My sister just asked me a couple weeks ago what my absolute favorite food in the world is. Without hesitation I answered “PIZZA”! I love pizza. Period. There is something so satisfying that never gets old about bread with a smidgen of tomato and warm melted cheese.
During college I worked at two different pizzerias for several years. And out of those hundreds of nights serving up pies to happy customers, I can honestly tell you that there were less than five or so evenings where I opted for a salad or something else on the menu for my shift meal rather than pizza. I could basically cover the entire state of Utah with all of the pizza I’ve consumed.
I’ve created a list of my absolute favorites for every occasion in my hometown of Salt Lake City. From a late night slice (#college) to an elegant evening out, I’ve got you covered. Let it be known that there was a LOT of taste testing and deliberation behind this list. I’ve had my fair share of chain pizza delivery growing up (shoutout to Dominos), and slices at Costco, but this list is the list that I give to my friends and family who are asking for the BEST pizza in Salt Lake City. Enjoy!
10. Best New York Style Pies: Este Pizza Co
We love Este Pizza Co for their New York style pizza served in the heart of Salt Lake City! Although you may have been to one of their locations in Sugarhouse or Park City also. If you have read our full review on Este, you know that they serve huge, thin slices that are often folded in half when you eat them. The cheese pizza at Este is, simply put, classic pizza done right. The dough and sauce truly are the best part and you really don’t need anything else on your pizza. The sauce is a standard, no-frills tomato sauce that tastes sweet and pure. And the dough is the true star. It doesn’t have any seasonings or rubs and it doesn’t need them. It is plain, perfect, pizza dough.
9. Best Cheese & Garlic Fix: The Pie
My earliest infatuation with a slice of pie is from none other than The Pie itself. I remember absolutely living for a night at The Pie, especially in high school, for some of the best pizza in Salt Lake City. There’s something I love about going to this basement restaurant late at night (they’re open til 2:00!), ordering with a group of friends, and hearing my name announced over the microphone by whom I suspect to be the same man that has been there for decades. And if you’re looking for a cheesy or garlicky fix, look no further. This fast casual style pizzeria is perfect for a big group of friends before a concert or after a Ute game. Celebrate the big victory with a giant 23″ pizza or better yet, my favorite- the cheese pull aparts. There is something so nostalgic about these garlic buttered breadsticks filled with mozzarella.
8. Best Fast Casual: Pizzeria Limone
Recently featured in our list of best fast casual restaurants in Salt Lake City, Pizzeria Limone remains a favorite for pizza lovers on the go. Similar to any other fast casual restaurant, you’ll wait in line, select your menu items, and watch your pizza being prepared as you check out and grab a number. You can build your own pizza or order one of their signature pizzas. Ask any regular what their favorite pizza is and they’ll tell you to order The Pera- a beautiful white pizza with an olive oil base, garlic, red onions, sliced pears, prosciutto, five cheeses, pistachios, and basil.
7. Best Late Night Slice: The Pie Hole
Next on our list of best pizza in Salt Lake City is The Pie Hole. Unlike most other pizzerias in SLC, this restaurant serves a variety of pizza by the slice. The Pie Hole isn’t anything fancy, but it is fast, inexpensive, and 100% hits the spot if you have the late night munchies. My favorite of their thin crust slices is their potato bacon pizza. The laid back, friendly vibes at The Pie Hole match their casual, no frills pizza. Note: this is not the pizzeria to take your mother in law to.
6. Best Pizza Food Truck: Fiore Wood Fired Pizza
When delicious pizza and a food truck combine forces we give it a solid two thumbs up! A definite SLC food truck staple is Fiore Wood Fired Pizza. Every pizza is made to order- you’ll love their soft, wood-fired dough with any of their topping combinations! We’re partial to a classic margherita but the pepperoni and bianco are both crowd pleasers without fail. Check out their public event schedule on Facebook to see where their truck is located!
5. Best Hidden Gem: Nuch’s
Similar to several SLC natives that I know, I have driven past Nuch’s likely hundreds of times without taking a few minutes to give their NYC style pizza a go. Everything fresh and prepared from scratch, this pizzeria is now home to one of our favorite places for pizza in town. Chef and owner, Heath Koltenuk created Nuch’s with a cozy environment, where guests would feel like they were eating in the comforts of his own home. Our favorite menu items include the crostini appetizer and the Ultimate White- a white pizza topped with house- made ricotta, fresh garlic, prosciutto di parma, mozzarella, romano cheese, and fresh arugula. Because Nuch’s is so intimate and small, be sure to call ahead for reservations!
4. Best Artisan Pizza: From Scratch
From Scratch has become one of my absolute favorite restaurants in the town! It’s situated on a lesser known street- Gallivan Avenue, just off of State Street and Broadway downtown. This SLC restaurant takes their name to heart and literally creates everything From Scratch (even the ketchup- who does that??) with their locally sourced menu of bistro fare features pizza, burgers, and salads. I’ve tried nearly all of the pizzas on their menu, but the mushroom (pictured above) and salami pizza (top photo for this post) take the cake for some of the best pizza in Salt Lake City!
3. Best New Pizzeria: Pizza Nono
A much needed installment in the 9th and 9th neighborhood in Salt Lake City for nights when we just aren’t in the mood to drive downtown. This simple fast-casual pizzeria has a menu of four regular pizzas, one weekly special, and a variable side. The interior is cozy and casual and the employees are friendly. I tried the margherita and a special during my first visit and was happily satisfied- great crust, fresh toppings, and a hefty side of spicy olive oil for me to on top of my pizza. Looking forward to watch this new SLC pizzeria grow!
2. Best Modern American Pizzeria: Nomad Eatery
Nomad Eatery is a new-ish restaurant in SLC, situated near the airport on North Temple with a second location coming soon at the old Eggs & The City location. They have a diverse menu with a variety of offerings from fried chicken sandwiches to salads, But what you’re coming here for is the delicious, fast-casual pizza cooked in a wood fired oven. The margherita is our favorite pizza, or choose from several of other their unique pies with additional toppings for something more substantial.
1. Best Authentic Napoli Style: Settebello
Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana undoubtedly earns the number one spot on this list of best pizza in Salt Lake City without question. I’ll always choose Napoli style pie over any of the others, but there is something so special about the pizza at Settebello that you can’t find anywhere else in the entire city. Picture the most delicate crust, topped and cooked in a wood-fired oven at nearly 1000 degrees. Make sure to eat this pizza right out of the oven. It will be slightly charred on the edges slightly and so soft, in fact, that you’ll likely need to fold your slices in half as you dine like the locals in Italy. At Settebello you can expect to find all pizza prepared with fresh mozzarella (orrr you can opt for buffalo mozzarella if you really want to indulge), basil, and the highest quality of ingredients. On your first visit or for a no-fail option, I’d recommend the Margherita. It’s the most ordered and for good reason. Okay with spicy? Try the Diavola. This is hands down the employee favorite and my personal pizza of choice.