The Magic City is full of great pizza places serving up everything from artisanal pies to good ol’ pepperoni pizzas — all of which delight the most discerning epicures, as well as broods of hungry kids! From Hawaiian barbecue pies with chicken and pineapple to Southern “soul pies,” featuring collards, black-eyed peas and Conecuh sausage, the mouthwatering creations from Birmingham’s pizzerias keep us coming back for more! Let’s check out six local pizza places worth their weight in cheese.
Where to Get Pizza in Birmingham
725 29th St. S., Birmingham • (205) 715-9300
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
In 2011, before Lakeview became the bustling enclave it is today, the Bajalieh brothers, co-owners of Sol’s Sandwich Shop & Deli and Sky Castle Gastro Lounge, opened Slice Pizza & Brewhouse. Their concept was a twist on the classic pizza, using local, seasonal ingredients and always exploring new combinations with the freshest ingredients available. Examples include the Oysters Rockefeller pizza, which highlights fresh Alabama Gulf oysters, or the summertime Chilton pizza, which highlights Chilton County peaches. Slice partners with local purveyors through The Urban Food Project, an initiative of REV Birmingham, and works with more than 15 farmers in the area each week. Executive Chef Terrill Brazelton’s mouthwatering, made-from-scratch crust recipe ensures that diners will not treat the crust as a scrap. “We use techniques that enable us to get the most flavors out of our ingredients,” says Chef Terrill, “such as braising the chicken, curing the brisket in-house for our Reuben pizza and slow roasting all of our tomatoes.”
While the pepperoni pizza is always a crowd-pleaser, Chef Terrill says that the BBQ pizza with smoked brisket gives the classic pepperoni a run for its money. “However, the Soul Pie is one that doesn’t get ordered as often,” says Chef Terrill. “But it has everything you love about the South — a white sauce base topped with turnip greens, black-eyed peas, Conecuh sausage, grilled red onion, pepper Jack cheese and cheddar cheese.” And if pizza’s not your speed, try the fire-baked wings. “It takes two days to make them to perfection, but once you try them, you won’t forget them,” says the chef.
5524 Crestwood Blvd., Crestwood • (205) 592-3455
Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Lifelong Crestwood resident Bobby Lorino spent years looking at the vacant gas station along Crestwood Boulevard. But when he eyed the spot, he envisioned a hopping gathering place, hip eatery and a familiar watering hole for the neighborhood locals. Eventually, Bobby and his business partner, Pat Sanford, made the dream a reality. The Filling Station opened just three months ago, and with its garage doors that open onto the sprawling patio during warmer months, its tap wall of 24 ever-rotating beers, a thoughtfully curated wine selection and creative menu offerings — all made from scratch — it’s poised to be a neighborhood favorite.
The dough is made fresh up to four times daily, which is what makes their most popular pies, the House Special and the Sicilian Meats, so outstanding. In addition to the mouthwatering pizzas, The Filling Station serves calzones, hoagies, paninis, creative salads, Mama Lorino’s Lasagna, as well as daily specials that feature different pastas, flatbreads, fresh seafood selections and a menu for the kiddos! If you’re not in the mood for pizza, try the wildly popular house burger or the Colossal Shrimp Martini appetizer of Gulf shrimp served with a homemade key lime cocktail sauce and cherry bomb pepper.
209 41st St., Avondale • (205) 599-9900
Hours: Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Post Office Pies owner and Head Chef John Hall cut his culinary teeth in New York City, training under world-renowned chefs at Gramercy Tavern, Thomas Keller’s Per Se and Momofuku Ssäm Bar. And, seemingly unable to get enough of the kitchen by day, he ran a bicycle pizza delivery service out of his own apartment by night! When he returned to Birmingham, he ended up back in his hometown of Avondale, working at SAW’s Soul Kitchen, where he met co-owners Brandon Cain and Mike Wilson. The co-owners recognized Chef John’s culinary talent and liked his passion for pizza. From there, the idea just kind of blossomed. In March 2014, Post Office Pies was founded in the old Avondale Post Office, and the atmosphere has been magnetic. “You feel like family here, whether it’s your first time here or your 50th,” says Rachel Wallace, media relations and catering coordinator. And the food’s not bad either — most notably the Swine Pie, which includes a red base, pepperoni, housemade pork sausage, bacon and mozzarella.
Post Office Pies not only makes its own dough, but also many of their ingredients. Any ingredients not made in-house are locally sourced, which is what makes their seasonal salads — such as the brussels sprouts and kale in the winter, the corn salad and Caprese salad in the summer — so outstanding! If you’re not in the market for a hot slice, they also offer housemade meatballs, cheese bread or Caesar salad. Or stop by on Wednesdays for their new weekly homemade pasta night. If you can’t get enough of Post Office Pies at their charming Avondale eatery, book them to cater your next party or wedding, or spice up your next large corporate meeting with a deliciously different lunch delivery!
