Alright, let’s go ahead and put it out there. When it comes to pizza, there’s no way we’re all going to agree. Some like thick crust, some like thin. Some like traditional toppings and others like to try everything imaginable. But there is one thing we can all agree on – when you find that one pizza that is just right, it’s like magic. There are times when NOTHING tastes better than that perfect slice.
So, while everyone might not agree on all of these places, here are 16 pizza shops in Virginia that make a pie that will keep their customers coming back for more.
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1. Pupatella, Arlington
Named the state’s best pizza in TripAdvisor’s FlipKey.com poll, Pupatella is known for fabulously authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas. The parking situation gets a bad rap but the pizza wins time and again. Some things are just worth it.
2. Salvatore’s Pizzeria, Virginia Beach
Known for their authentic Sicilian pizzas and out-of-this-world garlic knots, Salvatore’s is a favorite for the Virginia Beach crowd. Their expansive menu and wine list far exceed the expectations you might have from a strip mall pizza joint.
3. Pizzeria Orso, Falls Church
Wood-fire pizza with authentic Italian flair is what makes this local Falls Church stop a favorite. A kid-friendly atmosphere and broad menu ensure that there is something for everyone – including amazing sandwiches, pastas and salads. Stop in mid-week for “Tuesday kids eat free night” or try the half-price wine nights on Wednesday.
4. Crozet Pizza, Crozet and Charlottesville
Since 1977, publications like National Geographic, USA Today, and Fodor’s Travel Guide have listed Crozet Pizza as some of the best pizza in the country. Perhaps its because Bob Crum and his wife Karen personally made every pizza for 27 years before handing ownership over to their daughter in 2004. But it seems to run in the family, because Crozet Pizza is still making amazing pizzas in their homey little shop in Crozet. In 2012 they've opened a new location in Charlottesville.
5. Basilico Italian Market and Deli, Fredericksburg
This deli is considered one of Fredericksburg’s best-kept secrets. In addition to imported groceries and baked goods, they offer a full-menu of amazing foods, including authentic Italian pizzas, calzones, strombolis and paninis. It's no wonder they receive consistently outstanding reviews.
6. Benny Nicola’s, Radford
You’ve heard of a “New York Slice”, well step aside, New York, because Benny’s brings you the “Virginia Slice” – and they’re not playing. The Benny’s chain is a superstar in Virginia and nowhere more so then their shop in Radford. You’re not going to get a huge menu, but you are going to get a huge pizza and trust me, you will love every bite. There are 6 Benny’s in Virginia – each with a different “last name” but all with the same great pizza. See them all here: www.bennysva.com.
7. Bottom’s Up, Richmond
Bottom’s Up in Richmond’s historic Shockoe Bottom simply can’t seem to STOP getting voted Richmond’s best pizza. For 12 years in a row, they’ve been recognized for their thick pies, creative toppings, and all-around amazing flavors. With outdoor seating, vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options, there is really something for everyone at this Richmond classic.
8. Café Del Sol, Winchester
Thin crust pizzas with California-flair have found their home in Winchester. With shops in Maryland and Pennsylvania, as well, the California pizza chain delivers a huge array of gourmet pizzas with international influences that make for out-of-this world flavors.
9. Del Ray Pizzeria, Alexandria
This funky little pizza joint in the trendy Del Ray neighborhood isn’t afraid to have a little fun. With names like “Smokin’ Hot Chick” (chipotle marinara, smoked gouda, mozzarella, smoked chicken, red onions, jalapeños) and “This Little Pig” (basil pesto, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, oven dried tomatoes) on the menu, Del Ray Pizzeria offers eclectic pizzas with great taste.
10. Cucci Pizzeria, Covington
There’s no doubt that Cucci’s is the gem of Covington. Great pizza, turnovers (their version of a calzone), and service make this hometown favorite one worth visiting.
11. Salerno’s, Lexington
This classic pizza joint has been a favorite for generations of VMI keydets and Washington and Lee students alike. The family-style atmosphere makes it feel like home, and with gigantic portions and great prices,its easy to see why this has become a Lexington institution.
12. Tony and Milena’s, Hayes
As we’ve found with many of our places, a run-of-the-mill strip mall has nothing to do with the AMAZING food that comes out of it. Tony’s and Milena’s is known as “the real deal” when it comes to Italian food and authentic pizza in the Gloucester area.
13. Vito’s Italian Kitchen, Harrisonburg
As a Harrisonburg favorite, Vito’s does not disappoint. Their pizzas are outstanding and their service is top of the line. From “make your own” pies to their signature line-up (including vegan options), your only complaint will be that you don’t have enough room to eat every last bite.
14. Marro’s Italian Restaurant, Kenbridge
Marro’s in Kenbridge has been called the best pizza in Lunenburg County time and again but their amazing staff and friendly service get just as many rave reviews. Their chef-inspired Italian menu includes hand-crafted pizzas with gorgeous ingredients and amazingly fresh flavors.
15. CJ’s Pizza, Wytheville
Since 1982, CJ’s has been serving up super-fresh pizza with fantastically unique toppings. Instead of mozzarella cheese, they use 100% white cheddar to give their pizzas that little something special. CJ’s has locations in Chilhowie and Marion, as well, but the Wytheville shop still gets praised for being the best.
16. Famous Pizza, Chincoteague
Famous Pizza and Subs on Chincoteague Island is a favorite for tourists and locals alike with fresh toppings and amazing crust. When you know you’re good, you might as well admit it.
There’s no doubt that you have your favorite place to find the perfect blend of crust, sauce, cheese and toppings. So now that we’ve told you about some of our favorites, let us know where you go for your slice of pizza nirvana.