New Mexicans debate the best pizza almost as much as they debate the best enchiladas. From paper-thin New York style to thick and meaty pan style, New Mexico pizzaiolos have created so many tasty treats that it’s hard to pick. To help you out, we have scoured the state and come up with a bucket list of tempting pizzas that you must seek out and try.
1. Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria, Albuquerque
At Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria you will find New Mexico’s first and only certified Neapolitan Pizzeria. The dough is made in-house with four ingredients – flour, water, yeast, and salt. They also make their own mozzarella cheese, sauce, and bread.
You can find Amore at two Albuquerque locations: 3600 Cutler Avenue NE, #3 (at Green Jeans), and in west downtown at 1700 Central Avenue SW, Suite A.
2. Anchovie's Pizzeria, Red River
Anchovie's is the place for bold pizza with big flavors. Check out their Big Mountain Brisket Pizza. It comes with tender brisket (roasted for 12 hours in the pizza oven), mozzarella cheese, BBQ sauce, caramelized red onions, pineapples, and since we are in New Mexico, green chile.
Look for Anchovie's at 100 W High Street, Red River.
3. Back Road Pizza, Santa Fe
Not only is Back Road Pizza a long-time local favorite, it has gotten national notice too, like being named one of Santa Fe's Top 10 Restaurants by USA Today. The secret? It is their thin crust with a roll in cornmeal for taste and texture. Try one of their house combinations. Of course, there is a New Mexican combo, with green chile, pepperoni and onions.
Back Road Pizza is located at 1807 2nd Street, #1, Santa Fe.
4. Angel Fired Pizza, Angel Fire
This is the place to enjoy a hot pizza after hiking or hitting the slopes. Need a cold brew too? Angel Fired Pizza has more than 30 beers, including a number from the Rocky Mountain Region. And boy, do they love their cheese! They work with nine different types, including smoked Gouda, feta and Italian favorites.
Angel Fired Pizza is near the center of Angel Fire at 3375 Mountain View Boulevard, Angel Fire.
5. Forrest's Pizza, Silver City
This tiny walk-up joint in downtown Silver City serves up New York-style pies that get raves from locals and visitors alike. The owner has been making pizzas since age 15 and his respect for the pizza shows. Fold up your thin slice and gobble it down at one of the outdoor tables or get a whole pizza to go. There aren't a lot of frills here – the focus is on the pizza -- but there is cannoli for dessert.
Find Forrest's at 619 N Bullard Street, Silver City.
6. Luna Rossa Winery & Pizzeria, Las Cruces
Wine with your pizza or pizza with your wine. Either way, Luna Rossa Winery and Pizzeria in Las Cruces is your place. The pizzas are wood fired and built with upscale ingredients straight from Italy, like San Marzano tomatoes and the sweet and succulent prosciutto. They make their own mozzarella. Plus, they grow their house green chile in Deming, where they also have a vineyard.
Make sure you don't fill up on pizza because they make gelato in house too, 22 flavors of it.
Luna Rossa is at 1321 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces.
7. Mimmo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, Albuquerque
Take a guy from Italy and a guy from the Bronx, mix together and you get an Italian restaurant that surpasses its humble strip mall locale. Folks come for the buffet, but the pizzas here are fresh made-to-order delights. Try their house special, Pizza Della Casa. The sauceless pie comes with mozzarella, ricotta, Parmigiano cheese, fresh tomatoes, spinach, red onions & spices.
Find Mimmo's at 3301 Coors Boulevard NW, Albuquerque.
8. Surf Shack Pizza, Grants
Surf Shack Pizza bills itself as a family fun center, complete with midway games and a video arcade. But don't fret! Unlike some fun center pizza, Surf Shack's offerings are surprisingly good. Go for a surf-themed specialty combo, like the meaty "Big Kahuna" or the veggie "Malibu." The menu makes room for the "New Mexican," too, with picante beef and green chile.
Look for Surf Shack Pizza at 320 E Stephens Avenue, Grants.
9. Taos Pizza Out Back, Taos
Many old timers know this place as Outback pizza. However, they had to modify their name. Luckily, their "Best in Taos" pizza is still the same, with their iconic thick, folded crust studded with sesame seeds. Taking a cue from the arty vibe of the city, this place has a friendly atmosphere and creative pizzas. Check out the Killer ( sun-dried tomatoes, gorgonzola, green chile, and black olives).
Taos Pizza Out Back is located at 712 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos.
10. Upper Crust Pizza, Santa Fe
Thick and chunky! You won’t go away from Upper Crust Pizza hungry. This award-winning Santa Fe pizzeria is located in an old adobe house. The beer garden patio is a prime spot for relaxing while dining on some of the crustiest pizza around – and we mean that in a good way. Choose from their famous traditional crust, the unique whole wheat or gluten-free. By the way, Upper Crust is one of the rare places to try red chile on a pizza.
Upper Crust is located in one of Santa Fe’s historic neighborhoods at 329 Old Santa Fe Trail, in Santa Fe. There is also a satellite branch in Eldorado, just outside the city.
11. Village Pizza, Corrales
There are so many great pizzas at Village Pizza. Luckily, you don't need to pick just one. Hit the lunch buffet and try several. The owners make their own sausage, dough, sauce, and green chile chicken soup. And don't forget to save room for the buttery and addicting cinnamon bread sticks. For the equestrian-minded, ride in, hitch up your horse and get a 10 percent discount.
Find Village Pizza at 4266 Corrales Road, Corrales. Visit their recently-opened Rio Rancho location too.
Now, over to you. Let us know about your old and new favorite New Mexico pizzas in the comments.