Pizza is also the classic college student meal — quick, simple, filling fuel for late nights of studying that’s often relatively affordable. So it’s probably no surprise to anyone that Ann Arbor has many pizzerias to choose from representing a range of styles from hand-tossed to Chicago-style deep dish. Below find a guide to some of the best places to get a pizza fix in the Deuce including mainstays like the Original Cottage Inn, upscale Neapolitan specimens at Mani Osteria, and beyond.Read More
11 Exceptional Spots for Pizza in Ann Arbor
Where to find classic hand-tossed pies, foldable New York slices, and Neapolitan rounds
1. Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery
Jolly Pumpkin has gained international acclaim for its sour ales, but many Ann Arborites go to the Main Street cafe for its stone-baked pizzas. Like the rest of its menu, vegetarian and vegan options are strongly represented. In summer months, the rooftop patio is a secluded spot to enjoy one of the thin-crust pies.
2. Mani Osteria and Bar
Amongst a refined menu filled with amazing small plates, salads, and pastas, Mani’s wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas still manage to stand out. The pizzas range from a Tartufo with fontina chees, black truffles, and egg to a burrata-balsamic. A wide selection of Italian wines, cocktails, and an open-concept dining room make Mani a destination for a lively night out.
NeoPapalis uses its giant stone oven to create a light, airy crust for its take on Neapolitan-style pizza. Traditional styles share the menu with innovative combinations such as the North Beach Bianca, a combination of white sauce, gorgonzola, figs, arugula, parmesan, and balsamic vinaigrette.
4. The Original Cottage Inn
Founded in 1948, the Original Cottage Inn claims to have served some of the first pizza in Ann Arbor. It has since grown to dozens of franchises in the Midwest and even a location in China. While more pizza spots have since moved into the city, Ann Arborites still flock to the Original Cottage Inn for its thin-crust and deep dish slices served in an atmosphere oozing with old school charm.
5. New York Pizza Depot
New York natives may turn their noses up at NYPD’s Chicago-style pizzas, but it’s hard to argue with the big, foldable slices at this Ann Arbor pizza shop. Customers can order a round whole pie in three sizes or pick up a slice for less than $3.
6. Silvio's Organic Ristorante e Pizzeria
Despite an expansion that took it from a carryout to a full-service dining spot, Silvio’s can still be easy to miss from the street. Those who seek this spot out will find a selection of Neapolitan-style pies such as the Patate with roasted potatoes, rosemary, olive oil, mozzarella, and gorgonzola. Silvio’s is also known for incorporating herbs from its in-house garden into the dishes.
7. Pizza House
This large, multi-level space has a sprawling menu to match with a wide selection of pizzas, sandwiches, and pastas. Pizza House serves many different types of pizza, but it’s the Chicago-style pies that draw rave reviews from townies and visitors alike.
8. Buddy's Pizza
Even though Ann Arbor is close to Detroit, it wasn’t until recently that diners here could enjoy a bonafide Detroit-style pizza in a restaurant. Buddy’s, the originator of the style, opened its doors in late 2017 on the far south side. Since then, the dining room has been packed with pizza enthusiasts enjoying the classic square pizza with its caramelized cheese and light, spongy crust.
9. Anthony's Gourmet Pizza
Ann Arbor mainstay Anthony’s serves up different styles of pizza, including a Chicago-style stuffed pizza with a buttery crust on the bottom, chunky sauce on top, and a thick layer of cheese in-between. Not ready to eat right away? Partially-baked pies are available to finish off at home.
10. Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina
This southeast Michigan pizza chain from chef Luciano DelSignore features Neapolitan-style pizzas and other small plates to share in a casual setting. The crust is prepared using a “biga” wild yeast starter. Diners can expect options like the margherita buffala with Italian buffalo mozzarella and the farm egg with mozzarella, roasted zucchini, ricotta, pancetta, and a cracked egg on top. The restaurant also offers beer and wine.
11. Aubree's Pizzeria & Grill
Aubree’s is now in its fifth decade of serving pizza and pub food at the flagship location in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town. Hand-tossed pizzas come in several varieties from classic styles to Louisiana Cajun. While Aubree’s is popular for late night revelers, the lunchtime crowd can opt for an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet.