In Search of Pizza

Pizza is about as varied and beloved a genre, as opinionated a subject, and also as accessible a food as there is. Take a look as we direct you towards local restaurants that are transcending the traditional pizza experience!

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La Cucina Ristorante Italiano and Pizzeria

11440 W Huguenot Road, Midlothian  |  804-378-8940  |  LaCucinaVA.com

While La Cucina boasts impressive daily specials like fresh salmon and rock-fish pasta dishes, this popular Italian restaurant isn’t above creating the classic New York style pizza. Their Fig & Pig Pie has taken over their pizza menu for the last few months. This pie features prosciutto, bacon and figs on a delectable crust. The salty sweet contrast of a pizza is an impressive culinary creation.

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Palermo Italian Restaurant

5717 City View Dr., Midlothian  |  804- 378-7643  |  DineAtPalermo.com

Chef Gaspare Cruciata’s latest creation, the Chicken Pesto Pizza, has quickly become a crowd favorite at this family owned and operated Italian restaurant. While they’re known for their Sicilian cuisine, marsala, and fresh seafood catches, they also make an impressive pie. The mozzarella used is made in-house twice each week, and the flavor combination of caramelized onions, balsamic, and house-made pesto is a perfect fit for the chicken pizza.

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Tap 900 (formerly Pie Hole Pizza) 

13249 Rittenhouse Dr., Midlothian  |  412 England St., Ashland  Facebook.com/Tap900

Tap 900 has focused their energy and passion into two things: pizza and beer. That focus has more than paid off. The craft beer selection, itself, is enough of a reason to visit, but the fantastic pizza is is even more of an inducement. Their Pig and Goat Pie highlights the simplicity and excellence you’ll find at Tap 900; pancetta, goat cheese, and balsamic reduction cooked at 900 degrees combine to deliver the perfect crispy, yet chewy pizza experience.

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Sergio’s Pizza

4824 Market Square Ln. (Market Square Shopping Center), Midlothian  |  804-744-0111  |  SergiosItalian.com

For 26 years, Sergio’s Pizza has held to its standards that put their pizza far above other more ordinary pies. The dough is made daily, and they never skimp on the quality of their ingredients. Sergio’s Mediterranean Pizza is a bright and flavorful pie that illustrates the obsession they have with their pizza. Garlic, feta, pine nuts, olives, and fresh basil come together for the perfect lunch or dinner option. In addition to their incredible pizza, they offer an impressive beer menu with more than 20 beers on tap.

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Joe’s Inn at Bon Air

2616 Buford Road  |  804-320-9700  |  JoesInnBonAir.com

Joe’s Inn has been a staple in historic Bon Air for two decades, and it’s clear as to why it’s become a cornerstone for Greek and American food in Chesterfield. The place is always bustling and the kitchen staff is at the top of their game. If you’re in the mood for fantatic pizza, dine in or check out “Joe’s Out” for pies on-the-go. You’ll love the classic pepperoni. Or try one of our favorites; The Greek, a white pizza topped with chopped tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese and kalamata olives.

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Mellow Mushroom

1409 Huguenot Road, Midlothian  |  3012 W. Cary St., Richmond  |  MellowMushroom.com

For over 40 years, Mellow Mushroom has been serving up fresh, stone-baked pizzas to order in an eclectic, art-filled, and family-friendly environment. Each Mellow Mushroom is locally owned and operated and provides a unique feel focused around great customer service and high-quality food. The Kosmic Karma, pictured here, features Mellow red sauce with feta cheese, mozzarella, spinach, sun-dried roasted tomatoes and roma tomatoes. The delicious dish is finished with a pesto swirl.

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Bottoms Up Pizza

1700 Dock St.  |  804-644-4400  |  BottomsUpPizza.com

Located in the heart of the River City, Bottoms Up Pizza has created something uniquely their own. With its exposed brick and industrial fixtures, the restaurant provides the feeling that you’re part of the city’s energy and vibe. Co-founder Dirk Graham has created a distinctive pizza experience. He has turned his barbecue hobby into a delectable new pie — the Beef Brisket Pizza, featuring meats smoked on site.

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The Greek Taverna

1903 Staples Mill Road, Richmond  |  804-477-6216  |  TheGreekTavernaRVA.com

You already know that this popular Greek dining spot specializes in delicious, authentic, made-from-scratch Greek cuisine, such as moussaka, pastichio and souvlaki. But did you know they also make a mean pizza. Our favorite is the Taverna Special, which is prepared with red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, homemade sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, green peppers, red onions and black olive. Enjoy this flavorful pie in both 10” and 14” varieties.

