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12 Essential Stops for Pizza in Charleston

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Pizza — that feel-good companion that goes with any time, place, or occasion. The Lowcountry may be known for Southern favorites like shrimp and grits, but there is certainly no shortage of pizza joints serving up irresistible pies. Charlestonians have the luxury of not having to choose a favorite style, as influences from all over the world make up the eclectic pizza scene. New establishments may be the talk of the town, but these 13 mainstays are where to go for a quality slice that’s guaranteed to hit the spot.

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1. Dough Boyz Pizza

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2024 Academy Rd
Johns Island, SC 29455

Mobile kitchen Dough Boyz Pizza has amassed an army of fanatic followers around the Lowcounty. The charred crust and just-thin-enough dough makes for repeat customers. The truck can be found at the Sea Island Farmers Market, various breweries, and sometimes Graft wine shop. The pepperoni and banana pepper pie brings the right amount of spice and tang to satisfy, while the prosciutto pie is an indulgent blanket of ham-y goodness.

2. Slice Co.

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1662 Savannah Hwy #202
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 343-5827
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Find New York style slices at Slice Co. in West Ashley. One of the few spots to order by the slice, this spot is great for a taste of pure cheese, sauce, and dough. Chef Todd Lucey perfected his pies in Brooklyn, before moving to the Lowcountry.

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A slice from Slice Co.
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3. Crust Wood Fired Pizza

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1956 B Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412
 (843) 762-5500
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The name says it all, as the wood-fired oven is the star forming charred crust and sizzling cheese. The kitchen tops pizzas with locally-sourced ingredients meant for high-heat cooking. Squash and onions caramelize before being finished with truffle oil on one called the Butternut, while five meats roast to perfection to make up the Crustavore.

4. EVO Pizzeria

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1075 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 225-1796
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Each component of this Park Circle parlor’s Neapolitan-style pies is chosen with care, from the bakery-quality dough to the local cheese. EVO’s ingredients are picked from local farms to form masterful combinations like the pancetta, brussels sprouts, and pear pie. Patrons truly can’t go wrong at EVO, as the pizzeria offers the renowned Pork Trifecta with handmade sausage, bacon, and pepperoni, as well as vegan options.

5. Park Pizza Co.

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1028 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 225-7275
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Grab take-out or delivery from this North Charleston establishment. Choose from one of the many creations like the pepperoni and pineapple topped Big Z or the barbecue chicken Bird on the Wire. Any pie can be made into a calzone, and the eatery also offers toasted sandwiches and salads.

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  • 6. Famulari’s Pizzeria

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    1291 Folly Rd
    Charleston, SC 29412
    (843) 225-4646
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    There are multiple Famulari’s Pizzeria locations in the Charleston area, but the James Island one doubles as a brewery offering house brewed beers like the Cup of Clouds New England style IPA. For pizza, find a seemingly endless variety of topping options, from pineapple to pesto to cheese steak. Order online or call about delivery.

    7. Renzo

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    384 Huger St #4126
    Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 952-7864
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    Customers can find creative neo-Neapolitan pies out of Renzo, like the classic margherita or the creative Cheli with feta, lamb sausage, pickled peppers, and honey. There’s also non-pizza options like charred broccolini with XO sauce or a crunchy caesar salad. The wine list is pretty rad too.

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    8. Melfi's

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    721 King St
    Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 513-0307
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    Eater Pizza of the Year award winner Melfi’s offers thin and crispy Roman-style pizzas in an elegant atmosphere with white tablecloths. The Stretch Armstrong, an amped up margherita pie highlighted by a stretchy homemade stracciatella cheese, .

    Posh dining room with pops of green Leslie Ryann McKellar

    9. D'Allesandro's Pizza

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    229 Saint Philip St
    Charleston, SC 29403
    (843) 853-6337
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    Philadelphia natives Nick and Ben D’Allesandro wanted D’als to be a casual shop with cold beer and handmade pizza, which is exactly what it has become for the Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood since opening in 2006. Patrons can go for a classic meat lovers or head for one of the more unique — and tasty — options like the Beetnick topped with bacon, goat cheese, and golden beets. The pies are available for takeout and delivery.

    10. Frannie and the Fox

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    181 Church St
    Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 414-1673
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    Hip hotel restaurant Frannie and the Fox offers woof-fired creations in a buzzy atmosphere. The standout pizza is the classic margherita with its perfect portions of flavors, but if a meatier option is required, take a look at the fennel sausage pie with red onion.

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    Menu selections from Frannie and the Fox.
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    11. La Pizzeria

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    976 Houston Northcutt Blvd
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
    (843) 375-4607
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    This Mount Pleasant eatery uses imported Italian San Marzano tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Try the standby thin Neapolitan slices or go for the thick, square Sicilian, both of which are topped with the highest quality ingredients.

    12. The Obstinate Daughter

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    2063 Middle St
    Sullivans Island, SC 29482
    (843) 416-5020
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    Known as one of Charleston’s essential restaurants, this lively beach-side getaway is a place for oysters, handmade pastas, and most importantly, pizzas. Most consider the Old Danger a must-get when dining at The Obstinate Daughter — it comes with dots of pancetta and a runny farm egg in the middle that melts throughout the white-sauce-based-pizza.

