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Where to Eat Excellent Pizza in Nashville

From Neapolitan and New York-style pizza to Detroit and Sicilian-inspired pies

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Pizza from Emmy Squared, now with four locations in Nashville.
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No, Nashville isn’t like New York or Chicago when it comes to pizza — but in recent years the pizza scene in Music City has started to define itself. Luckily, diners now have more enticing options than ever and fewer reasons to complain when they’re craving a great slice. To help narrow it down, here is a handy list of Nashville's go-to, must-try pizza purveyors, ranging from decades-old classic pizzerias to wood-fired and coal-fired pies. As an added bonus, many of these establishments offer options for gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan diners, which means that nobody ever has to be left out of this pizza party.

Keep an eye out on a couple of local Instagram accounts for some killer pizza pop-ups around town, like Napoletana fast favorite Pizza Lolo and Gaga’s Grandma Pies. Pizza devotees can also look forward to a permanent location of wildly popular St. Vito Focacciaria, expected in the Gulch as soon as January 2023.

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NY Pie

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NY Pie opened in 2010 in the Nashville West shopping center, and has a second location in Hendersonville. Owner Greg Meyer, who previously ran two other pizza joints before moving to the South, grew up working his way through pizzerias in New York and New Jersey learning the tricks of the trade.

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Porta Via Ristorante e Bar

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The Belle Meade restaurant is still the only VPN-certified pizzeria in the state of Tennessee — serving a slew of classically prepared pies from basil-spotted Margherita to spicy diavola. Of note — Porta Via half price wine on Mondays and Wednesdays, and serves brunch Saturday and Sunday.

615 Pizza & Pasta Nashville

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A lesser-known hit on Charlotte Avenue, pizza fans can choose to build-their-own pies or order one of their specialties like a new dill pickle pizza or shrimp and crab-topped alfredo variation.

Nicky's Coal Fired

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Chef and co-owner Tony Galzin has made pizza the centerpiece of Nicky's menu, utilizing “Enrico,” a four-ton coal-fired oven, to get the pies just right. On any given night, diners will find a selection of red and white sauced pies, along with a daily special.

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Five Points Pizza

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The West Nashville outpost of this popular pizza joint opened a couple of years back, and is just as popular as the East Nashville original. Five Points Pizza packs 'em in, offering up New York-style pizza by the slice or a roster of nearly 20 whole pies.

Five Points Pizza slices Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

PennePazze

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Located at L&L Market in Sylvan Heights, PennePazze’s pizza (pinsa) menu might be hard to read if you don’t speak Italian. But don’t fret, as options for the oblong pies include Sicilian, meat-crowned-and vegetarian-friendly variations with familiar toppings, plus less common ones like onion jam and porchetta. All pies here are finished with basil and olive oil.

Pastaria

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Pastaria, Gerard Craft's casual Italian import by way of St. Louis, landed in Nashville in 2017, bringing with it some top-tier pizza. Utilizing a large wood-fired oven, nine different pies are highlighted on the menu featuring toppings from spicy ‘nduja to fennel salami, in addition to mention weekly special pies.

Slim & Husky's Pizza Beeria

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Nashville natives Clinton Gray, Derrick Moore, and Emanuel Reed opened fast-casual pizza joint Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria in March 2017 in North Nashville. The counter-order spot quickly became a popular spot to hang out, drink beer, and of course, eat pizza. A line has been known to extend down the block for the flatbread style pizzas and cinnamon rolls — and new outposts have since opened in a handful of locations in Music City, Memphis, Atlanta, Sacramento.

Pizza Perfect

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In operation since 1983, this Hillsboro Village standby has been taking care of the Vandy University crowds’ pizza cravings for over three decades, by the pie or slice. Pies come in thin round crusts or thick, chewy Sicilian-style and can be made with a number of sauces, from a creamy Alfredo to a spicy habanero.

