It’s hard not to love pizza, especially when you find one pizza joint that exceeds expectations. Extra cheesy, thick crust, thin crust, diverse toppings, or classic cheese – you can find a bit of it all on this ultimate North Carolina pizza bucket list.
1. Pure Pizza, Charlotte
Originally operating from 7th Street Public Market in Uptown, Pure Pizza got an additional brick and mortar location in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood. The farm fresh, inventive ingredients elevate this pizza above the rest.
2. Pizzeria Mercato, Carrboro
Chef Gabe Barker was recently nominated for a James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year. The simple margherita pizza here is a true stunner while others are also equally delicious.
3. Pie on the Mountain, Lansing
Hiding away in western North Carolina, Pie on the Mountain is the perfect place to stuff your face after a long day of hiking or exploring nearby scenery. Deemed "Best Pizza in the High Country," it's worth the pit stop!
4. Tony's Pizza, Calabash
On the other side of the state, Tony's Pizza is a perfect little incognito stop for both locals and tourists alike.
5. My Father's Pizza, Black Mountain
Pizza with THAT view? Count me in! My Father's Pizza has everything from the classics to the inventive 'Skinny Pig' (pictured above) which features bacon, caramelized onions, arugula, flakes of Asiago cheese then it's all drizzled with balsamic reduction. Yum!
6. Mimi's Dairy-O Pizza & Grill, Rutherfordton
Long day of hiking at Chimney Rock, heading out to Lake Lure, passing through historic Rutherfordton? Your trip isn't complete without a stop by Mimi's. Even if you're not craving pizza they offer a variety of other food like burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream.
7. Frank's Pizza & Subs, Newport
It seems Frank's acknowledged and caught on to the hype when we listed them #1 on our last pizza article. While there's been two years since that, we still think it's some of the best New York style pizza in NC. Give this little hole in the wall a chance!
8. Favilla's New York Pizza, Asheville
While we're on the subject of seriously delicious pizza, Favilla's is a slice of NY style heaven. Suggested order is the Sicilian (pictured above) a humongo pizza that is basically a BEAST and SOO delicious.
9. Slice of Life, Wilmington
It seems the namesake has some good ideas, because eating a slice of their pizza will give you some serious life. Cheesy with the right crust, this place is perfect after a night on the town in Wilmington.
10. Lisa's Pizzeria, Rodanthe
Even if you find yourself on the "edge of the earth" (OBX style) you can still find some AMAZING pizza no matter how isolated you get. Lisa's Pizzeria in Rodanthe is more than just a pit stop for beach-going, barefoot tourists; it's a beloved haven for locals too. The inventive toppings (like the "BBQ Pizza" featuring pulled NC pork, bbq sauce, cheddar cheese, peppers and onions pictured above) fits perfectly with other classics. Good luck choosing!
Well, I’m officially starving. From big cities to small mountain towns, it seems a delicious pizz-a-pie is not hard to come by in the Tar Heel state.