10 Spots: For Pizza


by Jason Horn

Dave’s Pizza

From the prominent velvet Elvis painting to wacky pizza names like the Hot Chick, this downtown Homewood spot has personality to spare. Thankfully, the food is just as tasty. The enormous covered patio is the perfect spot to have a beer and watch the game.

1819 29th Ave. S, Homewood; 205-871-3283

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Rocky’s

The staggering list of topping choices, ranging from mushrooms and pepperoni to crabmeat and pecans, is your first indication that this delivery joint is something special. It’s almost too much to take in, so let the experts make the decision for you: Order one of the delicious “Fighter Special” pies named for boxers.

715 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S

205-252-8282; rockypizza.net

Trattoria Centrale

Modeled after street vendors in Rome who sell fresh pizza to hungry Italians, this popular downtown spot makes an assortment of tasty from-scratch pies whose toppings change every day. At lunchtime, you can grab a single slice, a pair with a mixed-green salad or a massive plate of four.

207A 20th St. N; 205-202-5612 trattoriacentrale.com

Slice Pizza & Brew

Talk about the perfect combination for its Lakeview location: This place specializes in pizza and beer. It also has an admirable commitment to local ingredients, from a pie topped with Dadeville-made Wickles pickled peppers to taps pouring suds from every brewery in Alabama.

725 29th St. S; 205-715-9300 slicebirmingham.com

Bettola

When a pizza chef is named one of Food & Wine magazine’s best new chefs, you know he’s on a higher level than most. And James Lewis is just that, cooking a variety of authentic Neapolitan-style pies in a wood-fired oven at this Pepper Place establishment. Try one topped with some of the cured meats and sausages made in-house.

2901 2nd Ave. S; 205-731-6499

Cosmo’s Pizza

The Five Points South favorite is famous for its weekend brunch but serves solid pizzas seven days a week. Order yours with the signature yellow pepper sauce, a tasty creation that’s unique.

2012 Magnolia Ave. S; 205-93-9971 birminghammenus.com/cosmos

Bottega Café

The more casual half of Frank Stitt’s Italian outpost serves a long list of gourmet pizzas, including a spicy Sicilian-style shrimp-and-calamari pie and one topped with smoked salmon, red onion, capers and mascarpone cheese. Enjoy one on its lovely patio this summer.

2240 Highland Ave. S; 205-939-1000 bottegarestaurant.com

Tortugas Pizza

Short of making the 22-hour drive up to the Windy City and back, a trip out to Hoover’s Tortugas is the only way to get Chicago-style pizza anywhere near Birmingham. The thick-crust, deep-dish delights are rigorously authentic and deliciously filling.

2801 John Hawkins Pkwy., Hoover

205-403-9800; tortugaspizza.com

Mafiaoza’s Pizzeria & Neighborhood Pub

Crestline Village’s friendly Italian spot actually offers a wide variety of salads, pastas and appetizers in addition to pizza, but of course the pies are the main attraction. The 10-topping Last Request pie is possibly the tastiest “everything-but-the-kitchen-sink” dish in town.

2 Dexter Avenue, Mountain Brook

205-414-7878; mafiaozas.com

Davenport’s Pizza Palace

The menu here is short and sweet, but there’s a reason Mountain Brook residents have been enjoying Davenport’s pizza for almost half a century. The thin-crust pies, cut into checkerboard squares, are as pure old-school as the 1980s arcade machines in the game room.

2837 Cahaba Rd., Mountain Brook

205-879-8603; davenportspizza.com

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