Restaurant Listings: Pizza
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1779-2 Montgomery Highway, Hoover, 989-7999 (Riverchase Galleria area, at Lorna/Hwy. 150 intersection)
1713 10th Avenue South (Southside, near Five Points South), 933-7555
4685 Hwy. 17, Helena, 664-3350
Extensive menu with pizza, pasta, calzones, sandwiches, salads. We've had pizza delivered from the Hoover location and it was pretty good -- not the best in town, but much better than the chains.
925 Eighth St. South, Southside
From City Scene: "If Grandma's Italian cooking is what you're after, head to Giuseppe's, which specializes in pizza, pasta and friendly service." Was one of two restaurants in Birmingham included in "Local Secrets, Big Finds" by Travelocity in 2007.
8000 Liberty Parkway, Suite 102 (Vestavia/Liberty Park)
Upscale atmosphere is adult-oriented yet family-friendly, according to the Birmingham News. Everything is made from scratch, including homemade sauce. More than 30 toppings, including gourmet toppings such as prosciutto, portobello mushrooms, red peppers and blue cheese, along with four sauces: tomato, pesto, barbecue and white sauce. In addition to pizzas, the menu offers a variety of antipastos, salads, pastas, sandwiches, calzones and entrees. One of five finalists in the Birmingham News' "Primo Pizza" contest, 2004. (A Trussville location, open for less than a year, has closed.)
2 Dexter Ave. (Crestline Village in Mountain Brook)
The second location for the Nashville-based eatery with a Mafia theme, this is popular with families, offering play pizza dough for the kids. A July 2008 City Scene review said "the food here is solidly good," with "delicious pastas [that] are cooked al dente," "inventive" pizzas, fresh salads, appetizers that are "unusual and tasty," and a wine list with wines not only new to Birmingham, but to the U.S., and a full bar.
1010 Oxmoor Road (Edgewood/Homewood)
When we lived in Tuscaloosa, which at the time had no pizza other than chains, we used to drive to Birmingham to eat at New York Pizza. Sweet and zesty sauce, traditional toppings. Try their house vinaigrette on your salad. Voted "Best Pizza" in the Birmingham News' 2003 readers' poll.
715 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South (Southside)
With two kinds of crust, eight sauce choices and a large selection of traditional and gourmet toppings, Rocky's pickup and delivery can create a pizza to please anybody's taste. Also pastas, cold and hot sandwiches, baked pasta dishes and create-your-own pasta combinations.
2657 Valleydale Road (Hoover/Indian Springs), 437-8300
3435 S. Shades Crest (near where it intersects with Hwy. 150), Hoover, 403-0100
Pizza, pasta, salads, subs. While takeout and delivery pizzas are definitely better than the chains, and the meatball sub is quite good, the dine-in experience at the Valleydale location was disappointing.
725 29th St. South (Lakeview area)
Hip pizzeria where the focus is on fresh and local -- including local craft beers. Pizzas cooked ina stone oven, available by the pie or by the slice. Classic pizzas like the Margherita and Old School (pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms and onion), and less traditional such as The Lakeview (beef tenderloin, caramelized onion, roasted cherry tomatoes, Asiago, with arugula/red onion/horseradish sauce), and the Very Veggie (artichoke hearts, spinach, mushrooms, Kalamata olives, onions, peppers, garlic, feta.) City Scene reviewer said each pizza they sampled was "excellent and really could not have been improved upon." Local blogger Jason Horn was not as complimentary, saying the hummus on the appetizer menu "tasted exactly like the plastic-tub hummus you get at the grocery store," admitting the pizza was better but the prices were disappointing.
5880 Trussville Crossings Blvd. (near Kohl's)
Classic and gourmet pizzas, such as pesto and chicken pizza, white pizza, honey BBQ chicken pizza, pizza margherita. Also salads, subs made on pizza dough. City Scene calls it a "fresh and fun dining experience."
Galleria Trace Plaza, 2801 Hwy. 150/John Hawkins Pkwy., Hoover (across from Wal-Mart)
Serving authentic Chicago-style pizza, with sauce made from hand-crushed tomatoes, baked in a 2-inch-deep pan for a half-hour. Thin-crust pizza is also available. The small eatery is owned and operated by husband and wife Carol and Carlos Vizcaino. Named "Birmingham's Primo Pizza" by the Birmingham News, 2004. The Vizcainos have licensed out the business name and recipes, so there are other Tortuga's pizza restaurants in the area, but this is the original.