While you may be out touring Utah’s incredible national parks, camping under starlit skies, and trekking through bright red canyons, you’ll eventually need to come back to civilization. Utah’s bustling capital Salt Lake City provides the cultural complement to your nature trip with some much-needed creature comforts to boot.
Nestled into a stunning mountain valley where you can enjoy a snow-peaked panorama, Salt Lake City has plenty of urban attractions like museums, city parks, and the most visited attraction of all, Salt Lake Utah Temple at Temple Square.
If you’re tired of trail mix and camp food, you’ll love Salt Lake City’s diverse restaurant scene. I spent my time in Salt Lake City looking for the best pizza spots, and I found a great list of options.
1320 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Phone: (801) 582-5700
The Pie is a family-owned and run pizza spot, serving Salt Lake City since 1980 to wide acclaim which has fueled their expansion to 6 restaurants around Utah. The flagship location is right across the street from The University of Utah in a fun brick-walled basement open till 2 am and thus a favorite for hungry students.
The Pie’s pizza is scratch-made with hand-tossed dough and the freshest cheese, meats, and veggies chopped daily. They’ve been consistently voted the best pizza in Salt Lake City by local publications. Their specialty pies fuse world flavors into delicious and unique thin and thick crust pizzas.
I loved their Thai Pie with Thai peanut sauce base, chicken breast, carrots, red onions, pineapple, fresh basil, and cilantro, topped with light mozzarella and toasted sesame seeds.
260 S 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: (801) 322-3556
Located in the Rio Grande neighborhood, Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana is the most authentic Neapolitan pizzeria in Salt Lake City. Their giant wood-burning brick oven is the centerpiece of the cozy, family-friendly dining room.
Since its debut in 2005, Settebello has received accolades from renowned publications such as the LA Times, NPR, and the Salt Lake Tribune. As a testament to its authenticity, Settebello’s pizza is the only VPN-certified pizza in Salt Lake City.
You can find all the classic Neapolitan specialty pizzas like Bianca, Margherita, and my personal favorite, the Capricciosa with crushed tomatoes, prosciutto, mozzarella, artichokes, mushrooms, olives, basil, and olive oil drizzle.
344 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (801) 359-4653
Pie Hole is a quirky, trendy slice shop and hang-out spot for friends and family to enjoy pizza and a pinball game in a fun, artsy, urban space covered in graffiti and stickers.
Located in front of the lovely Washington Square Park, Pie Hole specializes in thin-crust round pies that you can purchase by the slice or whole to enjoy with an artisanal microbrew. They’ve got all dietary preferences in mind at Pie Hole, offering delicious vegan and gluten-free pizzas.
I enjoyed their spicy version of a Hawaiian pizza called Drunk Candy with Canadian bacon, pineapple, and jalapenos.
2010 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Phone: (801) 483-2120
Teetering between Ballpark and Liberty Wells on State Street, Salt Lake City’s main artery, Rusted Sun Pizzeria is a South Salt Lake neighborhood favorite for delicious pizza, calzones, and cold brews. Located inside an old movie theatre, Rusted Sun still retains the backlit billboard that they use to announce menu items and daily specials instead of movie titles.
The calzones at Rusted Sun are as popular as their crispy, thin-crust pizzas. They also have delicious family-style salads full of fresh meats, veggies, pasta, and house-made dressings. I recommend the shrimp Alfredo calzone with mozzarella, shrimp, broccoli, red onion, and creamy Alfredo sauce.
1722 Fremont Dr #2, Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Phone: (801) 467-0909
Nomad Eatery is a brewhouse and gastropub that has recently partnered with Salt Lake City’s own Uinta Microbrewery in a cozy, hip pub with wood floors, mid-century modern furniture, and a brick fireplace. Their gourmet bar fare pairs perfectly with its extensive menu of seasonally rotating craft beers.
They’ve got a great pizza deal from Tuesdays-Thursdays where you get a 5$ Margherita pizza with the purchase of a regular specialty pie. Their Neapolitan-style pizza has the crispiest, bubbliest crust, and the specialty pizzas have the most creative combinations.
Take, for example, the Green’s, Eggs, and Jamon Pizza with garlic cream, mozzarella, red onion, charred broccolini, egg yolk, and Iberico ham flavored potato chips.
62 E Gallivan Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (801) 961-9000
From Scratch is a bakery, pizzeria, and American bar and grill in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City that makes everything from cocktails to bread to meats in-house. Its bright and airy location inside an industrial meets cabin-chic space with giant windows is a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy a business lunch or a special family dinner.
True to its name, From Scratch’s Neapolitan-style pizza makes all its sauces and dough from scratch. If you aren’t in the mood for pizza, they also make a killer burger or house-smoked pastrami sandwich. I enjoyed the Fennel Sausage pizza with homemade crème Fraiche and fennel sausage, mozzarella cheese, and red and green onions.
