While our city's traditional fare of étouffée, gumbo and scrumptious po-boys offers plenty of palate-pleasing options, sometimes you’re just in the mood for a great pizza. So where in the Crescent City can you find a good pie that is flavorful, fresh with a full of a range of toppings? Here are some of the best pizza restaurants in New Orleans:
Voted "#1 Pizza in New Orleans" in 2015 by the readers of the Times-Picayune, this eatery offers basic pizza toppings like pepperoni and cheese, but enhances its list with items like house-pickled jalapeños, garlic-sauteed mushrooms and Sriracha pineapple. The toppings and specials change daily, so if you have a hankering for the Soppressata pie, which includes red onion and sweet marinated peppers, you may have to check the website. Along with the New York-style pizza, you can order pasta dishes, salads, and a drink off a unique beer and wine list.
This Gentilly neighborhood spot delivers good, down-home pizzeria food with a touch of NOLA creativity. Along with fresh slices, you can get wings, sandwiches, salads and cheesy bread. You can sit down with a good traditional pizza like meat-lovers, veggie-lovers and Hawaiian. Or try something out of the ordinary like The Gentilly pizza, where chicken, spinach, onions, and bell peppers are nestled in a pesto sauce and topped with feta cheese and smoked gouda. Open Monday through Saturday, Pepperoni Ray’s offers dine-in, carry-out or delivery.
Theo's Neighborhood Pizza actually serves three neighborhoods: Mid-city, Magazine and Elmwood, as well as offering a pizza truck for special events. Featuring a wide-ranging menu that includes much more than pizza, this award-winning restaurant is sure to satisfy your cravings with its fantastic aroma and flavors. Create your own thin crust-style pizza, choosing from a long list of sauces, cheeses and toppings, or order one of the specialty pizzas. In the mood for something out of the ordinary? Get the Eccentric, topped with three cheeses, spinach, chicken, yellow squash, jalapeños, Anaheim peppers and spicy tomatoes. If you’re groovin' 60s style, order up the Hippie with mushrooms, green peppers, onions, black olives, spicy tomatoes and banana peppers.
Slice Pizzeria 1513 St. Charles Avenue 5538 Magazine Street 6363 St. Charles Avenue
Dedicated to serving New Orleans style pizza, Slice Pizzeria's menu has classic pizzas, signature pizzas and what they call "native pizza," where the taste of Italy mixes with the flavors of the Bayou. The 9th Ward pizza comes with Cajun-Italian sausage and Creole mustard aioli while the Sportsmen's Paradise is topped with succulent gulf shrimp. Head out to any of the three locations for a pizza experience you won’t forget.
So, if you’re in the mood for a pizza and beer kind of night, head out to one of New Orleans’ outstanding pizzerias. Tell us about your favorite one in the comments.