While Salt Lake City isn’t a pizza destination (we have skiing, mountains, and soda shops — can’t win them all!) it does have pizza places that can transport you to the likes NYC, Italy, and Detroit. Whether you need some takeout for a pizza picnic in the park or you want to sit out on a chic patio munching on woodfire pizza under the 9 PM summer setting sun, this guide has you covered.
11. Best Takeout: Victor’s Pizza Co
Victor’s Pizza, located in South Salt Lake City, is a great place to get takeout or delivery. From Indian-inspired toppings to uniquely American (think pizzas with Ranch, BBQ sauce, or Buffalo sauce) to classic-ish pizzas like one loaded with a bunch of different cheeses + basil, there’s something for everyone here. We love the Honey Bunny, which comes with marinara sauce, mozzarella, feta, salami, and hot honey that pools in the pepperoni. We were also pleasantly surprised by the Taj Mahal (the owner’s special!), which is a pulled chicken tikka masala atop thick, chewy crust. The pizza crust here is made with a little cornmeal which makes them extra hearty.
10. Best Lunch: OAK Wood Fire Kitchen
If you find yourself in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, OAK Wood Fire Kitchen is a great place to sit down to a pizza (as well as a host of other entrees, appetizers, and salads) lunch or dinner. The classic pepperoni pizza with hot honey is the way to go, but they also have other fun toppings like the Elote that comes with roasted corn and house garlic aioli, or the Prosciutto and Arugula which also comes with garlic cream and apples. The pizza here has a squish, fluffy crust, and is really cheesy — kind of like a hybrid American style Neapolitan pizza, so this is a good place to go if you’re on the fence about exactly what kind of pizza you’re in the mood for.
9. Best Cheesy Fix: Villagio
Villagio is where we go when we need New York style pizza that is crispy but still bendable, and extremely cheesy. The star of the show is the Ferragosto, which is a marinara based pizza, topped with garlic, mozzarella, ricotta, pesto, olive oil, and pecorino. It’s colorful, cheesy, and a little rich in the best way. This is also a good place to go if you want to grab a quick and inexpensive slice (although note that they sadly don’t offer the Ferragosto as a slice).
8. Best Fast Casual: Pizza Nono
Pizza Nono is a hip spot serving woodfired pizzas in the 9th and 9th neighborhood of SLC. Their pizza crust is thin, chewy, and slightly crispy, and their toppings are fresh and classic. We recommend going with a red sauce based pizza, and our favorite is the Beehive. It’s a classic marinara pizza with mozzarella, calabrese, and grana loaded with pickled jalapenos and hot honey drizzled over the top. The result is a delight of flavors and textures: the tomatoes and honey lend a little sweetness, while the jalapenos and honey give you a bit of spice and bite. The subtle tang from the pickled jalapenos pulls the whole pizza together.
7. Best Food Truck: Fiore
Fiore is a pizza truck that provides some of the best pizza in Salt Lake City when they’re stationed there. (Check their schedule on Instagram to see where they’ll be for the week.) The classic pepperoni is always a great way to go (are you noticing a theme here?), with fresh tomato sauce on a soft, chewy, lightly charred (but not crunchy) thin crust. The rotating weekly special is always worth trying, as well, with flavors like sweet corn and bacon or rosemary potato. We loved their recent pistachio pizza with cream, rosemary, red onion, mozzarella, parmesan and olive oil. The nuttiness from the pistachios alongside the parmesan and olive oil gave it a brown butter flavor that we couldn’t get enough of.
6. Best Detroit-Style: Brick’s Corner
Brick’s Corner serves unique square Detroit-style pizza, which means each dense and chewy piece comes with its own lacy, crispy, cheesy edge. Because the pizza is so thick, we always prefer the tomato sauce based pizzas over the cream based here because it makes it a little softer and squishier. You can’t go wrong with the Randazzo — a classic with red sauce and double layers of pepperoni. If you want something a little more unique, we also love the Sweet Salty Pig, which comes with tender BBQ pork shoulder, crispy bacon, thick slices of fresh tomatoes, caramelized onions, and pickled jalapeno chips with a homemade ranch dressing drizzled over the top.
5. Best Local Ingredients: Central 9th Market
Partnering with a specialty mushroom cultivator and multiple farms throughout the state, Central 9th Market creates some of the best pizza in Salt Lake City. Their sourdough crust is charred without being crispy, and the slices hold their shape really well — no drooping or sagging as you’re holding up your slice en route to your mouth. If you like mushrooms, you’ll love the Mushroom Conserva pizza. It’s loaded with buttery-smooth mushrooms that are a little tangy, and sautéed with onions and fennel. We also love the Roulette pizza — this is where the chef invents a pizza for you, depending on whatever fresh ingredients they have on hand. We love a choose-your-own-adventure food experience, and Central 9th Market will not lead you astray! Take your pizza to one of their tables outside, or head to nearby Liberty Park for a pizza picnic.
4. Best Classic Wood Fired: Pizzeria Tasso
Pizzeria Tasso is a little spot in Holladay that is hard to miss, but we want to help you find it because it offers some of the best pizza in the SLC area. Look for the signs that will lead you to the back of the building and once you see their large outdoor pizza oven, you know you’re in the right place. They have classic pizzas and a flavor that rotates weekly. We love the Diavola, which is a tomato based pizza with fresh mozzarella, salami, red onions, parmesan, and their spicy signature oil on top of a classic woodfired crust: thin, chewy, slightly charred, and completely toothsome.
3. Best Artisan Toppings: Stoneground Italian Kitchen
Stoneground Italian Kitchen is just off of the main drag of downtown SLC, and is on the second floor of the building, which gives it both an urban and cozy feel as you’re nestled among the treetops looking down on the passersby below. The pizza here comes on a bit of a thicker, more American-style crust, and while the crust didn’t absolutely blow us away, the toppings did! Our top choice is the Diavola pizza, which comes with marcona romesco, spicy chevre, nduja, mozzarella, and hot honey. It was deeply flavorful, while hitting notes of spicy, sweet, and salty. If you want something fresh and green, the Spinaci (loaded with spinach and other veggies) is a great way to go.
2. Best Modern American: Nomad East
Nomad East is a restaurant located in the Harvard-Yale neighborhood, which gives it extra warm, neighborhoody vibes, especially if you sit on the patio. Their fantastic combination of delicious crust + toppings makes it one of the best spots for fantastic pizza in Salt Lake City. They cook everything in their two large pizza ovens, which yields a soft, chewy pizza crust. We love the Roni-Boy, which is a tomato sauce based pizza laden with mozzarella and crispy-edged pepperoni collecting hot oil and housemade hot honey alongside crunchy, spicy pickled jalapenos. The seasonal pizzas are always worth trying, and the current seasonal one is no exception. It comes with garlic cream and mozzarella base, topped with crumbly, spicy housemade chorizo, serrano peppers, corn, green onion, cotija, and the cherry on top: a housemade, tangy, creamy ranch dressing.
1. Best Neapolitan: Settebello
Settebello serves classic, woodfired, Napoli-style pizza with both classic and innovative toppings. The crust here can’t be beat– it’s thin and light, and the crushed San Marzano tomatoes which act as the sauce offer the perfect combination of intensity, sweetness, and just the right amount of acid. You can’t go wrong with the classic Margherita pizza, which is made with fresh mozzarella, basil, and crushed tomatoes. If you’re in the mood for their classic crust with innovative toppings, we love the Pizza Pere E Jalapeno which comes with housemade pear and jalapeno jam, calabrese, red onions, mozzarella, and basil. It’s kind of like a charcuterie board on a pizza, and we’re so into it.