I know, I know, it's a pub. But I've consistently had some of my favorite pizza in the city here, including some deep-dish pizza that I really loved. You can also get this weird pizza pie thing that is basically two pizzas forming a massive, stuffed pizza crust UFO that you cut into huge slices. Good for the heart? Absolutely not, but the experience was transformative to the soul.
924 Broad Ripple Ave., 257-4343, unionjack.pub
Lord knows why you'd serve this thick, saucy pizza casserole in August, but you do. Maybe you hail from Chicago and need a little taste of home. I don't judge anyone's love or pizza preference (just kidding, I judge the hell out of you if you prefer deep dish to thin crust, you godless heathen). Giordano's is poised to dominate the Indianapolis pizza market, so keep your eyes peeled for one coming to your neighborhood.
4110 E. 82nd St., 348-4085, giordanos.com
South of Chicago Pizza & Beef
This amazing little shop in Fletcher Place has long been famous for deep dish and Italian beef like they serve it in the Windy City. Good thing too, as a stop here can prevent a raucous hangover when you head down the street to catch a show in Fountain Square.
619 Virginia Ave., 201-7110, nobspizza.com
If you need a pizza place that actually specializes in serving large crowds, you can't do any better than Roselli's, which offers banquet and catering options beyond their normal pie deliveries. They specialize in Chicago food favorites, so make sure you stop by if you're craving a big Italian Beef sandwich or a slice of deep dish, or you need a taste of home by the lake.
4335 W 106th St. (Carmel), 228-9090, rosellisonline.com
Perfect Pies, no matter how you slice them
This Irvington staple has garnered the praise of the entire city, and then a little more from outside the city. Recently, Food Network superstar Alton Brown gave it the two thumbs way up while he was in town. The local shop is famous for their crunchy, buttery crust, and although it's a little ways out, they will cater to your out-there tastes as well as the mega deliciousness of their standard cheese-n-pep.
5646 E. Washington St., 356-6612; 401 Market Plaza (Greenwood), 883-8993; 9165 Otis Ave. (Lawrence), 986-4545; jockamopizza.com
ALL HAIL THE GREAT PIZZA KING! Not only would most of us here at NUVO happily live in a feudal system lorded over by a pizza plutocrat, but we'd actively depose the current leader if it was anyone other than the King of Pizza King. The regional restaurant has exploded across northeastern Indiana and has finally found a new home in Fountain Square. We would highly recommend a visit to this former hometown favorite that has become a favorite to many, and has become the reigning king of that thin, cracker-style crust.
1267 Shelby St., 363-2029, pizzakingindiana.com
All hail the Greeks crust! These are glorious slices of buttery, thick crust stacked high with tons of toppings (if that's your thing). If "deep dish" actually meant a good inch of fluffy, crunchy crust, I might be converted.
6336 Guilford Ave., 426-4599; 8028 S. Emerson Ave., 881-5581; 30 N. Main St. (Zionsville), 344-2999; greekspizzeria.com
We've told you about this place before, a now-defunct chain with several unaffiliated stores still in existence. We can't speak for all of the Pasquale's in the area, but the Batista-owned spot on Troy is absolutely one on the list. These are standard-issue neighborhood pies (read: delicious) that use top-of-the-line ingredients.
1135 E. Troy Ave., 787-7223
Amore Pizzeria & Ristorante
You know what they say about the moon hitting your eye like a big pizza pie. And nothing says amore quite like a slice of cheesy, bubbly pizza. We like this cute little Zionsville shop for piling on all the cheese you could ever need.
41 Boone Village (Zionsville), 733-1609, amorezionsville.com
It's delicious, and it's one of the best deals you can get outside of a national chain. They also serve a whole lot more than just pizza, like wings and sandwiches. This is a local chain, and it's likely there's a Piezano's pretty close to you if you're anywhere near the 465 loop.
5616 Georgetown Road, 299-4555; 3947 N. High School Road, 291-3446; 5389 Rockville Road, 248-3000; ilovepiezanos.com
This locally-owned chain with a handful of Indy-area franchises serves pizza as you'd expect, but we'd recommend you try one of their calzones. They're deliciously crunchy and come with a dipping sauce to make the experience that much more heavenly. If the dough-and-sauce combo isn't your thing, try a delicious plate of pasta or lasagna.
149 N. Illinois St., 634-1144; 29 E. McCarty St., No. 200, 638-0357; enzopizza.com
Exotic & Luxe
Wood-fired Italian, fabulous wine list, sustainable, delicious. This spot will serve you the jacket-and-tie, topped-with-a-quail-egg kind of fancy wood-fired pie that will put any small town grease disk to shame. They use seasonal ingredients for an ever-changing menu, and source locally as much as possible. Keep a sharp eye for chef Tyler Herald's love of Phish in the pizza names.
30 S. Meridian St., 635-0765; 114 E. 49th St., 925-0765; 8702 Keystone Crossing, 705-0765; cafepatachou.com
Housemade charcuterie and cured meats are the name of the game at this gourmet, wood-fired pizza place. Owned by Beard-recognized chef Neal Brown, this spot is going to bring it in the sophisticated flavors department. It's chewy and crunchy and each bite has a nice blend of toppings and toasted crust. Definitely also avail yourself of anything from the non-pizza menu, too, with lots of house made pasta dishes and other goodies available.
608 Massachusetts Ave., 685-2550, pizzologyindy.com
This is a brand-new place that offers build-your-own pizza and craft beer. The chain serves you all kinds of fancy options for toppings like gorgonzola and pesto, and you can get every guest a custom-made pizza of their very own. If you like your pie weird and customized, get yourself to 96th street.
8235 E. 96th St., 288-8951, projectpie.com
We know, we know: this town has a pretty great variety of pizza available. But while many different pizza establishments have come and gone, Bazbeaux remains steadfast, serving up everything from the simple pepperoni to the Tchoupitoulas, made of Cajun shrimp, house roasted red pepper, green pepper, red onion, andouille sausage, fresh garlic. And if you're going to town, you might as well go in a Lincoln, so ask for a little bit of their creamy basil salad dressing to dip it in.
329 Massachusetts Ave., 636-7662; 811 E. Westfield Blvd., 255-571; 111 W. Main St. (Carmel), 848-4488; bazbeaux.com
Some Guys Pizza
We have to tip our hats to Some Guys as one of the first Indy businesses to ditch Mr. Ice, the company that has the dubious honor of employing the author of RFRA. Not only is this a place for good business, they also make some truly inventive, delicious pizza. We have to recommend the Thai pizza in all of its peanuty goodness.
6235 Allisonville Road, 257-1364; 12552 N. Gray Road (Carmel), 706-8888; someguyspizza.com
Worth the Drive
Matt Rogers brought his signature wood oven on a trailer to the Joseph Decuis dinner and to the Chefs' Night Off dinner at Tyner Pond. I can say with absolute certainty that Rogers might have some of the best pizza in the state. If you end up out in the Fort Wayne area, you have to make a stop here to satisfy your pizza craving. Think thin, crispy and charred like Napolese or Pizzology.
5215 Illinois Road, Ste. 101 (Fort Wayne), 260-416-0005, 800degrees.net
No offense to our closer, local folks, but it's safe to say that Mother Bear's Pizza might just be serving the greatest slice of pizza ever made. It is the crust to end all crusts, thick and fluffy and crunchy with the perfect ratio of sauce and toppings.
1428 E. 3rd St. (Bloomington), 332-4495, motherbearspizza.com