Dining June 09, 2016
These 10 Pizza Places In Iowa Are So Good That Your Mouth May Explode
Pizza is the most universal cuisine on the planet. Almost anywhere you go, there is a place you can grab a slice, but it’s as diverse as it is popular, so who knows what you might end up with. People in the Midwest love their pizza, so here are a ten of Iowa’s greatest pizza shops.
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1. Scornovacca's Ristorante, Des Moines
This pizza shop veteran has been around since the '70s. Inspired by old Italian family recipes, Scornovacca's is loved by locals for its delicious pies. If you want to try a classic pizza unlike any other on this list, give Scornovacca's a try.
2. Jeff's Pizza Shop, Ames
This college town favorite boasts the biggest and best pizza around. They also serve Italian-style subs and the local favorite: Smotharella Sticks.
3. Pagliai's Pizza, Iowa City
Pagliai's Pizza has an award-winning flavor, and they've been around a long time. They have a homemade feel and a laid back, family friendly ambiance.
4. Casey's Pizza
If you live in Iowa or a neighboring state, you probably are just a phone call and a ten minute drive away from eating a wondrously greasy Casey's Pizza. Casey's is a chain of general stores that started in Des Moines, and people in cities and small towns across the state eat their pizzas everyday.
5. Chef D's Rock Power Pizza, Des Moines
Chef D's Power Rock Pizza is permanently closed.
A rag to riches story, Chef D was homeless and out of work when a stroke of kindness and good fortune gave him a job at a restaurant. Now, he owns his own pizza joint, and residents of Des Moines love it. If you find yourself in the area, be sure to give Chef D a try.
6. Pizza Pit, Ames
Another place for Cyclones to grab a great slice of pizza, Pizza Pit uses fresh ingredients, and customers can watch the workers hand-toss the dough they make from scratch. People come to Pizza Pit for its mellow mood and great pizza.
7. Gusto Pizza Company, Des Moines
Gusto Pizza has a bizarre menu to say the least. Featuring such wild items like The Bay of Pigs, Thai Kwon Dough, and Fromage-A-Trois, any dining experience is sure to be unforgettable. Return time and time again for a unique experience and great pizza.
8. Wise Guys Pizza And More, Davenport
Wise Guys is one of the most famous pizza places in Quad Cities. Its informal buffet-style dining couples with authentic cuisine to give the customer an unforgettable dining experience. They have enough seating for 60 people, so there's sure to be room for you and your party any time.
9. Pizza Counter, Council Bluffs
Pizza Counter has two locations in Council Bluffs, and once you eat one of their pies you'll be sure to keep coming back. They have that casual, family-owned feel you want in a pizzeria, and they make quality food time and time again. If you're cruising along the Iowa-Nebraska border, swing by and give them a try!
10. Mad Meatball, Des Moines
Editor's Note: Mad Meatball is permanently closed.
This unorthodox pizza joint is also a pub, and promises great pies and a fantastic drink selection for all customers. For those who like their beverages to be as great of quality as their pizza, Mad Meatball is the perfect choice.
Which of these selections is your favorite? Tell us why in the comment section below, and don’t forget to share!