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Best Pizza

While we don't have a signature pizza style a la New York or Chicago, we have so much variety in Green Country that you can just let your taste buds (and our recommendations) lead the way.

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Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
September 28, 2018 3:18 AM

Whether you have just one delicious slice or an entire pie (or three), whether you eat it as a regular meal or as a special party treat, pizza is an American favorite. The National Association of Pizza Operators says Americans consume 100 acres of pizza a day. Sounds like a bunch of under-reporting to us, but the point is, Americans love themselves some pie. A different study reported in the New York Daily News estimates that the average American will eat around 6,000 slices of pizza in their lifetime.

That’s a lot of dough — both the flour-based kind that provides the base for each slice, and the green kind being handed over the counter to pay for it all. Why in the world do we love our pizza so much? The taste, of course!

Want classic? Go for a straightforward Margherita. Traditional? There’s pepperoni and sausage everywhere. Gourmet? Choices abound — from crab and roasted duck to mac and cheese. (Yes, on a pizza.) Nowadays, the type of preparation is important, too, as we’re seeing more coal-fired pizza places showing up, as well as those with fancy specialty ovens. So how do you decide where to go?

In the Tulsa area, there are so many places to get fantastic pizza, we couldn’t list them all. But here are some of our current favorites you just have to try before your lifetime of pizza loving is through.

For family night, not much beats the fun and games — and supercharged buffet — at Incredible Pizza. (Photo: Marc Rains)
For family night, not much beats the fun and games — and supercharged buffet — at Incredible Pizza. (Photo: Marc Rains)

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Andolini's Sliced
114 S. Detroit Ave. | Tulsa
This joint mixes intriguing topping combinations like the Truffled (wild mushroom and black truffle cream) and great service with enormous slices of pizza. That’s what makes Andolini’s Sliced so awesome. With relaxed indoor and outdoor brick and glass seating areas, you can enjoy Ando’s in any weather, trying their five different pizza styles — Brooklyn, Roman Square, New York, Napoletana, and Tulsa — all of which are fired at their own unique oven temperature for a distinct, delicious flavor.

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East Village Bohemian Pizzeria
818 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
This charming downtown eatery wood fires their pizza in the Neapolitan style —made with San Marzano tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. East Village Bohemian sources its ingredients either from Italy or locally. Their sausage and Canadian bacon come from Tulsa’s Burn Co Barbeque. They make their Mount Vesuvius pizza with Calabrese peppers. Indeed, there are so many topping choices, from traditional four cheeses to outliers like arugula and Brussels sprouts, that there’s something for everyone. Their pasta is also made fresh daily. And the atmosphere is great for hanging out.

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Gaetano's Pizzeria & Creamery
12141 S. Elm St. #105 | Jenks
8204 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
This family-friendly shop dishes up both pizza and ice cream, which makes it a favorite stop for many Tulsans. Start off with their garlic knots or toasted ravioli, before ordering either a hand-tossed pizza with your choice of toppings, or one of their specialty pies, like The Confluence of Ten Toppings — a combo of 10 veggies and meats to make your taste buds sing. They also serve pastas, calzones, salads, subs, and of course, gourmet ice cream from Wisconsin. The flavors are on rotation, so there’s always something different — from Brownie to Blueberry Cheesecake ice cream and beyond.

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Incredible Pizza
8314 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
For family night, not much beats the fun and games — and supercharged buffet — at Incredible Pizza. There are plenty of pizzas to choose from on the buffet, like pepperoni and chicken, favorites of kiddos everywhere. But the kitchen will take special requests, especially if you have dietary needs they can address. Beyond pizza, you can choose chicken and biscuits, tacos, hot dogs, salad bar, and desserts. And feel free to burn off some of those new calories playing in the arcade, riding the indoor roller coaster, and experiencing other family-friendly fun while you’re there.

