We all know all about Detroit-style deep dish, and we all LOVE Detroit-style deep dish (and know it is superior to Chicago's in every way), from Loui's to Buddy's to Jet's. But! Detroit has some killer pizzas of the non-deep-dish variety, and they too deserve their moment in the sun. These are 16 NOT-deep-dish pizzas you need to eat in Detroit, right now...
Ottava ViaAddress and Info
Everyone's favorite Italian restaurant with backyard bocce ball in Corktown, Ottava Via also makes worthwhile Neapolitan-style pizzas. You can opt for more traditional flavors -- like the margherita or catch-all Italian -- but the funghi is where all the the fun is... if by fun you mean portobello, crimini, shitake, and cipollini mushrooms, and tartufo cheese (infused with white truffle shavings).
Affumicata, aka "The Smoky"
Supino PizzeriaAddress and Info
Supino Pizzeria -- maybe you've heard of it? It's kind of a big deal. Supino makes Detroit's most famous not-Buddy's pizzas, and while some people might come to blows championing the Bismarck as their Supino pie of choice (#putaneggonit), our money is on the Smoky, with the smoked prosciutto and the smoked Gouda and the roasted garlic and the other goodness.
Manila clam pizza
BigaloraAddress and Info
Royal Oak (& other locations)
If you're not familiar with New England- (specifically New Haven-) style pies, there is one thing you need to know: clams... clams on a hand-tossed thin-crust round pizza, with olive oil as the sauce. And the best New England pie you're going to get outside of the Colonies (or at least in Michigan) is the Manila clam pizza at Bigalora, topped with pancetta, mozzarella, spicy chile, and parsley.
Pizza e VinoAddress and Info
Plymouth's Pizza e Vino was Michigan's first certified Neapolitan pizza, which means that this is the rare example in which use of the word "authentic" is actually appropriate and not tedious. Since it has been certified by the official pizza polizia of Naples, Italy, it stands that you should probably order the most conspicuously Neapolitan Italian pie of them all: the Bufalina, essentially a margherita with fancier cheese -- imported fresh mozzarella di bufala, fresh basil, D.O.P. (again, certifying the "authenticity") San Marzano tomatoes, EVOO, and pecorino.
Tomatoes ApizzaAddress and Info
Tomatoes has had its fair share of national recognition from Alan Richman of GQ (also us!). This Neapolitan-by-way-of-New Haven pizzeria makes a mean coal-fired thin-crust round pie with giant New York-approved slices, and also a mean garlic spread loaded with chopped garlic and olive oil. Its white pizza, with mozzarella, fresh tomato, garlic, and basil, is kind of the best of both worlds.
Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & BreweryAddress and Info
Jolly Pumpkin brewpubs in Ann Arbor and Traverse City are known for their unique pizza combinations, and the newest JP café in Midtown follows suit with an inventive pizza selection all its own. Like the other two cafes, this one has its own unique menu, so don't expect any crossover here (even the pizza crust is noticeably different). There's a lot to choose from and we'd happily recommend most of it, but if you want something you're just not going to find anywhere else, get the Korean shortrib with mozzarella, arugula, black sesame, scallion, and sesame soy vinaigrette.
Shrimp & chorizo
Crispelli's Bakery & PizzeriaAddress and Info
Berkley, West Bloomfield
This bakery/pizzeria/Italian market with two Metro Detroit locations offers two different kinds of pizza made with house-made dough -- round Italian thin crust, and square Detroit deep dish. While we appreciate the variety, when at a loosely Italian fast-casual restaurant with counter service, go with the loosely Italian-style pie. They make a lot of lovely, simple pies, and then there's the shrimp & chorizo, with shrimp & chorizo (obvs), as well as cilantro pesto, roasted red peppers, fontina, Gruyere, and feta.
Brera Pizza & Salad Co.Address and Info
The Dearborn location of Brera was the first in what promises to be a fast-growing fast-casual chain of pizza and salad shops. But the fast-casual designation doesn’t mean it skimps on quality or creativity. The pizzas are stupid cheap and crazy good, but we're partial to the Wild Forest: wild mushrooms, red sauce, fresh basil, shaved garlic, truffle oil, and goat cheese.
Mary Did Have
Motor City Brewing WorksAddress and Info
The pizza at Motor City Brewing Works has been known as one of Detroit's best since pretty much the day they put the pizza oven in. It's still true even today, with a lot more brewpubs and pizzas to choose from, and the Mary Did Have, inspired by the Mediterranean flavors so prominent in Metro Detroit food, is a must-have: olive oil, fresh-ground lamb roasted with garlic, mint, pine nuts, feta, labneh, tomatoes, cucumber, and za'atar spice.
