Beach is well-known for its top-of-the-range Italian cooking and cosy atmosphere. Choose from a traditional Sicilian style or go for one of their gourmet pizzas. The white thin-crust pie with Pecorino cheese is especially popular.

3. Bistro 90 – Longs

Can’t enjoy a pizza without pairing it with some fine wine? Bistro 90 serves both, and they do so with style. They’ve won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence more than a handful of times, ensuring that they’ll offer some of of South Carolina’s best wine varieties to pair with your world-class pizza. Brick oven pizza is the style here. Definitely sample the Buffalo Chicken.

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4. Thirsty Fellow – Columbia

Thirsty Fellow is home to all the right kind of vibes. They’ve got one of the best outdoor patios in Columbia, perfect for sipping a cold one as you devour some of the absolute best South Carolina pizza. They’re stone-fired, which lends itself to a unique flavour that’s hard to find at other pubs and restaurants in the area.

5. Ember Wood Fired Kitchen – Mount Pleasant

High-end toppings perfectly compliment the delectably doughy crust you’ll find on the pizzas at Ember Wood Fired Kitchen. Flavours showcase a unique combination of Neapolitan style pizza and California inspiration in terms of ingredients and technique. The result? A moutwatering pizza that you’re going to want to try more than once.

Best Pizzas in South Carolina

6. Antonino Bertolo’s Pizza – Greenville

Good ingredients make for great pizza, or at least that’s what the folks over at Antonio Bertolo’s Pizza think. Greenville locals flock to this authentic pizzeria just to get a taste of some of the best pizzas in South Carolina. The chef’s got over 20 years of experience slinging pies and it shows. They’re perfectly thin and crisp and always loaded with cheese.

7. Vicini’s Restaurant and Pizzeria – Myrtle Beach

Daily meals are made from scratch at this pizzeria, which is easily one of the most authentic Italian restuarants in the area. Fresh ingredients are the base for their scrumptious pizzas. However, they seem to have also learned the balance between sauce, toppings, and cheese. And, that’s what makes their pies so delicious.

8. Dano’s Pizza – Columbia

Dano’s is an authentic New York pizzeria in the heart of Columbia, South Carolina. When you’re craving a New York-style slice, head on over to Dano’s and enjoy a taste of the Big Apple. From BBQ Chicken to a classic cheesy pizza, they’ve got it all. However, their Meat Lovers is especially popular. Pepperoni, sweet Italian sausage, smoked ham and crispy bacon…sounds like the perfect combo to us.

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9. Dempsey’s Pizza – Clinton

When the pizza’s this good, buffet-style is the way to go. From wings and salad to savoury pizzas, you’ll find yourself filling up on the best of the best at Dempsey’s Pizza. And, sure, their wings are something to talk about. But, it’s their endless variety of mouthwatering pizzas that have hungry visitors drooling all over the place. The best part? You can eat as much as you want, which is going to be a lot.

10. Dimitrio’s House of Pizza – Walterboro

It doesn’t get much more hometown and local than Dimitrio’s House of Pizza. And, perhaps that’s why their pizzas are some of the best pizzas in South Carolina. They stick to tradition and put a lot of care and craft into whipping up each and every pizza they serve. Pizzas are build-your-own style, meaning you can create the pie of your dreams.

11. Fat Baby’s Pizza – Hilton Head Island

Anybody vacationing on Hilton Head Island for sure knows about Fat Baby’s Pizza and Subs. They serve some of the best South Carolina pizza by far, as they’re always fresh, fast, homemade and really, really good. Start off with some fresh garlic knots and then work your way through an entire signature Fat Baby. It’s got sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, and so much more.

12. Famulari’s Pizzeria – Summerville

Love both New York and Chicago-style pizza? Famulari’s has them both. Imagine crispy crust and a warm, doughy, saucy middle layer that’s topped with tasty ingredients. Sounds tasty, right? It’s what Famulari’s serves up day in and day out. And, with six total locations all over South Carolina, you’re never too far from a tasty pie at Famulari’s Pizzeria.

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13. Frankie’s NY Pizza – Greenville

Craving New York-style pizza by the slice? Frankie’s NY Pizza is the perfect place to indulge. Treat yourself to all of the wonderful flavours you’d find in New York City but with an added touch of Southern charm. Order a whole pie or get it by the slice. We suggest the former, as there’s no way you’re going to be satisfied with just one slice.

