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11 Excellent Pizza Spots Around Raleigh, Durham

From New York-style to Neapolitan and everything in between

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A selection of pies from Poole’side Pies.
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Burgers might have been the pandemic pivot hero of the past two years but when it comes to craveable comfort it’s still hard to beat a slice of really good pizza. (Actually, if we’re being honest, we’re probably going to eat the whole damn pie.) Pizza can be both celebratory and rage-subsuming, it can lift the spirits or help you wallow through depression. A good pizza is revelatory, but at times even a mediocre slice is still pizza, still comforting, still there for you.

The Triangle is lucky to be home to dozens of great pizza options, ranging from New York-style to Neapolitan and everything in between. Homegrown pizzaiolos have carved out niches alongside transplants from across the country, each bringing its own expertise and geographic understanding of what pizza should be. Inevitably someone’s ideal choice of pizza style is likely to run up against someone else’s, but in the great wide world of saucy pies there really is room for everyone. Whether you choose a high-end, wood-fired pizza or opt for a big, foldable slice dripping with cheese, you can’t go wrong at any of these local favorites.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pizzeria Mercato

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408 W Weaver St
Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 967-2277
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Gabe Barker (son of Triangle restaurant legends Ben and Karen Barker), came back to his hometown of Carrboro from San Francisco in 2016 and opened this brick-oven, Neapolitan-inspired pizzeria to local and national acclaim. With pies that utilize the bounty from the nearby Carrboro Farmers’ Market while staying true to Italian roots, Barker has turned Mercato into a destination pizzeria. Favorites include the salami (with hot honey, of course), the funghi, and the puttanesca, but to get an idea of just how good the pizzas are, opt for the classic margherita and be wowed. 

2. Coronato

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101 Two Hills Rd, #140
Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 240-4804
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Chef Teddy Diggs (formerly of Il Palio Ristorante in Chapel Hill’s Siena Hotel) operates what he claims to be the first Roman-style pizzeria in the South. Roman-style dough is rolled very thin, with low-moisture and the addition of olive oil for an almost cracker-like crunch. Pizzas are served European-style (read: unsliced) and hew to traditional Italian flavors like the marinara, funghi, or rossa (raw crushed tomato sauce, provolone and mozzarella, Sicilian oregano, shaved soppressata, Taggiasca olives and pickled hot peppers). Roman pan pizza is also on offer, as is a Sunday-Thursday family special that includes three pizzas, one Coronato chopped salad, six suppli Romana (crispy rice croquettes), and six Sicilian cannoli for $65. 

Pizza at Coronato
Coronato

3. Napoli Pizzeria & Gelateria

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105 E Main St
Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 667-8288
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Wood-fired Neapolitan pies are the name of the game at this Triangle micro-chain. Locations in the Durham Food Hall, Carrboro, and Hillsborough offer up a variety of traditional and non-traditional pizzas. Stick with a classic like the Parma (prosciutto di parma, arugula, and grana padano cheese) or opt for something a bit more avante garde like the Haw River Funghi with Haw River Mushrooms. All three locations also offer house made gelato, and the Carrboro spot offers frozen pizzas as well.

4. Pizzeria Toro

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105 E Chapel Hill St
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 908-6936
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It would be easy to argue that Pizzeria Toro launched Durham’s obsession with wood-fired, artisan pizza, and this downtown staple from chef Gray Brooks (Littler, Jack Tar) still tops many lists of the best pizza in the Triangle. Offerings change based on the seasons, but there is always a variety of both red and white-sauced pizzas, like the prosciutto cotto with olives and asiago (red sauce) or the soft egg pizza with trumpet mushrooms, arugula, and parmesan 

(white sauce). Make sure to always ask for the extra side of the house-made red chili oil. 

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5. Pie Pushers

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117A W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 294-8408
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If Pizzeria Toro is the sophisticate of the Durham pizza scene, then Pie Pushers is the OG who keeps it real with what they call “Durham-style” pizza (think New York-style with Midwestern sensibilities). Owners Becky Cascio and Mike Hacker went from food truck to brick and mortar, all while developing a cult-following as downtown Durham’s go-to pizza. By the slice or by the pie, it’s hard to beat the classic pepperoni pizza, but also branch out and try the State of Nirvana (pesto, roasted chicken, spinach, caramelized red onion, and bleu cheese) or the 1234 (salami, caramelized red onion, bell peppers, pistachios, and smoked gouda).