925 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Phone: (801) 702-3580
Located in Salt Lake City’s East Central neighborhood, Pizza Nono is a friendly, casual pizza shop, serving gourmet Neapolitan-style pizzas, salads, and glass-bottle sodas.
They use fresh, healthy ingredients to make authentic wood-fired pizzas, entrees, and shareable vegetable dishes. They are an East Central staple for take-out, whipping up beautifully presented meals in 15 minutes or less.
I ordered a few vegetable dishes because they looked so good. The roasted cauliflower and beets with arugula were fresh and flavorful. My favorite specialty pie was the Beehive, a red pie with mozzarella, Calabrese pepperoni, pickled jalapenos, honey, and Grana Padano.
1465 S 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Phone: (801) 953-0636
Bricks Corner is a Detroit-style Pizzeria and pub in Liberty Hills a few blocks from the beautiful Liberty Park. Owned and run by Chicago-native and head Chef Josh, Bricks Corner uses the freshest ingredients sourced from Salt Lake City’s own farmers’ markets.
Detroit-style pan pizza is a thick crust, deep-dish square pizza, and you can only find it at Bricks Corner. Chef Josh draws inspiration from Sicilian-style pan pizza but creates a Detroit-style char to its edges and loads on the toppings. You can also find a wealth of delicious sandwiches, burgers, and small plates.
My favorite pizza was the Italian Beef Dip with red sauce, slow-braised beef, roasted peppers, mushrooms, and caramelized onions served with a side of house-made giardiniera and Italian bone stock aus jus.
3144 S State St suite 1, South Salt Lake, UT 84115
Phone: (801) 410-4355
Villaggio Pizza translates to “Village Pizzeria,” which describes Owner and Chef Ricci Rondinelli’s vision for this neighborhood New York-style pizzeria that combines his Italian roots in Naples and Calabria with his upbringing in the Bronx’s Little Italy.
Located in the Green Acres neighborhood, Villaggio Pizza is Salt Lake City’s most authentic New York-style slice shop. Whether you’re looking for a New York thin crust or a Sicilian square-pan pie, Villaggio sells the best of it, whole or by the giant New York-sized slice.
You can also get delicious calzones, strombolis, pizza rolls, subs, and salads. I loved their Ferragosto Red, White, and Green Pie with marinara, mozzarella, ricotta, pesto, and olive oil.
2819 S 2300 E, Millcreek, UT 84109
Phone: (801) 484-0448
Nuch’s Pizza is a locally owned and operated pizza and Italian food restaurant and bar in Canyon Rim that makes fresh pizza from scratch in a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere. The thoughtful servers give warm and welcoming services and you’ll often meet the chefs who routinely walk around the restaurant to see how you’re enjoying your meal.
The menu at Nuch’s Pizza features delicious antipasti like ricotta stuffed mushrooms and freshly baked bubble bread along with delicious salads, build-your-own pasta dishes, and their famous brick oven thin-crust pizza. I loved The New Haven, with roasted garlic, mashed potatoes, mozzarella, double smoked bacon, and asparagus.
2939 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Phone: (801) 485-4534
If you haven’t already guessed, Big Apple Pizzeria is a New York-style slice shop and pizza restaurant that serves a unique take on New York-style pizza along with innovative creations that you won’t find in New York or anywhere else.
Located in Millcreek a few blocks from Canyon Rim Park, Big Apple Pizzeria’s old-school Italian American brick-walled dining room offers a fun and cozy atmosphere with a New York feel.
Their stone deck pizzas and calzones have authentic New York-style crusts, but the topping combinations take inspiration from around the U.S. They also have a pizza sandwich creation called a bender with your choice of meat and cheese, grilled peppers and onions, lettuce, and tomatoes, in a folded over pizza slice.
156 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (801) 363-2366
Located in downtown Salt Lake City, Este Pizzeria is a fast-casual pizza eatery in a clean, modern space with fast service and a busy lunch hour. Their pizza is affordable, and they have rotating, by-the-slice specials, making them a popular spot for the white-collar crowd looking for a quick lunch break or a casual happy hour.
Este Pizzeria serves thin-crust pizza along with wings, appetizers, and salads. I was impressed with their extensive vegan dishes including multiple vegan specialty pizzas, cauliflower buffalo wings, and zucchini sticks. I loved their piping hot, fresh garlic knots with marinara dipping sauce.
150 S 400 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (801) 322-3733
Alluding to its free and fast delivery service, Free Wheeler Pizza has been Salt Lake City’s preferred delivery pizza joint since 1977. Its central location in downtown Salt Lake City houses a whimsical and inviting dining room with red and white checkered floors and green walls and chairs, a veritable ode to Italy.
The pizza at Free Wheeler’s pies are made from scratch to order with fresh ingredients and an age-old recipe that continues to be Salt Lake City’s favorite. I recommend their Mediterranean pizza with eggplant, red onion, pine nuts, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, and mozzarella with an olive oil drizzle.