The Best Pizza in Charlotte

As the most populated city in North Carolina, Charlotte has an interesting and rich history. Named after Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, "The Queen City" became a hub for gold mining at its start. While early settlers mainly come from English-Irish descent, a wide range of ethnic groups have influenced this vibrant city. Today, it reigns as one of America's fastest-growing cities, rich in culture and diversity, offering foodies the perfect combination of high-end chefs, farmers, and artisans. Charlotte has grown into a melting pot of international cuisines — including Italian eateries dishing up authentic pizzas. Looking for the best pizza in Charlotte? The city has many beloved pizza places. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Book a table to try the best pizza in Charlotte and enjoy all that these pizzeria hotspots have to offer.

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Restaurants:Angeline's, Zinicola, Civetta Italian Kitchen + Bar
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Uptown, Ballantyne, Provincetowne
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Time
7:00 PM

Angeline's

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
784 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

When it comes to the best pizza in Charlotte, the locals know where to go — and Angeline’s certainly makes the shortlist. The restaurant itself is spacious, warm, and inviting, offering a comfortable ...

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Late Night Find in Charlotte
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Zinicola

$$$$·Italian·
Ballantyne
591 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

As they say at Zincola, their goal is to showcase honest technique, pure ingredients, and the concept of soulful Italian. Offering pizza lovers an elegant dining experience, Zinicola features both ind...

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Civetta Italian Kitchen + Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Provincetowne
329 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem

Civetta is an Italian bar and kitchen, that offers rustic dishes made from top-quality ingredients. The establishment itself provides guest with charming, rustic atmosphere, featuring exposed brick wa...

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Mama Ricotta's

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown
3,530 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups

When pizza lovers are looking for the best pizza in Charlotte, Mama Ricotta’s ticks all the boxes. Offering homestyle Italian cooking, this restaurant has become a local institution, attracting diners...

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Best Value in Charlotte
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Aria Tuscan Grill

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
3,330 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

Refined yet cozy, Aria Tuscan Grill is known for their re-imagined old world cuisine and modern Italian setting. Bringing diners a true taste of the seasons, their menu focuses on locally sourced ingr...

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Italian in Charlotte

Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Davidson
615 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Located in the historic downtown of Davidson, Il Bosco is known for their passion and creativity. This quaint dining establishment offers foodies seasonal Italian delights, unique wines, and authentic...

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Buca di Beppo - Pineville

$$$$·Italian·
Pineville
1,125 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

This well-established chain serves up family-style cuisine in a traditional Italian setting. Tables are dressed with red-and-white tablecloths, and the decor is reminiscent of the establishment's uniq...

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Good for Groups in Charlotte

Portofino’s Restaurants at Ayrsley

$$$$·Italian·
Charlotte
28 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Great for Lunch

Offering diners a relaxed environment and classic Italian menu, Portofino's is all about friends, family, and good food. The setting itself is relaxed and casual, offering a true “at-home” experience...

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Trio Restaurant - Charlotte

$$$$·American·
Charlotte
691 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual

This vibrant, upscale eatery serves up some of the best pizza in Charlotte, all of which are cooked in a brick-oven. First launching in 1992, Trio remains committed to quality food and friendly servic...

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Great for Brunch in Charlotte
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Novanta Pizzeria Napoletana

$$$$·Italian·
Mooresville
139 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Great Beer

Novanta Pizzeria Napoletana is an upscale establishment known for having some of the best pizza in Charlotte, in addition to calzones and other wood-fired delights. The interior space is full of chara...

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Romantic in Charlotte

Benny Pennello's

$$$$·Italian·
Charlotte

Since first opening their doors in 2015, Benny Pennello's has become a local landmark, sharing its space with Heist Brewery. Situated in the art district, NoDa, at Benny Pennello's, diners can choose ...

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Pure Pizza

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Plaza Midwood
15 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly

As they say at Pure Pizza, they're “farm loving pizza freaks.” Focusing on the importance of quality ingredients, their concept is to create healthier pizza, using farm-fresh, nutrient-dense ingredien...

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Luciano's - Charlotte

$$$$·Italian·
Charlotte
1,298 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

Casual and highly inviting, Luciano’s serves up Northern Italian dishes, inspired by the family-style creations of Naples. First opening their doors in 2013, Luciano’s has become somewhat of a local i...

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