A chicken basil slice at Pie Pushers
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6. Cugino Forno Durham

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800 Taylor St
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 908-0122
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The first Triangle outpost of the celebrated Greensboro-based pizzeria opened in Durham’s Golden Belt campus in 2021. The small chain (Durham is the fourth location) started with cousins Jospeh Ozbey, Yilmaz Guver, and Adam Aksoy (Cugino Forno = Cousin’s Oven) is all about true Neapolitan-style pizzas, with dough made from imported Italian 00 flour and given a 48-hour rise, and pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven for about 90 seconds each. Classic variations like margherita, funghi, bianca, and Napoletana share the menu with hearty salads, cannoli, gelato, and more.

7. Sofia's Pizza

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2201 Angier Ave
Durham, NC 27703
(984) 219-3656
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This East Durham pizza, sandwich, and sub joint may not garner as much attention as its in-town neighbors, but it has built a loyal following with its affordable pizzas and unique herbed crust. The East Durham pie comes with applewood smoked bacon, collard greens, and serrano peppers, and is a must-try. Owner Jorge González-Peña also operates the El Rey de Tacos truck, which can usually be found parked right next door. Pizza and tacos — what more could anyone want? 

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8. Pizzeria Faulisi

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215 E Chatham St
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 377-8244
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Locally milled flour from Boulted Bread in Raleigh is combined with imported flour from Italy’s Piedmont region to make the craveable dough that forms the base of Pizzeria Faulisi’s wood-fired pies. Innovation doesn’t just stop at the crust, though. Creations like the Red, White, & Blue (sour cherry, blue cheese, and chilies) and the Sweater Weather (ricotta, butternut squash puree, and crumbled Amaretto cookies) put Faulisi squarely at the intersection of tradition and innovation. It’s also one of the few spots open for lunch during the pandemic, so check out the $10 pizza happy hour between noon and 3pm. 

Pizzeria Faulisi

9. Trophy Brewing & Pizza

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827 W Morgan St
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 803-4849
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Is there a better combination than pizza and beer? Raleigh’s award-winning Trophy Brewing started offering pizza at its West Morgan Street brewpub a few years ago and never looked back. Specialty pies include the Low ‘n Slow (with barbacoa, chipotle barbecue sauce, and avocado salsa), the Most Loyal (roasted chicken, basil pesto, and honey), or the Farmers’ Market (curried cauliflower puree, mushrooms, shaved Brussels sprouts, grilled onions, and jerk sauce). For fans of heat, take a bite of the Daredevil, a spicy red sauce pie with ghost pepper salami, jalapeno, and Sriracha in addition to mozzarella and caramelized onions. Those in the know, though, show up on Mondays or Tuesdays for the not-so-secret special Detroit-style pizza, a square pan pizza with a loyal following. Whichever pie customers go for, they will have the full range of Trophy’s beers available to wash it all down. 

10. Poole'side Pies

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428 S McDowell St
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 803-8660
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Located right next to Raleigh institution Poole’s Diner (hence the Poole’side moniker), this wood-fired pizza join is the latest addition to Ashley Chistensen’s AC Restaurants group with Neapolitan-inspired pizzas, small plates, homemade pastas, and more. On the pizza end of the things there are classics like margherita but also a merguez (with spiced lamb sausage, feta, parmesan bechamel, pickled red onion, and herbs) and sausage alla vodka (with vodka cream, pork fennel sausage, basil, parmesan). A fun addition to the menu are the pizza dipping sauces — buttermilk basil dressing, chile garlic crunch oil, or Bianco DiNapoli tomato sauce.

