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1. Fong’s Pizza
Fong’s Pizza is delicious, and it takes an adventurous eater to truly appreciate this place. They offer one-of-a-kind pies that are mouth-wateringly delicious in a unique setting. The restaurant was previously occupied by a Chinese restaurant. When a group of local owners opened Fong’s Pizza in 2009, they decided to continue the Asian-inspired theme. They offer interesting and tasty options like Thai chicken and egg roll pizza, alongside some more traditional options with combos of meat and veggies.
Fong’s Pizza is open in two locations:
223 4th St., Des Moines, IA.
1450 SW Vintage Pkwy, Ste. 120, Ankeny, IA.
2. Lincoln Wine Bar
The Lincoln Wine Bar makes amazing wood-fired pizza topped with fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. The pizzas are cooked in an authentic Italian pizza oven that was literally shipped overseas. The attached wine bar offers up the perfect pairing to go with your pie, and they even have live music.
Located at 125 1st St. W, Mt Vernon, IA.
Pusateri's in Dubuque offers incredible Chicago style, thin crust, deep dish and original crust pizza. They make their own sausage, dough and sauce, to give you the tastiest experience possible. They also serve other dishes, like pasta, burgers, steak and more.
Located at 2400 Central Ave., Dubuque, IA.
4. Zoey’s Pizzeria
Zoey’s has a crust for everyone. They make incredible Chicago-style pizza with handmade sauce and olive oil crust. You can also get a thin crust pizza with the same dough pressed thin. New York pizza lovers, never fear. They have that too. Show up early or prepare to wait in line, because they’re always packed with hungry pizza lovers.
Located at 690 10th St., Marion, IA.
5. Mabe’s Pizza
Mabe’s was started by a woman named Mabel White, and the restaurant still bears her name. A local Decorah favorite, Mabe’s is a family run restaurant that serves delicious thin crust pizza in a comfy atmosphere.
Mabe’s has two locations:
110 E Water St., Decorah, IA.
119 North Elm St., Cresco, IA.
6. Wig & Pen Pizza Pub
Wig & Pen Pizza Pub has been voted best pizza in Iowa by both Zagat and Thrillist. They have seriously delicious thin crust and Chicago style pizza with lots of melty cheese and generous helpings of whatever other toppings you choose.
There are three locations:
363 North 1st Ave., Iowa City, IA.
1220 Hwy. 6 West, Iowa City, IA.
2005 S. Ankeny Blvd. Suite 300, Ankeny, IA.
7. A & A Pagliai’s Pizza
Pagliai's Pizza is a family owned restaurant that makes authentic thin crust pizza from family recipes with the freshest vegetables and organic meat. They’ve been serving some of the most delicious pizza in Iowa for over 60 years.
Located at 302 E Bloomington St., Iowa City, IA.
This pizza place has pies so good people travel from miles around just to get a fix. They specialize in thin crust pizza topped with the tastiest ingredients.
Located at 607 13th St. N, Humboldt, IA.
9. Sfumato Pizza
Sfumato Pizza has amazing wood-fired pizza cooked in an authentic Italian brick oven. Their goal is to cook Neopolitan-style pizzas with healthy, all-natural ingredients, and they’ve nailed it. Instead of traditional sauce, they use fresh tomatoes and olive oil, along with fresh mozzarella, for pizzas that are bursting with flavor.
Located at 4995 Carnes Dr., Alton, IA.
10. Zipp’s Pizzaria
Zipp’s Pizzaria is a true hidden pizza gem in the small town of Adair. They serve thin crust and pan-style pizza, with high quality ingredients like their own housemade sausage.
Located at 301 Audubon St., Adair, IA.
11. Bombfire Pizza
This funky pizza place is located in Sabula, Iowa’s only island. They serve up delicious wood-fired pizza with only the freshest ingredients in an unforgettable setting.
Located at 516 Pearl St., Sabula, IA.