2311 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham• (205) 202-5598
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This pizzeria was inspired by one groom’s honeymoon to his wife’s home country of Italy. He came back to the states and founded the first Your Pie in Athens, GA. What sets this brick-oven pizzeria apart is the price point. For $7.99 plus tax, you have your choice of hand-tossed dough, sauces ranging from pesto to BBQ to marinara, fresh mozzarella to vegan cheeses and a wide range of fresh toppings. Panini, fresh chopped salads and the wildly popular gelato are also on the menu.
“Although Your Pie is a franchise, each of the Birmingham locations will look very different and have different offerings, like local ingredients and beers, which make them unique to each location,“ says local owner Lloyd Peeples. “Your Pie is intended to be a neighborhood restaurant that reflects its surroundings and immediate community. The Community Monday program donates a percentage of sales to a local school, charity, foundation or organization that directly impacts that community. This is one way, but not the only way, in which Your Pie can help the community it serves.”
2930 3rd. Ave. South, Birmingham, Alabama • (205) 731-6499
Lunch Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dinner Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m.
If you want to be transported to Italy, the cuisine at Bettola will do the trick. Award-winning Chef James Lewis’ signature Neapolitan pizzas are made from scratch, using Caputo flour delivered directly from Italy. This authentic Italian dough is then hand tossed and wood fired in Bettola’s brick oven from Naples. The result is a beautifully thin crust with pillowy, crisp edges, always topped with locally sourced meats and vegetables.
Located in historic Pepper Place downtown, this culinary mecca of authentic eats from Italy’s Campania region also serves gorgeous charcuterie plates, authentic handmade pastas, porchetta, 65-day, dry-aged rib-eye, marrow luge, salads featuring farm-fresh produce, craft cocktails and fabulous wines that perfectly complement these beautiful dishes. If you want an authentic slice of Italy, Bettola is the place!
2837 Cahaba Road, Mountain Brook, AL • (205) 879-8603
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m; Sunday 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Davenport’s Pizza Palace is where tradition rules. Located on the edge of Mountain Brook Village, this pizzeria is bursting at the seams with history, charm and, of course, incredible pizza. With the old-timey red-checkered tablecloths, the Super Bubble chewing gum for sale at check out and the arcade games lining the walls, you’ll feel instantly transported back to ‘the good old days’. Opened in 1964, original owner Rex Hollis named the place Jim Davenport’s Pizza Palace after his friend, who had just played in the World Series as a San Francisco Giant. Still owned and managed by the same family today, over fifty years of history makes this restaurant a delicious choice for a timeless meal.
Davenport’s Pizza Palace is the perfect spot for people of all ages, and a favorite hangout for locals and family dinners. This pizzeria’s no-nonsense menu speaks for itself. There are two main options: pizza or salad. Order the beloved “Jim Special,” a pizza topped with house-made tomato sauce, cheese, beef, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions and green peppers, and you won’t be disappointed.
600 Oak Grove Road • Homewood, AL • (205) 905-3266
Lunch hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m
Dinner hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. & Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Closed Sunday
Everyone knows (and loves) GianMarco’s in Homewood. The iconic Italian restaurant was opened in 2003 by the family trio of Giovanni, Giani and Marco Respinto. The restaurant is sophisticated and romantic, and arguably one of the most adored restaurants in Birmingham. More than a decade later, the Respinto family opened a second restaurant, this time with a more casual, family-friendly feel.
Located in West Homewood near Patriot Park, Pizzeria GM has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike in the short time since its unveiling in 2018. The restaurant serves New York-style pizzas, pasta, salads, sandwiches and small plates — most for under $15. A favorite of the small plates is the big meatball, which comes with Sunday sauce, melted mozzarella and fresh basil. The unique pimento cheese pizza is unbelievable, topped with Conecuh sausage, bacon, onions and fresh jalapeno. The mouth-watering mushroom ravioli is also a must-try, paired with creamy tomato vodka sauce, smoked pancetta, onions, peas and micro-basil. And to top it all off, have the Nutella and hazelnut filled bomboloni for dessert. It’s not possible to leave Pizzeria GM hungry!
2707 18th Street South, Homewood, AL 35209 • (205) 879-1455
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Located in the heart of Homewood, DeVinci’s Pizza is a Birmingham dining staple. Opened in 1965, the pizzeria has earned its keep as an iconic location for the perfect slice in a warm, friendly atmosphere. With a choice of four different sizes, order a “MasterPizza” from the menu or create your own work of art. The fittingly titled Mona Lisa pizza is a fan favorite, topped with pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, ham, mushrooms, onions, black olives, green peppers and double cheese. The stuffed mushroom caps are a must-try on the starters menu, and the pastas are perfect for a classic Italian meal. Butternut squash ravioli, cheese tortellini and baked ziti are just a few of the delicious choices offered.
For lighter fare, order the blackened shrimp salad or the Caterina, a thin crust pizza with a pesto sauce spread, topped with fresh red and yellow peppers, eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes, fresh basil and light cheese. DeVinci’s is also open most days for breakfast, serving omelets, hotcakes, french toast, breakfast cakes and more.
Let’s raise a cold brew to the fabulous pizzerias that make Birmingham great!