11. Oakwood Pizza Box

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610 N Person St
Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 594-1605
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If you want it your way, Oakwood Pizza Box has you covered. This Raleigh favorite has a slimmed-down pandemic menu that offers a red, white, or square pie with a list of add-ons like olives, anchovy, sausage, or extra cheese. Customers can also order cheese, pepperoni, or white pizza by the slice if appetites trend more toward snack-ish than starving. (Durham residents rejoice: Little Pizza Box, an off-shoot of Oakwood Pizza Box, is open inside Ponysaurus Brewing.)

1. Pizzeria Mercato

408 W Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510

Gabe Barker (son of Triangle restaurant legends Ben and Karen Barker), came back to his hometown of Carrboro from San Francisco in 2016 and opened this brick-oven, Neapolitan-inspired pizzeria to local and national acclaim. With pies that utilize the bounty from the nearby Carrboro Farmers’ Market while staying true to Italian roots, Barker has turned Mercato into a destination pizzeria. Favorites include the salami (with hot honey, of course), the funghi, and the puttanesca, but to get an idea of just how good the pizzas are, opt for the classic margherita and be wowed. 

408 W Weaver St
Carrboro, NC 27510

2. Coronato

101 Two Hills Rd, #140, Carrboro, NC 27510
Pizza at Coronato
Coronato

Chef Teddy Diggs (formerly of Il Palio Ristorante in Chapel Hill’s Siena Hotel) operates what he claims to be the first Roman-style pizzeria in the South. Roman-style dough is rolled very thin, with low-moisture and the addition of olive oil for an almost cracker-like crunch. Pizzas are served European-style (read: unsliced) and hew to traditional Italian flavors like the marinara, funghi, or rossa (raw crushed tomato sauce, provolone and mozzarella, Sicilian oregano, shaved soppressata, Taggiasca olives and pickled hot peppers). Roman pan pizza is also on offer, as is a Sunday-Thursday family special that includes three pizzas, one Coronato chopped salad, six suppli Romana (crispy rice croquettes), and six Sicilian cannoli for $65. 

101 Two Hills Rd, #140
Carrboro, NC 27510

3. Napoli Pizzeria & Gelateria

105 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510

Wood-fired Neapolitan pies are the name of the game at this Triangle micro-chain. Locations in the Durham Food Hall, Carrboro, and Hillsborough offer up a variety of traditional and non-traditional pizzas. Stick with a classic like the Parma (prosciutto di parma, arugula, and grana padano cheese) or opt for something a bit more avante garde like the Haw River Funghi with Haw River Mushrooms. All three locations also offer house made gelato, and the Carrboro spot offers frozen pizzas as well.

105 E Main St
Carrboro, NC 27510

4. Pizzeria Toro

105 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
Pizzeria Toro/Facebook

It would be easy to argue that Pizzeria Toro launched Durham’s obsession with wood-fired, artisan pizza, and this downtown staple from chef Gray Brooks (Littler, Jack Tar) still tops many lists of the best pizza in the Triangle. Offerings change based on the seasons, but there is always a variety of both red and white-sauced pizzas, like the prosciutto cotto with olives and asiago (red sauce) or the soft egg pizza with trumpet mushrooms, arugula, and parmesan 

(white sauce). Make sure to always ask for the extra side of the house-made red chili oil. 

105 E Chapel Hill St
Durham, NC 27701

5. Pie Pushers

117A W Main St, Durham, NC 27701
A chicken basil slice at Pie Pushers
Pie Pushers Pizza/Facebook

If Pizzeria Toro is the sophisticate of the Durham pizza scene, then Pie Pushers is the OG who keeps it real with what they call “Durham-style” pizza (think New York-style with Midwestern sensibilities). Owners Becky Cascio and Mike Hacker went from food truck to brick and mortar, all while developing a cult-following as downtown Durham’s go-to pizza. By the slice or by the pie, it’s hard to beat the classic pepperoni pizza, but also branch out and try the State of Nirvana (pesto, roasted chicken, spinach, caramelized red onion, and bleu cheese) or the 1234 (salami, caramelized red onion, bell peppers, pistachios, and smoked gouda).

