Did you know October is National Pizza Month? If you did, you must be a pizza fanatic like us! But did you know that 350 slices of pizza are consumed every second which means 21,000 slices are eaten in just one minute? You learn something new every day! Whether you have a dedicated pizza night every week or casually eat pizza, we encourage you to celebrate pizza this month at one of the local joints in the Lake Norman area. There's many to choose from so we've put together a list of places to help you out!
Some argue that New York style pizza is one of the best out there which is why Brooklyn South Pizzeria strives to provide guests a memorable experience. One of their popular dishes is the "Pomodoro Pizza" which comes with sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, garlic, and olive oil and no sauce! It's the perfect pizza for those who are looking for a unique and tasty experience.
Davidson Pizza Company is a local family-owned joint that offers a wide variety of pizzas. They are located near the heart of downtown Davidson making it a great spot to grab a slice. Whether you're looking for a classic NY style pizza or one of their signature creations like the "The Ghostface", "Chicken Bacon Ranch", or "Sicilian Pizza", this takeout-only location is one you want to check out. Customers share that their crust is one of the best in the area, so go ahead and call in your order to see for yourself.
Hawthorne's provides a family-friendly atmosphere as soon as you step into their establishment. One of their most popular specialty pizzas is the "Buffalo Wing Pizza", aka 'The Inducer'! If you're curious about where the nickname comes from, we suggest to stop by and ask of their crew members! We'll just say it's a legend unique to the area and the pizza is so good that it's been featured on Good Morning America, Kelly & Ryan, and Strahan & Sara.
Inizio Pizza has quickly become of Huntersville's favorite pizzerias with a prime location across from Birkdale Village. Each pizza is carefully crafted with fresh ingredients meaning you get a flavorful experience. The Margherita Pizza is one of the popular selections with it being a vegetarian-friendly choice.
With a location in Cornelius and Huntersville, Mama's Pizza Express is an ideal place to order your pizza from. Some say it's a hidden gem in the area so much so that it reminds New York natives, who've moved to the area, of authentic NY pizza. Based on reviews, people highly recommend getting the "Grandma Pie" which consists of thin crust pan pizza with 'San Marzano' imported tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, oregano and basil. Mama's is also one of the few pizza joints in the area that offer authentic garlic sauce.
Mandolino's is the second restaurant owned by the group at Flatiron Kitchen+Taphouse in the heart of Davidson. Their sheet pan pizza is scratch-made and brick-oven baked at 700 degrees, more commonly known as "Grandma Style Pizza." Two of their popular pies are "Pigs on the Wing" which comes with red sauce, mozzarella, Italian sausage and fennel, and the "Tupelo Honey" which comes with ricotta, gorgonzola, fig honey, calabrian, chiles, and thyme. If you're one who likes to eat different pizzas in one sitting, you can split the pie in half so you're able to enjoy a variety of delicious toppings.
Located close to downtown Cornelius, Maola's specializes in serving authentic Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. They offer a great selection of original family recipes with a mixture of specialty pizzas including the "Classic Grandma" and "Sicilian" pizzas. If you happen to give them a visit on a Tuesday then children under 12 eat free with each adult entree or on Wednesday then you can enjoy half priced bottles of wine. Wine Wednesday's are better with pizza!
Proscuitto's is a family-owned restaurant that offers gourmet NY Style brick-oven pizzas from fresh ingredients. Their atmosphere is enjoyed by many people including football fans because they have ALL the Sunday games! Their "Milano Pizza" comes with chicken, bacon, mushrooms and mozzarella over alfredo sauce which makes for a unique twist. Their "Boston Cheesesteak" pizza is one to please, but don't worry, if you don't eat meat, they have a delicious specialty vegetarian pizza that topped with mushrooms, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, and fresh black olives.
Rocky's has been a popular Huntersville pizzeria for a while now and they continue to evolve to continue satisfying customers who walk into their doors. People praise their delivery service, so if you're one who prefers to have pizza delivered to the front door, then this is your place! Not only do they have the classic toppings and specialty pizzas, but they're able to accommodate a vegetarian diet as well as offer gluten-free options.
Located in downtown Huntersville, Slice House is a locally owned pizzeria that's dedicated to supporting local farmers and vendors. Every meal they make is made with the freshest ingredients in the area which provides customers an experience they won't forget. Of course, it being a family-owned restaurant, the recipes that are used are the same ones as Nona Maria's, (Grandma Maria), that can be traced back to Italy! You'll be sure to get an authentic Italian flavor! Word on the street is their "Margherita Pizza" is one of the most popular ones on their menu, so we recommend to go see (and taste) for yourself.
As you can see, the lakeside of Charlotte boasts a variety of pizzerias ranging from your quick takeout service to your casual dining restaurant. Whatever toppings and pizza style you like, you'll be sure to find your favorite pizza joint here! We encourage you to give all of these restaurants a try and to tag us in your foodie experience on social media @VisitLakeNorman. If we missed your favorite pizzeria, let us know in the comments below!