- Ilana Herzig
The graffiti-adorned redbrick walls of the pizza underground, otherwise known as the University Pharmacy, surround you as much as the tantalizing scent of hand-made, artfully decorated pizzas at the Pie. Try out some of Salt Lake City’s most celebrated Buffalo chicken or famous ‘cheese pull-a-parts.’ Just minutes from the University of Utah, it couldn’t be more convenient for a casual study break, late night pit stop or just plain college dinner. This trendy and current pizzeria has gluten free, vegan, and even sprouted wheat options. What’s more, the Pie does pizza airmail style. That’s right, you can send your friend a hand-made flash-frozen 14” pizza (packaged with dry ice and shipped next day with baking instructions) to any home or office for any occasion. So next time you need the perfect gift for your pizza-mad friend, forget the gifts and flowers, go for The Pie’s ‘Pizza by Mail.’
1320 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, Utah, US, (801) 582-5700
Rusted Sun Pizzeria
Not only serving fantastic pizza, Rustic Sun also has a killer cheese dip and the best calzones this side of the Rockies. Try the incredible Pesto Chicken Pizza in a comfy booth for a night of intimacy or enjoy the slice, salad, and soda lunch special and keep it light at the counter. More rustic than New York pies, the pies offered by Rusted Sun echo excellent NY-style pizzas with an inventive twist often served up with a calzone (or 2 or 3) and an ice-cold brew. You’ll hardly believe you’re in Utah.
2010 S State St.,Salt Lake City, Utah, US, (801) 483-2120
The Pie Hole
The Pie Hole serves exceptionally cheap and delicious pizza by the slice or giant 19” pies. It’s also open until 2am on weekdays and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays for a late night fix. Try their unconventional yet famously delectable Potato & Bacon Bird Dog. Other colorfully-named, often unconventional, pizzas include the Alakazam or the Pretty, Pretty Princess, both of which come highly recommended. The interior décor also features vibrant artwork and arcade games, the perfect accompaniment to late night munchies. With excellent cheap pizza, vegan options, art, games, and outdoor seating for people and pets, The Pie Hole doesn’t leave a lot of room for complaint.
344 S State St., Salt Lake City, Utah, US, (801) 359-4653
Serving up almost exclusively Italian ingredients on authentic Italian stone-baked pizzas and Italian card games your style, get on over to SetteBello. Try the margarita pizza or Diayola for a classic, or for more creative pizzas with toppings as distinctive as pine nuts on the Pizza Carbonara, Vico, or Filetto. To satiate that sweet tooth try the dessert pizzas. The Nutella, banana, and strawberry pizza comes highly recommended, because realistically, with those ingredients, how could it not? For the food purist or straight-up pizza lover, find your taste bud bliss at SetteBello and enjoy a polite and helpful staff and fresh, authentically Italian pizza.
260 S 200 W., Salt Lake City, Utah, US, (801) 322-3556
Free Wheeler Pizza
Come for the sourdough, hand-tossed speciality pizzas and stay for the deliciously hot and cheesy ziggy sticks (aka mozzarella sticks) or famous garlic rolls. Free Wheeler also offers delivery as well and you can even customize your own pie. This downtown spot also offers great calzones, big sandwiches, and a selection of great dipping sauces as well as desserts, including their new Cinnibombs (a delicious fresh baked roll topped with melted butter, sumptuous brown sugar and cinnamon, and topped with their own cream cheese frosting).
150 S 400 E, SaltLake City, Utah, US, (801) 322-3733
Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery
For an antidote to East Coast pizza withdrawals, go grab a mafia-movie-named pizza at Maxwell’s. The restaurant is known for it’s ‘Fat Kid’s Pizza,’ slathered in great tomato sauce and Grande cheese, and of course for it’s ‘God Father’ pie loaded with banana peppers, red bell peppers, jalapeño peppers (basically every type of pepper) and Italian sausage. Check out Maxwell’s Bloody Mary bar or come late night for fun and good music when Maxwell’s turns nightclub. For a change of pace, go to watch the game or for dinner. If you are not a pizza fan don’t worry, their other specialities include baked spaghetti and meatballs, chicken Parmesan and lasagna. Atmosphere, pizza, sports, music, and a great Bloody Mary bar, all located in one convenient place.
357 Main St., Salt Lake City, Utah, US, (801) 328-0304
Notorious for the famed pizza scientist, Nicola Della Cioppa Jr, Nicolitalia Pizzeria brings Bostonian-style pizza from Arlington, Massachusetts to Utah. These thin crust, perfectly saucy pizzas leave nothing to be desired. Moreover, if you’re in the mood for salad, the house dressings are said to be so good you can’t get enough, as are the calzones, especially the Melanzano dell’Orto (eggplant). Nicolitalia’s also features a lunch special of a personal eight incher, salad and drink. The town over, this spot is definitely worth the trip out of Salt Lake or the perfect road trip pitstop.
2295 N UniversityPkwy, Provo, Utah, US, (801) 356-7900