One of the best pizza pies in the city, Matthew’s Pizza is not exactly deep-dish, but is a thick crust fortified with lard. A house favorite is the Old Bay-seasoned crab pizza which is a must-get if you like seafood and are non-vegan. Being Baltimore, this is the place you should trust for crab and seafood on top of pizza, with layers of caramelized onions and imported parmesan and mozzarella cheese. However, they also serve a vegan original tomato pie. Unlike the traditional Napolitano pizza, Matthew’s serves thick, but crispy crust with equally thick layers of cheese. Patrons can also order pizzas in thin crust.
Matthew’s Pizza, 3131 Eastern Ave Baltimore, MD 21224 410-276-8755
The cheap brick oven pizza hits the spot with its cracker thin crust and daily homemade cheese. Here, there is a list of thirteen brick oven pizzas that come in 10 inch and 14 inch pies (no slices here). Although all of their specialty pies are delicious, if you’re a meat lover, go for the King Richard with meatballs, sausage, pepperoni and ham or the Saraceno with soppressata, capicollo and feta. The perfectly charred crust even has those from Italy raving about it.
Isabella’s Brick Oven Pizza and Panini, 221 S High St Baltimore, MD 21202 410-962-8888
Zesty, fresh tomato sauce and an inventive menu characterize the mouth-watering, thin crust pizzas at Johnny Rad’s. The pizzeria offers classic pizzas like the BBQ chicken and the ‘El Gato’ white pizza and garlic puree, but also offer creative options like the ‘Hosoi’ with slice jalapenos, pancetta bacon and pineapple. There are a variety of toppings and meats to create your own favorites and that includes vegetarian and vegan options. What Johnny Rad’s does best is offering a pizza that will most definitely satisfy the customer and their extensive options and quality ingredients cooked to perfection make it a standout, especially for late-night fixes.
Johnny Rad’s Pizzeria Tavern, 2108 Eastern Ave Baltimore, MD 21231 443-759-6464
Iggie’s BYOB serves up some fabulous pizza choices. Their menu boasts Napoli style pizzas made with San Marzano tomatoes, with popular items being the Alice with basil pesto and goat cheese among other ingredient. Another go-to is the sinfully good Diavolo, which has won pizza of the year in the city before, with spicy sausage and layers of mozzarella, asiago, fontina and parmigiana with hot peppers and olives.
Iggie’s, 818 N Calvert St Baltimore, MD 21202 410-528-0818
This casual, upscale (and very chic) trattoria specializes in Neapolitan pizza. They serve an extensive list of traditional and wood-fired pizzas that are made with authentic ingredients and cooking methods. Only preservative-free Italian ’00’ flour, which is milled and blended in Italy, is used and cooked in soaring temperatures for 90 seconds to create those signature charred ‘leopard spots.’ Their homemade mozzarella is a highlight in their pizzas, so be sure to choose anything from the burrata appetizers or their Zanelotti pizza, which includes sopressata with wild mushrooms.
Verde, 641 S Montford Ave Baltimore, MD 21224 410-522-1000