When it comes to favorite foods, I’ve never met anyone who didn’t have pizza pretty high on their list. Indiana has a variety of different pizza styles, with influences from Chicago, the east coast, and St. Louis, and in some cases, a blend of these famous pizza styles. If you’re looking for some of the best places to try, you have to cross every one of these places off your pizza bucket list.
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1. Papa's - Culver
This pizza joint has some of the best pies you've ever tasted. Locals love Papa's - and for good reason. They claim to have served the best pizza in Indiana since 1976, so you'll definitely want to put them to the test. Try them at 824 E Lake Shore Dr, Culver, IN 46511.
2. Mother Bear's - Bloomington
No pizza list is legit if Mother Bear's in Bloomington isn't on it. A favorite of IU students, this place holds a lot of nostalgia for many Hoosiers and is definitely worth the wait when it gets crowded. Try them at 1428 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401.
3. Brozinni Pizzeria - Indianapolis
This New York style pizzeria offers huge, thin crust pies in a variety of styles, including build your own options. At lunchtime, you can also order pizza by the slice, which is a great way to try a bunch of different flavors. Find the on the south side at 8810 S Emerson Ave, Ste 240, Indianapolis, IN 46237.
4. Turoni's Pizzery and Brewery - Evansville
Turoni's is a local gem that Evansville residents know serves up some of the best pizza around. There are some real debates about cutting pizza into rectangles, rather than triangles, but give their scrumptious pies a chance. You'll be so glad you did. Find their main location at 408 N Main St, Evansville, IN 47711.
5. Wise Pies Pizza and Subs - Terre Haute
Wise Pies is another New York style pizza place offering whole pies or pizza by the slice. Try it with just cheese or your favorite toppings at their main location located at 9 S 6th St, Terre Haute, IN 47807.
6. Lexy's Pizza - Fort Wayne
If you have a hard to please crowd looking for pizza, Lexy's is a great place to try. They have original crust and deep dish pizzas, as well as a pizza buffet. Can't agree on toppings? Go half and half for the best of both worlds. You'll find them at 10346 Leo Rd, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
7. New Bethel Ordinary - Wanamaker
Don't be fooled by the name - this pizza is anything but ordinary. In each bite, expect a huge layer of cheesy goodness, on a perfectly cooked thin crust. They don't go light on toppings here, so you'll always get your money's worth (and have leftovers to spare). Try them at 8838 Southeastern Ave, Wanamaker, IN 46239.
8. Perillo's Pizzeria - North Salem
This charming pizzeria is the perfect Italian cafe for pizza lovers. Enjoy New York thin crust or Sicilian deep dish pizza on their gorgeous patio or inside their dining area. Just be sure to bring cash because they won't accept credit cards here. Try them at 5 S Broadway St, North Salem, IN 46165.
9. Giuseppe's - Schererville
If you're a fan of simple, tasty pizza combinations, like the classic margherita, you'll want to check out Giuseppe's ASAP. You'll find a fair variety of gourmet variety pizzas here, including pizzas cooked in the Neapolitan style (in a wood stove). They also have gluten free options. Find them at 1000 Eagle Ridge Dr
Unit H, Schererville, IN 46375.
10. Mazerella's Upper Crust Pizza and Pasta - Sellersburg
Many Hoosiers swear this pizza joint has the best pizza in the area. Be sure to try out their white pizzas and their lunch buffet. Give them a try at 949 S Indiana Ave, Sellersburg, IN 47172.
11. Pizza Cellar - Crown Point
Everyone knows the tomato sauce can really make or break a pizza. Pizza Cellar offers a delicious sweet tomato sauce that you'll soon realize you've been missing out on. You have to try out their thick crust, which is more of a pan crust, rather than Chicago style. You'll find them at 160 S West St, Crown Point, Indiana.
12. Tomato Pie Pizza Joint - Paragon
This mom and pop pizza joint knows how to make a perfectly cheesy pizza. Try anything with double cheese or one of their themed pies, like the White Roma. You won't be disappointed! Try them at 100 W Union St
Paragon, IN 46166.
13. Duneland Pizza - Chesterton
What's better: a trip to the Indiana Dunes or delicious pizza? Luckily, you don't have to decide. Enjoy the dunes, then reward yourself with an incredible pizza from Duneland Pizza. Choose your favorite crust thickness and toppings for a truly personalized, delicious pizza experience. Find them at 520 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304.
14. Professor Joe's Pizzeria and Pub - Lafayette
This pizza place is a favorite for college students and is a must try for any pizza lover. Be sure to try their unique chicken bacon ranch pizza or any pizza with their delicious meatballs piled on top. You can find them at 648 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47901.
15. House of Pizza - Hammond
The thin crust pizza at this beloved pizza joint is an absolute must try. This is a great pizza place for families and picky eaters, since you can build your own pizza. Find it at 7008 Indianapolis Blvd, Hammond, IN 46324.
16. Big Woods Pizza - Nashville
Many lovers of Big Woods claim this is the best pizza in the entire country (if not the world). While that's a pretty big order to fill, they definitely deliver. If you're a veggie lover, their Garden Veggie Pizza won't disappoint. Meat lovers should definitely try the Smokehouse Pizza, with pulled pork piled on top. Try them at 44 N Van Buren St, Nashville, IN 47448.
17. ZwanzigZ Pizza - Columbus
This pizza place is famous in Columbus and offers incredible pizzas with beers to complement. Be sure to try their lasagna pizza if you love ricotta (and let's be honest, who doesn't?!). Try them at 1038 Lafayette Ave, Columbus, IN 47201.
18. Edwardo's Natural Pizza Restaurant - Munster
For a unique Chicago deep dish experience, you have to visit Edwardo's. Toppings are actually added to the layer of cheese beneath the sauce, for a truly cheesy, magnificent taste. Try them at 7920 Calumet Ave, Munster, IN 46321.
19. Kacey's Twin Eatery - Whiteland
This hidden gem in Whiteland is a laid back pizza joint that offers a massive, affordable pizza. If you live nearby and are searching for a new local pizza joint, this is definitely the place to try. Find it at 89 N US Highway 31, Whiteland, IN 46184.
20. South of Chicago Pizza - Indianapolis
This tiny pizza joint is easy to miss, but you should check it out at least once. Their deep dish, Chicago style pizzas are legendary in the city and are even offered by the slice during their lunch buffet. Their thin crust is pretty good too, though passing on their deep dish is pretty hard to do. Check them out at 619 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203.
These are just 20 of some of the best rated pizza places in Indiana to add to your bucket list. Which places are we missing and which ones can you not wait to try?