Pizza. Never has a food been so loved and yet so divisive. Whether you like your crust thin or thick, your sauce sweet or spicy, or your toppings basic or inspired, people tend to have pretty strong opinions when it comes to pizza. Luckily for you, there are plenty of choices when it comes to the best pizza in Memphis. If you’re looking for a simple slice or want a pie that wows you, you’ll find something in the city.
Remember when your choices for pizza were plain, pepperoni, and maybe mushroom? Those days are gone. Nowadays, chefs are getting more and more creative when it comes to what they put on top of pizza. Take the pies on offer at Hog & Hominy, which promises Italian dining with a southern drawl. Scrambled eggs on pizza? Sure, why not? What about duck prosciutto and Brussels sprouts? Someone likes it, and that someone might be you. If you’re not a risk taker when it comes to pizza, don’t worry. The restaurant offers classics such as a Margherita pie and Pomodoro, which doesn’t have cheese.
While there are a number of newcomers to the pizza scene in Memphis, there are also plenty of places that have been around for years and that have consistently won praise from customers and restaurant critics alike. The Memphis Pizza Cafe first opened in 1993 and since then, has expanded to include five locations. It’s been voted “Best Pizza in Memphis” for many years in a row. The restaurant is known for its super crispy, super thin crust. Order a pie during happy hour and take between 50 cents and $1.50 off of the price based on the size.
Broadway Pizza is another local institution. It’s known as one of the oldest pizza restaurants in Memphis, having first opened its doors in 1977. The pies at Broadway Pizza feature a thicker crust and plenty of creative toppings, such a barbecue shrimp and the cheeseburger pie.
Pizza with a View
Aldo’s Pizza Pies has earned rave reviews from Memphis residents for its pizzas and, with its second location in Midtown, for its new rooftop deck. While the downtown location is always packed, you can head to the newer spot in Midtown for a pie and a view of the city. If you are downtown and want to enjoy some pizza outside, the original spot has patio seating, as well. If you’re not sure what type of pie you want, but know you want something different, opt for the daily slice, which features a rotating array of toppings.
Meat vs. Veggie
High Point Pizza is a smaller shop that specializes in unique pizzas. If you never met a topping you didn’t like on your pie, try the Loaded pizza, which features sausage, pepperoni, ham, and veggies. The pizzeria also offers a vegetarian friendly option, the Veggie, which has olives, tomatoes, mushrooms, and peppers. Want more meat? Try the four-meat option, which has sausage, beef, ham, and pepperoni.