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Detroit-style pizza from Loui’s.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

21 Detroit Destinations for Seriously Cheesy Pizza

Tried and true slices from across the Motor City

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Detroit-style pizza from Loui’s.
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

Perhaps one of southeast Michigan’s lesser-known contributions to the world is its pizza. The region is home to major national chains like Little Caesars and Domino’s Pizza and it’s also the originator of the Detroit-style square pie — a pizza style that’s trending nationally, but is still done best at a smattering of old-school restaurants across the city.

Recent additions to the Detroit landscape have added more variety for pizza lovers including lots of Italian oven-baked pies. Whether the occasion calls for a foldable New York-style slice, a slab of cheesy Detroit square, or a fancier Neapolitan round, the Motor City’s neighborhood pizzerias have the answers to all manner of pizza craving. Below, find some of the latest and greatest in metro Detroit pizza right now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tomatoes Apizza

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29275 W 14 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI
(248) 855-3555
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Farmington Hills favorite Tomatoes Apizza specializes in New Haven-style pizzas. The popular “green” pizza features chopped spinach, garlic, and mozzarella. The ingredients are spread generously across each slice and nearly reach the edge of the crust for even more perfect bites. Order online for takeout or delivery.

2. Bigalora Cucina

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711 S Main St
Royal Oak, MI
(248) 544-2442
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Bacco Ristorante chef Luciano DelSignore’s southeast Michigan pizza chain Bigalora dishes up Neapolitan-style pizzas in a casual atmosphere with plenty of beer and wine on tap. Look out for original pies like crispy Brussels sprout with pancetta. Every location is currently open for indoor and (at some locations) outdoor dining as well as curbside pickup or delivery with online ordering.

3. Loui's Pizza

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23141 Dequindre Rd
Hazel Park, MI
(248) 547-1711
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Another pizzeria with deep ties to the original Buddy’s on Conant, Loui’s is a Hazel Park institution and contender for one of the best slices around. This restaurant has it all: square pizzas, tons of cheese, and plenty of old-school kitsch (Think: Chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling). Indoor dining is available and customers can also pick up food and take it to-go.

4. Jed’s Detroit

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1648 Seven Mile E
Detroit, MI 48203
(313) 305-7737
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Chef Max Hardy brought the first outpost of a popular Ohio-based restaurant, Jed’s, to Detroit in 2021. The restaurant features a variety of burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, tenders, and wings, in addition to its flatbread menu. Choose from options like the Get Big with shrimp, lobster, and a roasted tomato alfredo sauce or go for the Eastsider with sausage, onions, peppers, and a tomato ranch aioli.

5. Cloverleaf Bar & Restaurant

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24443 Gratiot Ave
Eastpointe, MI
(586) 777-5391
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This Eastpointe pizzeria was established by Buddy’s founder Gus Guerra and thus also claims to serve a version of the original Detroit-style pizza recipe. Per tradition, the pizzas at Cloverleaf are baked in a high-walled, rectangular pan in order to amplify the crunchy, cheesy corners. It’s an absolutely essential stop on a tour of metro Detroit’s most iconic pizzerias. Indoor dining is available and customers can also place online orders on the pizzeria’s website or call ahead to order carryout.

6. Buddy's Pizza

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17125 Conant St
Detroit, MI
(313) 892-9001
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When people say Detroit-style square pizza, they mean Buddy's nine times out of 10. This is the original, the beloved. Though it’s gone corporate in recent years with the rise of square pizza around the country, its pizza is legendary, plain and simple, particularly if you’re eating it at the original bar on Conant. Plenty of toppings are available, but most go for the classic square pie baked into blue steel pans and topped with loads of melty, caramelized brick cheese, pepperoni, and a drizzle of red sauce on top. Buddy’s has online ordering and some locations have outdoor and indoor dining. Buddy’s also ships across the country.

7. Amar Pizza

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11608 Conant St
Hamtramck, MI
(313) 366-0980
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Hamtramck staple Amar Pizza fuses Bangladeshi, American, and Italian flavors into some really intriguing pies. The pizzas are baked both as rounds and Detroit-style square varieties. Fan favorites include the dry fish pizza with, shrimp, garlic, onions, cilantro, and fish paste sauce, as well as the famed (and very spicy) ghost pizza, which terrorizes tastebuds with heat. Customers can place orders for carryout or delivery through the website, or just place an order by phone.

