Pizza is no longer just the staple meal for college kids during finals week. It’s a delicious meal for families, business dinners, and vacationers alike. Everyone loves a classic slice of New York pizza piled high with pepperoni and other tasty toppings.
Not just any pizza will rise to the occasion, however. Large chain restaurants can be found all over the country, but finding the local pizzerias makes for a better dining experience. It’s important to look for those smaller pizza places that really put love into every step of crafting their delicious pies.
When visiting a beautiful city like Pittsburgh, one would be remiss to leave out these amazing pizzerias. With just the right amount of flare, these pies will satisfy any appetite.
No matter what you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it. These places have every kind from crispy NY pizza to deep-dish Chicago and everything in between.
Iron Born Pizza and Pasta – Strip District
1806 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
First on our list is Iron Born Pizza and Pasta, located in the Strip District. With a name as powerful as “Iron Born,” you can rest assured the pizza lives up to its name. Inspired by a combination of Sicilian and Detroit-style pizzas, Iron Born uses only the finest ingredients.
Iron Born Pizza and Pasta delivers greatness in every bite with homemade garlic oil and carefully curated recipes.
For those who enjoy a bit of heat to their meal, the Buffalo Chicken pizza is perfect. Topped with buffalo sauce, ranch, chicken, Cheddar, and perfect balls of ricotta, this square pie won’t disappoint.
The Cubano pie is another unique offering with smoked pork, pickles, honey mustard, and swiss cheese. The menu alone is enough to make your mouth water. To wrap up your meal, finish with a delicious cannoli. If there’s still room, that is.
103 Capital Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Next up is Fiori’s Pizzeria, home of the best hand-tossed pizza in Pittsburgh. With an expanded menu that includes calzones, hoagies, appetizers, and wings, there’s something on the menu for everyone here.
For a pizza with a personality, their gourmet toppings are the way to go. Shrimp, meatballs, steak, and hot sausage links are just some of the choices to take this pizza to the next level.
Mineo’s Pizza House
2128 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa
With three generations of pizza creation under their belts, Mineo’s is the place to go for an authentic Italian flavor. Founder John Mineo came to America from Sicily in 1955 and opened his restaurant just three years later.
These pizzas won’t disappoint with four foundation options, traditional, white, Sicilian, and gluten-free. Their Breakfast Italia has everything you’d ever want in a breakfast pizza. Olive oil, spices, eggs, and cheese set up the day for success with flavors this bold.
The Brother’s Breakfast Special takes the Breakfast Italia up a notch if you want just a bit more oomph. Add bacon, sausage, green peppers, and onions for a breakfast pie at any time of day.
3615 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
With an understanding that bread is the foundation of any good meal, Driftwood Oven originated as a bakery. That knowledge was utilized to develop pizza crust, and now, they offer pizza and other baked goods!
With Roman or classic pie options, there’s a bit of variety here. For something truly outstanding, though, we recommend the Bianca Funghi. This pizza has shiitake mushrooms with Morita chili oil, herbed ricotta, mozzarella, provolone, fresh garlic, white wine shallot cream sauce, making it an absolute delicacy.
Another wonderful option is the Kale Raiser, with bacon, white wine shallot cream sauce, kale, mozzarella, buttercup cheese, pickled red onions. One thing is for sure; Driftwood Oven has no shortage of creativity.
2551 Penn Ave Rear, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
No strangers to the restaurant world, Pizzeria Davide offers three locations in the greater Pittsburgh area, including this one in the Strip District. Their menu is less extensive than some, but they produce a delicious variety by utilizing both Old World and New York styles.
Their best pie is Davide’s Old World, with provolone cheese atop the crust, sauce on top of the cheese, and a sprinkling of parmesan, oregano, and basil to finish. If you’d like some more jazz to your pie, you can add any topping you’d like.
We also recommend the Lebanon Sweet Bologna and Hot Pepper Relish pie for something you won’t find anywhere else. Pizzeria Davide has undeniable flair.
1473 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Beto’s Pizza has been feeding Pittsburgh for 65 years, with individual slices. This unique approach means that everyone can have precisely the pizza they crave, with no need for leftovers.
