Food & Drink

The Best Pizza Joints in Indianapolis

Published On 05/12/2016 Published On 05/12/2016
Napolese Pizzeria

Napolese

Meridian-Kessler (& other locations)

Part of the Patachou family of restaurants, Napolese serves farm-to-table food on a seasonally updated Italian menu. And while, yes, you could get a bunch of pasta and salad and a really good bottle of wine, the best thing is the wood-fired pizza -- especially the Napolese Broken Yolk. It's an undoubted Indianapolis favorite: a margherita pizza with a quail egg on top. Aside from the artisanal selection, this spot offers some "freestyle" options, which gives diners a choice of up to three toppings per pizza.

Courtesy of Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza

Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza

Irvington (& other locations)

Parents love it, kids can't get enough of it, and politicians get pictures taken while eating it to prove they understand what’s good around here. This place offers the perfect crust in terms of thickness, with a crunchy, buttery edge and a good balance of toppings. The pizza menu is separated by meat, cheese, and potatoes; chicken; veggie; seafood; and "hangover pizzas" (translation: pies with a lot of stuff thrown on to make you forget about how much you drank the night before). Oh, and you can always build your own pie. See, there’s a reason why it’s kind of the gold standard for pizza around Naptown.

Bazbeaux Pizza

Bazbeaux

Broad Ripple (& Mass Ave)

For those with a taste for the gigantic and exotic, there is Bazbeaux. Stop by and get a pie piled with veggies, seafood, or andouille sausage, and have a banana bread beer to go with it. It’s ideal for when you need to feed a group of people with a variety of tastes. Alongside the pizza, make sure you get a salad, if only to try the basil dressing that comes with it. And though we love every Bazbeaux location equally, the Broad Ripple version must bake at a hotter temperature, because it definitely makes the better crust of the two.

Pizzology Craft Pizza + Pub

Pizzology

Mass Ave (& other locations)

Your best bet for knockout wood-fired pizza is Pizzology on Mass. No shade on the Carmel location, but there’s something special about the paper-thin, ultra-crunchy crust that comes out of the oven at this one. You might call it a “date night" pizza spot for those times when you want an excuse to do your hair and wear something nice(ish), but also want to scarf down some serious slices. For our money, the mushroom-heavy White Devil (prosciutto, mushrooms, house-made mozzarella, olive oil, garlic fondue, and sea salt) is the hands-down best pick. 

Diavola Pizza

Diavola

SoBro

The newest contender for king of the wood-fired pizza is Diavola, which took over the old Twist Lounge spot on 54th and has already made waves with the crusty, chewy version of the brick oven pizza. The warmly lit interior makes it another good choice for a date with someone you like enough to share a pizza with. (No judgment if that is no one.) Plus, it's also one of the best restaurants in Indianapolis, says us.

Brozinni's Pizzeria

Brozinni

Greenwood (& other locations)

This place has been around for a while, and for good reason. It started humbly on Emerson and now has two more locations, one on the beach in Florida and the other in Nashville, IN. Don’t be put off by the New York Everything vibe of the place, because the pie really is good (whether it be the Broadway, the Park Avenue, the Canal Street, or the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway). Be sure to get your pizza done “Grandma Style." The extra-thick crust is like stepping into the kitchen of the Sicilian grandmother you never had. It's something you should try at least once.

Courtesy of Union Jack Pub

Union Jack

Broad Ripple

It’s not often that UK-centric soccer bars are the place to find great pizza, but Union Jack makes exactly the kind of thick-crusted, topping-laden pie you need to fuel up for proper hooliganism. It also offers something called the Jack Stuffed Pizza Pie: an incredible butter, crust, and cheese mashup that looks pretty much identical to a pie with the top crust vented for the oven. Do try!

South Of Chicago Pizza & Beef Fishers

South of Chicago

Fletcher Place

Some locals may angrily call it “pizza casserole,” but our neighbors from da Region would probably say that South of Chicago has the best deep dish, well, south of Chicago. If you really want to go Chi city crazy, you can get your deep dish topped with Italian beef and giardiniera peppers. And who are we to judge? 

Bebop Pizza Kitchen

Bebop Pizza Kitchen

SoBro

Just around the corner from the Jazz Kitchen is this funky little pizza shop serving pies until the music stops at midnight on the weekends (and 10pm Sunday-Thursday). Folks in the neighborhood have been buying the delicious thin-crust pies for a long time, and there’s no need to mess with perfection -- especially when you're offering a 16in five cheese & tomato pie for under $20. 

Byrne's Grilled Pizza

Byrne's Grilled Pizza

Butler-Tarkington

For a while, visitors of the Broad Ripple Farmers Market have been enjoying Byrne’s limited variety of pizza by the slice. Now, everyone can indulge in a pie with this brick-and-mortar location at 56th and Illinois in the old Oh Yumm! Bistro storefront. The restaurant offers a few lunch selections on top of the "Always" served pies (approximately 15), all of which come in both small and large. But c'mon, if you've tasted the product at the Farmers Market, chances are you'll be ordering up the large.

Some Guys Pizza

Eastwood

We don’t often recommend trying anything but a standard pie when venturing to a new pizza joint, but this place does exceptional things with its “unusual” variety of pizza. Get yourself a Thai pie with carrots, cashews, and peanut sauce, and realize that maybe -- just maybe -- you’ve been doing your Asian fusion food all wrong. 

