Is there anything better than deciding not to cook and ordering a pizza? Or sharing a pie with the fam at game night? Or pulling out that little plastic table in the middle of your pizza and watching the gooey cheese stretch? Didn’t think so. Greater Des Moines has pizza purveyors aplenty to fulfill your cheesiest dreams. Fans of thin crust, Chicago-style and New York pizza came out in droves to shout their favorite places to grab a slice around the metro, and we’re here to deliver the goods.
7 Stone Pizzaria
Fans of 7 Stone rave about the deep dish pizza and high-quality ingredients. 7 Stone prides itself on its trademarked crust – 7-Stone Crust is about an inch thick, and the cheese spreads to the edge of the pan to create a caramelized crust.
This no-frills pizzeria serves a la carte slices and full pies from a small window on Ingersoll avenue, but don’t let the unassuming façade fool you. Big Tomato is a favorite of late-night downtown revelers serving creative flavors such as Philly cheesesteak, lemon pepper chicken, and chili dog.
Ask any Iowan where you can find good pizza, and you’re likely to hear a recommendation for a gas station. Trust us: nothing compares to breakfast pizza from Casey’s or a gooey late-night slice served from heated glass cases found roadside throughout the state and central Iowa suburbs.
Centro is a casual downtown Italian eatery featuring a covered patio and one of the best-kept secrets in the region - try the salad and pizza lunch special, and you won’t be disappointed! Fans love the relaxed yet romantic atmosphere and the New York-style pizzas and calzones.
Dough Co. Pizza
Drake neighborhood new-comer, Dough Co. Pizza is called Dough Co. for a reason: the dough is handcrafted in a multi-day process; with that kind of attention to ingredients – you know it’s going to be good! And with gluten-free and vegan options available, there’s something to please every palate.
Known for hosting one of the best happy hours in town, Eatery A is a swanky establishment featuring a wood-fired pizza oven and Mediterranean-inspired menu. During the generous happy hour (2 – 6 pm daily), nosh on buy-one-get-one-half-price pizzas with tantalizing ingredients such as merguez sausage, crispy shallot, braised fennel, and harissa aioli.
A Des Moines staple and a favorite of chef Alton Brown, Fong’s pizza brings together an uncommon fusion of Chinese food and pizza. The Crab Rangoon Pizza is a revelation, the Chinese cheese sticks divine, and the tiki cocktails legendary. With three metro locations, you’re never far from the far east meets Midwest.
No need to pick a particular pizza style at Gusto – they have it all: Detroit-style, Chicago deep dish, New York-style, and wood-fired Neopolitan. Hundreds of reviews rave about the excellent service and delicious flavors derived from locally-sourced ingredients.
A gem of the Southside, Paesano’s dishes up thin-crust pizzas and some of the best onion rings in the metro. True to its roots, the restaurant incorporates local ingredients, including beloved Graziano’s Italian sausage.
Taste of New York Pizza
With a name that leaves little to the imagination, Taste of New York serves up authentic New York pizza straight from Brooklyn to West Des Moines. With slices spilling over the edges of your plate, you might struggle to take down a second piece, and luckily no one’s ever complained about leftover pizza.
Truman’s KC Pizza Tavern
In the East Village, you’ll find Truman’s, one of the more recent concepts dreamed up by Full Court Press. Known for their famous French Dip pizza, KC Chiefs fans will also love the tribute to our southern neighbors with creative pizzas like the “Mahomes” and several popular Kansas City beers on tap.