If you’re feeding a family or hosting a party, you can order trays of individual slices, giving you variety and flexibility to feed everyone. Beto’s doesn’t offer traditional menu options but instead provides a list of toppings, and you choose your pizza style.
If your group doesn’t all crave pizza, Beto’s also has sandwiches, salads, hoagies, and a kids’ menu.
Slice on Broadway – Beechview
2128 Broadway Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
With the most extensive menu around, Slice on Broadway is sure to please even the pickiest eater in your crew. Offering New York thin crust, or “thicker” style, your pizza cravings can be met at multiple locations in the city, including Beechview.
As featured on the Travel Channel, the Cheese Steak Pizza is everything you dreamed it would be. The classic Cheese Steak hoagie is transformed into a delicious pie with sliced steak, green peppers, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, and sliced red onions atop a creamy white sauce.
You won’t want to miss the vegan options, either. Their “almost” vegan menu becomes fully vegan if you drop the cheese, so you really can please everyone.
1304 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
For delicious pizza uptown, look no further than Pizza Milano. A sister restaurant to Mineo’s Pizza, Pizza Milano continues the tradition of unbeatable Italian flavor. As more restaurants expand their menus beyond just pizza, Pizza Milano builds on that while maintaining excellence in pizza.
White sauce, shrimp, crabmeat, mushrooms, red onions, tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella & provolone top their Seafood Pizza, one of our favorites from their gourmet menu. Freshness and a bit of character make this one of the most awesome pizzas in the city.
We highly recommend returning to Pizza Milano to try everything on their menu. You won’t be disappointed.
Badamo’s Pizza – Northside
1106 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Located near the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Badamo’s Pizza has an old-world feel of classic pizza and is easy to reach for a quick bite.
At Badamo’s Pizza, the pizza is everything one would expect from a delectable slice of cheesy goodness. The White Sicilian offers garlic, olive oil, cheese, tomato, red onion, spinach, and ricotta, making it an excellent choice for those who do not like red sauce.
Another wonderful option is the Red Sicilian with any combination of toppings you choose. The menu is flexible, and without pre-crafted recipes, your pizza is completely unique.
1906 E Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Proud of their Southside heritage, Benny Fierro’s is situated in a neighborhood surrounded by bars, tattoo parlors, and blue-collar hard work. Home of the “giant pizza,” Benny Fierro’s offers a familiar place for customers who become like family.
Benny Fierro’s has longer hours of operation than many other pizzerias, and their 28″ pizza ensures that no appetite goes unsatisfied. Their “home-grown” pizza takes the cake using fresh and all-natural ingredients such as meats imported from Virginia, sauce from the Sierra Nevadas in California, US-grown olive oil, and Minnesota cheese.
1914 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Not far from the banks of the Allegheny River lies Bella Notte, a quaint little pizzeria in the Strip District. Bella Notte is a restaurant full of atmosphere and enough beer options to keep you and your friends happy for hours.
Their specialties include a divine Margherita pizza and a Ranchero steak pizza with a personality of its own. The freshly prepared ingredients at Bella Notte are served with great care, and the menu includes a wide variety of options to satisfy any palate.
4768 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Touting “Mouthwatering Pizza in Little Italy,” Angelo’s Pizzeria sets the bar for deliciousness. Established in 1976, Angelo’s uses only the finest fresh-prepped ingredients. Offering dine-in, delivery, and catering, Angelo’s makes it easy to meet your pizza needs.
For hungry appetites, Angelo’s offers various pizza flavors in 8″ or 12″ options. For the smaller appetites, they also sell pizza by the slice. Their topping menu is limited, but that means they’ve had time to perfect their flavors. For a bit of extra spice, try their incredible Buffalo Chicken pizza.
219 Fourth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Located in the Central Downtown Historic District, Ephesus Pizza offers gourmet pizzas and Mediterranean food. Within walking distance from Market Square, Ephesus makes an excellent lunch stop on your shopping days.
You’ve never seen a menu quite like what’s offered at Ephesus Pizza. With a wide variety of non-pizza options and traditional pizzas, their gourmet menu lists dozens of possibilities. Their Gourmet Vegan Pesto Veggie pizza is like nothing you’ll find anywhere else in the city, and we highly recommend the Alfredo Seafood for a change of pace, too.
