Sep 25, 2023 - Food and Drink

29 best pizza spots in Charlotte

Emmy Squared Pizza Plaza Midwood

Emmy Squared Pizza Plaza Midwood. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

There’s nothing like a delicious slice of pizza. Here are the 29 best pizza spots in Charlotte — from New York-style to deep-dish.

Aliño Pizzeria

Enjoy a Neapolitan-style pizza, cooked in 90 seconds. The pies are made with fresh ingredients and dough imported from Italy and cooked in wood-burning ovens.

Order this: The Capri Verdure. It’s a great option for vegetarians and it’s made with shiitake mushrooms, artichoke, caramelized onions, sweet peppers, San Marzano tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella.

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Benny Ferrovia‘s and Benny Pennello’s

You’ll need two plates and two hands for a slice of Benny’s 28-inch pies. You’ll find these giant slices in NoDa and South End.

Order this: Try the sliced Italian sausage pizza.

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Giant cheese pizza from Benny’s. Photo: Axios archives

Bird Pizzeria

One of the newest spots on this list, Bird specializes in gourmet East Coast-style pizza.

Order this: We recommend trying the white pizza made with fresh mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, olive oil and basil ($22).

Read more: East Coast-style pizzeria now open in Optimist Park

Bird Pizzeria
White pizza with fresh mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, olive oil and basil. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Bisonte Pizza Co.

Bisonte pizzas are made using a passed-down family recipe.

Order this: Customize your own pizza.

Bisonte Pizza Co.


The fast-casual Italian restaurant has locations outside of Uptown and in SouthPark. There are nine Neapolitan-style pizzas with red and white sauce options.

Order this: Go with the San Lorenzo. It’s a red pizza with bufala mozzarella, sweet piquante, cipollini onion, Italian sausage, fresh garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

San Lorenzo pizza from Capishe.

DeSano Pizza

DeSano specializes in authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. What makes this pizza chain unique is that the pizzas are cooked in wood-burning ovens for 90 seconds — ideal for those who are eager to chow down.

Order this: The Verdura pizza. It has broccoli rabe, mushrooms, Vesuvian cherry tomatoes, garlic, scamorza, mozzarella di bufala and pecorino romano.

desano pizza

Due Amici Pizza

If you’re looking for authentic New York-style pizza, Due Amici is the place to go. There are plenty of fresh toppings for you to customize your pizza exactly how you like it.

Order this: Build your own pizza

Emmy Squared

New York-originated pizza joint known for its square-shaped, crispy-bottomed pizza and signature burgers.

Order this: Unequivicolly, the Colony² pizza. It combines the heat from jalapeños and sweetness from drizzled honey to create an unsuspecting paring that you didn’t know you needed.

Emmy Squared’s Colony² pizza. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Hawthorne’s NY Pizza

Go big or go home with Hawthorne’s 18×18-inch thick crust, square pie. It’s gigantic so bring a few partners-in-pizza. They have traditional New York-style pizza too, but you need to give this one a go.

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House of Pizza

This family-owned pizza spot has been in the Charlotte community for more than 43 years. In addition to serving authentic Italian fare, House of Pizza also serves cheesesteaks and wings.

Order this: Try the house special pizza, it has mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, ham, mushroom, onions and peppers.


Owner Grant Arons is so obsessed with replicating authentic Neapolitan pizza, he makes his crust using water imported from Italy for its exact pH balance and mineral content. He also imports Polselli type “OO” flour, San Marzano tomatoes and real buffalo mozzarella. It doesn’t get much closer to the real deal than that.

Order this: Go with the pistachio pizza.

Inizio’s famous pistachio pizza.


Serving both Italian and Serbian cuisine, Intermezzo has everything from pizza to schnitzel.

Order this: The Garden Fresh pizza. It’s topped with broccoli, mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, spinach and smoked gouda.

“Garden Fresh” pizza from Intermezzo.

Livy’s Neapolitan Pizzeria

Dive into Neapolitan pizza from classics to originals inside Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts.

Order this: Il fungo, which has a slight kick from the chili oil. This vegan pizza also includes smoke cured portobellos, San Marzano pomodoro, vegan cheese, cartelized onions and garlic and baby spinach.

Go deeper: 10 vegan pizza options in Charlotte

Il fungo. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Luisa’s Brick Oven Pizzeria

Luisa’s uses a brick oven imported straight from Italy to cook its pies.

Order this: You can’t go wrong with building your own pizza.

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Pepperoni pizza from Luisa’s Pizza. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Mama Ricotta’s

The Charlotte classic has been serving up authentic Italian food for nearly three decades. Their pizza is New Haven-style with a thin, bubbly crust cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Order this: Go with the tomato & mozzarella pizza.


Margaux’s Wine, Pizza & Market

This pizza shop is technically located in Pineville, but it’s worth the short drive. The pizzas are St. Louis-Style, so they’re thin and crispy.

Order this: The St. Louis-Style Cheese Pizza ($12).

Margaux's Wine & Pizza Pineville
Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Pizza Baby

Chef Trey Wilson, who also owns Flour Shop in Park Road Shopping Center, is serving up New York-style pizzas at his third restaurant.