Bella Napoli Pizzeria

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The Edgehill pizzeria serves some of the best wood-fired Neapolitan pizza in Nashville, a charming, homey spot tucked away in a hidden, exposed-brick setting with an outdoor courtyard.

Bella Nashville

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Tucked inside the Nashville Farmers' Market food court, Bella Nashville churns out crispy, quick-fired pies. Expect offerings anywhere from margherita to hummus or meatball parmesan. Pizzas here are baked in a Terre Blanche white clay oven, the same material and style that has been used in French bread baking for centuries.

City House

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While City House isn't all about pizza, it’s hard to dine at this essential Nashville restaurant and not order at least one. James Beard Award winner Tandy Wilson offers some of the best pizza in town at his Germantown stalwart — and one menu staple is the pie topped with belly ham (add an egg).

Emmy Squared

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Brooklyn-based Emmy Squared specializes in Detroit-style pizza. Confusing? Maybe at first— but one bite of one of the thick, crispy slices of its rectangular pizza, and geography matters less. Sicilian-style dough is directly coated with a generous layer of cheese, creating a crunchy, chewy, crispy crust — then topped with everything from classic pepperoni to, yes, Nashville hot chicken with an Alabama white sauce drizzle. More Nashville locations joined the lineup in Germantown, Green Hills, and most recently East Nashville, so there are plenty of options to quench a craving for the popular Detroit-style pizza.

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Manny's House of Pizza

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Located in The Arcade downtown, Manny's House of Pizza has been owned and operated by Brooklyn native Manny Macca since 1984. The restaurant underwent some major renovations in 2017 and emerged as popular as ever, still serving Sicilian-style slices of pie to hordes of hungry lunch patrons.

No, this isn’t a 5-year-old’s run-of-mill pizza place, but Philip Krajeck’s Eastside spot earned its way into the regular pizza rotation for many adults around town since opening in 2018. The lamb sausage pie and a clam pie with bonito flakes are fan favorites, but also keep an eye out for vegetarian-friendly daily and seasonal snacks to kick off the meal.

Il Forno

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Chef Egidio Franciosa and partner Jannah Franciosa recently gave their popular mobile pizzeria a permanent location in Wedgewood-Houston, serving up Neapolitan-style pies like the diavola, topped with pomodoro, fior de latte, and calabrese salami. The menu doesn’t stop at pizza, though, folks also rave about the restaurant’s carpaccio, antipasto spreads, and pasta features.

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Smith & Lentz Brewing and Pizza

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East Nashville’s beer hang Smith & Lentz upped their game when they reopened after the 2020 tornado with a facelift, plentiful patio space for socially distanced dining, and a new pizza program with Chris DeJonge at the helm. Wood-fired pies are the name of the game here — and the pepperoni-loaded one with hot honey is a must-try. The “take your pie to prom” option adds brushed garlic butter, dried oregano, chili flakes, and grated Parmesan.

Pizza and beer from Smith and Lentz.
Smith and Lentz

Lockeland Table

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At neighborhood favorite Lockeland Table, chef Hal Holden-Bache does a lot of things well, and that includes some of the city’s best seasonally adorned wood-fired pizza. Options range from carbonara-crowned pies to classic margheritas and the carnivore’s delight: the LT pig, topped with Italian crushed tomato, sausage, bacon, pepperoni, ham, LT smoked mozzarella, and pepperoncini.

The LT Pig pizza.
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Roberta’s at Urban Cowboy Public House

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What began as a temporary option in Nashville will end up in a major win — Brooklyn-based wood-fired pizza purveyor Roberta’s maintains its residency serving up some of the city’s best pizza at Urban Cowboy Public House bar as we await its fixed location in 12 South. Pasta and salads are also available alongside traditional margherita pies and a crowd favorite called “the bee sting” — a sweet and spicy wonder with soppressata, mozzarella, chili, honey, and basil.

