Friday, November 10, 2023
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.
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.
Bucceto's Pizza & Pasta
Bucceto's is a consistent contender for B-Town's best pizza — often ranked 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.
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.
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!
Lennie's introduced Bloomington to gourmet pizza in 1989. Opened by a Bloomington couple who also opened the first Pizza X. In 2023, Lennie's was sold to a former employee who is continuing on the Lennie's tradition of supporting local farmers and sustainably sourced ingredients. Lennie's serves several signature pizzas, strombolis, flatbreads, and the option to create your own. 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.
Mother Bear's is arguably Bloomington's most famous 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.
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.
Trailhead Pizza's dough is made from scratch and made with only the finest, most fresh ingredients. In the mood for a pizza and beer night? Good news — they also have beer, wine, and a full bar. Trailhead Pizza is pet-friendly, so you are welcome to bring your furry friends.
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