Pizza Paradise: Metro Detroit’s Top Pizzerias

By: Carolyn Hall | May 30, 2024
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When it comes to pizza, Metro Detroit boasts an impressive array of unique and delicious options that cater to every palate. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional favorites or looking to experiment with inventive flavors, these local pizza places have you covered. From indulgent deep dish pies to crispy thin crusts, Metro Detroit has it all. Let’s take a culinary tour of some of the top pizzerias in the area.

ALVINOS

25093 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn

Alvinos Pizza is the go-to spot for those craving a perfect blend of classic and modern flavors. Known for being the first Halal pizzeria, with its thin crust and innovative toppings, Alvinos offers a fresh take on pizza that keeps customers coming back for more. The cozy ambiance and friendly service add to the dining experience, making it a must-visit for pizza lovers in the area. Some of the stand-out pies include Pesto Perfecto (house-made pesto, fresh mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic glaze drizzle), Magani Mediterranean (feta, green olives, onions, banana peppers, spinach, and olive oil drizzle), and Buffalo Ranchero Chicken (no tomato sauce, but sweet and savory barbecue sauce, grilled chicken, red onion, roasted turkey, mozzarella, and provolone cheese).

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PIE SCI PIZZA

5163 Trumbull, Detroit

8150 West 9 Mile Road, Oak Park

Pie Sci Pizza is the place to go for exploratory flavors, offering unheard-of combinations of ingredients. Owner Jeremy Damaske shares, “Pie-Sci Pizza is a trendy and inventive pizza place that serves up both creative and basic pies. We adventure in pizza science, featuring gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options,” catering to dietary preferences. With its new Oak Park location, the Pie-Sci empire has expanded, offering the same creative weekly menu specials as the beloved Trumbull spot. You can find a delicious BLT pizza or Margherita, in addition to culinary creations like Mac to the Future, a pie with garlic oil, mozzarella, ground beef, American cheese, white onion, pickles, romaine, and Thousand Island drizzle like everyone’s favorite burger, or The Pear Necessities, with spinach, pears, bacon, feta, and a honey drizzle. On Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., you can even order a brunch pizza! Check out what these pie scientists are experimenting with this week on their Facebook page!

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SAMMY’S PIZZA

Multiple locations in Metro Detroit

Sammy’s Pizza is a gem throughout Metro Detroit. This pizzeria has been serving delicious, Detroit-style deep-dish pizzas for years. Their secret lies in the quality of their ingredients and their passion for creating the perfect pizza. Sammy’s offers a variety of toppings and crust options, allowing customers to customize their pizzas to their liking. Some specialty pizzas are a must-try, like Buffalo Mac N’ Cheese, with cheddar cheese sauce, pasta, buffalo chicken, and bacon, along with Taco Pizza with seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato, black olives, taco sauce, and nacho cheese Doritos, served with sour cream. Don’t forget about the Chicken Alfredo pizza either, with onion, feta, and mozzarella cheeses. 

JOLLY PUMPKIN

441 West Canfield Street, Detroit

While Jolly Pumpkin is renowned for its collection of artisan ales, its pizzas are equally impressive. Jolly Pumpkin’s pizzas feature a perfect balance of fresh ingredients and creative combinations. These thin-crust specialty pizzas satisfy everyone, with choices like Lamb Kafta (bechamel sauce, spinach, tomatoes, shaved red onion, toom dressed arugula, and roasted almonds), Truffle (Cremini mushrooms, goat cheese, parmesan cream, hand-pulled mozzarella, truffle oil drizzle, and arugula to top), and South Pacific (bacon, candied pineapple, jalapeño, shaved red onion, chipotle tomato sauce, and scallions). For a great deal, pizzas are $10 on Mondays. Pair your pizza with one of their craft beers for an unforgettable meal at Jolly Pumpkin.

GREEN LANTERN PIZZA

Multiple locations in Metro Detroit

Green Lantern Pizza is a household name in Metro Detroit, known for its thick, cheesy pizzas and hearty toppings. This pizzeria has been serving the community for decades, earning a reputation for consistently delivering high-quality pies. Marketing Director Chris Fichter shares, “The fact that we have been making the same product since the early 1950s speaks for itself. Our hard-working staff hand cuts each ingredient, shreds all cheeses, and makes the dough & sauce fresh each and every morning. You can taste the quality of ingredients in each menu item.” Whether you’re in the mood for a classic pepperoni or something more adventurous, Green Lantern Pizza never disappoints with its generous portions and rich flavors. Try the Chicken Siciliano, with garlic butter, marinated chicken, red onion, tomato, mild pepper rings, and feta cheese, or the Octopie, which is made of all corner pieces, perfect for those who enjoy the crispy crust. For those on the opposite side who prefer their pizzas without crust, the Lantern Bowl is a perfect choice, as it is a doughless pizza bowl. 

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COMO’S

22812 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale

A staple in Ferndale, Como’s has been a beloved pizza spot for years. Como has been serving its signature deep-dish pizza creations alongside a variety of other Italian dishes. The welcoming atmosphere and outdoor seating make it a perfect spot to enjoy a meal with friends and family. Their menu features a mix of traditional and unique pizzas, ensuring there’s something for everyone. The Medical Weight Loss pizza is a favorite, with crushed meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, and bacon, along with The Whimp, made of Calabrian chilies, jalapeño, banana peppers, and spicy honey. There are also vegan pizzas, made on gluten-free doughs with vegan cheese, including The Garden, featuring broccoli, roasted garlic, spinach, tomato, and onion, along with Vegan Opa, with spinach, Kalamata olives, dill, garlic, and onion, to name a few. 

This article has been updated to include new information. The original article was published on December 19, 2023, and was authored by Carolyn Hall.

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