We have watched our city flourish into a culinary mecca that has made a name for itself through creative dishes, hot chicken, specialty cocktails, fresh, local ingredients and coffee shops with that oh-so-Nashville hipster feel. With a plethora of dining options at our fingertips, we still find ourselves making dinner plans and thinking, “Pizza, please.”
In true Nashville style, the 22 restaurants below have taken an American classic and added a twist. From pizzas that will make you feel as if you are tucked away in a small Italian town, to thin crust, foldable New York-style pizza, and pizzas with creative toppings such as eggs and figs, the list below is a curated selection of our favorite pies from our favorite pizza joints across town:
A Little Slice of Italy
‘The Fig and Pig,’ Pomodoro East
The Fig and Pig pizza at Pomodoro East screams ITALIA, with a twist. Handmade and baked in their wood-fired oven, it’s piled high with prosciutto, figs, jam, goat cheese, mozzarella, balsamic and dressed arugula — an interesting blend of flavors that creates the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
‘Truffle Lover’s Pie,’ Moto
The mushroom pizza at Moto speaks to the menu’s contemporary, rustic Italian feel. With mushrooms, black truffle and fontina cheese, the Truffle Lover’s Pie is a pizza for those who love strong, bold flavors. These locally-sourced, artisan ingredients and imported Italian products come together to create pizza perfection.
‘Bianca,’ Porta Via
This White pizza from Porta Via leaves out the tomato sauce, but we can assure you that there is no lack of flavor. With prosciutto crudo, arugula, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, mozzarella and extra virgin olive oil your taste buds will ignite and you will be transported t Italy.
‘Salsiccia,’ Bella Napoli Pizzeria
Each weekend, we wait to see the creative Pizzaiolo Egidio’s Specials at Bella Napoli but we can never stray from our favorite: the Salsiccia pizza. All ingredients are imported from Italy to create an authentic Neapolitan style pizza. Fresh mozzarella, homemade Italian sausage, broccolini and fresh garlic give the Salsiccia an authentic, Italian flavor.
‘Pizza Tradizionale di Napoli,’ Desano Pizza Bakery
Desano Pizza Bakery will take you on a trip to Naples for the small price of $15 (for a small) or $22 (for a large). Try the Nashville-famous ‘Desano Pizza.’ It comes piled high with sausage, peppadew, garlic and buffalo mozzarella and speaks to the Napoli flavor that Desano’s captures in each pizza.
Best by the Slice
‘The Last Request,’ Mafiaoza’s
All Mafiaoza’s pies are cooked in the traditional brick oven and can be customized to your liking, even individual slices (great for a group of picky eaters). Choose from their large array of toppings, or go for one our favorites, The Last Request. This comes with all the best toppings: black olives, extra cheese, pepperoni, salami, Italian sausage, portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, green peppers, red onion and jalapeños.
‘The Gladiator,’ Joey’s and Manny’s House of Pizza
The Macca brothers gave us not one, but two New York-style pizzerias, which serve up fresh, family made pizza which you can get by the slice. Manny’s House of Pizza and Joey’s House of Pizza share recipes that were handed down from their Sicilian grandma. Manny is serving up whole pies and slices downtown in The Arcade and Joey is treating the folks on Elm Hill Pike to similar pies and slices packed with flavor. Try a slice with your favorite toppings — we like the Gladiator!
A Taste of New York
‘The Vegetarian,’ Five Points Pizza
Nashville meets New York at this East Nashville pizza joint. We like Five Points’ thin, hand-tossed crust accompanied by fresh, vegetarian toppings. The Vegetarian has a base of hand-crushed plum tomato sauce and house shredded mozzarella and is topped with mushrooms, artichokes, red onions, green peppers, black olives and sliced tomatoes.
‘The Kitty,’ Two Boots Pizza
Two Boots Pizza really touches the heart of Music City with “The Kitty Pizza” (pictured below, right). The Kitty pizza is topped with Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, blue cheese dressing, jalapenos and served with a side of pickles to give this New York-style pizza a little Nashville flair. While they serve whole pies, we love to pop in and see which slices they are serving up.
‘More Cheese Please,’ NY Pie Nashville
NY Pie Nashville is the real deal New York pizza joint. The signature, fresh, homemade dough is tossed daily into a thin and crispy crust and thrown into the brick ovens, resulting in the perfect pie. While their menu has creative, original pizzas, we like to stick to the classic NY Cheese. NY Pie’s fresh sauce, made from imported Italian tomatoes, and the premium grade mozzarella cheese make this pizza a true work of art. Okay, sometimes we add the sliced sausage when we’re feeling the need for meat!