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Jimmy's New York Pizzeria
7123 S. 92nd E. Ave. | Tulsa
Get your New York style pizza by the pie or by the slice at Jimmy’s. Owners Jimmy and Evelyn originally hail from Brooklyn, though they’ve lived in Tulsa since 1990. Their sauce is made fresh daily from a family recipe, and is the real New York deal. This is one place you can taste test a favorite of East Coasters — white pizza, which features a garlic oil sauce, sliced tomatoes, fresh ricotta cheese, and minced garlic. There’s plenty of pepperoni, chicken Alfredo, and other toppings to go around, plus calzones, stromboli, and more.

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Joe Momma's
308 E. 1st St. | Tulsa
After a fire a while back, the fate of Joe Momma’s was a question mark. But this favorite of downtowners is back with a vengeance. If you’ve never tried them before, it’s high time to “give pizza chance,” as their souvenir shirts say. With menu items like the Natalie Portman (a peppery pie) and Nathan’s Unlikely Marriage (a pie with plenty of ranch dressing, buffalo chicken and jalapenos), you know you’ll have a fun time experimenting. Have some beer and watch some college football with the gang while you’re there.

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La Roma
6027 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
A neighborhood favorite for many years, La Roma mixes superb pizza options with homemade Lebanese foods for a truly satisfying meal anytime you go. Every ingredient is carefully chosen to bring great flavor to the dishes on the menu. And their tabouli is among the best in Green Country — bright, flavorful, and fresh. Their pizzas come in a mini size perfect for a lunch portion, all the way up to large. Regulars love the R.J.’s pizza, made with olive oil, feta, onions and jalapenos. You can mix and match toppings easily too, and create your own.

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Mario's NY Style Pizzeria
3350 E. 51st St. | Tulsa
In business since 1987, Mario’s offers a tradition of good pizza that more than one generation of Tulsans have become fond of. Choose either thin crust or Sicilian deep-dish for the dough base, then enjoy a custom-made pizza with your choice of toppings — pepperoni, Canadian bacon, peppers, grilled or buffalo chicken, artichoke, pineapple, onion, anchovies, and more. Other options include some New York favorites, like calzones and meatball parmesan sandwiches, enough to make you feel like you’re visiting the East Coast without the plane ticket.

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Marley's Chicago Style Pizzeria
6104 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
Chicago-style pizza is known for its thick, bready slices covered in all kinds of toppings. But Marley’s doesn’t just do great pizza. They also offer a truly affordable lunch special — all the pizza and salad you can eat— as well as a full drink menu and big screen TVs. It’s family friendly too, so you can take the kids for a free meal on Tuesdays, then come back with the buds for game day Sunday, with $12 domestic beer buckets and large pizzas for the medium pizza price. They do catering too, perfect for parties and office lunches.

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Mondo's Ristorante Italian
3410 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
Everyone thinks of classic Italian meals like lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs when Mondo’s is mentioned, and those dishes don’t disappoint. But if you’re really in the know, then you know to order their pizzas too. Their pizzas are made with fresh dough made daily, wood fired and topped with fresh sauce that is amazingly good. The Italian sausage is made in-house as well, making pizzas like the Roberto — made with pepperoni, sausage, pineapple and jalapenos — a fan favorite. Every bite will remind you how pizza is more than party food — it can be a major revelation too, a foodie’s dream.

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Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen
9912 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
California-style pizza hasn’t been around that long. Before the 1980s, gourmet, wood-fired, New York style thin-crust pizza, topped with ingredients considered low in fat, like fresh vegetables, lean meats and seafood, just wasn’t a thing. If that’s the style you like, where better in Tulsa can you get hand-tossed California pizza than a restaurant that derives its name from a region of the state? Napa Flats cooks everything to absolute perfection. Their delicious gourmet pizzas are no different.

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ol'Vine Fresh Grill
3523 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
For a fresh take on artisan pizza, ol’Vine is a great choice. Fresh mushrooms, fresh olives, fresh fruit, fresh everything is what you’ll get here. Combined with a wonderful Brookside patio dining experience, the pizza here is fabulous and always difficult to save enough to take home. The Alfredo White, with its sprinkled salt batch bacon, is so good you’ll nearly forget how much you loved the exquisite Pear and Gorgonzola pizza you had the time before. Add extra mozzarella, Kalamata olives, goat cheese or any of their additional ingredients, and you will thank us for the suggestion.

