Procure Your Perfect Pizza Pie in Memphis

Colettas Pizza - Justin Fox Burks

Elvis used to love the barbecue pizza from Coletta's. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

Colettas famous pizza is fit for a king - Justin Fox Burks

Spanning 5 generations, Coletta's still puts out the perfect BBQ pizza. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

Hog and Hominy Logo

Hog & Hominy Restaurant in East Memphis. Photo by Kerry Crawford

Skeeball at Ultimate Pizza Co

Plenty of pizza and games at America's Incredible Pizza Company. Photo by Kerry Crawford.

Memphis Pizza Cafe

Hey Meat! is a fan favorite at Memphis Pizza Cafe in Overton Square. Photo by Kerry Crawford.

Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen: Justin Fox Burks

Chefs from Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen put the final touches on a dish. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

Pizza Shack

Yummy pies at the Pizza Shack. Photo by Kerry Crawford.

Rockn Dough

Try the Ol’ Smokey Pie (barbecue sauce, smoked chicken or pork, onion, ricotta cheese, cilantro) at Rock'n Dough. Photo by Kerry Crawford.

Pyros Pizza

Make your own personal pizza at Pyros. Photo by Holly Whitfield.

Memphis may have a fantastic barbecue reputation, but did you know that Travel + Leisure hails Memphis as one of the top cities for pizza? Memphis is jam packed with plenty places where you can customize your perfect pie. Read on for details. 

Downtown

Aldo’s Pizza Pies
Situated right along the trolley tracks in the heart of Downtown Memphis, Aldo’s excels in inventive topping combinations and features a fantastic covered patio. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Lombardi (tomato sauce, ricotta, meatballs) or the Mezza Luna (poblano cream, fontina/trugole, eggplant, roasted red pepper, sundried tomato, artichoke heart). Don’t miss the grab and go lunch special where you can score any available slice and a 24 ounce fountain drink for just $5.

Movie & Pizza Company
This quaint eatery on Mud Island is the perfect spot for a delicious, relaxing evening. Grab a Kickin’ Chicken (buffalo sauce, mozzarella, chicken and bleu cheese crumbles) to go, or kick back and dine in. There are daily specials and events, including pint night and live team trivia. 

Trolley Stop Market 
Trolley Stop prides itself on utilizing fresh ingredients from local farms and purveyors. The menu is expansive with sandwiches and soul food, but the pizza is where they really shine. You can pick one of over a dozen set flavors or build your own, and your pizza will be made fresh to order. While you wait, peruse some of the locally sourced goods in their mini farmer’s market.

Midtown

Little Italy
If you like to fold your slices before devouring them, you can get authentic New York style pizza right here in the Bluff City. They don’t have too many pre-set specialty options, but there are plenty of unique toppings to create your own perfect pizza, like ricotta, feta and housemade meatballs. If you’ve got a hearty appetite, go for one of their signature stuffed pizzas, which are also available by the slice.

Memphis Pizza Café
This Memphis staple has a few locations around town, but the Midtown branch has been anchoring the Overton Square neighborhood for years. If you’re indecisive, this is the place to go, because every pizza on the menu is available by the slice. Popular options include the (sauceless) Alternative (olive oil, mozzarella, crushed basil, garlic, fresh tomato) and the Hey Meat! (pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, sausage, bacon pieces).

Pyro’s Fresh Fire Pizza
Control your own destiny at Pyro’s newest location in Midtown on Union Avenue. Get gourmet pizza in minutes – just the way you like it. There are thousands of ways to customize your pie with six sauce choices, seven cheese options and over 25 premium toppings. Your pizza is fired in a wood oven right before your very eyes in just four minutes.

East Memphis

Broadway Pizza
Now with two Memphis locations, this local favorite has fantastic wings and sandwiches, but you should really go for the pizza. With creative names like All Pig (sausage, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, smoked sausage, BBQ, bacon bits) and Non Porker Delight (beef, chicken, turkey, mushrooms, black olives, bell pepper, onion), Broadway serves up a great pies with a wink and a smile at both the Broad Avenue flagship spot and the new Mendenhall Road outpost.

Hog & Hominy
Hog & Hominy is an East Memphis hotspot that features inventive pizza combinations with a killer atmosphere and awesome service. The pizza menu is seasonal and changes frequently, but some mainstays include the Prewitt (tomato sauce, fontina, boudin, scrambled egg), the Red Eye (pork belly, egg, fontina, celery leaf, sugo) and the Quatro Formaggi (tallegio, fontina, parmesan, mozzarella, roasted garlic). All pizzas are cooked in a wood fire oven, and feature ingredients from local farmers. If the weather is nice, take your pie outside and kick back on their patio with a game of bocce ball.

Rock’n Dough Pizza Company 
Rock’n Dough started as a food truck, and their pizzas were so popular, they decided to open a brick and mortar location just east of Poplar/I-240 on Ridgeway Road. Memphians and visitors alike flock to this casual pizza joint to enjoy the Ol’ Smokey Pie (barbecue sauce, smoked chicken or pork, onion, ricotta cheese, cilantro), the Fun Guy Pie (red sauce, portabella and white mushrooms, fontina and mozzarella cheese), and the Garlic Bread Pie (white sauce, roasted garlic, mozzarella, parsley and olive oil, served with lemon wedges). They use hickory in their wood fire oven to impart a smoky flavor to all of their pizzas, and they even have gluten free and vegan options.

Old Venice Pizza Co.
Don’t discount this longtime East Memphis pizzeria. Old Venice offers traditional Italian classics with a touch of Southern Creole flair. This is one of the few places where specialty pizzas feature ingredients like Cajun chicken, crawfish, spicy andouille sausage. Make sure to check out their weekly wine and beer specials.

Suburbs

Garibaldi’s
The Germantown location of this longtime Memphis favorite has been feeding suburban families for years. All dough, breads and sauces are made in-house daily from fresh ingredients. This is the place to get authentic Italian cuisine, so don’t look for strange or crazy ingredients here. Garibaldi’s offers four sizes (10-inch, 12-inch, 14-inch and 16-inch), so it’s the perfect lunch or dinner spot, no matter how hungry you are.

Café Piazza 
You’ll have to go all the way out to Collierville to chow down at Café Piazza, but many will tell you that it’s definitely worth the drive. Flavor combinations may be a bit unusual like the Walnut Brie (olive oil, mozzarella, imported brie, toasted walnuts, basil) or the Gorg (alfredo sauce, applewood smoked bacon, gorgonzola, cheddar cheese), but the quality of the ingredients shine at this quaint suburban eatery.

Coletta’s 
Memphis’ oldest pizza restaurant was also one of Elvis’ favorite hangouts. While the first location is situated on South Parkway, the Appling Road spot is larger and still features the classic cuisine of the original. Coletta’s is believed to be the geniuses behind the first barbecue pizza, and their version is top-notch. It features mounds of smoked pork, mozzarella cheese and house-made barbecue sauce. There are plenty of other pretenders, but make sure you save room for Colletta’s Original Barbeque pizza.