The Deepest Dish
‘Meat Lover’s Capone,’ 312 Pizza
312 Pizza is an Italian-American pizza joint in Germantown that pays homage to the beloved Chicago-style deep dish that we have all grown to know and love, but haven’t actually seen in Nashville. This is it — meat lovers rejoice! The Capone is topped with sausage chunks, pepperoni, Italian beef and bacon making every bite a meaty, magical moment.
‘Belly Ham Pizza’ … and add the egg! City House
City House creates delectable dishes and ensures that each bite is packed with fresh, Italian flavors. Gather some friends and delve into the pizza topped with house made belly ham, mozzarella, Grana Pandano, oregano and chilies. And, don’t forget to add an egg.
‘Lobster BLT,’ Bound’ry
This unique pizza has held court on Bound’ry‘s eclectic menu for awhile now, with good reason. Succulent lobster, savory house-made bacon, thickly sliced roma tomatoes and arugula make this a melt-in-your-mouth dish that you won’t find anywhere else.
Fresh Veggies, Nonna Pizzeria & Wine Bar
Tucked away beside Caffe Nonna in Sylvan Park, Nonna Pizzeria & Wine Bar is serving up wood-fired pizzas with creative toppings. In a world of gooey cheese and heavy meats, Nonna Pizzeria offers a refreshing take on pizza. Atop a crispy, paper-thin crust, veggies take the center stage on their 10-inch pies. Fresh banana peppers, tomatoes, spinach feta and olives make a delectable combination.
Farmers Market Fresh, Bella Nashville
Bella Nashville is open Tuesday-Sunday at the Nashville Farmer’s Market inside the Market House from 11-3 p.m. We love all the pies cooked inside wood-fired ovens and we always have to try the weekly, seasonal pizza that includes a local meat and vegetarian option. Added bonus: each pizza is paired with a house-blended soda.
‘Pig Pizza,’ Lockeland Table
Pig out at Lockeland Table with their wood fired Pig Pizza. The combination of Italian crushed tomato, house-made sausage, pancetta, pepperoni, ham, house-smoked mozzarella and pepperoncini, is one that we previously had not tried and will now never forget.
Amerigo‘s extensive menu offers hearty, Italian dishes that blend modern American flavors and traditional Italian character. The Pepperoni skyrockets way above average with the addition of roasted red bell peppers and gourmet mushrooms atop the thin, crispy crust, savory sauce and gooey cheese.
Easy and Delicious Pick-Up Pies
The dough on Castrillo’s pizzas was once described by a friend as “ever so soft and delicious” and truer words have never been spoken. For 13 years, Castrillo’s has been whipping up pies that are available for pickup or delivery from their two locations at Riverside Village and Sylvan Park. Order up the Margherita pizza, a community favorite.
‘White Pizza,’ Coco’s Italian Market
Coco’s Italian Market continues to introduce the community of Nashville to the culture of Italy. Plan a family night and pick up their White Pizza — made with smooth ricotta and garlic and topped with mozzarella cheese, tomato slices and oregano — and enjoy a real Italian culinary experience.
Best with a Side of Entertainment
Good ‘Ole ‘Pepperoni,’ Pizza Perfect
With locations in Hillsboro Village and Bellevue, Pizza Perfect has become the perfect joint for delicious pizza and family fun. In addition to offering laser tag and a game room, their pizzas are handmade and baked-to-order. The Specialty and Deluxe pizzas are topped with some scrumptious meats and veggies, but sometimes we like to sink our teeth into a good ‘ole pepperoni pizza, and Pizza Perfect knows how to satisfy us.
‘The Roadie,’ Music City Pizza
With pizzas in the shape of LP records, Music City Pizza pays tribute to Nashville’s thriving music scene. The Roadie, the perfect pizza for music lovers, is made with house-made sausage and meatballs, bacon, pepperoni, mozzarella and a marinara base and is fresh and filling. Music City Pizza is attached to 12th & Porter Music Venue, making it a go to spot not only for pizza but also for discovering great artists in Nashville.
‘The Mississippian,’ Soulshine
Soulshine, a Mississippi favorite, opened its doors in Midtown in 2012 and we are thankful they did. With one of the best patios in Nashville, Soulshine brings us delicious pizza and tasty tunes 7 days a week. Snag a spot outside, listen to some live music and enjoy The Mississippian Pizza, which celebrates the restaurant’s Mississippi roots. Topped BBQ sauce, mozzarella, pulled chicken, grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and pepper jack cheese, this pizza will speak to your Southern soul.
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