Roberta’s pizza.
Roberta’s Pizza

TennFold Brewing

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Tennfold’s name suggests brewing is its focus but diners gravitate toward its New York and Neapolitan-style pizzas, too. Traditionalists stay with supreme and meat lovers’ varieties, while other options include a pesto-sauced chicken pizza and a vegetarian-friendly Greek pie. Beyond pizza, people also come for the wings and salads.

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NY Pie

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NY Pie opened in 2010 in the Nashville West shopping center, and has a second location in Hendersonville. Owner Greg Meyer, who previously ran two other pizza joints before moving to the South, grew up working his way through pizzerias in New York and New Jersey learning the tricks of the trade.

NY Pie/Facebook

Porta Via Ristorante e Bar

The Belle Meade restaurant is still the only VPN-certified pizzeria in the state of Tennessee — serving a slew of classically prepared pies from basil-spotted Margherita to spicy diavola. Of note — Porta Via half price wine on Mondays and Wednesdays, and serves brunch Saturday and Sunday.

615 Pizza & Pasta Nashville

A lesser-known hit on Charlotte Avenue, pizza fans can choose to build-their-own pies or order one of their specialties like a new dill pickle pizza or shrimp and crab-topped alfredo variation.

Nicky's Coal Fired

Danielle Atkins/Nicky’s

Chef and co-owner Tony Galzin has made pizza the centerpiece of Nicky's menu, utilizing “Enrico,” a four-ton coal-fired oven, to get the pies just right. On any given night, diners will find a selection of red and white sauced pies, along with a daily special.

Danielle Atkins/Nicky’s

Five Points Pizza

Five Points Pizza slices Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

The West Nashville outpost of this popular pizza joint opened a couple of years back, and is just as popular as the East Nashville original. Five Points Pizza packs 'em in, offering up New York-style pizza by the slice or a roster of nearly 20 whole pies.

Five Points Pizza slices Delia Jo Ramsey / Eater Nashville

PennePazze

Located at L&L Market in Sylvan Heights, PennePazze’s pizza (pinsa) menu might be hard to read if you don’t speak Italian. But don’t fret, as options for the oblong pies include Sicilian, meat-crowned-and vegetarian-friendly variations with familiar toppings, plus less common ones like onion jam and porchetta. All pies here are finished with basil and olive oil.

Pastaria

Pastaria, Gerard Craft's casual Italian import by way of St. Louis, landed in Nashville in 2017, bringing with it some top-tier pizza. Utilizing a large wood-fired oven, nine different pies are highlighted on the menu featuring toppings from spicy ‘nduja to fennel salami, in addition to mention weekly special pies.

Slim & Husky's Pizza Beeria

Nashville natives Clinton Gray, Derrick Moore, and Emanuel Reed opened fast-casual pizza joint Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria in March 2017 in North Nashville. The counter-order spot quickly became a popular spot to hang out, drink beer, and of course, eat pizza. A line has been known to extend down the block for the flatbread style pizzas and cinnamon rolls — and new outposts have since opened in a handful of locations in Music City, Memphis, Atlanta, Sacramento.

Pizza Perfect

In operation since 1983, this Hillsboro Village standby has been taking care of the Vandy University crowds’ pizza cravings for over three decades, by the pie or slice. Pies come in thin round crusts or thick, chewy Sicilian-style and can be made with a number of sauces, from a creamy Alfredo to a spicy habanero.

Bella Napoli Pizzeria

The Edgehill pizzeria serves some of the best wood-fired Neapolitan pizza in Nashville, a charming, homey spot tucked away in a hidden, exposed-brick setting with an outdoor courtyard.

Bella Nashville

Tucked inside the Nashville Farmers' Market food court, Bella Nashville churns out crispy, quick-fired pies. Expect offerings anywhere from margherita to hummus or meatball parmesan. Pizzas here are baked in a Terre Blanche white clay oven, the same material and style that has been used in French bread baking for centuries.