Order this: Rosemary pizza with pistachio pesto, shaved red onion, hot honey and pecorino.

Of note: Pizza Baby will open a second location in Elizabeth called Pizza Baby East at 1603 Elizabeth Ave., next to Customshop in January 2024.

Read more: Team behind Flour Shop opens Pizza Baby in Wesley Heights

Pizza Baby West rosemary pizza with pistachio pesto, shaved red onion, hot honey and pecorino ($27), burrata ($14), prosciutto and melon ($18) and el diablo signature cocktail ($14). Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Pizzeria Omaggio

Omaggio’s thin-crust pizzas make it so you can eat the entire pie in one go. Their seasonal pizzas are the stand-out on the menu, though.

Order this: Try the Country pizza. It’s a seasonal pizza made with tomato sauce, whole milk mozzarella, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, smoked pancetta and Italian parsley ($16.50).

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Regina Margherita from Pizzeria Omaggio with mozzarella di bufala.


Portofino’s has your classic “foldable” NY slice. The pizzas are made with Grande cheese, Italian whole peeled tomatoes, homemade sauce, and fresh-made dough. Pick up a slice at any of its four Charlotte locations.

Order this: For an outside-the-box option, go with the Arrabbiata pizza. It’s made with spicy marinara, prosciutto, mushrooms, tomatoes, kalamata olives, mozzarella and basil.

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NY-style pepperoni pizza from Portofino’s.


You’re definitely going to want to bring a pizza partner (or several) because these pizzas start at 16-inches and go up to 28-inches.

Order this: The Peter Parker. It’s got spinach, tomato, black olives, bell peppers and mushrooms

Protagonist South End
Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Pure Pizza

Farm-to-table meets pizza. All ingredients are locally sourced — plus: they have gluten-free crust options, vegan cheese and plenty of meat-free toppings. Who said pizzas couldn’t be healthy?

Order this: Pure Pizza’s chorizo pizza with red onions, sliced radishes, cilantro and fresh lime wedges.

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Pure Pizza’s chorizo pizza.

Sal’s Pizza Factory

Sal’s crispy, Jersey-style pizza comes by the slice and in whole pizza pies. It’s thin, yet sturdy and doesn’t need to be folded.

Order this: The meat lover’s pizza. It has pepperoni, sausage, meatball, bacon AND ham.

Salud Cerveceria

The Meatlover’s Pizza from Sal’s.

In addition to its extensive beer selection, Salud also serves up a host of fun, fusion pizzas.

Order this: It’s a toss-up between the Latin Lingo pizza and the “Liberation” potato pizza.


salud pizza potato

Choose a pizza from their menu, or make one yourself. Stagioni sells a take-home pizza kit that serves two and comes with pizza dough, sauce, cheese and sausage and pepperoni ($25).

Order this: The pepperoni and sausage pizza.

The Pizza Peel & Tap Room

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This family-casual pizza joint has a wide selection of specialty pizzas (meat & veggie), or you can build your own pie. Outdoor seating and a spacious astroturf lawn at the Plaza Midwood location make for a great place for kids to run around. Plus, kids 12 and under eat free every Tuesday at all three locations.

Order this: “Sorry for Partying Supreme” pizza. It has pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, mozzarella cheese, green peppers, roasted red peppers, banana peppers, onions and mushrooms.

TRUE Crafted Pizza

The Pizza Peel
The “Sorry for Partying Supreme” pizza.

Although TRUE makes a mean traditional wood-fired pizza, the restaurant’s signature pie is its super-thin crust brushed with olive oil and cooked to a perfect char on the grill.

Order this: Give the House-Made Pesto pizza a try. It’s made with caramelized onions, red and yellow bell peppers, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and house-made pesto sauce ($14).

Pro tip: You can also get TRUE pizzas at sister restaurant Osteria LuCa in Park Road Shopping Center.

Zio Casual Italian

Zio’s offers classic New York-style pizza as well as grilled pies that are cooked over an open flame and cut into squares.

Plus: Zio has a garden on-site that not only serves as a romantic outdoor space where guests can enjoy their meals (pandemic-friendly), but also as the primary source for the majority of the fruits, vegetables and herbs used in the dishes.

Order this: The sweet Italian sausage pizza. It’s made with rich tomato sauce, cheese blend, sweet Italian sausage, roasted red peppers and fresh herbs ($15).

300 East

If you’re craving pizza first thing in the morning, 300 East has the pie for you.

Order this: The Breakfast Pizza. It’s made with local chorizo, red sauce, cheddar-jack cheese, scallions, queso fresco and fried eggs.

800 Degree Woodfired Kitchen

Breakfast pizza at 300 East. Photo: Ted Williams/Axios

This upscale pizza spot cooks its pies using a rotating, 800-degree oven that is specifically manufactured for each 800 location.

Order this: The Double Pepperoni pizza.

Read more: Upscale pizza restaurant with a rotating oven opens in SouthPark

Editor’s note: This guide was first published in 2017 and was updated on Sept. 25, 2023.

800 Degree Woodfired Kitchen
Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

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