14. Hot Tomato – Myrtle Beach

Italian food and brick oven pizzas are what makes Hot Tomato such a hotspot for foodies in South Carolina. Guests can’t stop raving about the quality of the crust, which is just thick enough to hold all of the tasty sauce and toppings they throw on. A pro tip? Stick with the classic Margherita. It’s a fan favourite, and easily one of the best South Carolina pizzas you’ll ever try.

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15. Melfi’s – Charleston

Melfi’s serves great pizza, there’s no doubt about it. In fact, they’ve even won Eater’s Pizza of the Year award before. So, you know the quality’s just absolutely top-notch. Their Roman-style pizzas tantalise your tastebuds and pair perfectly with the other Italian side dishes on their menu. Oh, and the atmosphere? Upscale chic yet laidback and European, the perfect place to enjoy great South Carolina pizza.

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16. Landolfi’s – Pawleys Island

From Italian pastries to some of the best South Carolina pizza, the wood-fired oven here burns bright enough to whip up some of the tastiest eats in the state. The oven’s straight out of Tuscany, ensuring that every pizza cooked inside of it is bursting with authentic flavours. End any great pizza meal here by indulging in their famous peanut butter cheesecake. You won’t regret it.

17. Mama’s Pizza – Fort Mill

There’s nothing here that’s not absolutely 100% authentic. Fresh, homemade, authentic Italian meals await you at Mama’s, which is just as cosy as the name might suggest. They make both their sauce and dough from scratch daily and use only the highest quality meats, cheeses and veggies in everything they cook. The result is a fine pizza that rivals anyone you’d taste in Italy.

18. Park Pizza Co. – Charleston

No list of some great South Carolina pizza would be complete without mentioning Park Pizza Co. The iconic pizzas here are so inventive that you have to taste them to truly believe them. They offer up a delicious rotating pizza of the month. This month, for example, they’re serving up a White Chicken Chilli pizza, which comes with white bean spread, mozzarella, pepper jack, chicken and green chiles.

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19. Schiano’s – Columbia

Schiano’s is billed as “fast-casual Italian food.” But, don’t let the term “fast-casual,” fool you. There’s nothing casual about the wonderfully delightful flavours you’ll find in every single bite of every single slice of New York-style pizza you order. The sauce is simply perfect and they’ve got the thickness of the dough down to a science. In short, it’s one of the best slices you’ll find in South Carolina.

20. Indaco – Charleston

Dining at Indaco is a complete adventure from beginning to end. While they do serve some of the best South Carolina pizza, this is the kind of place you’d head for a full evening of somewhat fine dining. A rustic, refined interior welcomes you in to order from a full menu that’s got everything from wood-fired pizzas to handmade pasta. The crust is killer, and the toppings are unique and flavourful.

21. Merrell’s Pizza – Greer

At Merrell’s Pizza, it’s all about the sauce. And, well, the dough and the toppings and everything else, too. However, the sauce is truly what makes this one of the best South Carolina pizzas around. They make it fresh every morning with vine-ripened tomatoes, 100% extra virgin oil, and a special blend of herbs and spices. The result is a base from which they craft all of their mouthwatering pizza dishes.

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22. Rebel Pie – Florence

Rebel Pie looks pretty unassuming. It’s a quiet, quaint place for families to enjoy a nice sit-down meal of Italian food. However, their wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and craft beers are absolutely mindblowing. Pair them together or just treat yourself to a speciality pizza. It doesn’t matter, it’s all so incredibly delicious.

23. The Mill House – Greenwood

The Mill House is home to the “best brew and food you could ask for.” Yes, we’re talking ice-cold brews and world-class pizza under the same roof. This brewpub delivers on all fronts. From the impressive craft beer tap list to the brick-oven pizzas, there’s nothing here that’s not going to take your tastebuds on a flavourful journey.

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24. Villa Idiot Pizza – Columbia

The name suggests that you’d have to be the village, well, you know, to think that this isn’t some of the best darn pizza in all of South Carolina. They offer up quite the variety, too, which makes any visit full of choices. Order by the slice, create your own pizza or stick with the Village Signatures. Try the Rajun Cajun, which comes with blackened chicken, onions, tomatoes and jalapeños.

25. Venus Pie – Spartanburg

Up in Northern South Carolina, you’ll find the charming town of Spartanburg. If you’re lucky enough to pass through here, you’ll want to head straight for Venus Pie. They sling some of the tastiest pizzas around, offering up huge slices and other authentic Italian dishes to indulge in. It all starts with their hand-tossed dough and homemade marinara sauce. It’s the secret to the flavour it seems.

Elizabeth Thorn

Elizabeth has lived and worked in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, all of which have contributed to her passion for travel writing. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring little hideouts in Colombia or watching photography tutorials on YouTube.

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