8. Pie-Sci

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5163 Trumbull St
Detroit, MI
(313) 818-0290
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The people behind Detroit’s pizza laboratory Pie-Sci pride themselves in concocting unexpected pizzas with punny names. The light, spongy dough used in the round and square pies is unlike other pizzerias in town and the menu changes seasonally, so customers can always expect something new. Past featured pies have included the Taco’s Modern Life with vegan cauliflower-walnut “chorizo,” roasted corn, white onions, vegan mozzarella, radish slaw, cilantro, and lime and the Freaks and Greeks, the pizza version of a Greek salad complete with pickled beets. Keep an eye on the restaurants social media accounts and websites for the latest updates on service, and call ahead to place an order for takeout. (Keep calling if the line is busy.)

9. Motor City Brewing Works

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470 W Canfield St
Detroit, MI
(313) 832-2700
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The original Midtown brewery-pizzeria combo Motor City Brewing Works still serves some of the best brick oven pies around. For something spicy try the Sopla Fuego, a mixture of habanero sauce, jalapeños, chorizo, queso, onion, sour cream, lime, and cilantro. Just remember to have a beer handy when taking a bite. The brewery offers indoor seating as well as covered and uncovered patio seating both in Midtown and at its newer location on the Avenue of Fashion. Customers can also place orders online.

10. Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery

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441 W Canfield St
Detroit, MI
(313) 262-6115
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Sour ale devotee Jolly Pumpkin pairs its many beer taps with a whole lot of really tasty slices. The slightly sour crusts are dressed up with intriguing combinations like the Fire & Smoke with smoky mozzarella and smoked chicken. Customers often round out the meal with a salad or an order of the brewpub’s truffle fries. Dine-in casual seating and some outdoor patio seating is available, or customers can place orders for carryout or delivery online.

11. Supino Pizzeria

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2457 Russell St
Detroit, MI
(313) 567-7879
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Find monster, fold-worthy slices and whole pies at Supino Pizzeria as well as paninis, antipasti, salads, and truly excellent cannoli. (Seriously, leave room for this bite of heaven.) Fan favorites include the Bismarck, a red sauce pizza topped with mozzarella, prosciutto, and egg. Supino offers carryout and dine-in at both its New Center and Eastern Market locations with online ordering.

12. Mootz Pizzeria and Bar

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1230 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 243-1230
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This downtown Detroit pizzeria serves New York-style slices with two different styles of service: Customers on-the-go can pick up a meal with to-go cocktails at the small carryout slice shop or dine in with full service and cocktails. The restaurant is currently open for outdoor and indoor dining and also accepts online orders for carryout, including for DIY pizza kits.

13. Checker Bar + Offworld Arcade

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128 Cadillac Square
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-9249
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Pizzeria, bar, and arcade Offworld occupies the second floor of Checker Bar and also serves pizza to downstairs patrons. The menu here ignores stringent pizza tradition and the result is fun, irreverent toppings combinations. Currently, the menu features options like Napalm Breath with a blend of melty cheeses, feta, onions, banana peppers, fried garlic, and a garlic aioli drizzle to drive home the garlic point.

14. Michigan & Trumbull

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1441 W Elizabeth St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 637-4992
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This Detroit-style pizzeria in Corktown makes amazing square pizzas with fun, unconventional toppings and lots of vegan options. Take, for example, the McLovin’, a white pizza featuring ground beef, mozzarella, cheddar, fresh iceberg lettuce, and a shower of sesame seeds with “Awesome Sauce” that faithfully mimics a certain fast-food hamburger. Round out the meal with sides like Teader fries, deep-fried calzones known as Boblo Boats, and antipasto salad. Don’t miss “the Good Corner,” where a portion of customer’s orders for certain items are donated to a rotating list of local organizations. The restaurant does sport a spacious indoor dining room and rooftop patio, but is presently takeout and delivery-only with an online ordering option.

15. Grandma Bob’s Pizza

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2135 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 315-3177
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Opened Mondays and weekends, Corktown pizzeria Grandma Bob’s went all in on cheesy edged Detroit-style pizza during the pandemic. The Michigan Avenue features in a relaxed atmosphere with lots of beer, boozy shakes, and vegan custard (vegan options here are plentiful). Choose from creative toppings like sausage and pistachio or the smoked chicken gyro pizza with topped with kalamata olives and Greek feta dressing. The restaurant is currently offering dine-in service as well as online ordering for carryout and delivery.

