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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Bloomington's Best Pizza

Categories: Wine & Culinary

We may be biased, but Bloomington knows what's up when it comes to pizza. In fact, B-Town does pizza so well that it's a bit of a challenge to decide where you want to order your pie! Whether you're on a quest for some Sicilian-inspired 'za or you're craving a late-night, cheese-smothered slice, Bloomington has a pizza joint for every type of pie lover. 
 

Aver's Pizza

Pepperoni pizza from Aver's
Photo by Aver's

Aver's Pizza is a major award-winning pizza joint in town. Five of their signature pies are multi-award winners — the Cream & Crimson, Parthenon, Beckon Desire, Lambda Gyro Pi, and Chicken Bacon Ranch for those who are curious — and Aver's itself has been ranked among the nation's Top 100 Independent Pizza Operations by Pizza Today for 10 consecutive years. Also voted Best Pizza in Bloomington, Aver's offers mouth-watering signature pies, vegan options, and great specials.

Insider Tip: The Cream & Crimson is a must-try pie from Aver's. It's a little out there, but you'll be shocked by how delicious it is. The pizza features alfredo sauce, oven-roasted garlic-and-dill-seasoned red potatoes, bacon, cheddar, and gorgonzola cheese. Take a leap of faith and give it a go; you won't be disappointed!
 

Bucceto's Pizza & Pasta

Bucceto's

Bucceto's is a consistent contender for B-Town's best pizza — they won the 2019 Herald-Times Readers' Choice Award for Best Italian Food in Bloomington, so you know it has to be impressive. Their pizzas range from classic to extremely unique — the Twice Baked pizza, for example, includes new potatoes, bacon, green onions, smoked gouda & Bucceto’s very own buttermilk herb dressing. You won't find that anywhere else in town! Bucceto's also offers seven vegetarian pizzas, and nearly every pie on the menu can be made gluten-free.

Insider Tip: On weekdays, Bucceto's offers a large slice of pizza, a fresh garden salad with your choice of dressing, and a large soft drink for $8.25.
 

Cafe Pizzaria

Pizza from Cafe Pizzaria

Photo by Cafe Pizzaria

Cafe Pizzaria is Bloomington's original pizza restaurant. Opened in 1953, Cafe Pizzaria has specialized in classic, thin-crust pies made with fresh ingredients, homemade sauce, and hand-rolled dough for nearly 70 years. Any pizza that comes with their crumbled sausage is outrageously delicious, and the atmosphere of the pizzeria is everything you'd expect from a classic Italian pizza joint.

Insider Tip: While Cafe Pizzaria is known for their pizza, they also have an out-of-this-world pork tenderloin sandwich!


Da Vinci Pizza & Pasta

Pizza with shrimp and arugula from Da Vinci
Photo by Da Vinci Pizza & Pasta

Da Vinci is a family-owned restaurant that serves traditional Neapolitan-style pizza & pasta. Their handmade 'zas are made with Italian flour straight from Naples, Italy, and are baked in their wood-burning pizza oven. They offer over 20 signature pizzas, including selections for meat lovers and plant lovers. Each pizza is extremely unique, and it's very apparent that their inspiration is drawn directly from Italy. Take their Parma pizza, for example: salsa bianca, shaved parmesan, la quercia prosciutto, and arugula. Molto bene!

Insider Tip: Every Wednesday is Wine Wednesday at Da Vinci — if you're over 21, enjoy a bottle of wine at 50% of the regular price.
 

Lennie's

Spread of flatbread pizzas from Lennie's
Photo by Lennie's

Lennie's introduced Bloomington to gourmet pizza in the late 1980s. Opened by a Bloomington couple who also opened the first Pizza X in town, Lennie's serves five incredible signature pizzas, three signature strombolis, two flatbreads, and the option to create your own 'za or strom. Whether you're vegetarian, vegan, or a meat-lover, Lennie's has pizza options to satiate all diets and cravings. We recommend the Hoosier Harvest for a true Bloomington flavor experience.

Insider Tip: Be sure to try a pint of local-favorite Bloomington Brewing Company beer with your 'za.
 

Mother Bear's

Pizza from Mother Bear's
Photo by Mother Bear's

Mother Bear's is arguably Bloomington's best pizza. Over the years, they've been named Best Pizza in Bloomington by the Indiana Daily Student, "one of America's top nine pizzas" by People Magazine, Best Pizza in Indiana by USA Today, and have earned Final Four status at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas — twice.

Mother Bear's bakes their pizzas with cheese & toppings right up to the edge for maximum flavor in every bite. Try one of their many signature pies (we love The Big Cheese and The Illinois Central), or make a concoction of your own.

Insider Tip: To get the most bang for your buck, order the Munchie Madness special — a pizza of your choice, either breadsticks or cheese bread, two brownies, and a two-liter of pop.
 

Pizza X

Spread of different pizzas from Pizza X
Photo by Pizza X

Pizza X is a beloved Bloomington stop for a quick & delicious pizza. Extremely popular with both students and townies, Pizza X has been serving the community since 1982, offering both signature pies and build-your-own options. All variations of dough & sauce are made in house, and ingredients are locally-sourced.

Pizza X also prides itself on being environmentally-conscious, including reusable Pizza X cups with every order, recycling & composting when ever possible, and making the shortest trips to-and-from their stores of any delivery operation in Bloomington.

Insider Tip: One of the best late-night snacks in B-Town is Pizza X's Cheesestix. If you're feeling something sweet to go with your savory 'Stix, Pizza X also carries Baked! cookies and pints of ice cream from The Chocolate Moose and Hartzell's.
 


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Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is the Digital Content Coordinator at Visit Bloomington. She's also a proud Indiana University alumna, Millennial cat lady, and Formula 1 enthusiast. 

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