IN THE D: Pizza Near The Joe & Ford Field

By: Toni Cunningham | November 21, 2014

When you’re in downtown Detroit for a football or hockey game, chances are high that you’re also going to grab some food and a few beers before and/or after the game, as well. If you’ve got tickets to an upcoming game in the D and are wondering where you can grab a pizza and a beer before the action begins, you’ve come to the right place.

All of the following pizza joints and restaurants featuring pizza pies are no more than two miles away from either Ford Field or Joe Louis Arena. That way, whether you’re hoofing it or taking public transportation, all of the places on this list are within reason. Let’s take a look!

Pizza Papalis, 553 Monroe St., Detroit, is quite close to Ford Field and a little bit more of a walk from the Joe. Whether it’s snowing or sunny, the hike is worth it for this Chicago-style pizza. The menu’s deep dish Chicago pies include Papalis Gourmet (with spinach, black olive, chicken breast, garlic and feta), V.I.P. (pepperoni, onions, mushrooms and green peppers) and Meat Eater’s Deluxe (with pepperoni, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon and ground beef).

Thin and pan pizzas are also available, but when deep dish is on the menu, why bother?

Supino Pizzeria, 2457 Russell St., is again, a little closer to Ford Field, but reasonable distance to both. Pies come in 12 inch or 18 inch sizes and red or white pies, while you also have the option of building your own. Try the Supino (a red pie with roasted garlic, black olives, chili oil, ricotta and Mozzarella cheese), City Wing Thing (a red pie with smoked turkey, smoked Gouda cheese, cherry peppers, Mozzarella cheese and roasted garlic), or Primavera (a white pie with tomatoes, artichoke, eggplant, onion, spinach and Mozzarella cheese).

If you take the build your own route, you’ll have your choice of everything from egg to fresh herbs to prosciutto to grilled eggplant.

Hockeytown Café, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit, is a no-brainer beer and pizza hangout for before and after a Detroit hockey game. Deep dish pizza options include the Philly Cheese Steak Pizza (topped with sirloin steak, caramelized onions, roasted peppers and Boursin cheese), BBQ Chicken Pizza (topped with grilled chicken, barbecue sauce, red onions and bacon) and Grand Slam Pizza (with pepperoni, ham, sausage, onions, mushrooms, bacon, peppers, black olives and banana peppers).

Hockeytown Café has over 50 beers from around the world, including 18 different varieties on tap, so you won’t go thirsty.

Coaches Corner, 1465 Centre St., Detroit, is only a few blocks away from Ford Field. The pizza menu is simple, but covers all bases, including favorites like Pepperoni, Meat Lovers, Supreme and Vegetarian.

The beer menu features plenty of Michigan-made brews, including Short’s Nicie Spicie, Founder’s All Day IPA, Atwater Purple Gang Pilsner and Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. Pizza, beer and football; what more could you want?

Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille, 2203 Woodward Ave., Detroit, is within walking distance to Ford Field and offers shuttle service to the Joe. While you may not consider this restaurant located in the Fox Theatre district as a place to go before the game, you should! The pies here are sophisticated with a variety of complex flavors.

Do yourself (and your palate) a flavor… er, favor, and try the De Edoardo (olive oil, garlic, fresh and sundried tomatoes, fresh basil and Mozzarella cheese) or Americana (fresh tomato sauce, pepperoni, mushrooms and Mozzarella cheese). This may not be your traditional bar-style pizza, but you will not be left unhappy, or hungry.

Small Plates, 1521 Broadway St., Detroit, isn’t exactly known as a pizza joint, either, but the Detroit Style four corner pizza is a deep dish pie with a caramelized cheese crust that will leave you forgetting the name of your usual pizza place.

Shrimp and Garlic (with Mozzarella cheese, fresh dill and garlic sauce), Sausage (a blend of Italian sausage and chorizo with Gorgonzola cheese and caramelized onions) and White (a pie topped with feta cheese, goat cheese, Mozzarella cheese, white Cheddar cheese and rocket salad) are all great options.

Small Plates also happens to have a great craft cocktail selection, and is fairly close to Ford Field.

The Detroit Beer Co., 1529 Broadway, Detroit, is certainly a place you want to be when you’re downtown for a sporting event. Who’s to say whether that’s because of the hockey, football, brick oven pizzas or freshly brewed beer? I’d like to think it’s a combination of all of the above.

Your options include Pizza Veneto (stone fired Cajun crust topped with pizza sauce, Mozzarella cheese, goat cheese, Italian sausage, diced tomatoes and torn basil), Pizza Carlito (topped with a white wine mirepoix sauce, Mozzarella and Asiago cheese, chicken sausage, fire roasted red bell peppers and basil) and Pizza Capicola (topped with traditional sauce, fresh Mozzarella cheese, Capicola and green apple shavings). That last one sounds so intriguing, no?

Add one of the Detroit Beer Co.’s many brews to your meal and you’ll be one happy guy or gal.

Spending a day or night in downtown Detroit is always a good time, especially when you’ve got tickets to a Detroit football or hockey game in hand. If you head downtown to one of the aforementioned restaurants with pizza on their menus before or after the game, your experience will be that much better. Have fun, be safe, and go Detroit!