16. Sicily's Pizzeria & Subs

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3554 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 554-0755
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Neighborhood mainstay Sicily’s serves up classics like meat lovers and and Hawaiian pizza with bacon, alongside more creative options like the ranch-based Angry Bird with hot chicken, bacon, jalapenos, and mozzarella. Customers can also find items like cheesesteaks and sub sandwiches here. The restaurant accepts orders for both takeout and delivery and even has its own app.

17. PizzaPlex

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4458 W Vernor Highway
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 757-4992
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Neighborhood pizzeria PizzaPlex on West Vernor Highway serves certified Neapolitan pizza in a laid back atmosphere with counter service and casual table seating and patio options. Customers can choose from different styles of pie assembled with traditional toppings such as the porcini mushroom pizza with white sauce, pancetta, truffle oil, and basil. In addition to the pies, PizzaPlex features a full bar with cocktails, wine, and beer as well as espresso. There’s even a pizza kit takeout option for those who want to build-their-own at home. Dine-in is and online ordering is available.

18. Chicago's Pizza

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4650 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 843-3777
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Sometimes the occasion calls for a high volume of dough layered with cheese, red sauce, and lots of meaty toppings. When that moment comes, look no further than the Windy City-style deep dish gut bombs at West Vernor Highway carryout restaurant Chicago’s Pizza. Make sure to try some of the restaurant’s creamy, spicy dipping sauce.

A red sauce topped Chicago-style deep dish pizza in a box. Brenna Houck

19. Major Tomato

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6547 Allen Rd
Allen Park, MI
(313) 254-9146
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This family-friendly Downriver pizza gem pays homage to David Bowie in its name and decor. Major Tomato’s pies strive for originality without skimping on flavor. For example the Meatsiah comes topped with pepperoni, bacon, ham, Italian sausage, and bison meat. Customers can place orders by phone or online.

20. Val’s Pizza

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Old Redford
Detroit, MI 48219

This pandemic pop-up has made a splash with Detroit diners. Val’s is soon to be posting up at Frame with options like ricotta-pesto pizza and honey with pepperoni. The menu changes frequently as does the location. Follow Val’s on Instagram for the latest updates and ordering options.

21. Pizzawala’s

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45490 Ford Rd
Canton, MI 48187
(734) 354-8700
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This Indian pizzeria makes for a worthy carryout stop after a trip to Ikea. The aloo gobi pizza features a mild tikka sauce with cheese, cauliflower, tomatoes, garlic, and potatoes in the form of french fries. Do yourself a favor and add a side of masala potato wedges to the order. Place orders online for pickup.

1. Tomatoes Apizza

29275 W 14 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI

Farmington Hills favorite Tomatoes Apizza specializes in New Haven-style pizzas. The popular “green” pizza features chopped spinach, garlic, and mozzarella. The ingredients are spread generously across each slice and nearly reach the edge of the crust for even more perfect bites. Order online for takeout or delivery.

29275 W 14 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI

2. Bigalora Cucina

711 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI

Bacco Ristorante chef Luciano DelSignore’s southeast Michigan pizza chain Bigalora dishes up Neapolitan-style pizzas in a casual atmosphere with plenty of beer and wine on tap. Look out for original pies like crispy Brussels sprout with pancetta. Every location is currently open for indoor and (at some locations) outdoor dining as well as curbside pickup or delivery with online ordering.

711 S Main St
Royal Oak, MI

3. Loui's Pizza

23141 Dequindre Rd, Hazel Park, MI

Another pizzeria with deep ties to the original Buddy’s on Conant, Loui’s is a Hazel Park institution and contender for one of the best slices around. This restaurant has it all: square pizzas, tons of cheese, and plenty of old-school kitsch (Think: Chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling). Indoor dining is available and customers can also pick up food and take it to-go.

23141 Dequindre Rd
Hazel Park, MI

4. Jed’s Detroit

1648 Seven Mile E, Detroit, MI 48203

Chef Max Hardy brought the first outpost of a popular Ohio-based restaurant, Jed’s, to Detroit in 2021. The restaurant features a variety of burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, tenders, and wings, in addition to its flatbread menu. Choose from options like the Get Big with shrimp, lobster, and a roasted tomato alfredo sauce or go for the Eastsider with sausage, onions, peppers, and a tomato ranch aioli.

