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Metro Detroit’s Pizza Perfection: Part II

By: Toni Cunningham | August 9, 2013

This is an argument that will seemingly never end—who makes the best pizza in Metro Detroit?

While everyone’s taste buds are different, and thus, faithfully loyal to various pizza parlors throughout the area, I think we can all agree on one thing: whether you prefer red sauce or white, pepperoni or hot peppers, pizza is essentially a life necessity. Air, water, and pizza, essentially.

In order to break it down simply, I give you some of the best pizza in Metro Detroit by category:

BEST TRADITIONAL

Palermo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, 44938 Ford Rd., Canton, is one of my personal favorites, and the food never disappoints. It’s a family owned and operated Italian restaurant, and the pizza is divine. Specialty pizzas include Grilled Chicken Alfredo, Pizza Burger and Margherita. I mean, the website says it’s voted the best pizza in Canton, and everyone knows you’re not allowed to lie on the Internet.

BEST BRICK OVEN

Pizzeria Biga, with locations in Royal Oak and Southfield, cooks its Napoletana pizza in an authentic wood-burning oven set to a blazing 900 degrees. You have your choice of several white pizzas (without tomato sauce), numerous red pizzas (with sauce), or you can get creative and make your own. The toppings are more unique than one might find elsewhere, including roasted eggplant, fingerling potato, duck prosciutto and rapini. If you dine in for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you’ll receive a complimentary garden salad or soup and a soft drink with your pizza order.

BEST THIN CRUST

Crispelli’s Bakery & Pizzeria, 28939 Woodward Ave., promises only the “finest and freshest ingredients” possible at an affordable price. This place opened about a year and a half ago, so if you haven’t tried it yet, you best get on it! The Authentic Italian Thin Crust pizzas are topped with three items of your choice (from a laundry list including Italian sausage, roasted garlic, feta cheese, mild pepper and more). There are five different gourmet pizzas, including a Red Pie topped with fresh mozzarella, Italian sausage and caramelized onion.

BEST DEEP DISH

Pizza Papalis has several locations in Metro Detroit, and has received critical acclaim for years. While the ingredients may not be local, they’re 100 percent fresh. The dough is made in-house every morning, and pizzas are topped with cheese from Wisconsin and tomatoes from Italy. The pizza itself is so big and stuffed with so many toppings that a small will go a long way, serving up to three people. Your choices include the Papalis Gourmet (with spinach, black olive, chicken breast, garlic and feta cheese), V.I.P. (with pepperoni, onions, mushrooms and green peppers) and the Spinach Special (with a three-cheese blend and optional mushrooms). I’ve never had a pizza topped with turkey, but here, it’s an option on the build-your-own pie.

BEST HEALTH-CONSCIOUS CHOICE

Green Zone Pizza, 17008 Kercheval St., Grosse Pointe, makes organic, gluten-free pizza you can feel good about eating (well, less guilty about eating, at least). Every pizza is made on organic dough with mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Pizzas on the menu include I Can’t Believe It’s Not Sausage (with turkey sausage, tomato sauce, pepper rings and mushrooms), Michigan Cherry BBQ Chicken (with Amish chicken, cherry BBQ and red onion) and the California (with sun dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, olive oil, red onion, herbs and spinach).

BEST NEWBIE

Genova Pizzeria, 42911 Ford Rd., Canton, just opened this summer, and business is already booming. These brick oven pizzas are cooked over almond wood and the dough is made with all-natural Caputo flour. Specialty pies include Napoli (with mozzarella cheese, sopressata sausage and roasted red peppers), Frutti di mare (with shrimp, anchovies and red onions) and Torte di spinach (with portabella mushrooms, spinach, roasted red peppers, garlic powder and feta cheese).

The way I see it, there’s really only one way to settle this “who makes the best pizza” argument once and for all. You can’t rely on others’ opinions, so try them all for yourself! Maybe not in the same week (or even month, for the sake of your health), but be sure to add all of these delicious pizzas to your food bucket list.