If there’s one thing Greenville has in spades, it’s places to get pizza. This city is a home for dozens of independent pizzerias—family-owned, unfranchised restaurants that all offer unique takes on the classic dish. Because there are so many such pizzerias in Greenville, it’s out of the scope of this listicle to include all of them. Here are a few of the many family-owned and operated pizza spots in Greenville that focus on quality ingredients, authentic recipes and presentation.
Monday–Saturday: 11:00–9:00 p.m.
Sidewall Pizza’s culinary philosophy revolves around community. With several locations in Greenville and one out in Clemson, Sidewall Pizza invites you to bring a crowd and stay awhile. They prioritize working with charities and civic organizations, donating food and opening up their restaurant to host special causes. All of the pizzas, dough and sauce included, are made from scratch on site.
Sidewall has interesting specialty flavor combos, too. Their Roasted Vegetable pizza includes butternut squash and brussels sprouts, and their Potato pizza has bacon bits, walnuts and of course potatoes.
Sidewall also sells ice cream! And not just any ice cream—they make all their flavors with milk from local dairies and small farms for a unique, fresh flavor. And their menu has delicious options for customers who prefer to eat vegan, vegetarian or gluten free.
Monday–Thursday: 4:00–9: 30 p.m.
Friday: 4:00–10:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00–9:00 p.m.
Pebble Creek Pizza is a small, family-owned business that’s been in Greenville for 25 years and is one of the city’s favorite takeout pizza places. Pebble Creek makes its pizzas from fresh local ingredients and focuses on creating a genuine pizza experience.
They’ve got more on their menu than just pizza. Pebble Creek offers hoagies, strombolis, calzones, pasta dishes like lasagna, salads and desserts like cannolis and cheesecake. If you’re not in the mood to eat a whole pie, you can order by the slice instead. With Pebble Creek’s focus on both quality and affordability, you’re sure to find something on their menu that satisfies your appetite and your wallet.
Every day: 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Stone Pizza is, according to its website, “fire inspired.” The restaurant creates its pizzas with ingredients imported from Italy, and their chefs make artisan sauces and dough by hand. The pizzas cook to perfection in wood-fired ovens in 90 hot seconds.
Their pizzas fall into two categories: New York Style and Neapolitan. What’s the difference? Both have thin crusts, but Neapolitan pizza crust is extra-airy—puffy around the sides and delicately thin on the bottom. The name alludes to the pizza style’s origins in Naples, Italy. New York style pizza slices are famously foldable, the crusts thick enough to withstand being picked up without dropping toppings. Stone’s pizza options come in a wild array of flavor combinations. And they even have a selection of gluten-free crusts to choose from.
Tuesday–Friday: 11:00 a.m.–2:30 pm; 4:00–9:00 p.m.
Delivery: 11:30 a.m.–2:00 pm; 5:00–9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00–2:30 p.m.; 4:00–9:00 p.m.
Delivery: 12:00–2:30 p.m.; 5:00–9:00 p.m.
Vic’s brings a slice of New York City to downtown Greenville. This hole-in-the-wall shop modeled after the legendary pizzerias of NY bills itself as a shop from “Brooklyn, SC.” You can find this award-winning pizza place just off Main Street on Coffee Street (right across from Coffee Underground). Buy a whole pie or order by the slice—and the slices are huge! They even host a food challenge: eat their 28-inch Bronx Bomber pizza (by yourself), and you’ll get your picture added to their Hall of Fame.
Vic’s also delivers to locations within 3 miles of their shop and includes gluten-free options on their menu.
Tony’s New York Style Pizzeria
Monday–Thursday 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Friday–Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00–9:00 p.m.
Tony’s is one of Greenville’s hidden gems. Tony’s Pizzeria has served Greenville fresh and authentic NY style pizza for fifteen years. You might miss Tony’s if you’re not looking for it: the restaurant is nestled between other retailers in a shopping center near the Haywood Mall. But open the doors and you’ll see tables lining the wall to the very back of the shop, and the open pizza kitchen hugging the wall on the right. Tony’s offers a bright and inviting space to eat—and pizza worth writing home about. Affordable as well as delicious, you can fill up four appetites with a 16” pizza for around $23. Their in-house crust is perfectly crackly and they don’t skimp on the mozzarella!
Tony’s also has a full menu of Italian favorites like stromboli, calzones, lasagna, cannoli and more. Unlike other pizzerias on our list, they don’t offer gluten-free pizza but do include gluten-free options on their menu.
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