1648 Seven Mile E
Detroit, MI 48203

5. Cloverleaf Bar & Restaurant

24443 Gratiot Ave, Eastpointe, MI

This Eastpointe pizzeria was established by Buddy’s founder Gus Guerra and thus also claims to serve a version of the original Detroit-style pizza recipe. Per tradition, the pizzas at Cloverleaf are baked in a high-walled, rectangular pan in order to amplify the crunchy, cheesy corners. It’s an absolutely essential stop on a tour of metro Detroit’s most iconic pizzerias. Indoor dining is available and customers can also place online orders on the pizzeria’s website or call ahead to order carryout.

24443 Gratiot Ave
Eastpointe, MI

6. Buddy's Pizza

17125 Conant St, Detroit, MI

When people say Detroit-style square pizza, they mean Buddy's nine times out of 10. This is the original, the beloved. Though it’s gone corporate in recent years with the rise of square pizza around the country, its pizza is legendary, plain and simple, particularly if you’re eating it at the original bar on Conant. Plenty of toppings are available, but most go for the classic square pie baked into blue steel pans and topped with loads of melty, caramelized brick cheese, pepperoni, and a drizzle of red sauce on top. Buddy’s has online ordering and some locations have outdoor and indoor dining. Buddy’s also ships across the country.

17125 Conant St
Detroit, MI

7. Amar Pizza

11608 Conant St, Hamtramck, MI

Hamtramck staple Amar Pizza fuses Bangladeshi, American, and Italian flavors into some really intriguing pies. The pizzas are baked both as rounds and Detroit-style square varieties. Fan favorites include the dry fish pizza with, shrimp, garlic, onions, cilantro, and fish paste sauce, as well as the famed (and very spicy) ghost pizza, which terrorizes tastebuds with heat. Customers can place orders for carryout or delivery through the website, or just place an order by phone.

11608 Conant St
Hamtramck, MI

8. Pie-Sci

5163 Trumbull St, Detroit, MI

The people behind Detroit’s pizza laboratory Pie-Sci pride themselves in concocting unexpected pizzas with punny names. The light, spongy dough used in the round and square pies is unlike other pizzerias in town and the menu changes seasonally, so customers can always expect something new. Past featured pies have included the Taco’s Modern Life with vegan cauliflower-walnut “chorizo,” roasted corn, white onions, vegan mozzarella, radish slaw, cilantro, and lime and the Freaks and Greeks, the pizza version of a Greek salad complete with pickled beets. Keep an eye on the restaurants social media accounts and websites for the latest updates on service, and call ahead to place an order for takeout. (Keep calling if the line is busy.)

5163 Trumbull St
Detroit, MI

9. Motor City Brewing Works

470 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI

The original Midtown brewery-pizzeria combo Motor City Brewing Works still serves some of the best brick oven pies around. For something spicy try the Sopla Fuego, a mixture of habanero sauce, jalapeños, chorizo, queso, onion, sour cream, lime, and cilantro. Just remember to have a beer handy when taking a bite. The brewery offers indoor seating as well as covered and uncovered patio seating both in Midtown and at its newer location on the Avenue of Fashion. Customers can also place orders online.

470 W Canfield St
Detroit, MI

10. Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery

441 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI

Sour ale devotee Jolly Pumpkin pairs its many beer taps with a whole lot of really tasty slices. The slightly sour crusts are dressed up with intriguing combinations like the Fire & Smoke with smoky mozzarella and smoked chicken. Customers often round out the meal with a salad or an order of the brewpub’s truffle fries. Dine-in casual seating and some outdoor patio seating is available, or customers can place orders for carryout or delivery online.

441 W Canfield St
Detroit, MI

11. Supino Pizzeria

2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI

Find monster, fold-worthy slices and whole pies at Supino Pizzeria as well as paninis, antipasti, salads, and truly excellent cannoli. (Seriously, leave room for this bite of heaven.) Fan favorites include the Bismarck, a red sauce pizza topped with mozzarella, prosciutto, and egg. Supino offers carryout and dine-in at both its New Center and Eastern Market locations with online ordering.

2457 Russell St
Detroit, MI

12. Mootz Pizzeria and Bar

1230 Library St, Detroit, MI 48226

This downtown Detroit pizzeria serves New York-style slices with two different styles of service: Customers on-the-go can pick up a meal with to-go cocktails at the small carryout slice shop or dine in with full service and cocktails. The restaurant is currently open for outdoor and indoor dining and also accepts online orders for carryout, including for DIY pizza kits.

