From pies piled with pork to New York-style slices, we’ve rounded up the best places for pizza in Bluff City.
When farmers open a pizza joint, you get New York-style pizza with farm-to-table flare. Located in the Medical District, Trolley Stop Market is owned by Jill and Keith Forrester of Whitton Farms. Rock'n Dough Pizza’s Jeremy Denno is the man behind the made-from-scratch signature sauce and crust. Gluten-free folks and vegans rejoice! Here, you can sub non-dairy Daiya cheese or get a gluten-sensitive crust.
In addition to pies like the Potato Rosemary Pizza and Shrimp Scampi Pizza, the menu is full of delish salads, sandwiches, entrees, and dessert. They also have brunch on Saturdays, when you can try the Jillbilly Breakfast Pizza, topped with bacon or sausage, farm fresh eggs, cheddar, mozzarella, and sautéed onions. At lunch, get a slice with a side salad and fountain drink for just eight bucks. Wash it all down with an I Love Elvis milkshake, made with vanilla ice cream, peanut butter cookie, and banana. Or, there’s always a locally brewed beer!
Tucked away at the last trolley stop in the emerging Madison Heights District, Slice of Soul Pizza Lounge serves up gourmet pizza with a side of art and music. The pizza is prepared on artisan flatbread, using the perfect blend of cheese, sauce, and toppings. Fresh salads and chicken wings round out the menu. And what goes better with pizza than a local draft beer?
The independent pizzeria is decked out in local art, and the venue hosts events throughout the week, including open mic on Mondays, two-for-one slices on Tuesdays, comedy on Thursdays, and live music and DJs on the weekends.
Bluff City’s eponymous pizza place might just be the best in town. A staple since the ‘90s, Memphis Pizza Cafe now boasts four area locations in Overton Square, East Memphis, Germantown, and Collierville. The magic is in the crispy, crunchy, flaky thin-crust. Memphis Pizza Cafe has all your faves on the menu, with a couple curveballs like the Cajun Chicken Supreme and the Apple Streusel dessert pizza. Speaking of dessert pizza, the mouthwatering S’mores Pizza is layered with chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, cinnamon and sugar, graham crackers, and topped with toasted marshmallows. Visit on a Saturday before 3pm to try the breakfast pizza.
This authentic New York-style pizza will make you want to kiss your fingers like an Italian chef. Little Italy Pizza’s unassuming storefront is located in Midtown’s Medical District. Its larger-than-life slices start with a thin, flaky crust, topped with slightly sweet tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese. The salads, subs, and pasta aren’t too shabby either. Don’t feel like putting on pants? Get it delivered. There’s a $15 minimum, but the garlic knots will help with that.
“Hog and Hominy” was one of the Volunteer State’s old nicknames, as Memphis born and bred chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman know. This Italian-Southern fusion neighborhood eatery is the James Beard award-winners second concept, featuring Neapolitan-style pizza in trendy digs.
Hog and Hominy’s wood-burning oven bakes a perfectly chewy, lightly charred crust. Their Margherita pizza is probably the best in the city. Go with some buddies during happy hour and sample as many as you want for $10 each (plus drink specials!).
Garibaldi’s has been a Memphis tradition for nearly half a century. This locally-owned pizza parlor prepares its bread, doughs, and sauces in-house daily. The original location near the University of Memphis is decked out in UofM Tigers memorabilia, with pinball, cheap pitchers of beer, and a popular lunch buffet from 11am-2pm.
This family-friendly homegrown chain has been a Memphis institution since 1977. Broadway’s old-fashioned style pizza is thick and hearty, with toppings baked under the cheese. The All Pig pizza is just that, with every kind of pork you can imagine: sausage, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, smoked sausage, bbq, and bacon bits. Call in your order, or be prepared to wait—good things take time.
Aldo’s touts its giant New York-style pizza with a “downhome Southern twist” as the best in town. Order yours, loaded with fresh toppings, by the pie or by the slice at two convenient locations in Downtown and Midtown. The Midtown location has a nice rooftop patio, where you can enjoy The Memphis barbecue pizza with garlic knots and something sudsy from the massive beer list. Don’t miss out on the housemade vodka sauce!