3404 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Located between the University of Pittsburgh and the Oakland Square Historic District sits the quaint Sciulli’s Pizza. In business since 1980, Sciulli’s caters to families and students alike with their variety of pizza sizes and flavors sure to please everyone.
Traditional pizza is the specialty at Sciulli’s, and you’ll quickly find something familiar on the menu. Sicilian and white pizzas offer variety, and with almost a dozen different topping choices, your creativity is your only limit. The Sicilian pizza with chicken and mushrooms is our favorite here.
3801 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
A Tuscan Italian restaurant situated in Lawrenceville, Piccolo Forno has been serving high-quality meals since 2005. The curb appeal is only one of many reasons Piccolo Forno made our list of top pizzerias in Pittsburgh. Fresh products, friendly staff, and authentic Tuscan cuisine set them apart.
Piccolo Forno is in such high demand, reservations are recommended. As you peruse their menu offerings, take a look at their specialty pizzas. With choices such as a traditional Margherita to the Carciofi, which is a white pizza with lemon, artichokes, Stelvio, fresh mozzarella, oregano, and arugula, you’ll want to return again and again.
2006 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Since 1973, Napoli Pizzeria has been serving Squirrel Hill South patrons with pride. Napoli’s neon flare is welcoming and energetic as they invite you to dine within, take out, or even order delivery. Their unique menu draws you in but will ensure you return for more.
The most unusual and delicious pizza on Napoli’s menu is the Fried Chicken, Bacon, Ranch. This pie feels like three meals in one with fried chicken, bacon, french fries, and homemade ranch dressing. Not a chicken lover? Try the Steak and Ranch, also boasting steak, french fries, and their homemade ranch.
258 S Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
If you thought almost 30 years in business was impressive, you’d be even more surprised to learn that Pizza Perfectta maintains most of their original management staff as well. An excellent indicator of a restaurant’s culture, this longevity carries over into the mastery of their pizza ovens, too.
The love and dedication Pizza Perfectta provides to its customers is apparent in its list of gourmet pizzas. Our favorite is the Shadyside Special, which has pepperoni, sausage, bacon, green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, red onions, black olives, and garlic atop their delicious homemade crust.
4512 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Marketed as “unassuming,” Pizza Italia offers limited seating and take-out but doesn’t skimp on the quality. Situated close to Bloomfield Park and West Penn Hospital, Pizza Italia uses online ordering to simplify your dinner.
Their menu is limited but worth every drop of sauce. From build-it-yourself options to gourmet pies, there’s something simple here for everyone. Our favorites are their BLT Pizza with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mozzarella cheese or the Hawaiian Pizza with ham, bacon, pineapple, mozzarella, and provolone.
217 S Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Pizza Parma began in 1998 when as college students, three brothers decided to open their own pizzeria. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, Pizza Parma sits on the east edge of Shadyside, where they work hard to feed the masses. With catering as well as delivery and party options, Pizza Parma wants to celebrate with you.
Their new Arugula Heaven Pizza is divine as they partner cheese, tomato, sauteed mushrooms, sopraffina ricotta, fresh garlic & Romano, and top it with fresh arugula on a white sauce base. For meat lovers, their new Meatzza Pizza is perfection. Fresh garlic, cheese, gyro meat, steak, grilled chicken & Romano atop their red sauce make the perfect meal.
233 Atwood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Almost halfway between the University of Pittsburgh and the Oakland Historic District, Sorrento’s Pizza calls home a sweet little brick building where they carefully craft each pizza to order. They currently offer dine-in, take-out, and delivery, ensuring you can always have your piece of the pie.
Favorite dishes here include the Meat Lover’s Pizza with pepperoni, bacon, ham, and Sausage traditional sauce, mozzarella, and provolone cheese. Still, you can’t go wrong with a traditional cheese pizza either.
4109 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Within walking distance from UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Graziano’s Pizzeria is a long-time favorite of Pittsburgh residents. Graziano’s is so well-loved, their reviews proclaim it as the best pizza in Pittsburgh.
With Sicilian, traditional, and white pizzas, you choose your own toppings, which means the sky’s the limit. We like everything here, but the white sauce is especially impressive.