Pizza has the unique ability to be both unifying and polarizing all at once. We can all agree that pizza is one of the greatest foods ever, but choosing where to get it and what toppings to order has been the cause of many an argument. Nebraska has no shortage of pizza places from which to choose, but which are the most essential to the Nebraska pizza dining experience? This list highlights the pizza places all across the state that everyone should try at least once.
1. Back Alley Bakery, Hastings
The Back Alley Bakery has delicious bakery items all week, but stop in on Thursday between 5 and 7 pm for pizza night and be totally delighted. They use only fresh, local ingredients, and visitors rave about just about everything on the menu.
609 W 2nd St, Hastings
2. Big Fred's Pizza Garden & Lounge, Omaha
If you've been in Omaha more than a few minutes, you've probably heard of Big Fred's and their square-cut pizza. They've been serving delectable pizza made with hand-tossed dough for more than 50 years now, and they've won the hearts of pizza lovers all over the city (and beyond).
1101 S 119th St, Omaha
3. The Danish Baker, Dannebrog
This little bakery has become a big legend when it comes to their weekly pizza night. Every Thursday night, you'll see a steady line of people leaving the place with pizzas so heavy they almost need help carrying them. Be sure to call ahead to reserve yours to avoid disappointment (or a very long wait).
114 Mill St S, Dannebrog
4. Dave's Place, Superior
Dave's is known for its solid bar food and cozy local atmosphere, but what you should really be on the lookout for here is the sauerkraut pizza. It's a Nebraska delicacy that this place totally nails.
243 N Central Ave, Superior
5. Fat Fox's, Red Cloud
Fat Fox's is another place serving the delicious sauerkraut pizza, plus lots more. They've got an always-tasty daily special along with a full menu of things you'll love...but let's be honest - you want that pizza.
326 N Webster St, Red Cloud
6. The Flippin' Sweet, Kearney
The Flippin Sweet has won a whole bunch of recognition from publications and websites, and they were even chosen as Zagat's pick for the pizza you must try in Nebraska. But you won't be thinking of magazines and Zagat when you visit - you'll be too busy stuffing your face with impossibly delicious pizza.
203 E 25th St, Kearney
7. Loop Brewing Company, McCook
This pizza is so much more than the typical small-town Nebraska offering. The brick oven pizza is inventive and artfully prepared with fresh (and sometimes unexpected) ingredients. Menu items include a reuben pizza and one with bacon-spiked macaroni and cheese.
404 W A St, McCook
8. Orsi's Italian Bakery and Pizzeria, Omaha
Tucked away in Omaha's Little Italy is this gem that's been pleasing pizza lovers for 98 years now, and there's no sign that they'll slow down anytime soon. This rectangular pie is truly some of Omaha's most beloved pizza.
621 Pacific Street, Omaha
9. Papa's Pizza and Subs, Alliance
Papa's is definitely the place to go for pizza whenever you're near Alliance. Buy it by the slice or take a whole pie home - either way, this is a fresh, delicious treat.
404 E 3rd St, Alliance
10. Pizza Kitchen, Milford
A surprisingly robust menu elevates this small-town pizza joint to a destination you just have to visit when you're nearby. The buffet is always fantastic, and if you're eating a little lighter you can always balance out your pizza with the delicious salad bar.
411 1st St, Milford
11. Pizza Balace, Burwell
This alcohol-free restaurant is a great family friendly place to grab a meal with your crew. Stop by for lunch on weekdays or dinner on Thursday nights to experience their tasty buffet. Come in any other time for eat-in or takeout deliciousness.
204 Grand Avenue, Burwell
12. Raymono's Pizza Plus, Raymond
When it comes to small-town pizza places, they're often just adequate enough to fulfill a pizza craving but not good enough to make a real impression. Raymono's, on the other hand, serves truly outstanding pizza including some creative combinations. Hit up the all-you-can-eat buffet $6.95 for the best value.
5580 W Mill Rd # D, Raymond
13. Rocket Inn, Indianola
The Rocket Inn has their very own unique type of tasty pizza pie. The rectangular pizza comes to the table still in the pan, so be careful not to inhale that along with the legendary pizza. Try the hamburger sauerkraut pie for a local favorite.
121 N 4th St, Indianola
14. Rosie's Pizza, South Sioux City
Rosie's has been around for a long time, and when you try a slice of this fabled pie you'll understand why. One Yelp reviewer said it better than we ever could: "If I was on death row and got to pick my final meal, I am certain that it would include Rosie's Pizza."
2126 Dakota Ave, South Sioux City
15. Sit N Bull, Giltner
When we put together a list of great pizza places in Nebraska and didn't include the Sit N Bull, we were told several million times that we'd missed one of the greatest spots in the state. We checked it out and, well, you were right. These pies are thick and loaded with fresh toppings. Once you try it, you'll never forget it!
3007 N Commercial Ave, Giltner
16. Wave Pizza Company, Grand Island
Wave is one of those Nebraska pizza joints that you just have to try to understand how amazing it is. The pizza is fresh, creative, and always satisfying - and the restaurant itself is full of fascinating decor that will put a smile on your face.
107 N Walnut St, Grand Island
17. Yia Yia's, Lincoln
Yia Yia's is celebrated as some of the best pizza in Nebraska. With the perfect balance of crust, sauce, and toppings, everything here is delicious. The restaurant's ambiance is fun and it's the perfect place for any kind of get-together. An odd but memorable feature is the slab of bread that comes with your pizza. Why? No one knows. Just go with it.
1423 O St, Lincoln
A note about this pizza “bucket list”: these are the spots chosen by you, our readers, in your comments and suggestions. They are spread out around the state to give everyone a chance to try a “bucket list” restaurant. Unfortunately we can’t list every pizza restaurant in the state, so you probably won’t agree with the list 100%. But that’s ok – just add your favorite to the list by leaving a comment!