Where to Get Charlotte's Best Pizza

  • 01 of 09

    From NY style to Chicago style, Charlotte has you covered

    Where to get Charlotte's best pizza
    ••• Here's where you'll find Charlotte's best pizza.

    Around the Charlotte area, you probably won't find a food that's more divisive than barbeque. But coming quickly after that, the best way to start a good food argument is over pizza.

    Charlotte is a region of transplants, that means everyone brings their own views on the best way to prepare a pizza. While one person may love a spot on this list, someone else may hate it because it's not "their" favorite style. So keep an open mind, and check out some of the best pizza the Queen City has to offer.

    For this list, I did try to stay away from chain locations. Of course, many pizza aficionados would turn their noses up at the mass produced, conveyor belt pies anyway, but it's worth noting.

    This list isn't in any particular order, so consider each one of these the best in some way!

     

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  • 02 of 09

    Libretto's

    Where to get Charlotte's best pizza
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    Libretto's
    Multiple locations around Charlotte

    A lunchtime favorite for many Charlotteans, Libretto's is the perfect place for a quick slice. Their selection of pizza is extensive, and they can make anything fresh to order. Like a few other spots on this list, most anything you get here is going to be good. And again like most places on this list, you'll find some people saying it's "incredibly authentic NY style" and some saying that it's "not even close" to the real thing. Either way, whether it's "really" NY style or not, the pizza here is just plain good if you give it a chance.

     

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  • 03 of 09

    Hawthorne's NY Pizza & Bar

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    Hawthorne's NY Pizza & Bar
    1701 E 7th St
    5814 Prosperity Church Rd.
    4100 Carmel Rd
    7319 Matthews-Mint Hill Road (Mint Hill)
    8410 Rea Rd.


    Hawthorne's is another Charlotte spot to get New York "floppy" style pizza. The garlic knots here are some of the best in town, so be sure to try them if you're in the area. They have a nice gluten-free menu as well if you're looking for specific meals. Locations also have nice, large patios that are great for taking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

     

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  • 04 of 09

    Intermezzo Pizzeria and Cafe

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    Intermezzo Pizzeria and Cafe
    1427 E 10th St
    (704) 347-2626

    Intermezzo is a Serbian/European restaurant, so know that you'll encounter some interesting and unique menu options. But for this list, I'm focusing solely on their pizza. The pizzas here are in between thick and thin crust, so they're not concerned with the New York or Chicago debate. They strike a good balance of doughy and crispy. Everything is made fresh, in house. In fact, they don't even have a freezer or microwave. If there's one spot that consistently gets reviewed as the best pizza in Charlotte, I'd have to say it's here.

     

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  • 05 of 09

    Giacomo's Pizzeria

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    Giacomo's Pizzeria
    10230 Berkeley Place Dr.
    704-971-7313


    For "authentic Italian" pizza, Giacomo's Pizzeria is your spot in Charlotte. Giacomo's is a little small, but any time a restaurant fills up quickly, you know they're doing something right. Lines out the door don't lie. The pizza here is New York style - sort of thin, floppy crust. One highlight here is the sausage on pizzas - it's actually Italian sausage - not just crumbled sausage you get at so many other places. This is a "brick oven" place, but you'd be hard pressed to just stop at pizza here. There are plenty of other excellent Italian options beyond pizza, but I'll save those for another list.

     

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  • 06 of 09

    Luisa's Brick Oven

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    Luisa's Brick Oven

    1730 Abbey Pl
    (704) 522-8782


    If you look at reviews for Luisa's, you'll see one thing people constantly love about this place - the New York style thin crust. The pizza here is cooked in a brick oven, and they have a great all you can eat buffet on weekdays.

     

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  • 07 of 09

    Due Amici

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    Due Amici
    5346 Prosperity Church Rd
    (704) 948-1999

    New York style is the specialty here at Due Amici, and if you read reviews online, the locals say they're doing it right. The slices and toppings are pretty generous here, so this isn't necessarily the cheapest place in town. But it's worth it the extra. It's a family-owned restaurant, with Italian owners from New York City.

     

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  • 08 of 09

    Pure Pizza

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    Pure Pizza
    255 E 7th St
    980-207-003

    Pure Pizza takes a slightly different look at pizza - local farm fresh, organic pizza. But don't let the healthy words fool you. This isn't bland, boring "health food." They still make a very good pizza. Pizzas come in three different sizes and in two different crusts - traditional and a sprouted wheat/ancient grain. A nice touch here is they you're given a sample of local honey to dip your crust in. If you're looking for "healthier" pizzas so you don't feel so guilty, this is your spot.

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  • 09 of 09

    Angela's

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    Angela's
    9705 Mintworth Avenue
    (704) 573-2737

    Angela's is a great option for any Italian food, but since this list is focusing on pizza, you should know that it is a highlight. Anything you get at Angela's is worth the trip to Mintworth. It's another neighborhood, family owned spot, and that shows in their food quality. They've got a Frank Sinatra tribute show frequently that's worth checking out as well.