From specialty, whole-wheat thin crust to classic New York-style dough, these pies are made with love and specialty ovens. With authentic brick-oven or stone-fired dishes, these restaurants keep the kitchen hot in more ways than one. Enjoy your slice with the family or with a cold draft beer at these Charlotte picks.
1501 Central Ave
Charlotte, NC 28205
Starting out as a renovated gas station in Dilworth, Fuel put a spin on the Charlotte pizza community in 1998. These New Yorkers had no idea they would be bringing a Charlotte-based business to Washington, DC in 2012. That’s how good these pizzas are. From gluten-free to the works, Fuel fills you up for the road to success. Made with fresh ingredients like sausage and anchovies, and offering even gluten-free beer, Fuel has a selection for every pizza fan. Order the Pyramid Pizza for a mammoth of delight. This pie comes with all of the major food groups including ingredients of tomato sauce, roasted chicken, spinach, green peppers, garlic, part-skim mozzarella and romano cheese.
Hawthorne’s New York Pizza & Bar
1701 E 7th St
Charlotte, NC 28204
This Charlotte favorite started in the Dilworth community and spread throughout town. Serving New York Pizza by the slice or as a whole and offering specialty pizzas from buffalo wing to spinach, Hawthorne’s satisfies all guests. Stop by the bar and order the New Yorker Bar Pie (four slices of cheese for $8) with $2.50 draft beers on Monday. Or see what the creators like most with the Crew Pizza served with meatballs, Italian sausage, banana peppers and red onions. With four locations throughout the Queen City, it’s close and convenient for all.
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Luisa’s Brick Oven Pizza
1730 Abbey Place
Charlotte, NC 28209
Known for friendly service and a family-oriented environment, Luisa’s brick-oven pizzas make friends with local residents. For an authentic 12-to 17-inch pie and a variety of options from pepperoni to muffuletta, Luisa’s serves Italian treasures. Bringing skill, talent and even an oven from Italy, Louisa’s specialties are one-of-a-kind for Charlotte pizza lovers. The Rodolfo pizza is a great choice with the perfect combination of artichoke hearts, ham, mushrooms and pesto. For a comfortable, laid-back dinner with family and friends, the restaurant hosts an Italian atmosphere with affordable prices.
Pizza Peel & Tap Room
4422 Colwick Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
Leave the kids at home for this pie. Featuring more than 40 beer selections alongside whole-wheat, thin-crust pizzas, Pizza Peel & Tap Room would be a great dinner spot for mom and dad. From options like Tang’s Thai to the Sorry for Partying Supreme, Pizza Peel is ready to serve. Not in the mood for these delicacies? Create your own pie at this tap room. Featuring daily drink specials and live local music on Thursdays, quality brick-oven pizza is not the only gem you will find here.
3228 N Davidson St
Charlotte, NC 28205
In the heart of NoDa, you will find this superb pizza. These pies pride themselves on not only being stone-fired delights, but for providing revolutionary flavor on a traditional dish. As the center of emerging art and music, there’s no better place for this artwork than the NoDa district. In honor of its location, check out Revolution’s signature NoDa pizza. Made with pulled pork, peppers, onions and a balsamic reduction, this restaurant brings a new definition to a classic Italian meal.
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