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    1. Dough Boyz Pizza

    2024 Academy Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455

    Mobile kitchen Dough Boyz Pizza has amassed an army of fanatic followers around the Lowcounty. The charred crust and just-thin-enough dough makes for repeat customers. The truck can be found at the Sea Island Farmers Market, various breweries, and sometimes Graft wine shop. The pepperoni and banana pepper pie brings the right amount of spice and tang to satisfy, while the prosciutto pie is an indulgent blanket of ham-y goodness.

    2024 Academy Rd
    Johns Island, SC 29455

    2. Slice Co.

    1662 Savannah Hwy #202, Charleston, SC 29407
    A slice of pizza on a paper plate.
    A slice from Slice Co.
    Andrew Cebulka

    Find New York style slices at Slice Co. in West Ashley. One of the few spots to order by the slice, this spot is great for a taste of pure cheese, sauce, and dough. Chef Todd Lucey perfected his pies in Brooklyn, before moving to the Lowcountry.

    1662 Savannah Hwy #202
    Charleston, SC 29407

    3. Crust Wood Fired Pizza

    1956 B Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412

    The name says it all, as the wood-fired oven is the star forming charred crust and sizzling cheese. The kitchen tops pizzas with locally-sourced ingredients meant for high-heat cooking. Squash and onions caramelize before being finished with truffle oil on one called the Butternut, while five meats roast to perfection to make up the Crustavore.

    1956 B Maybank Hwy
    Charleston, SC 29412

    4. EVO Pizzeria

    1075 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

    Each component of this Park Circle parlor’s Neapolitan-style pies is chosen with care, from the bakery-quality dough to the local cheese. EVO’s ingredients are picked from local farms to form masterful combinations like the pancetta, brussels sprouts, and pear pie. Patrons truly can’t go wrong at EVO, as the pizzeria offers the renowned Pork Trifecta with handmade sausage, bacon, and pepperoni, as well as vegan options.

    1075 E Montague Ave
    North Charleston, SC 29405

    5. Park Pizza Co.

    1028 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

    6. Famulari’s Pizzeria

    1291 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

    There are multiple Famulari’s Pizzeria locations in the Charleston area, but the James Island one doubles as a brewery offering house brewed beers like the Cup of Clouds New England style IPA. For pizza, find a seemingly endless variety of topping options, from pineapple to pesto to cheese steak. Order online or call about delivery.

    1291 Folly Rd
    Charleston, SC 29412

    7. Renzo

    384 Huger St #4126, Charleston, SC 29403
    Leslie Ryann McKellar

    Customers can find creative neo-Neapolitan pies out of Renzo, like the classic margherita or the creative Cheli with feta, lamb sausage, pickled peppers, and honey. There’s also non-pizza options like charred broccolini with XO sauce or a crunchy caesar salad. The wine list is pretty rad too.

    384 Huger St #4126
    Charleston, SC 29403

    8. Melfi's

    721 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
    Posh dining room with pops of green Leslie Ryann McKellar

    Eater Pizza of the Year award winner Melfi’s offers thin and crispy Roman-style pizzas in an elegant atmosphere with white tablecloths. The Stretch Armstrong, an amped up margherita pie highlighted by a stretchy homemade stracciatella cheese, .

    721 King St
    Charleston, SC 29403

    9. D'Allesandro's Pizza

    229 Saint Philip St, Charleston, SC 29403

    Philadelphia natives Nick and Ben D’Allesandro wanted D’als to be a casual shop with cold beer and handmade pizza, which is exactly what it has become for the Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood since opening in 2006. Patrons can go for a classic meat lovers or head for one of the more unique — and tasty — options like the Beetnick topped with bacon, goat cheese, and golden beets. The pies are available for takeout and delivery.

    229 Saint Philip St
    Charleston, SC 29403

    10. Frannie and the Fox

    181 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401
    Pizzas and ravioli on a table.
    Menu selections from Frannie and the Fox.
    Frannie and the Fox

    Hip hotel restaurant Frannie and the Fox offers woof-fired creations in a buzzy atmosphere. The standout pizza is the classic margherita with its perfect portions of flavors, but if a meatier option is required, take a look at the fennel sausage pie with red onion.

    181 Church St
    Charleston, SC 29401

    11. La Pizzeria

    976 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

    This Mount Pleasant eatery uses imported Italian San Marzano tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Try the standby thin Neapolitan slices or go for the thick, square Sicilian, both of which are topped with the highest quality ingredients.

    976 Houston Northcutt Blvd
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

    12. The Obstinate Daughter

    2063 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC 29482

    Known as one of Charleston’s essential restaurants, this lively beach-side getaway is a place for oysters, handmade pastas, and most importantly, pizzas. Most consider the Old Danger a must-get when dining at The Obstinate Daughter — it comes with dots of pancetta and a runny farm egg in the middle that melts throughout the white-sauce-based-pizza.

    2063 Middle St
    Sullivans Island, SC 29482

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