From our 2016 College Student Guide.
We love pizza. A lot. We also know good pizza in all its forms is what great college experiences are made of. So here’s a little guide to help you eat your way through pizza around the city.
The Late Night Go-To
353 King St. Downtown
So it’s after midnight and you’re starving — and you need a slice, like, yesterday. In this situation, there’s only one place on the mind and it’s Gilroys. Located right in the heart of campus on King Street, Gilroy’s has been slinging dough for over 40 years now until 4 a.m. every single night. The pizza isn’t the world’s fanciest, but it’s greasy and cheap and exactly what you need after a long night of, err, studying.
229 St. Philip St. Downtown
D’Allesandro’s, or D’Als for short, is a cornerstone of pizza in this town. It’s got everything from a fantastic atmosphere, great pies, and reasonable prices. Also, they sponsor a lot of cool stuff in town, including the city’s thriving local music scene. They’ve also got a baller lunch combo — from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. everyday you can grab a slice, side salad, and fountain drink, starting at $7.50. Go eat some pizza here, you ingrates.
The Big Slice
433 W. Coleman Blvd. Mt. Pleasant
Sometimes you just want a really big piece of pizza. Benny Palmetto’s, open until 11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., until midnight on Thurs., and until 2 a.m. on Fri. and Sat., has that piece of the pie you’ve been dreaming about at all hours. You can grab a 14 in. cheese slice for just $4.50, with whole pies starting at $32. Bigger really is better at Benny’s.
The Date Night ‘Za
451 King St. Downtown
Nothing says easy-peasy date night like pizza. And if your date doesn’t like pizza, well then, it looks like you may need to find a new crush. Monza’s got Neapolitan wood-fired pizza, salads, and pastas, and the prices won’t break the bank, with shareable pizzas averaging $15. The race-themed restaurant is fun, and a great convo starter if need be.
The Old Reliable
309 King St. Downtown
With locations in cities all over the country, Mellow Mushroom is a chain restaurant we know we can count on. The Magical Mystery Tour tastes just as good in Charleston as it does in Charlottesville (we know, we’ve tried it). And with the downtown location offering delivery on the peninsula from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.- 11 p.m. (and unitl midnight on Friday and Saturdy) every day, you don’t even have to leave your dorm to nosh on the good stuff.
The Craft Pizza
Luke’s Craft Pizza
271 Ashley Ave. Downtown
Luke’s Craft Pizza is a two-person operation, with Luke Davis hand-making pizza dough that he lets rise for 24 hours before baking, while his wife manages the register. If you like your pizza made with attention to detail, then you’re gonna want to try out one of Luke’s pies. The small spot does carryout orders only, with the menu changing daily. All 14 in. pies are $14 at their most basic, with the option to add inventive toppings like house fennel sausage, cremini mushrooms, and speck. Call ahead or order at the counter.
The Neapolitan Beauty
DeSano Pizza Bakery
94 Stuart St. Downtown
According to a City Paper Dish review of downtown’s DeSano Pizza Bakery, “DeSano sets the bar for Neapolitan pizza in the Lowcountry.” Hear, hear! Neapolitan pizza has a slightly charred crust and soupy center and DeSano Pizza serves up just that, in yummy versions like the capricciosa, made with San Marzano tomato sauce, mushrooms, artichokes, prosciutto, garlic, scamorza, mozzarella di bufala, and pecorino romano.