Trattoria da LuigiAddress and Info
We don't want to sell short the many fine wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas of Trattoria da Luigi, but... Nutella pizza. Come on.
Amar PizzaAddress and Info
Before you try the ghost pepper pizza at Amar that everyone raves about because people are the worst, ask yourself if you're actually hungry and actually want to eat, then order the Tandoori pizza instead, which is just as loaded with delightful flavors without giving you a nuclear intestinal tract for the next four days. (Remember, if it hurts going in... )
112 Pizzeria BistroAddress and Info
This popular Rochester Hills pizzeria is worth the drive for many a local pizza fanatic. It serves up New York-style thin crust pizzas with none-too-outlandish ingredients and a bit of creativity, like the Selective Dan, with roasted garlic, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, cherry tomato, and arugula.
Major TomatoAddress and Info
Major Tomato, another new player on the Metro Detroit pizza scene, aims to be as healthful as a pizzeria can be, with thoughtful sourcing of ingredients and rigid standards that translate into pizzas that don't seem any more healthy (in a good way), but that you can feel less guilty about. (Although having guilt over eating pizza is stupid; it's pizza, not genocide.) Anyway. If you want to feel guilty about something, feel guilty over all the animals that died to make the pepperoni, bacon, ham, Italian sausage, and ground bison-topped Meatsiah possible, and then pay tribute to them by jamming as many as possible into your mouth at one time.
Genova PizzeriaAddress and Info
Apparently "Buongiorno" means "Here, have this awesome pizza instead of a stupid breakfast sandwich" in Italian. In keeping with our love of #putaneggonit and the American compulsion to baconize everything, this delightful quasi-breakfast pie comes with mozzarella, soppressata sausage, bacon, and sunny-side-up eggs.
Slice of pepperoni
Iron HorseAddress and Info
Sometimes you just need a beer and a slice of greasy pepperoni pizza that isn't trying to be anything other than greasy pepperoni pizza. Iron Horse, arguably the coolest bar/restaurant to open in Royal Oak in a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time, delivers just that, as well as whatever other BYO whole pizzas and tasty Mexican-ish tacos and burritos your heart desires while knocking back some beer or single barrel Buffalo Trace bourbon. The simple things, folks.
Tony V's TavernAddress and Info
A supreme by any other name, Tony's Special has mozzarella, pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, ham, bacon, and Italian sausage, because sometimes you just want to go to a bar and eat a pizza with a bunch of normal pizza stuff on it and not be judged for it.
1. Ottava Via1400 Michigan Ave, Detroit
2. Supino Pizzeria2457 Russell St, Detroit
3. Bigalora711 S Main St, Royal Oak
4. Pizza e Vino Cellar 849849 Penniman, Plymouth
5. Tomatoes Apizza29275 W 14 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills
6. Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery441 W Canfield St, Detroit
7. Crispelli's28939 Woodward Ave, Berkley
8. Brera Pizza & Salad Co1002 S MILITARY ST, Dearborn
9. Motor City Brewing Works Inc470 W Canfield St, Detroit
10. Trattoria Da Luigi415 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak
11. Amar Pizza11608 Conant St, Hamtramck
12. 112 Pizzeria bistro2528 S Adams Rd, Rochester Hills
13. Major Tomato6547 Allen Rd, Allen Park
14. Genova Pizzeria42911 Ford R, Detroit
15. Tony V's Tavern5756 Cass Ave, Detroit
16. Iron Horse316 W 4th St, Royal Oak
A traditional Italian joint in Corktown that also boasts a backyard with bocce ball, Ottava Via makes tasty Neapolitan-style pizzas cooked in a brick oven, with traditional flavors like the Margherita or catch-all Italian. We won't stop you from trying a classic, but we suggest the Funghi, which comes with portobello, crimini, shitake, and cipollini mushrooms, and Tartufo cheese.
Supino bustling Pizzeria, located in Eastern Market, serves thin crust New York style pizza pies. This spot makes Detroit's most famous not-Buddy's pizzas, and while some people might come to blows championing the Bismarck as their Supino pie of choice, our money is on the Smoky, with smoked prosciutto, smoked Gouda, and the roasted garlic.
At Bigalora restaurant, you can make-your-own meat and cheese plates, pasta, and order from a huge list of wood-fired pizzas. This spot also serves New England style pies, specifically New Haven, where clams are a regular topping. We suggest the Manila clam pizza at Bigalora, topped with pancetta, mozzarella, spicy chile, and parsley.
