There’s really only one food we can’t live without – pizza. Nashville has a ton of great pizza places, but you won’t see Little Caesar’s or Jet’s on this list (though those pizza chains have their moments).
Whether you want to battle over what’s better — Chicago style or New York style — or which one is more authentically Italian, one of these Nashville pizzas is bound to delight your taste buds. Put your guard down and sink your teeth into some of Nashville’s best pizza. Here’s the list in no particular order.
Best Pizza in Nashville
DeSano, serving Pizza Napoletana in Midtown, definitely ranks very high on the list of best pizza in Nashville. The pizza is made in plain sight and it’s served on huge cooking sheets. DeSano takes the tradition of pizza very seriously by importing ingredients from a specific region of Italy. From the flour to the mozzarella to the ovens, this is as authentic as it gets. According to DeSano, you should try their pizza because it’s “what pizza is supposed to taste like.”
312 Pizza Company
312 Pizza Company is fairly new to the Germantown neighborhood, but their Chicago-style pizza has made a name for itself. As many people who love Chicago-style deep dish pizza know, this style of pizza takes significantly longer to cook than thin crust, so be prepared to wait a little while. They also have thin, cracker-crust pizza, which is sliced in squares instead of wedges (also called the Chicago cut). Check out our full write-up and get a look inside 312 Pizza Company.
We finally got to try the pizza at City House in Germantown and it did not disappoint. You don’t think of City House as a go-to for pizza since they’re an upscale joint and have so many other delicious entrees on the menu. However, they make a mean pizza. We tried the Margherita topped with seasonal arugula. The table next to us got a pizza topped with a sunny-side up egg that looked delicious, which might be our next order.
Though not really known for their pizzas, Whiskey Kitchen has a hidden gem on their menu. You won’t see it on their main menu, but look closely at the standing table-top menu for a list of their pizza options. Their brick oven pizzas are insanely good, and we have had numerous out-of-town guests agree. You can see their pizza menu here.
Tucked back in the quaint Edgehill Village, Bella Napoli tosses up authentic Italian-style pizza. Their ingredients are really fresh, and you can taste it. We really like the style of pizza here, which seems a bit healthier and less Americanized. If you want a bite of Italian grub and atmosphere, Bella Napoli is a must-stop on your Nashville pizza crawl.
MAFIAoZA’s is one of the hottest places in town, not just because of their amazing pizza, but also because of their great vibe and decor. The New York style pizzeria and pub in 12 South has been creating a buzz since 2003 with their stone-oven, thin crust pizza. Oh, and don’t miss 2-for-1 deals on Sunday and Tuesday.
Five Points Pizza
One of the best pizza places in East Nashville, Five Points Pizza, serves up a pretty scrumptious NY-style pizza. They are filling a void with the classic pizza-by-the-slice option. They also have ice cold beer on draft, including our local favorites Yazoo and Jackalope, which is just icing on the cake.
Two Boots got their start in NYC in 1987, so they’ve been making New York-style pizza for a long time. Nashville welcomed Two Boots to Midtown in 2013, and they are now many people’s top choice for lunch and dinner. We particularly love the creative pie options and names, not to mention the New Orleans-inspired decor.
We remember getting Pizza Perfect as kids, which means they’ve been around a while (since 1983). You can’t stay in the pizza business long without making an amazing pizza. They have thin and thick crust, which calls for a “heads or tails” decision. Their slogan “Looks Good. Tastes Better” is spot-on.
Coco’s Italian Market & Ristorante
So you want some authentic Italian pizza? Check out Coco’s Italian Market in the Sylvan Park area. As you can see, it’s “owned and operated by Italians,” so if this doesn’t suit your Italian craving, you’re out of luck. They have the best bocce ball courts in Nashville, too, so get your game on after you enjoy your big pizza pie.
While we don’t usually include places outside of about a 5-mile radius of Downtown Nashville, we felt the need to include NY Pie in this pizza guide. Numerous people mentioned it being their favorite, so we conducted our own taste test. New Yorkers may debate if it’s as good as a slice from NYC (they have to fend for their signature dish), but Nashvillians seem to love it. Nashville Guru approves. It’s worth the drive if you’re craving some top-notch New York-style pizza.
Mellow Mushroom can be found in a lot of cities, but this locally-owned and operated franchise in Midtown is easily one of the best pizza places in Music City. The Magical Mystery Tour is one of our favorite pizzas, and their parmesan pretzels are totally boss (cue “Slow Ride”). They also have a lot of great beer on draft, and their fun hippie vibe is hard to beat.
If you know of other Nashville pizza joints we should check out, leave your recommendations in the comments section! All we need is another reason to eat more Nashville pizza.