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Best of KC: Pizza!

Best of KC / September 27, 2018

The combination of gooey cheese, a thick tomato sauce, and a soft, doughy crust is one of the best gifts from the culinary gods. Or maybe you like a thinner, crispy crust with a creamy white sauce. Whether you like to use a knife and fork to scoop big, sloppy pieces into your mouth or fold a wide, flat wedge in half to shovel it in there, the answer to your pizza cravings is right here in Kansas City. Here are some of the best pizza places in the Metro Area, along with some of their very specialized toppings.

1889 Pizza Napoletana 

Owned by husband and wife team, Jason and Kelli Kolich, they boast fresh ingredients and handmade Neapolitan pizza. Located in KCK, they strive for a high-end product with fast service. Convenience and ambiance are key! They invite you to stay all night, sipping wine with friends, but you can also get your order to-go. Showcasing their KC roots, they offer the Prized Pig, covered in BBQ sauce, pulled pork, cheese, caramelized onions and coleslaw.  

Spin! Neapolitan Pizza 

Spin!, a chain that first opened in KC in 2005, now has 18 restaurants around the country. While the pizza, salads, and sandwiches are all delicious, and the service is top-notch, the best part might be the scoop of gelato at the end—free with a kid’s personal pizza!

Bella Napoli 

At Bella Napoli, you feel like you’re in Italy! With roots in Naples, their fresh veggies, and premium meats and cheeses make mouthwatering toppings. We’re talking calabrese salami, prosciutto, smoked mozzarella, arugula, gorgonzola, and roasted mushrooms. Located right on Brookside Boulevard, it’s easy to find and even easier to leave there satisfied.


Grinders prides itself on being original and they surely live up to their claim with some very serious gourmet pizza’s, two of which have been featured on the Food Network. With four locations, Lenexa, Leavenworth, Crossroads, and Lawrence, you’re never too far from your next “Gormander” pizza!

Pizza 51

Started in a gas station in Brookside in 2002 and originally aimed at the college crowd, Pizza 51 has now expanded to a second location in Fairway and a third downtown. Aside from your favorite pizzas, you can order a deli sandwich, homemade soups, Roasterie coffee, and desserts from The Clock Tower Bakery. Do you need another reason to check it out? How about the Cowtown Lovers specialty pizza? Gotta try it!  

Square Pizza 

For something a bit outside the box, check out the square, Sicilian pizzas at Square Pizza—not just a clever name! Try the Mexican Taco specialty pizza, Chicken Alfredo, or my personal favorite, the Buffalo Chicken, which features green peppers, red onion, and pineapple!

Pie Five Pizza 

Yes, it’s a national chain, but last time I checked, artisan dough plus homemade marinara sauce plus premium ingredients equals really yummy craft pizza. You can customize your pie or order one of their signature pizzas. And if you find yourself in Maryland, as I often do, try the one with crab meat and Old Bay! 


With locations in Mission, Overland Park, Crown Center, and KC MO, D’Bronx serves hot and cold sandwiches, signature sandwiches, and traditional Italian dinners like lasagna and eggplant parm. And their hand-crafted pizzas are enormous, with all kinds of traditional and premium toppings. 

Old Town Pizza 

A famous thin and crispy crust underlies these crazy pizza combinations—Southwest BBQ. Taco, Veggie, Royal Hamburger, traditional Margherita, and the Cloud, which is essentially a white pizza with spinach, artichokes, chicken, alfredo sauce, and balsamic. You can also order it gluten-free or St. Louis-style thin. Or customize your pizza any way you want!


I’ve heard it said that some people come to Kansas City just to try Minsky’s Pizza. Who are these people? I don’t know. But I do know that Minsky’s is a solid go-to for pizza lovers and it never disappoints! With seventeen locations around the metro, there’s always a Minsky’s nearby.  My vote’s? The Spicy Thai or Nature’s choice.

Joe’s Pizza Buy the Slice 

A tiny little place attached to Kelly’s bar in Westport, Joe’s pizza has been feeding hungry late night crowds for over twenty years. You can order by the slice, a whole pie, chicken baskets, salads, and appetizers. Don’t forget to try the tater tots!

Mamma Leone’s 

A drive-thru for pizza? Yes, please! Right on Red Bridge Road, in fact! And offering New York stile pizzas, pizza by the slice, and classic specialty pizzas like Meatlovers and New York Combo. Plus other Italian cuisine, of course, like lasagna, baked ziti, and ravioli.

Johnny Jo’s Pizzeria 

It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s a fine stone oven pizza-serving establishment with Sicilian roots. Diners can build their own pizza or own Stromboli and add on some garlic knots or better, homemade cannoli.  

Waldo Pizza 

If you like St. Louis Style thin crust pizza, Waldo is the best in KC! A round pizza cut in squares, covered in garlic butter with just a splash of pizza sauce. You can also try your favorite toppings on a honey wheat crust or a traditional hand-tossed crust. Since they offer a dozen different cheeses, just as many sauces, and countless meat and veggie toppings, it’s hard to go wrong at Waldo! 

Papa Keno’s

With locations in Lawrence, Overland Park, Westport, Crossroads and Drake, Papa Keno’s offers legendary slices or pizza as big as your face! Or you can order the whole pie if you’re feeding a crowd. Dozens of regular and premium toppings to choose from, not to mention almost two dozen specialty pizzas!


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Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh