Est. 2011 | Freret
Upscale Italian spot with Neapolitan personal-sized pizzas
Considering Naples is the birthplace of pizza, the most “authentic” pizza you’ll find in New Orleans is at Ancora. It’s Neapolitan to the core, down to the wood-burning oven, the crust recipe (only flour, water, and salt), and the southern Italian wine list. All of the ingredients local or directly imported from Naples. Pizzas are small -- think “personal pan pizza” -- and feature limited toppings. Also known for its salumi (Italian cold cuts made from pork), Ancora has a well-curated menu of non-pizza options, including gnocchi, salads, and meatballs.
Est. 2015 | Mid City and Uptown
Thin-crust pies and po’boys with an outdoor deck
An amiable neighborhood pizza joint, Mid City Pizza is a stable stop for a solid slice or a hefty calzone, served up with a cold beer. The margherita is particularly tasty, but locals love the specials, especially the red beans and rice pizza or taco pizza. If you’re dairy-averse, there is vegan cheese, but unfortunately, you’ll find no gluten-free options for the wheat-intolerant in your party. Hit up the original location in (you guessed it!) Mid City to hang on the cute deck, people watch along tree-lined Banks Street, and enjoy the murals painted on the building.