Is your idea of cutting carbs slicing into a freshly baked pizza? Then check out these 24 can’t-miss spots across Metro Detroit.
By Chelsie Dzbanski
111 Henrietta St, Birmingham
Birmingham-based Brooklyn Pizza serves up authentic, wood-fired goodness that tastes like it came straight out of New York. Using the freshest ingredients, the shop cooks its pizzas over an open flame in a wood-burning stove. From slices t0 go, plus gelato, salads and more, Brooklyn Pizza is guaranteed to satisfy all of your cravings.
29275 W 14 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills
24369 Halsted Rd, Farmington Hills
34200 Woodward Ave, Birmingham
Called “one of the 25 best pizzas you’ll ever eat” by GQ magazine, Tomatoes APizza introduced Neapolitan-style apizza (as pizza’s New Haven, CT-born cousin, pronounced “ah-BEETs,” is called) to Metro Detroit in 1998. This unique, historic pizza style features an irregular shape and thin, chewy, slightly charred crust. Using the finest imported ingredients and wet dough to render their signature texture, Tomatoes APizza has snagged rave reviews from pizza fans in Metro Detroit and beyond.
2135 Michigan Ave, Detroit
In the mood for something more than pepperoni and cheese? Try Corktown pizza joint Grandma Bob’s, which has gotten national attention (it was named No. 45 on the Top 50 pizza list in North America). Grandma Bob’s is making waves with its, ahem, out-of-the box pizza creations. From the vegan Big Mac to the Street Beet Dorito Crunch, Grandma Bob’s offers the chance to tantalize your taste buds with something surprising.
6547 Allen Rd, Allen Park
You won’t find any chemical additives, GMOs, hydrogenated oils, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners at Major Tomato. What you can expect: organic, locally raised or manufactured ingredients and products — and, of course, mouthwatering pizza! With a mission to support the local economy, reduce its carbon footprint and treat its employees well, Major Tomato prides itself on sustainable and ethical practices (down to the bio-based cleaning products the shop uses). And with a tasty, diverse menu that features a variety of pizzas, calzones, appetizers and salads, Major Tomato has a little something for everyone.
23141 Dequindre Rd, Hazel Park
Infamous for their delicious deep-dish pies, Loui’s cozy, time-tested shop attracts pizza lovers from all over Metro Detroit. This pizza joint hasn’t changed much since 1977, and patrons have come to love its pink laminate tables, silk flowers and hundreds of straw-wrapped wine bottles signed by happy pizza lovers. But its truly the thick, saucy pizza that keeps customers coming back for more.
2457 Russell St, Detroit
Detroit’s little slice of Italy is located right in Eastern Market at Supino’s Pizzeria. Sourcing organic ingredients from local farms and organizations, Supino’s slices up thin-crust, Italian-style pies. From traditional toppings to unique options such as City Wings’ smoked turkey, choose from a variety of red or white pizzas, or create your own delectable version.
A neighborhood favorite, Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina is a family-friendly Italian restaurant that features a variety of wood- fired pizzas and other contemporary dishes. After attempting to reproduce an authentic Neapolitan pizza dough, chef Luciano Del Signore discovered how to make a simple recipe for “biga,” an ancient Italian dough made from wheat flour, water and naturally-occurring yeast. Voila! — Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina and its amazing pizza was born. Check out one of the chain’s 6 Metro Detroit locations.
Craving Chicago style deep-dish pizza? Metro Detroit’s beloved PizzaPapalis is the place for you. With an exclusive formula that gives their pizza a golden color, delicious flavor and the ability to rise in order to sustain a generous amount of toppings, PizzaPapalis’ pies deliver an unmatched ‘wow’ factor. Not into deep-dish? PizzaPapalis offers thin crust options along with soups, salads and more.
5163 Trumbull Ave, Detroit
There’s always something new to try at Pie-Sci Pizza, which offers bold and inventive pies along with time-honored favorites on its rotating seasonal menu. With vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, Pie-Sci appeals to a variety of taste buds and preferences. Choose from a list of funky creations or build your own. Also, make sure to check out Pie-Sci’s cheekily-named weekly specials, including “Bill Curry,” “Stay Gold Bologna Boy” and “It’s So Cold Cut in the D.”
28939 Woodward Ave, Berkley
6690 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township
645 E Big Beaver Rd, Troy
The team behind Crispelli’s believes that quality doesn’t have to be expensive. Priding itself on “affordable gourmet,” Crispelli’s offers thin crust pizzas, fresh salads, delectable pasta dishes and more. Watch your pizza slide right into a stone fired oven and bake to heavenly perfection with hundred-year- old techniques. Bonus: The comfortable, neighborhood atmosphere creates a vibe that looks just as good as the pizza tastes.
340 N Center St, Northville
Pizza Cutter is proud to be a local business — it’s been serving Metro Detroit for 39 years. While founder Jim DeLano retired from his longtime business in 2017 (after having made an estimated 2.5 million pizzas!), today the Northville staple still uses his original recipe to make the highly sought-after pies.
