A slice of savory pizza pie, whether enjoyed around a table, on a couch or straight from the fridge the following morning, evokes emotions our culinary palates never knew possible. Pizza is a favorite shared comfort food but also the perfect canvas for customization and creativity — don’t you agree? And Memphis’ pizza places are serving up some special slices. Pleasing all ages and occasions, these Memphis establishments take their own spins on dough, sauce and toppings to offer locals and visitors the very best our city has to offer. These Memphis pizza joints should be everyone’s must-try list.
7 Delicious Memphis Pizza Places You Must Try
565 Erin Drive, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 205-2500
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
This bustling East Memphis neighborhood landmark inspires diners with classic-meets-contemporary Italian and Greek cuisine. Ciao Bella’s handmade pizza selection — just one of many categories on the dinner menu — is packed with flavorful options in the form of a classic crust, calzone or flatbread. You’ll be tempted to choose more than one pie to share family-style or pull up a stool in the popular bar and lounge area with a glass of wine and enjoy a few slices in front of the big screens.
Order: Roasted garlic & sausage pizza
707 W Brookhaven Circle, Memphis, TN 38117 • (901) 207-7396
Hours: Monday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman’s brilliant Italian-Southern fusion concept is a must-visit for delectable Neapolitan pizzas. Hog and Hominy’s pies are small enough to devour on your own or order a few to kick-off a family-style meal of shared plates. Order the crab claws and save your butter-drenched plate to dip pizza crusts. The creativity behind H&H’s pizza ingredient combinations might sound risky or unfamiliar, but they’re intended to take your dining experience to a new level. And, oh, they do — every single time. Stop in for $10 pizza during happy hours: Tuesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Order: Red Eye or Thunderbird Forty! Twice
704 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 526-1361
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Closed Sunday
This farm-to-table concept in the Medical District is owned by Whitton Farms couple Jill and Keith Forrester. Trolley Stop Market‘s pizza dough is made fresh daily, the kitchen simmers its own sauces — sometimes with Jill and Keith’s farm bounty of fresh tomatoes — and yes, they even shred their own cheese. The 20-inch large-size pizza allows you to mix and match signature combinations (up to four) in one pie called “The Quad.” Plus, they deliver!
Order: Half protein, half garden — something for everyone!
350 Concourse Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 672-7527
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Elemento, the newest restaurant in the East corner of Crosstown Concourse, is anchored by a pair of state-of-the-art white ceramic Neapolitan pizza ovens. The precision and high temperature of its wood-fired interior allow individually sized pizzas to cook to perfection in just 90 seconds. Each emerges with a doughy yet bubbly crispy crust, slight smokiness and perfectly cooked toppings. You can build your own pie or order from more than a dozen pizza creations on their menu. Order at the counter and pick a spot in the bright and open space.
Order: The Magic Egg
Downtown: 100 S Main Street Suite 101, Memphis, TN 38103 • (901) 5-777-PIE (743)
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Midtown: 752 S Cooper Street, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 725-PIES (7437)
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
A centerpiece of Downtown’s Main Street Mall and Cooper Young’s gateway, Aldo’s delivers big pizzas with big flavor. The two locations take their pies, their patios and their Instagram seriously; yes, follow them for “slice of the day” announcements and comical captions alongside mouthwatering photos of their generous, consistent New York-style pizza creations. If you’re Downtown, you might spot the red Aldo’s golf cart wheeling pies to businesses and residences around the neighborhood!
Order: Lombardi or slice of the day
1495 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 • (901) 725-0280
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
Oversized and satisfying, Little Italy specializes in a pie reminiscent of the restaurant’s namesake. Located in the Medical District of Midtown Memphis, New York would kill for this Memphis pizzeria’s take on a thin, extra-large pie layered with just the right cheese-to-sauce ratio. Our favorite classic flavor is dotted meticulously with pepperoni. Even better? They’ll deliver it to your door with a $15 minimum order!
Order: Pepperoni pie
4523 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122 • (901) 761-9898
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Elwood’s expansive menu includes a hallmark, doughy pie that champions Memphis’ BBQ heritage. The smoked pulled pork, extra-melty mozzarella and barbecue sauce combination is no-frills yet phenomenal. Give one of the seven Elwood pizza pies a try on the patio next time you visit the small-but-mighty shack off Summer Avenue.
Order: Elwood’s BBQ Pizza
Grab a hot slice from one of Memphis’ best pizzerias!
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