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The 7 Best Pizzas In South Dakota

You know what you’re getting when you tuck into pizza in South Dakota. It’s all in the flavours, twists and turns of what makes a simple pizza full of, well, what else but pizzazz?

Fret not about narrowing down the best of the bunch – like any kind of insurance, we have you fully covered with our picks for the seven best pizzas in South Dakota.


1. Dough Trader – Spearfish

Dough Trader is based out of an old Tastee Freeze that was brought to Spearfish by Tom Bell back in the 1950s and has been in the Bell family since. The key here is in the dough – they use a 130-year-old starter yeast for their sourdough crust and you can taste the dedication to perfect pizza in every bite.

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2. Charlie’s Pizza House – Yankton

Food Network once ranked Charlie’s Pizza House as having the best pizza in South Dakota. But, we’d even argue that the pizza here is some of the best in the country. Here, they pair one-of-a-kind pizzas with wings, local beer, cheesy bread and delicious salads. All of their specialty pizzas are quality, but  John Wayne’s BBQ Style comes topped with beef, ham, crab, green olives, mushroom, and BBQ sauce.

3. Lintz Bros. Pizza – Hermosa

At Lintz Bros. it’s very clear that the people who work here truly love pizza. The passion shows through in their dedication and all of the wonderful flavours you’ll find in each bite. Their pizzas are absolutely some of the best in South Dakota, featuring mouthwatering flavours both traditional and unique. Stick with a classic pepperoni or branch out and try something as delicious as their Flaming German Samoan or the Pie-Mac. It’s all so good.

4. Big Time Pizza – Hot Springs

Big Time Pizza is a quality, local pizza joint and coffee hub all rolled into one. If you’re travelling through South Dakota, this means that it’s the spot to go if you’re looking for high-quality eats and the chance to chat with locals. Every pizza they make is made completely from scratch, and it shows in the final result. Seeing as you’re in South Dakota, we suggest sampling the Big Ta Tanka, which comes with 100% lean buffalo.

5. Thatzza Pizza – Aberdeen

What’s not to love about a place that serves such pizzas as Beef Taco and Spaghetti Pie? Thatzza Pizza is your go-to spot for some of the best pizza in South Dakota, whether you’re after some traditional deep-dish pizza or are interested in something more creative. Choose from delicious, inventive options such as Turkey Melt, Chicken Cordon Bleu, or even Buffalo Chicken, which comes with hot wing sauce as the base.

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6. Empire Pizza – Watertown

Crispy, thin-crust pizza is what Empire Pizza seems to be known for. That, and the fact that they cut their pies into small little pieces that you can quickly scarf down because, let’s be real, it’s so delicious you won’t be able to eat it slowly. They serve all of the standards and then a few more that’ll really tantalise your tastebuds. The Cheeseburger Bacon Ranch comes with a base of ranch sauce on which they add pickles, onions, beef, and bacon bits. Tasty is an understatement.

7. Independent Ale House – Rapid City

The impressive tap list here ensures you’ll have something tasty and cold to pair with your pizza, of which you’ve got endless choices. From Thai to Spicy Chicken and even Mashed Potato, it’s all good. But, we suggest starting with the Chicken Enchilada. It comes with a fire-braised chicken and tortilla chips topped off with enchilada sauce and limes on the side. Yum.

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

Big 7 Travel Team