18 S Main St, Village of Clarkston
No frozen discs of pizza here! Known primarily for its assortment of smoked meats, Union Woodshop offers more than what comes out of its green hickory smoker. The restaurant’s wood-fired pies are crafted and caramelized in an 800-degree oven, which churns out pizza that’s out-of-this-world good. Choose from a pre-designed creation or build your own. Either way, your taste buds will thank you.
3144 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte
A third-generation family restaurant, Frank’s offers an old-school-pizzeria vibe complete with traditional Italian dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, cheese ravioli and more. Whether you carry out or dine in, Frank’s is your one-stop shop for good old-fashioned Italian food and pizza.
36691 Jefferson Ave, Harrison Charter Township
Small in size but big on nostalgia, Luigi’s has been serving up award-winning pizza for 60 years. Along with delicious lamb chops, steaks, pasta and seafood, this cozy Harrison Township spot attracts Italian-food lovers from all over Metro Detroit.
6700 Rochester Rd, Troy
Voted one of the best pizzas in the 2005 book Everybody Loves Pizza, Alibi Pizza in Troy is known for its flavorful, handmade pies and all-American cuisine. Take your cheat day to the next level there and indulge in all your favorite comfort foods, including burgers, nachos, pizza (obviously) and more.
470 W Canfield St, Detroit
Amazing beer and delicious pizza: a combination we can get behind! Sure, Motor City Brewing Works is committed to brewing superior beer, but don’t sleep on its pizza! The brewpub’s tasty, brick-oven pizzas range from traditional to creative and pair perfectly with a Ghettoblaster or seasonal beer on tap.
Green Lantern Pizza was born 55 years ago when founders Thomas and Irene Vettraino bought an old farmhouse with a green lantern. (During the Prohibition era, a green lantern in front of an establishment signified that alcohol could be purchased there.) This historical tidbit informs the Green Lantern Pizza brand today — it helps keeps the vibe casual, fun and funky. Pick up one of Green Lantern’s legendary pizzas or dine in at a location near you.
Gus Guerra’s traditional thick-crust family recipe makes for Detroit-style pizza perfection! The original Cloverleaf in Eastpointe became so popular thanks to Gus’ one-of-a-kind “Motor City square” that the shop expanded to six other locations across Metro Detroit. With fresh dough made daily, premium-quality meats and local farm cheese, it’s no wonder locals love Cloverleaf.
121 East 13 Mile Rd, Royal Oak
Hippie’s is not your ordinary pizza joint. Open until 2 a.m. daily, the restaurant offers more than 60 hand-crafted selections, including Magic Mushroom, The Daft Punk, Pineapple Express and more. In addition, customers can create their own pizza, choosing from 10 unique sauces, 8 types of cheese, multiple crust flavors and a plethora of unique toppings. There are vegan and gluten-free varieties to choose from as well.
4458 W. Vernor Hwy, Detroit
PizzaPlex’s mission is to bring people together over a love for each other, the planet and pizza! This community pizzeria, coffee bar and event space operates on “green” practices, like composting all organic waste (including customer food scraps and paper products), buying used tables and chairs to furnish its space and installing a infiltration gallery on its patio to allow stormwater from the building’s roof to filter back into the earth. Oh, and did we mention they have great pizza, too? As Detroit’ first pizzeria to serve legit Neopolitan pizza (it’s certified by VPNAmericas, a body that gives special designations to pizzerias that follow the art of Neapolitan pizza making), you can’t go wrong there.
1224 Griswold, Detroit
Located in Capital Park, La Lanterna is a causal-but-trendy restaurant that offers Neapolitan-style, brick-oven pizzas, salads, pastas and other classic Italian entrees. Complete with a full bar, plus a beer and wine menu, it’s the perfect spot to grab a great glass of vino and split a pizza with a friend or two. Or eat an entire pizza yourself…we don’t judge!
18 W. Adams Ave, Detroit
Thanks to Brass Rail Pizza Bar, you never have to miss the chance to watch sports while indulging in pizza ever again. With a full menu, 19 flat screen TVs and 52 beers on tap, the two-story Brass Rails is the perfect setting for your next big game day plans — especially if they involve red, white or build- your-own pizza.
1230 Library St, Detroit
In the heart of downtown Detroit, Mootz Pizzeria features authentic, New York-style pies created by Bruno DiFabio, a six-time World Pizza Games champion. Open for brunch, lunch, dinner and late night, Mootz should be your go-to whether you’re craving a quick slice or a tasty pie to split with friends.
If you were born and raised in Metro Detroit, Buddy’s is more than a pizzeria — it’s a staple food group in your diet. As the creator of the the Original Detroit-Style Pizza, Buddy’s has been serving up its infamous square-shaped pies since 1946, with a thick, buttery, crispy crust that has help launch an iconic pizza style. Pizzerias in Detroit and beyond have tried to imitate Buddy’s formula, but any way you slice it, Buddy’s delivers the most authentic Detroit-style pizza around.