117A W Main St
Durham, NC 27701

6. Cugino Forno Durham

800 Taylor St, Durham, NC 27701

The first Triangle outpost of the celebrated Greensboro-based pizzeria opened in Durham’s Golden Belt campus in 2021. The small chain (Durham is the fourth location) started with cousins Jospeh Ozbey, Yilmaz Guver, and Adam Aksoy (Cugino Forno = Cousin’s Oven) is all about true Neapolitan-style pizzas, with dough made from imported Italian 00 flour and given a 48-hour rise, and pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven for about 90 seconds each. Classic variations like margherita, funghi, bianca, and Napoletana share the menu with hearty salads, cannoli, gelato, and more.

800 Taylor St
Durham, NC 27701

7. Sofia's Pizza

2201 Angier Ave, Durham, NC 27703
Sofia’s Pizza/Facebook

This East Durham pizza, sandwich, and sub joint may not garner as much attention as its in-town neighbors, but it has built a loyal following with its affordable pizzas and unique herbed crust. The East Durham pie comes with applewood smoked bacon, collard greens, and serrano peppers, and is a must-try. Owner Jorge González-Peña also operates the El Rey de Tacos truck, which can usually be found parked right next door. Pizza and tacos — what more could anyone want? 

2201 Angier Ave
Durham, NC 27703

8. Pizzeria Faulisi

215 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511
Pizzeria Faulisi

Locally milled flour from Boulted Bread in Raleigh is combined with imported flour from Italy’s Piedmont region to make the craveable dough that forms the base of Pizzeria Faulisi’s wood-fired pies. Innovation doesn’t just stop at the crust, though. Creations like the Red, White, & Blue (sour cherry, blue cheese, and chilies) and the Sweater Weather (ricotta, butternut squash puree, and crumbled Amaretto cookies) put Faulisi squarely at the intersection of tradition and innovation. It’s also one of the few spots open for lunch during the pandemic, so check out the $10 pizza happy hour between noon and 3pm. 

215 E Chatham St
Cary, NC 27511

9. Trophy Brewing & Pizza

827 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Is there a better combination than pizza and beer? Raleigh’s award-winning Trophy Brewing started offering pizza at its West Morgan Street brewpub a few years ago and never looked back. Specialty pies include the Low ‘n Slow (with barbacoa, chipotle barbecue sauce, and avocado salsa), the Most Loyal (roasted chicken, basil pesto, and honey), or the Farmers’ Market (curried cauliflower puree, mushrooms, shaved Brussels sprouts, grilled onions, and jerk sauce). For fans of heat, take a bite of the Daredevil, a spicy red sauce pie with ghost pepper salami, jalapeno, and Sriracha in addition to mozzarella and caramelized onions. Those in the know, though, show up on Mondays or Tuesdays for the not-so-secret special Detroit-style pizza, a square pan pizza with a loyal following. Whichever pie customers go for, they will have the full range of Trophy’s beers available to wash it all down. 

827 W Morgan St
Raleigh, NC 27603

10. Poole'side Pies

428 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Located right next to Raleigh institution Poole’s Diner (hence the Poole’side moniker), this wood-fired pizza join is the latest addition to Ashley Chistensen’s AC Restaurants group with Neapolitan-inspired pizzas, small plates, homemade pastas, and more. On the pizza end of the things there are classics like margherita but also a merguez (with spiced lamb sausage, feta, parmesan bechamel, pickled red onion, and herbs) and sausage alla vodka (with vodka cream, pork fennel sausage, basil, parmesan). A fun addition to the menu are the pizza dipping sauces — buttermilk basil dressing, chile garlic crunch oil, or Bianco DiNapoli tomato sauce.

428 S McDowell St
Raleigh, NC 27601

11. Oakwood Pizza Box

610 N Person St, Raleigh, NC 27604

If you want it your way, Oakwood Pizza Box has you covered. This Raleigh favorite has a slimmed-down pandemic menu that offers a red, white, or square pie with a list of add-ons like olives, anchovy, sausage, or extra cheese. Customers can also order cheese, pepperoni, or white pizza by the slice if appetites trend more toward snack-ish than starving. (Durham residents rejoice: Little Pizza Box, an off-shoot of Oakwood Pizza Box, is open inside Ponysaurus Brewing.)

610 N Person St
Raleigh, NC 27604

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