With so many options out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We know how polarizing the issue of the best pizza in town can be – and how loyal each local pizzeria’s customers are. Nevertheless, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite no frills, no thrills pizza joints on the East Coast. Have some more suggestions? Send them our way so we can try them out! Email: email@example.com.
Crepizza: Charleston, West Virginia
In 2007, Aoleen and Manoli Stavrulakis opened Creperi Cafe in a small shop in Kanawha City, then in 2010, moved the business to South Charleston with a bigger dining area. Manoli began Pizza Barbarosa while Creperi moved its location. Then, in September 2020, the businesses merged into one – creating Crêpizza.
Dimitri’s Pizza: Watertown, Connecticut (@dimitrispizza_ct)
Owned and operated since 2003 by the Ioannou/Vasiliou family, Dimitri’s specializes in New Haven style pizza – along with a variety of salads, grinders, and shareables. Their crust is one of the crispiest we tried!
George’s Pizza: Warwick, Rhode Island (@georgespizzawarwick)
A local pizzeria serving Greek-style pan pizza since 1972. The establishment just changed ownership in December of 2021 but George and Maria, the original owners, made sure to pass down their delicious recipes to the new owners!
“There has been a long Greek history in George’s Pizzeria. From family to family we tried to keep the authenticity running adding homemade pitta bread, baklava, and spanakopitta to our menu, together with the classic pizza,” one of the current owners told TNH.
Gorham House of Pizza: Gorham, Maine
Angelo Sotiropoulos’ life story epitomizes the American Dream. In December of 1972 Angelo arrived on American shores. After working as a dishwasher (and subsequently earning the title of ‘the best dishwasher in Massachusetts,’ he eventually opened Gorham House of Pizza in 1981. Since then, he’s worked tirelessly and has earned the respect of his entire community. Try their calzones!
King’s Famous Pizza: North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
A local and tourist favorite, Kings Famous Pizza has been a frequent visit for travelers for over 32 years! They specialize in homemade taste and excellent service and have been family owned and operated so they like to get to know their customers.
Mario’s Pizzeria: Multiple Locations, New York (@mariospizzeria & @mariosofsyosset & @mariosristorantepizzeria)
Mario’s Pizzeria opened its first pizzeria in Oyster Bay, a hamlet on the north shore of Long Island in 1969. Since then, the entire Spanos family has been providing the highest quality meals with exceptional service in a fast casual dining experience for over 50 years. From Oyster Bay, Syosset, Plainview, Westbury, Seaford, and Levittown, Mario’s has become a household name. Every pizza is handmade from scratch with dough and sauce that is made fresh daily with care and special attention. From pioneering ‘pizza by the slice’ with an extensive variety of gourmet pizzas using the finest quality ingredients to serving their communities with sponsorships and donations, they continue to define what a great Long Island pizzeria should be. Their vodka sauce pizza is purely divine.
Zanto Pizzeria: Suffield, Connecticut
Zanto of Suffield has been owned and operated by the Vasiliakis family since 2006. It’s a true family-run business with Matty, the mother, warmly greeting guests, Cathay, the sister, serving tables, while Spiro and Dino, the father-son duo prepares the food. Stop by and try their broccoli rabe and sausage pizza.