Wednesday is National Pizza Day, and who doesn’t love a good pizza? Delicious dough, savory sauce and stretchy cheese is all you need for a good pizza. But if you want a little more and are feeling adventurous, there are many places in the Charleston area that offer the best of both worlds.
The City Paper’s list of 10 Pizza Spots in Charleston to celebrate National Pizza Day has spots from all over the city. In Park Circle, you’ll find pies from the creative minds of Park Pizza and EVO. Downtown, you’ll find staples like D’Allesandro’s and Sabatino’s. Vegan or vegetarian? We’ve got you covered with Dellz in West Ashley and Neon Tiger downtown. This list helps narrow down the seemingly endless choices of pizza offerings, some of which come from our Dish Top 50 Winter 2022 Restaurants.
Get out, grab a slice (or three) and celebrate National Pizza Day.
Downtown. 229 St. Philip St.
Summerville. 414 Nexton Square Dr.
Serving Lunch, Dinner (daily)
Owned by brothers Nick and Ben D’Allesandro, D’Allesandro’s Pizza – or D’Al’s for short – is a staple in the upper peninsula. With affordable pizza, cold beers and a welcoming atmosphere, D’Al’s is the place to hang out and catch up with an old friend. Its menu has classic creations like margherita or meat lovers and more adventurous pies like The Amy, a vegan pizza with an olive oil and garlic base, golden beets, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and rosemary. Not feeling any of the creations? Don’t worry, D’Al’s offers 30 different topping and sauce choices to choose from so you can build your own, and if you think your creation is worthy enough to join the menu, let the staff know. —Michael Pham
West Ashley. 1617 Ashley River Rd.
Serving Lunch (Tues.-Sat.)
Though not exactly a dedicated pizza place, Dellz Uptown has some standout pizzas to try at least once. The menu is self-described as “intentional food to sustain a healthier heart [and] a happier belly,” and it shows in what the restaurant offers. The Jazzy Pizza isn’t a traditional dough pizza, but a 12-inch tortilla topped with organic wild rice, vegan cheese and sour cream, mushrooms, bell peppers, mixed greens, avocado, mango salsa and garnished with lime. It takes the traditional pizza concept and turns it on its head. —Michael Pham
North Charleston. 1075 E. Montague Ave.
Serving Lunch, Dinner (daily)
At EVO, the use of fresh, local ingredients is key, and they’ve been keeping it local from the very beginning, back when they were a mobile wood-fired oven serving pizza at the farmers market in Marion Square. Large chalkboards decorate the walls, listing local ingredients from various farms, along with daily specials, ranging from house-made sausages to duck crostini. But we’re partial to the pizza. The crust is thin and slightly charred, and the mozzarella is made fresh and pulled in-house twice a day. The pistachio pesto pie was named one of the best pizzas in the country by Food Network Magazine, and the sinful Pork Trifecta keeps customers coming back. Check out the beer list for what’s on tap, and you’ll find plenty of local brews to keep your inner beer snob happy. —Kinsey Gidick
Mount Pleasant. 976 Houston Northcutt Blvd.
Serving Dinner (Tues.-Sat.)
Family owned and operated, La Pizzeria has been slinging dough and serving Italian cuisine in Mount Pleasant for 15 years. The longtime Italian restaurant serves 14 different types of specialty pies, including classics like a margherita to less common ones like gamberetti, topped with sauteed shrimp, caramelized onions and parm. Build-your-options are also available. Pizzas come in 12- and 16-inch Neapolitan-style pizzas, as well as the square-bound Sicilian-style. Don’t expect any Chicago deep-dish. —Michael Pham
Downtown. 721 King St.
Serving Dinner (daily)
Named for the family who once ran a pharmacy in the same space, Melfi’s menu offers updated takes on Italian staples. The polished, old-school dining room is warm and buzzy, providing a welcome backdrop to get your carbs on. Slip into a leather booth and proceed to feast on house-made linguine tossed with pancetta or littleneck clams, or “Roman-ish” pizza, like the Mr. Wally, made with vodka sauce, Fresno peppers, sliced salami and meaty hen-of-the-woods mushrooms. Don’t miss the delicate tuna crudo with buttery pine nuts and Calabrian chile vinaigrette. Negroni aficionados will appreciate the choice of seven innovative variations. —Vanessa Wolf
Downtown. 654 King St.
Serving Dinner (Tues.-Sun.)
One of a handful of all-vegan establishments in Charleston, Neon Tiger doesn’t shy away from getting creative with its upscale offerings. For a more classic veggie-forward meal, look to main dishes like lentil ragout and veggie bowl. But, if you want to venture out and see just what the chefs at Neon Tiger can do with an all plant-based menu, order a pizza for the table to split like the barbecue jackfruit or formaggio and champignon. Whether you’re vegan or just curious looking to try something new, the creativity and flavor of Neon Tiger’s menu will impress. —Samantha Connors
Park Circle. 1028 E Montague Ave.
Serving Lunch, Dinner (Mon.-Fri.)
Serving Dinner (Sat.)
Park Pizza has some of the most creative pies in town. Broken down into four parts, its menu is listed by intermediate, advanced, expert and build-your-own. Intermediate pizza options include creations like a grilled cheese pizza with butter, mozzarella, provolone, cheddar and dill pickles. Advanced takes it up a notch with its Kurt Brussell, a pizza topped with olive oil, mozzarella, brussel sprouts, blue cheese, bacon and a honey balsamic reduction. Expert cranks it up to 11 with its Eggscape From New York, topped with baked eggs, american cheese, mozzarella, maple pork sausage, bacon, green onions and an everything bagel-seasoned crust. And those are just a few of the plethora of creative pies offered at Park Pizza. —Michael Pham
Downtown. 384 Huger St.
Serving Dinner (Tues.-Sat.)
This former storefront-turned-hip neighborhood trattoria has a wood-fired oven and knows how to use it. Along with tempting starters like warm homemade sourdough bread or charred cauliflower florets with savory mushroom XO sauce, the menu features a trio of pastas, plus an array of creative Neapolitan-style pizzas. Feeling adventurous? The Cheli offers a tomato base with lamb sausage, tangy pickled peppers, honey and za’atar. There’s a bagel brunch on Sundays, plus Renzo offers one of the area’s largest selections of natural wine. —Vanessa Wolf
Sabatino’s Authentic New York City Pizza
Downtown. 151 Calhoun St.
Serving Lunch, Dinner (Mon.-Sat.)
Making its pizzas “exactly how it’s done in the Bronx, NY,” Sabatino brings authentic New York pizzas to the Lowcountry. Either by the slice or whole pies, Sabatino’s slings pizza from the early afternoon to late in the evening, turning its ovens off at 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. And if you’re walking around King Street doing some shopping and want a quick bite, Sabatino’s is worth a stop. If you’re a student at the College of Charleston looking for something inexpensive to eat between classes, Sabatino’s offers lunch specials for less than $10. —Michael Pham
West Ashley. 1662 Savannah Hwy. #202
Serving Lunch, Dinner (Wed.-Sun.)
Slice Co. first started out in the former Workshop on upper King Street. Now, after a few years in its own spot in West Ashley, owner Todd Lucey is still slinging dough, either rounded, squared or by the slice. Slice Co. offers whole 18-inch pies, served with traditional red or white sauce, and cheese or vegan cheese, with toppings added on request. If you’re feeling a little square, Slice Co. also offers “squarish” pizzas, including a classic grandma-style pizza and gluten-free and vegan options. And if you need to just grab a quick bite, Slice Co., of course, offers by-the-slice. —Michael Pham
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