Resident or not, it’s likely you’re aware of Omaha’s knack for all things beef — particularly evident at the city’s upscale steakhouses and local joints serving mouthwatering burgers.
You may not be aware that this area is home to quite the lineup of local pizzerias, serving authentic Italian pies appealing to a wide variety of pizza fanatics. A pizza craving can strike when you least expect it, so make sure you’re prepared with our guide to local pizzerias! You can find the pie that lines up with your preferences — including everything from thin crust to hand-tossed and margherita to barbeque chicken.
We’ve created a list of the 10 best pizza places in town to consult when your next pizza craving strikes, which may just happen when you’re done reading this…
Photo Courtesy of Dante Ristorante
Dante Ristorante provides a more upscale dining experience than your traditional pizza joint. In fact, it is unique in several different ways. Dante is Omaha’s first restaurant specializing in authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and rustic Italian cuisine. Their menu features ingredient-driven dishes with fresh produce from local farmers, offering an authentic Italian experience for their hungry guests. Don’t miss their well-loved margherita pizza, if you’re after a classic recipe. Or venture on the wild side with their Diavolo pizza, featuring link sausage, soppressata, calabrian chili, garlic and mozzarella. Whatever you do, pair your pizza with one of their many wines sourced from Italy.
Photos Courtesy of Frank’s Pizzeria
One of the best cities in the country to look to for pizza advice is New York. Frank’s Pizzeria has mastered authentic New York style pizza, as the restaurateurs originally started out in the city. Stop by their location on 132nd and West Dodge Road for appetizers, subs, calzones, pasta, and of course — pizza. Get something unique like Frank’s Buffalo Chicken Pizza or stick to the basics like a cheese or margherita pizza. You can even order by the slice during lunch if you’re not sure you can commit to just one flavor for an entire pie!
Johnny Sortino’s Pizza Parlor
Photos Courtesy of Johnny Sortino’s Pizza Parlor
Johnny Sortino’s Pizza Parlor is a popular destination for kids’ sports teams to get pizza to celebrate a game or the end of a season! This family-owned business has been serving Omaha since 1965, using the same old-fashioned recipes that have put them on the map as one of the best sources for quality pizza in town. They prepare their fresh pizza dough, pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce daily in their kitchen, incorporate only 100% beef for their pizza toppings and burgers, and steer clear of fillers and imitation ingredients in all of their dishes. Check out Johnny Sortino’s menu and pick a pie to split with family and friends this weekend!
Photos Courtesy of La Casa
La Casa has become somewhat of an Omaha icon throughout the years, attracting Omaha locals and legends alike, including Omaha native director Alexander Payne. La Casa began serving pizza at their Leavenworth location, where they still reside today. Their menu has all the pizza basics you’d expect, but the flavor and quality is anything but basic. The presentation is done a little different at La Casa, as each pizza is a large rectangle served on a plastic tray, similar to what you might find in Sicily.
Photos Courtesy of Mama’s Pizza
With three locations throughout Omaha, you can always find a nearby Mama’s Pizza for exceptional pizza and a wonderful atmosphere. Mama’s is a family-owned parlor that has built roots in the community for over 25 years! Keep things basic by ordering a cheese or pepperoni pizza off their menu, or branch out with something more unique like their Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza or their delicious Chicken Pesto Pizza. Whether you’re celebrating a win for your child’s baseball team, watching the Huskers up on the big screen, or simply unwinding after a busy week with the family, Mama’s is a great source for pizza in town!
Photo Courtesy of Noli’s Pizzeria
Order a slice to go or linger awhile at Noli’s Pizzeria, enjoying a shared pie over a few drinks with friends. You can’t go wrong at Noli’s, a vibrant and hip pizza joint serving up New York pizza in the Blackstone District. Noli’s effortlessly merges traditional with artisan by showcasing specials and sourcing local and seasonal ingredients when possible. Their crunchy, brick-oven pizza can be ordered by the slice or by the pie, both of which are prepared with the utmost perfection and care.
Orsi’s Italian Bakery and Pizzeria
Photos Courtesy of Orsi’s Italian Bakery and Pizzeria
Orsi’s Italian Bakery and Pizzeria has served fresh and savory Italian fare to the community of Omaha since 1919 — that’s almost 100 years! Choose from their wide variety of offerings, including fresh baked bread, handcrafted pizzas, and imported oils and vinegar.
Feel as though you’re transcended to the streets of Italy with a visit to their family-friendly restaurant just south of the Old Market in Omaha. Orsi’s invites you to create your own personalized pizza, with the exact toppings you crave and the pie size that will feed your party.
Pitch Coal-Fire Pizzeria
Photos Courtesy of Pitch Coal-Fire Pizzeria
Pitch Coal-Fire Pizzeria is one of the best restaurants in the country. If you don’t take our word for it, take a look at OpenTable’s mention of Pitch on their list of 2015 Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America. This Dundee pizza joint is gaining momentum with each passing day, offering a killer happy hour menu (including a $30 special for a pizza and a bottle of wine!) and incredible pizza. Don’t miss their infamous Shrooms Pizza, featuring thyme cream, mozzarella, roasted mushroom and tomato, truffle oil, grana and dried parsley.
Photos Courtesy of Pizza King
Pizza King is an extremely popular Council Bluffs pizza place, with the same family having operated the business since the restaurant’s inception in 1965. This family-focused business model translates to the experience you’ll have during a visit, as friendly service is of the utmost importance to Pizza King. While their extensive menu includes prime rib, steaks and seafood, Pizza King places a particular emphasis on pizza, as can be inferred by their name. You can unleash your creative side by crafting your own pie with their tasty toppings or trust their tried-and-true classics, like the Greek Cowboy with gyro meat, black olives, jalapeños, feta, red onions, pepperoncini and BBQ sauce.
Photo Courtesy of Zio’s Pizzeria
You can have immediate access to some of the best pizza in town, thanks to Zio’s Pizzeria’s three convenient locations scattered throughout the region — in the Old Market, Midtown and West Omaha. Zio’s has been well-known since their inception in 1985 for their incredible hand-stretched New York style pizza. Because their methods have been perfected over the years, you can’t go wrong with anything you order off their menu. Try their Chicken Pesto Combo, The Original Thai Pizza, the Veggie Supremo, or create a pizza with your own ingredient lineup! Get back to the basics with a visit to their original location in Midtown to see what all the (well placed) hype is all about.
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