1230 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226

13. Checker Bar + Offworld Arcade

128 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI 48226

Pizzeria, bar, and arcade Offworld occupies the second floor of Checker Bar and also serves pizza to downstairs patrons. The menu here ignores stringent pizza tradition and the result is fun, irreverent toppings combinations. Currently, the menu features options like Napalm Breath with a blend of melty cheeses, feta, onions, banana peppers, fried garlic, and a garlic aioli drizzle to drive home the garlic point.

128 Cadillac Square
Detroit, MI 48226

14. Michigan & Trumbull

1441 W Elizabeth St, Detroit, MI 48216

This Detroit-style pizzeria in Corktown makes amazing square pizzas with fun, unconventional toppings and lots of vegan options. Take, for example, the McLovin’, a white pizza featuring ground beef, mozzarella, cheddar, fresh iceberg lettuce, and a shower of sesame seeds with “Awesome Sauce” that faithfully mimics a certain fast-food hamburger. Round out the meal with sides like Teader fries, deep-fried calzones known as Boblo Boats, and antipasto salad. Don’t miss “the Good Corner,” where a portion of customer’s orders for certain items are donated to a rotating list of local organizations. The restaurant does sport a spacious indoor dining room and rooftop patio, but is presently takeout and delivery-only with an online ordering option.

1441 W Elizabeth St
Detroit, MI 48216

15. Grandma Bob’s Pizza

2135 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Opened Mondays and weekends, Corktown pizzeria Grandma Bob’s went all in on cheesy edged Detroit-style pizza during the pandemic. The Michigan Avenue features in a relaxed atmosphere with lots of beer, boozy shakes, and vegan custard (vegan options here are plentiful). Choose from creative toppings like sausage and pistachio or the smoked chicken gyro pizza with topped with kalamata olives and Greek feta dressing. The restaurant is currently offering dine-in service as well as online ordering for carryout and delivery.

2135 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

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16. Sicily's Pizzeria & Subs

3554 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48216

Neighborhood mainstay Sicily’s serves up classics like meat lovers and and Hawaiian pizza with bacon, alongside more creative options like the ranch-based Angry Bird with hot chicken, bacon, jalapenos, and mozzarella. Customers can also find items like cheesesteaks and sub sandwiches here. The restaurant accepts orders for both takeout and delivery and even has its own app.

3554 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48216

17. PizzaPlex

4458 W Vernor Highway, Detroit, MI 48209

Neighborhood pizzeria PizzaPlex on West Vernor Highway serves certified Neapolitan pizza in a laid back atmosphere with counter service and casual table seating and patio options. Customers can choose from different styles of pie assembled with traditional toppings such as the porcini mushroom pizza with white sauce, pancetta, truffle oil, and basil. In addition to the pies, PizzaPlex features a full bar with cocktails, wine, and beer as well as espresso. There’s even a pizza kit takeout option for those who want to build-their-own at home. Dine-in is and online ordering is available.

4458 W Vernor Highway
Detroit, MI 48209

18. Chicago's Pizza

4650 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
A red sauce topped Chicago-style deep dish pizza in a box. Brenna Houck

Sometimes the occasion calls for a high volume of dough layered with cheese, red sauce, and lots of meaty toppings. When that moment comes, look no further than the Windy City-style deep dish gut bombs at West Vernor Highway carryout restaurant Chicago’s Pizza. Make sure to try some of the restaurant’s creamy, spicy dipping sauce.

4650 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

19. Major Tomato

6547 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI

This family-friendly Downriver pizza gem pays homage to David Bowie in its name and decor. Major Tomato’s pies strive for originality without skimping on flavor. For example the Meatsiah comes topped with pepperoni, bacon, ham, Italian sausage, and bison meat. Customers can place orders by phone or online.

6547 Allen Rd
Allen Park, MI

20. Val’s Pizza

Old Redford, Detroit, MI 48219

This pandemic pop-up has made a splash with Detroit diners. Val’s is soon to be posting up at Frame with options like ricotta-pesto pizza and honey with pepperoni. The menu changes frequently as does the location. Follow Val’s on Instagram for the latest updates and ordering options.

Old Redford
Detroit, MI 48219

21. Pizzawala’s

45490 Ford Rd, Canton, MI 48187

This Indian pizzeria makes for a worthy carryout stop after a trip to Ikea. The aloo gobi pizza features a mild tikka sauce with cheese, cauliflower, tomatoes, garlic, and potatoes in the form of french fries. Do yourself a favor and add a side of masala potato wedges to the order. Place orders online for pickup.

45490 Ford Rd
Canton, MI 48187

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