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Pie Hole Pizzeria
2708 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
This little hole in the wall pizza joint is such a favorite to so many people for its no-nonsense approach to really great pizza. Whether you purchase by the slice or order a whole pizza, it’s fresh and tasty every time. Whether it’s a classic pepperoni or a sundried tomato pizza, be assured it will have just the right amount of grease dripping off its amazing signature crust. Try the Alfredo-sauced, garlic-infused olive oil pizza, and you’ll have discovered a possible new favorite. Literally, any combination of pizza ingredients they serve is a potential new addiction.

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Pizza Express
109 N. Elm St. | Jenks
These guys do not mess around. Pizza Express has some of the best pizza crust and calzones served anywhere in Oklahoma. You can taste the freshness of every ingredient this little pizza shop in Jenks puts into every menu item. From the delicious tomato sauce to the rich and tasty mozzarella, there is so much flavor in every bite of this pizza, you’ll make picking up and taking out from Pizza Express a regular thing.

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Savastano's
8211 S. Regal Blvd. | Tulsa
For Chicago-style pizza in Tulsa, this is a great spot. For those who need a reminder of what exactly is Chicago style, think deep-dish or just the word, ‘dough.’ You’ll think you’re back in Chi-town when you see that big old pie coming your way. Pounds and pounds of ingredients go into every 14-inch deep-dish pizza. Rich, specially blended cheeses and a spectacular sauce, all piled on top with several layers of fresh toppings — you just can’t be disappointed.

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Tavolo
427 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
Since the addition of Tavolo in Tulsa’s Deco District, we’ve been swimming in fountains and living the sweet life while enjoying some of the best flatbread pizzas around. Well, maybe we haven’t exactly been swimming in fountains, but you get the picture. Fresh garlic, rich olive oil, and amazingly fresh and thick mozzarella — it’s like being in Italy but with less travel and probably a lot less fountain swimming. A visit to Tavolo is a treat and worth the visit.

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Ti Amo
6024-A S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
219 S. Cheyenne Ave. | Tulsa
Every item on the Ti Amo menu is top-notch quality, and that includes the pizza. Whether you visit the downtown or the Sheridan location, the pizza at Ti Amo is exceptional. Let’s take their Gorgonzola cheese pizza, for example. Italians consider Gorgonzola cheese a “government protected” food that can only be produced in certain parts of Italy, in order to preserve its traditional qualities. It’s this same kind of concern for quality at Ti Amo that makes a difference when you taste every bite of their pizzas.

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Umberto's
3147 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
Since the 1990s, Umberto’s has been a Tulsa favorite. Its pizza-making style is not just New York style, but a more specific Queens-style pie that sets it apart. Fans of the little pizza joint will tell you its not too thin, not too thick crust and its distinct flavor put Umberto’s pizza in a league of its own. Their pizza by the slice meals, garlic knots, and weekly dine-in or carry out deals make Umberto a neighborhood classic.

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Upper Crust Wood Fired Pizza
9110 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
There are not too many places where you can get gluten-free pizza crust. This place offers it, and thank goodness. Who would want to miss out on such fantastically named pies such as the Boxcar, the Upper Amoré, the Flying Pig, or the Psycho Shroom? Handcrafted toppings, housemade sauces, and dough prepared on a daily basis make Upper Crust an excellent experience in pizza. With a California style kitchen and dining area, combined with New York style pizza making, this south Tulsa wood-fired kitchen is worth frequenting.

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122 N. Boston Ave. | Tulsa

Andolini's Pizzeria
1552 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
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Crushed Red
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D'Oro Pizza
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Elgin Park Sports Bar & Brewery
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Hideaway
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Minuteman Pizza Parlor
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NYC Pizza
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Prairie Fire Pie
1303 E. 15th St. | Tulsa

Roni Peppo's
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Russo's Coal Fired Italian Kitchen
8941 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa

Sam and Ella's Chicken Palace
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Sette Italian Brick Oven
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Slice
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Stonehorse Cafe
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The Rooftop
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Uncle Vinny's NY Pizza
322 W. Kenosha St. | Broken Arrow