Plymouth's Pizza e Vino was Michigan's first certified Neapolitan pizza, which means that this is the rare example in which use of the word "authentic" is actually appropriate and not tedious. Since it has been certified by the official pizza Polizia of Naples, Italy, it stands that you should probably order the most conspicuously Neapolitan Italian pie of them all: the Bufalina, with imported fresh mozzarella di bufala, fresh basil, D.O.P. San Marzano tomatoes, EVOO, and pecorino.
Tomatoes Apizza is a Neapolitan-by-way-of-New Haven pizzeria that makes a mean coal-fired thin-crust round pie with giant New York-approved slices. Also worth mentioning, the garlic spread loaded with chopped garlic and olive oil on every pie. Its white pizza, however, with mozzarella, fresh tomato, garlic, and basil, is the best of both worlds.
Sour oak-aged ales and brews are the focal point here, but a hearty selection of salads, sandwiches, and pizzas with creative toppings like creamed shiitakes, hand-pulled mozzarella, and Korean short rib with scallions. In the spirit of roundtable pizza dineries, pies, as well as beers, can be consumed at communal picnic tables in a room lined with huge windows that lend the pub an airy and cafeteria-like social mood.
This bakery/pizzeria/Italian market hybrid offers two different kinds of pizza made with house-made dough -- round Italian thin crust, and square Detroit deep dish. While we appreciate the variety, when at a loosely Italian fast-casual restaurant with counter service, go with the loosely Italian-style pie. They make a lot of great, simple pies, and then there's the shrimp & chorizo, as well as cilantro pesto, roasted red peppers, fontina, Gruyere, and feta.
Brera Pizza and Salad Co. in Dearborn, helmed by Chef Justin Vaiciunas, is a casual pizza and salad shop. However, the fast-casual designation doesn’t mean it skimps on quality or creativity. The pizzas are well-priced and crazy good, but we're partial to the Wild Forest: wild mushrooms, red sauce, fresh basil, shaved garlic, truffle oil, and goat cheese.
This is where Ghettoblaster was born and (arguably) where the golden age of Michigan microbrewing first started to take hold. True Detroiters will gather here to munch on brick oven pizzas and enjoy a pint on the rooftop terrace.
Trattoria da Luigi serves a roundup of traditional Italian fare, but their speciality is their wood-fired pizza. The place is simple but the food is flavorful and there's a solid list of Italian wines to pair with your meal.
Amar Pizza is all about bringing pizza and Middle Eastern cuisine together in beautiful harmony. For the brave --- try their Ghost Pizza, labeled on the menu with "EXTREME HEAT, EAT AT OWN RISK". If you choose not to go down this road, be sure to order the Tandoori pizza instead, which is just as loaded with delightful flavors without giving you a nuclear intestinal tract for the next four days.
This popular Rochester Hills pizzeria, 112 Pizzeria Bistro, is worth the drive for many a local pizza fanatic. It serves up New York-style thin crust pizzas with none-too-outlandish ingredients and a bit of creativity, like the Selective Dan, with roasted garlic, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, cherry tomato, and arugula.
Major Tomato in Allen Park serves pizzas made with un-bromated flour; burgers and hot dogs made from grass-fed, sustainably raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free animals; organic wheat buns (gluten-free and organic white buns are also available); natural sodas; and "fries" made with organic sweet potatoes, millet, quinoa, and spinach. Everything is GMO- and chemical-free, but the menu is still an inventive one that will appeal to even the most diehard carnivores.
In keeping with our love of #putaneggonit and the American compulsion to baconize everything, Genova Pizzeria brings breakfast pies to Canton. All of their eats are both authentic and inventive, and you can get creative by building your own pie. Genova's 800-degree oven crisps up pizzas in no time at all, bringing you crispy yet doughy pies to be enjoyed alongside salads, calzones and other Italian favorites.
Tony V's Tavern, located in the old Alvin's space, is a college-bar-meets-grown-up-bar -- an attractive space with contemporary appeal that serves high-quality food, including thin-crust brick-oven pizzas, giant salads, burgers, and panini. There's also live music, DJs, karaoke, and trivia to keep the college bar crowd strong late into the night.
Iron Horse in Royal Oak is the place for any craving, with a variety of menu items that range from pizza and tacos to burgers and ribs. Chanderliers, dark wood and dim lighting give the space a surprisingly handsome quality, juxtaposing the gut-busting pub fare. Add an excellent craft cocktail program to the list and you've got a very unique, albeit confusing, dining and drinking venture.