City House

While City House isn't all about pizza, it’s hard to dine at this essential Nashville restaurant and not order at least one. James Beard Award winner Tandy Wilson offers some of the best pizza in town at his Germantown stalwart — and one menu staple is the pie topped with belly ham (add an egg).

Emmy Squared

Emmy Squared/Official Photo

Brooklyn-based Emmy Squared specializes in Detroit-style pizza. Confusing? Maybe at first— but one bite of one of the thick, crispy slices of its rectangular pizza, and geography matters less. Sicilian-style dough is directly coated with a generous layer of cheese, creating a crunchy, chewy, crispy crust — then topped with everything from classic pepperoni to, yes, Nashville hot chicken with an Alabama white sauce drizzle. More Nashville locations joined the lineup in Germantown, Green Hills, and most recently East Nashville, so there are plenty of options to quench a craving for the popular Detroit-style pizza.

Emmy Squared/Official Photo

Manny's House of Pizza

Located in The Arcade downtown, Manny's House of Pizza has been owned and operated by Brooklyn native Manny Macca since 1984. The restaurant underwent some major renovations in 2017 and emerged as popular as ever, still serving Sicilian-style slices of pie to hordes of hungry lunch patrons.

Folk

No, this isn’t a 5-year-old’s run-of-mill pizza place, but Philip Krajeck’s Eastside spot earned its way into the regular pizza rotation for many adults around town since opening in 2018. The lamb sausage pie and a clam pie with bonito flakes are fan favorites, but also keep an eye out for vegetarian-friendly daily and seasonal snacks to kick off the meal.

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Il Forno

Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

Chef Egidio Franciosa and partner Jannah Franciosa recently gave their popular mobile pizzeria a permanent location in Wedgewood-Houston, serving up Neapolitan-style pies like the diavola, topped with pomodoro, fior de latte, and calabrese salami. The menu doesn’t stop at pizza, though, folks also rave about the restaurant’s carpaccio, antipasto spreads, and pasta features.

Delia Jo Ramsey/Eater Nashville

Smith & Lentz Brewing and Pizza

Pizza and beer from Smith and Lentz.
Smith and Lentz

East Nashville’s beer hang Smith & Lentz upped their game when they reopened after the 2020 tornado with a facelift, plentiful patio space for socially distanced dining, and a new pizza program with Chris DeJonge at the helm. Wood-fired pies are the name of the game here — and the pepperoni-loaded one with hot honey is a must-try. The “take your pie to prom” option adds brushed garlic butter, dried oregano, chili flakes, and grated Parmesan.

Pizza and beer from Smith and Lentz.
Smith and Lentz

Lockeland Table

The LT Pig pizza.
Lockeland Table

At neighborhood favorite Lockeland Table, chef Hal Holden-Bache does a lot of things well, and that includes some of the city’s best seasonally adorned wood-fired pizza. Options range from carbonara-crowned pies to classic margheritas and the carnivore’s delight: the LT pig, topped with Italian crushed tomato, sausage, bacon, pepperoni, ham, LT smoked mozzarella, and pepperoncini.

The LT Pig pizza.
Lockeland Table

Roberta’s at Urban Cowboy Public House

Roberta’s pizza.
Roberta’s Pizza

What began as a temporary option in Nashville will end up in a major win — Brooklyn-based wood-fired pizza purveyor Roberta’s maintains its residency serving up some of the city’s best pizza at Urban Cowboy Public House bar as we await its fixed location in 12 South. Pasta and salads are also available alongside traditional margherita pies and a crowd favorite called “the bee sting” — a sweet and spicy wonder with soppressata, mozzarella, chili, honey, and basil.

Roberta’s pizza.
Roberta’s Pizza

TennFold Brewing

Tennfold’s name suggests brewing is its focus but diners gravitate toward its New York and Neapolitan-style pizzas, too. Traditionalists stay with supreme and meat lovers’ varieties, while other options include a pesto-sauced chicken pizza and a vegetarian-friendly Greek pie. Beyond pizza, people also come for the wings and salads.

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