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Belmont Pizzeria

201 Towne Center West Blvd., Short Pump  |  804-658-2790  |  BelmontPizzeria.com

If you’re in the Short Pump area, and you haven’t stopped by Belmont Pizzeria’s new location, you might be making the wrong lunch choices. There are always weekly specials topping their menu. May we recommend the Belmont Supreme, featuring sausage, pepperoni, veggies and ham on a hand-made crust. The fresh pizza dough, with just the slightest sweetness, pairs so well with the myriad of savory toppings. And don’t’ forget their original location at 602 N. Belmont Avenue in the Museum District.

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California Pizza Kitchen

1800 W Broad St. (Short Pump Town Center)  |  804-364-9047  |  CPK.com

California Pizza Kitchen strives to match its namesake’s cultural West Coast identity. It’s fun, vibrant, and yet immensely professional. Head chef Adon Reyes and Pizza Chef Sergio Flores run a tight ship to give their customers the best dining experience. The menu has something for every palate. If you’re unsure of where to start, the Vegetarian Pie, the BBQ with pineapple, or the California Club are three good pizzas that will be sure to hit the spot.

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Frank’s West Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

11238 Patterson Ave. (Tuckahoe Shopping Center)  |  804-754-8380  |  FranksWest.com

Pizza often serves as a last minute dinner decision; something you pick up on the way home. But, at Frank’s West Italian, your pizza-dining experience is never an afterthought. The interior is warmly lit with visions of Old Italy displayed on the walls, and you’ll find the likes of Dean Martin soothing the airwaves. Owner, Tony Badalamenti loves what he does, and it shows. The ingredients in his San Daniele Pizza are as fresh as is the creativity on the menu. This delicious pie features pizza sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto, fresh basil, and shaved parmigiano cheese, which come together to make for one incredible dinner.

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Gino’s Pizza 

10444 Ridgefield Pkwy.  |  804-740-5001  |  GinosPizzaShortPump.com

Gino’s Pizza has become a staple for pizza lovers in the West End, and for good reason. This Mom and Pop is serving up hundreds of pizzas a week, all while maintaining a consistent quality pie. Everything is made from scratch with fresh ingredients, including their special: Pepperoni pizza with freshly sliced sausage, mushroom, green peppers and onions. For groups or if you’re feeling especially hungry, you can upsize your order to their 28-inch party size.

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Extreme Pizza – Short Pump

11653 West Broad St.  |  804-360-3123  |  ShortPump.ExtremePizza.com

Using only the freshest of ingredients, an amazing choice of tasty toppings and a mouth-watering store-baked crust,Extreme Pizza offers your pizza favorites plus an array of topping combinations you may never have dreamed of, such as their Ghost Wave Pizza, featuring Italian sausage, green peppers, creamy mascarpone cheese, mozzarella, ghost peppers, cheese and honey. Another favorite, The Free Climb Pizza combines Chipotle sauce, mozzarella, tortilla strips, pico de gallo and fresh cilantro. And for dessert, try Nonna’s Meltdown featuring baked dough with creamy mascarpone cheese, freshly sliced apples, cinnamon and drizzled honey.

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Chianti Ristorante & Pizzeria

1304 Gaskins Road  |  804-740-5050  |  ChiantiRichmond.com

This family-run dining spot offers the freshest of ingredients to produce authentic Italian dishes, using recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. One taste and you’ll understand why they say, “Our food is our passion.” We get rather passionate, ourselves, over their Pescatore Pizza, brimming with clams, shrimp, calamari and smoked salmon.

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Mary Angela’s Pizzeria

3345 W. Cary St.  |  804-353-2333  |  MaryAngelasPizza.com

Featuring authentic New York and Sicilian style pizzas, along with subs, calzones, pastas, Italian classics and amazing desserts, Mary Angela’s is a Carytown favorite. The hand-tossed Sicilian Style Pizza allows you to choose from a variety of toppings.

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Maldini’s Ristorante Italiano

4811 Forest Avenue  |  804-230-9055  |  MaldinisRestaurant.com

Maldini’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant serving brick oven pizza to Richmond’s Southside and bringing classic Italian dishes to your door with their delivery service. Need a little wine to go with your meal? Just give them a ring and they can deliverer that as well. The Maldini’s Special Pizza has all of your favorite toppings, such as pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and onions.

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Gus’ Italian Café 

7358 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville  |  804-730-9620  |  Facebook.com/GusItalianCafe

They say secrets can’t be kept, but Gus’ Italian Cafe has been keeping a pretty tasty secret for the past 30 years. Their secret recipe for homemade pizza sauce and dough has been passed down, and contintues to be used I producing an incredible pie. Full of flavor from the crust to such toppings as pepperoni, green pepper and sausage, this pizza, is sure to be the perfect complement for your brew of choice the next time you’re at Gus’.

Staff Writer
Author: Staff Writer