Ale Emporium

Ale Emporium

Castleton

All hail the great Ale Emporium: palace of beer both micro- and macrobrewed, and great pizza wonder of the Northside. Amid chains and crappy sports bars, the ever-wonderful Ale Emporium supplies both the best pizza and the best wings in Castleton in a kind of glittering museum of televisions constantly playing sports. Between the draft and bottle list, you can get about a thousand different beers to wash down the gameday food. It’s hard to think of a better place to spend a few Sundays during football season.

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1. Napolese Artisanal Pizzeria- 49th and Pennsylvania 114 E 49th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205 (Meridian Kessler)

Part of the Patachou family of restaurants, Napolese serves farm-to-table food on a seasonally updated Italian menu. This casual trendy spot offers a great selection of pasta and salad, but the real winner here is the wood-fired pizza. We suggest the Napolese Broken Yolk: a Margherita pizza with a quail egg on top. Aside from the artisanal selection, this spot offers some "freestyle" options, which gives diners a choice of up to three toppings per pizza.

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2. Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza 5646 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219 (Irvington)

Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza is a warm and welcoming restaurant decorated with art-lined walls in Irvington. This place offers the perfect pizza crust in terms of thickness, with a crunchy, buttery edge and a good balance of toppings. The pizza menu is separated by meat, cheese, and potatoes; chicken; veggie; seafood; and "hangover pizzas" -- and you can always build your own pie.

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3. Bazbeaux Pizza 811 E Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46220 (Broad Ripple)

Bazbeaux Pizza, located in a rustic old house with an outdoor patio, is the perfect place for those with a taste for the gigantic and exotic, satisfying people with a wide variety of tastes. Stop by and get a pie piled with veggies, seafood, or andouille sausage, and have a banana bread beer to go with it. Along with the pizza, make sure you get a salad- if only to try the basil dressing that comes with it.

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4. Pizzology Craft Pizza + Pub 608 Massachusetts Ave Ste A, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (Indianapolis)

Your best bet for knockout wood-fired pizza is Pizzology on Mass, with a cozy dining room plus a full bar. There’s something special about the paper-thin, ultra-crunchy crust that comes out of the oven and all of the creative topping options. We suggest the mushroom-heavy White Devil, that comes with prosciutto, mushrooms, house-made mozzarella, olive oil, garlic fondue, and sea salt.

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5. Diavola Pizza 1134 E 54th St, Ste I, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Diavola has a warmly lit interior and offers some great wood-fired thin-crust pizzas alongside a full menu of salads and antipasto plates. You can build your own pie, but we strongly suggest you take one off the left side of the menu and try a surprising combination of toppings that are paired together on any given delicious pizza.

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6. Brozinni Pizzeria 8810 S Emerson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46237 (Greenwood)

Brozinni Pizzeria is a family-friendly spot that has been a neighborhood staple for quite some time. The menu features the Big Apple's signature pizza crust, plus a some other Italian options. Be sure to get your pizza done “Grandma Style." The extra-thick crust is like stepping into the kitchen of the Sicilian grandmother you never had, and is definitely something you should try at least once.

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7. Union Jack Pub 924 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220 (Broad Ripple)

It’s not often that UK-centric soccer bars are the place to find great pizza, but Union Jack makes exactly the kind of thick-crusted, topping-laden pie you need to fuel up. It also offers something called the Jack Stuffed Pizza Pie: an incredible butter, crust, and cheese mashup that looks pretty much identical to a pie with the top crust vented for the oven.

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8. South of Chicago Pizza and Beef 619 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203 (Fletcher Place)

South of Chicago Pizza and Beef is a windy city themed counter-deli serving deep-dish pizza, submarine sandwiches, plus beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. If you really want something delicious and heart, we suggest you get your deep dish pie topped with Italian beef and giardiniera peppers. This spot has a sports bar vibe, and an amazing lunch buffet to boast.

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9. Bebop Pizza Kitchen 705 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Bebop Pizza Kitchen is a funky little pizza shop serving pies until the music stops at midnight on the weekends (and 10pm Sunday-Thursday). Folks in the neighborhood have been buying the delicious thin-crust pies for a long time, and there’s no need to mess with perfection -- especially when they're offering a 16in five cheese & tomato pie for under $20.

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10. Byrne's Grilled Pizza 5615 N Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 (Butler Tarkington)

Byrne’s Grilled Pizza is a brick-and-mortar spot at 56th and Illinois in the old Oh Yumm! Bistro storefront. The restaurant offers a few lunch selections on top of the "Always" served pies (approximately 15), all of which come in both small and large. But, if you've tasted the pies at the Farmers Market before, chances are you'll be ordering up the large.

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11. Some Guys Pizza 6235 Allisonville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46220

We don’t often recommend trying anything but a standard pie when venturing to a pizza joint you haven't been to before, but this place does exceptional things with its “unusual” variety of pizza. We suggest the Thai pie with carrots, cashews, and peanut sauce, and expand your horizons beyond the traditional Asian fusion cuisine.

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12. Ale Emporium 8617 Allisonville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46250 (Castleton)

The great Ale Emporium is a paradise for beer-fanatics, with over 200 micro- and macro-brews on tap, and plenty of bottled iterations as well. And while the place is renowned for its remarkable beer selection, the chef's famous wings -- lightly battered, marinated in your choice of buffalo, sweet BBQ or Spicy Teriyaki rub, and deep fried to perfection -- have garnered nearly as much acclaim. Beyond the wings, the menu offers everything from personal pizzas and grilled paninis, to burgers and cherry-topped hot fudge sundaes. Amidst a battery of large-scale chains and dingy sports bars, the ever-wonderful warm wooded Ale Emporium supplies Castleton locals with a space for live music, televised sporting events, craft beers, and a full roster of tasty, high-quality pub fare.

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