Food & Drink

The Best Pizza in New Orleans

Published On 10/30/2013 Published On 10/30/2013

The Crescent City might have a stronger rep for top-notch gumbo and chef-approved po-boys than for neighborhood slices. But we do have a strong Italian immigrant presence in New Orleans' cultural heritage... and thus, know a thing or two about everything from neighborhood slices to classic Neapolitans (not to mention Italian sandwiches... muffaletta, holla!).

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Slice

Uptown

We may be biased, but perhaps the best thing about Slice is the fact that it named one of its signature pies (a white pizza with spinach, sun-dried tomato, caramelized onion, and roasted garlic) after a Stone Temple Pilots tune. You know you want the "Wicked Garden." We know we do.

Tower of Pizza

Metairie

If you know it, you love it. If you don’t love it, you’ve never been there. Such is the ethos of Tower of Pizza, a time warp of a slice joint on Vets in Metry. It never skimps on cheese or toppings, but the crust always seems to hold up to the stress. It is vintage. It is grand. Go there.

Midway Pizza

Midway

Uptown

If you want Chicago-style deep dish in NOLA, this is the place to find it. The pies, piled fathoms-deep into buttery rich crusts, are essentially pizza-flavored cake, but... in our heart of hearts, who doesn’t want pizza-flavored cake?

Oak Oven

Harahan

Yeah, it’s kind of a schlep, but it’s a schlep worth taking, even to Harahan. The classic Italian specialties at this newish spot always satisfy, but don’t overlook its fresh, hot pies, made with ingredients sourced from local family farms. It even makes its own mozz from scratch... which is just outstanding.

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Pizza Delicious

Bywater

The single best "New York-style" slice that you will find in New Orleans, hands down, Pizza D is simple, elemental, and genuinely perfect, when you want that quintessential "foldable" slice. Also, its pasta dishes are among the best deals in town.

Sugar Park

Bywater

It’s way too easy to make the "Bywater hipster pizza" joke when it comes to this joint, so we will take the high ground here... if only to note that if you’re in that hood, it’s worth seeking out. Great pizza, and the burgers are also spot-on.

Pizza Domenica

Domenica/PIZZA Domenica

CBD/Uptown
While Alon Shaya might be raking up ALL of the accolades for his eponymous modern Israeli outpost, we mustn't forget that before he made pita, he made pizza. The pies at both Dominica and its sister slice joint PIZZA Domenica are still knocking it out of the park, thanks to that perfectly thin (but not too thin!), bubbly, crackly crust, its outstanding cured meats, and hand-pulled mozzarella.

 

Paladar 511

The Marigny

This new kid on the block -- in the NOLA pizza sense -- ain't taking no guff. The joint came here to win, and the winning is plainly evident in its beloved and inventive pies, including one featuring house-made lamb sausage, garlic confit, pine nuts, tzatziki, and roasted red peppers. Yeah, it's worth trying.

Amici Ristorante & Bar

Amici Ristorante & Bar

Uptown

This spot on Magazine Street in the Irish Channel doesn't get as much pizza love as it deserves, which is a shame, because this place definitely deserves it. It’s not reinventing the wheel... just making a really, really great wheel. The dough is excellent, the cheese is plentiful, and it uses a genuine coal-fired oven shipped from Italy.

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Scott Gold is a writer in New Orleans who spent an inappropriate amount of time at Tower of Pizza as a teenager. Follow him on Twitter @scottgold.

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1. Slice Pizzeria 5538 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

The Uptown outpost of this bustling NOLA pizza mini chain features the loaded, thin crust pizzas Slice is well known for. Signature pies include the "PGA" with prosciutto, gorgonzola, and arugula and the veggie-heavy pizza bianco "Wicked Garden" with spinach, sundried tomatoes, roasted garlic, and carmelized onions.

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2. Tower Of Pizza 2104 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002

Red checkered cloths line the tables of this old school pizza joint outside of NOLA in Metairie. The no frills menu features your standard issue cheese and pepperoni pies, plus the "Tower Special," a massive pie covered with sausage, pepperoni, onion, green pepper, and mushrooms. The affordable and sizable fare is worth the drive.

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3. Midway Pizza 4725 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

The Windy City comes to the Big Easy via Midway Pizza, a family-friendly deep dish joint located Uptown. Build your own or go with a signature pie (the super cheesy Kingpin with meatballs, carmelized onions, and parmesan is too good to pass up); wash it down with a brew off the well-curated draft list.

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4. Oak Oven 6625 Jefferson Hwy, Harahan, LA 70123

Although it's a bit of hike from the city proper, this pint sized bistro in Harahan is worth the trek. Traditional Italian cooking informs the extensive menu of wood-fired pizzas, pasta, and seafood. What makes Oak Oven especially unique is the fact that it grows most of their own produce for its salads, pizza toppings, and pasta sauces.

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5. Pizza Delicious 617 Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117 (Bywater)

Located on Bywater's Piety Street, this New York-style slice shop was started by two Long Island guys who, surprisingly, had never made pizza before. The menu incorporates local produce and features daily pizza specials like an Italian sausage pie with caramelized onions and peppers.

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6. Sugar Park 3054 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117 (Bywater)

This laidback outdoor restaurant and bar in Bywater features a garden and patio area well suited to spending a lazy Sunday in. Customizable cheesy, thin crust pizzas are what's on the menu, which go perfectly with Sugar Park's affordable booze offerings-- draft brews and glasses of house wine won't run you more than $5 a piece.

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7. Domenica 123 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112 (Central Business District)

Named after the Italian word for 'Sunday,' this spot in the CBD's Roosevelt Hotel is meant to evoke feelings of dinner at your nonna's casa. The menu takes simple, rustic fare to the next level. The thick crusted pies here are the show-stoppers, especially the Tutto Carne with bacon, salami, and sausage, all topped with a farm egg.

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8. PIZZA domenica 4933 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118 (Uptown)

The pizza at Domenica, Alan Shaya's spot in the Roosevelt Hotel, was so good that he decided to dedicate an entire restaurant to it. The Uptown pizzeria focuses on Neapolitan pizzas topped with seasonal ingredients and house-cured meats. The menu features speciality pies, like the ode-to-NOLA muffaletta pizza, plus a few salads and appetizers, like top-notch garlic knots and house-smoked chicken wings.

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9. Paladar 511 511 Marigny St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Paladar 511 isn't your average pizza joint. Located in Marigny, the restaurant serves slices for the adventurous and sophisticated with toppings including braised artichoke, roasted asparagus, and yogurt. The restaurant's warehouse-like decor nicely compliments its seasonal menu.

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10. Amici Ristorante & Bar 3218 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

This spot is all about tradition-- housed in an old Victorian manse and working off a menu of family style Sicilian fare, Amici is one of those places you coming back to. Its coal-fired pizzas hit the sweet spot of being not too soft and too not too crispy, with a bubbly, charred crust and a warm, saucy center. The spacious bar area features over 30 beers on draft and a full bar.

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