While October may known for its Halloween ghosts and ghouls, it’s also National Pizza Month. Celebrate with a slice these metro Detroit pizza parlors.
Founded in 1946, Buddy’s is known for serving the “original” Detroit-style pizza. The Michigan-based chain slings its square pizzas at 11 locations throughout the state, but if you’re looking for the real deal, head to the original location on the corner of Conant and Six Mile Road.
17125 Conant St., Detroit; 313-892-9001
If you’re looking for a better-than-average slice, check out Pie-Sci. With a rotating, seasonal menu featuring three levels of pizzas: elementary, complex, and graduate, it’s safe to say you won’t find pizzas like these anywhere else in the city. Favorites incude “The ICP,” made with oven roasted cauliflower, feta, red onion, jalapeno, mozzarella, and a balsamic glaze, or weekly specials like the J. Picadilla, made with spicy Cuban-style chili, raisins, kalamata olives, plantains, and a sour cream drizzle.
5163 Trumbull St., Detroit; 313-818-0290
Located in Eastern Market, Supino’s is known for its New York-style, thin-crust pizza. On top of its large, foldable slices, Supino’s features high quality ingredients like fresh produce and herbs and smoked cheeses. Stop in during happy hour Monday through Friday for $1 off slices and $5 glasses of wine.
2457 Russell St., Detroit; 313-567-7879
Grab a slice you can feel good about eating. Serving locally grown, locally raised, and locally manufactured products, this Allen Park pizzeria strives to serve great-tasting pizzas with as small of a carbon footprint as possible.
6547 Allen Rd., Allen Park; 313-254-9146
While known for its sour beers, Jolly Pumpkin’s Detroit location also serves a variety of unique and artisinal pizzas. Pair a pint with favorites like the Korean Short Rib, topped with short ribs, scallions, mozzarella, black sesame, arugula, and a sesame soy vinagrette, or the South Pacific, made with bacon, candied pineapple, jalapeno, shaved red onion, a chipotle tomato sauce, scallions, and basil.
441 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-262-6115
If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. This self-described “old school, neighborhood bar and pizza parlor” has been serving its award-winning pizza since 1955. The Michigan-based chain makes their pizzas from a family recipe that was passed down from generation to generation. Stop in to one of their five metro Detroit locations for classic pizzas available in both deep dish and thin crust varities.
28960 John R Rd, Madison Heights; 248-541-5439
Pop + Offworld
Advertising its “pizza you would make if you were 17 and stoned,” Pop + Offworld features unique New York-style ’zas, topped with ingredients like Cheetos and pork rinds. It’s safe to say this downtown pizzeria doesn’t take itself too seriously. Alongside pizzs with names like “Da King,” “Pig Destroyer,” and “Caper Crusader,” the pizza bar also features over 30 classic 1980s arcade games.
124 Cadillac Square, Detroit; 313-961-9249
Have a slice of the “best pie since ’55” at Paisano’s. Started by their grandfather in 1955, Tony and John Marino have carried on their family’s legacy of serving renowned pizza and authentic Italian cuisine. Paisano’s pizzas are made with the freshest ingredients and cooked in a hearth stone oven. For a unique pizza-eating experience order the Mezza Luna, a folded-over pizza stuffed with cheese and your choice of ingredients.
30019 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-777-5471
Hamtramck’s Amar Pizza has gained national recognition for its one-of-a-kind specialty pizzas. While known for their Ghost Pepper pizza, the location touts a variety of unusal pies, including Tandoor, Dry Fish, and Naga pizzas.
12195 Jos Campau Ave., Hamtramck; 313-366-0980
Founded by Chef Luciano Del Signore of Bacco Ristorante in Southfield, Bigalora serves pizzas that are free of preservatives, commercial yeast, and sugars. Each pizza is made with locally sourced ingredients and wild yeast that is fermented for 72 hours, before being baked in a 900 degree wood-fire oven for 90 seconds.
29110 Franklin Rd., Southfield; 248-750-2442
Motor City Brewing Works
Beer and brick oven pizza are the perfect match, especially when the ’za is this fresh. Motor City Brewing Works’ make its pizza with produce grown in the North Cass Community Garden, located right around the corner from their kitchen. Favorite include the Sopla Fuego, made with a habanero sauce, anejo queso, chorizo sausage, red onions, jalapeno peppers, sour cream, cilantro, and lime.
470 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-832-2700
For more than 70 years, Shield’s has been serving up one of the best pizzas in metro Detroit, taking home awards from local and national outlets like Pizza Today magazine. Their crispy square pizzas made with a secret recipe sauce and fresh dough have kept locals coming back from decades. Stop in to one of their three metro Detroit locations for weekly drink and pizza specials.
25101 Telegraph Rd., Southfield, 248-356-2720
Located in Hazel Park, Loui’s Pizza has been dishing out extra saucy Detroit-style pizzas for more than 40 years. Like other local originals, the deep dish ‘za has made countless “best of” lists both locally and nationally from outlets like Tasting Table and Serious Eats.
23141 Dequindre Rd, Hazel Park, 248-547-1711
“Often-imitated, never-equaled,” touts this metro Detroit pizzaria, which stakes claim to the original Detroit-style square pizza. Sound familiar? Founder Gus Guerra’s first restaurant and bar was Buddy’s Rendezvous before staking out on his own in 1953. Today, the franchise still uses Guerra’s original recipe, churning out the classic, cripsy crusted pies.
24443 Gratiot Avenue, Eastpointe, 586-777-5391