Have you noticed all of the specialty pizza places popping up all over town? Today, we’re sharing the skinny on some of the best slices around. Each restaurant featured offers their own twist, or toss, on the original pizza experience. So feast your eyes on these pies and plot your route this spring:

Aldo’s Pizza Pies

Aldo tells us that their dough is made in house daily and is based on a unique recipe that combines traditional neapolitan and New York City styles. They also import many of their fine, fresh ingredients from Italy. Other distinctive house favorites at this downtown establishment include the Willie, Cheech and Bob featuring jerk chicken, jalapenos and mango chutney and Bring Out The Gump featuring poblano cream sauce base, mozzarella, sun-dried tomato pesto, red onions and fresh basil. Also, if possible, save room for dessert. They are known for their cheesecake, which is Aldo’s mother’s recipe. www.facebook.com/pages/Aldos-Pizza-Pies

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The Memphis pizza at Aldo’s features a Central BBQ sauce base with mozzarella, red onions, Central BBQ pulled pork, all topped with fresh cole slaw. Photo credit: Aldo’s.

Hog & Hominy

The true Italians at Hog & Hominy start their pizzas with a two-day rise to get that perfect dough texture of the Neapolitan-style crust: chewy and soft in the center, gaining firmness closer to the crust. They prepare all ingredients in house, including sausages and cured items. To truly showcase their ingredients, they like to keep it simple and let the star of the show, the dough, shine. www.hogandhominy.com

 

The most popular pie at Hog + Hominy is the Red Eye. Inspired by the beer cocktail, which uses tomato juice, celery, and egg that is supposed to be a hangover cure, it translates nicely to a pizza!

The most popular pie at Hog & Hominy is the Red Eye. Inspired by the beer cocktail, which uses tomato juice, celery, and egg that is supposed to be a hangover cure … and it translates nicely to a pizza!

Pyro’s

With two convenient locations, Pyro’s, “the 901 Original,” offers fresh pizza in a fast way. Cruise the serving line and select the exact ingredients you want from an array of over 40 fresh toppings, all for one set price. (They also do salads the same way.) Once you’ve perfected your pie, it is cooked on a ceramic deck in under 5 minutes. Or you can let Pyro’s pick by choosing one of their specialty pizzas. www.pyrospizza.com

 

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Pyro’s Steak and Potato pie boasts steak, roasted potatoes, broccoli, sun dried tomatoes, roasted onions, Alfredo sauce and mozzarella cheese, all finished with house-made honey balsamic and green onions. Photo credit: Pyro’s.

Lost Pizza Company

Coming later this month to the old Ronnie Grisanti’s spot on Poplar, Lost Pizza Company makes fresh dough twice daily and uses homemade sauce. They slice fresh vegetables every morning and only use 100% meat toppings with no fillers, and their cheese is an all natural blend with no preservatives. www.facebook.com/LostPizzaMemphis

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Try a little Mexican flavor on for size at Lost Pizza Company when you order Hector’s Taco Pie. Photo credit: Lost Pizza Company.

Boscos

Boscos has graced the square for many years, but their prime pies deserve a mention! Fired in wood ovens, Boscos prides themselves on their fresh, quality ingredients (and amazing beer selection to enjoy alongside!). They make dough daily with their Famous Flaming Stone, and it’s rolled super thin to make the pizza extra crispy. www.boscosbeer.com

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Boscos offers new specialty pizzas weekly and their menu is full of great pies, but perhaps their most popular is The Muffaletta. Photo credit: Boscos Squared

Little Italy

Owned and operated by Italians, when you visit Little Italy in Midtown, you’ll get nothing short of the real deal. Best known and loved for their giant New York-style slices that are made to order, they celebrate their 10th anniversary this year! Gluten-free friends need not fret, for Little Italy has gluten-free pizza, pastas and subs, as well. Oh, and did we mention, they deliver! www.facebook.com/littleitalypizza

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Visit Little Italy for a taste of NYC right here in Midtown Memphis! Photo credit: Little Italy

Other super slices in town (we just couldn’t eat that many pizzas  before our deadline) include: Garibaldi’s,  Trolley Stop, Rock’n Dough, Memphis Pizza Café, Mellow Mushroom and Broadway Pizza.