From family-run institutions to Instagrammable dining rooms, we’re sharing our recommendations for some of the best pizza in the city. You’re going to want to try these pies.
1099 Cannon St. E. Hamilton
When you’re craving a New York slice, head to this east-end pizza parlour for an authentic experience. The classic décor (black and white checkered floors, vintage photos on the walls) will transport you to pizzeria heaven.
Must-try: While you wait for the cheese on your slice to melt in the oven, tuck into an order of hot, fresh Nodini (pizza dough balls, slathered in olive oil, served hot with a side of marinara sauce for dipping).
215 Locke St. S. Hamilton
Chef Mario Spina’s dough is like no other. These square pies are made with love and patience while the dough rests for 72 hours to create that perfect crust. The pizzaiolo studied the art in Italy and was inspired by the techniques of Naples and Rome – and so came, NaRoma.
Must-try: The Brie and Prosciutto pizza is topped with caramelized onions, fig jam, and reduced balsamic. Save room for the divine Nutella Pizza.
Chicago Style Pizza
534 Upper Sherman Ave. Hamilton
The original owner began making pizza in the Windy City itself, so there’s no doubt they do deep dish right. Choose between the crispy regular crust, thick crust, or the deep dish stuffed pizza the place was named for. It takes 30 minutes to bake, but it’s worth the wait.
Must-try: The famous Stuffed Pizza is made in a deep dish pan, loaded with cheese and sauce, and sealed off with another layer of dough. The Chicago Special is stuffed with Italian sausage, green pepper and mushroom.
Born & Raised
224 James St. N. Hamilton
Vittorio Colacitti, the chef behind Toronto’s The Good Son restaurant and Top Chef alum, knows a thing or two about wood fired pizza. His oven from Bologna paired with olive oil from Abruzzo makes for a great tasting, authentic pie. The restaurant is also known for its raw bar (think sea bream and steak tartare).
Must-try: For something a little sweet and spicy, try the Monte Pollino. The crispy pork cheek, roasted pineapple, and pickled habaneros is a beloved combo. Ask for chili oil for extra heat.
835 Paramount Drive and 824 King Street West, Hamilton
Valentino’s has been whipping up pizzas since 1978 (and their own craft beer since 2012). They were the first in the city to offer panzerottis and now serve up personal-sized pizzas, a Valentino’s salad that will knock your socks off, and a menu of other homemade Italian dishes.
Must-try: Bring your appetite and order the panzerotti: homemade dough filled with sauce, cheese and toppings, deep-fried or baked, served with a delicious side of sauce.
1595 Upper James Street, Hamilton
Sasso encourages you to “mangia” – and pizza is the dish of choice. The seasonal menu includes out-of-the-box combos like the San Frandisco (cured trout, fennel, roasted red peppers, capers, olives) and The Nutty Pig (maple bacon, leeks, mozzarella, and walnuts).
Must-try: Nothing beats the cold like the PePeR-G’S, one of Sasso’s signature ‘zas, topped with pepperoncini, pecorino, rapini, garlic, and sausage. Pair it with one of five house-made dips.
Earth to Table Bread Bar
258 Locke Street South and 14 James St N, Hamilton
The menu here is varied but the stone-baked pizzas are the star. Like everything on the menu, pizzas are hand-crafted using the finest ingredients. The pizza menu changes (pierogi pizza and umami pizzas are some of the unique options) but you can always build your own.
Must-try: The Vampire Slayer is a crowd pleaser, topped with white sauce, mozza, brie, garlic, lemon and arugula.
190 Locke Street South, hamilton
Traditional Neapolitan style wood-oven pizza done right is what you can expect at CIMA Enoteca, Locke Street’s Italian restaurant specializing in pizzas and fresh-made pasta. The gorgeous, modern interior makes it a nice date night spot – plus there’s an open view to the kitchen.
Must-try: Dig into a slice of La Cima: mascarpone, fior di latte, roasted garlic, coppa di parma, pecorino romano, arugula, chili flake and lemon-olive oil. Bellissimo!
201 James Street South, Hamilton
You’ll feel like you’re eating pizza straight from a Nonna’s kitchen here. The pizza is authentically delicious and the weekly specials offer great value.
Must-try: Bronzie’s homemade pesto with ripe tomatoes, feta cheese and fresh spinach are the ingredients in Under the Tuscan Sun, their version of the Margherita with oomph.
233 Barton Street, Stoney Creek and various grocery stores across the city
This is strictly a take-out spot, but if you’re looking for an iconic only-in-Hamilton experience, grab one of these famous slabs to go. The bakery distributes its signature cheese-less slab pizzas in white boxes throughout the city, but there’s also baked goods and hot foods at their Stoney-Creek deli.
Must-try: Quintessentially Hamilton, Roma’s slab pizza is made with just bread and sauce (no cheese!).
1530 Stone Church Road East, Hamilton
This Hamilton mountain restaurant on the ground floor of C Hotel by Carmen’s serves up wood-fired Neapolitan pizza in an open kitchen. Try any pizza as a calzone and pair it with house-made dips like truffle aioli, Baci hot dip, and lime sriracha aioli.
Must-try: Baci’s perfectly made Margherita (mozzarella, fior di latte and fresh basil on a tomato base) showcases the beauty and simplicity of a good pizza.
35 King William Street, Hamilton
Downtown’s Frat’s Cucina’s is pretty in pink (including the oven!). With a not-so-average pizza menu, you’ll find items like smoked salmon and avocado in the mix of toppings, plus traditional offerings on their superb gourmet pizzas.
Must-try: The Pizza Ricca is a colourful work of art on a plate: tomato sauce, mozzarella, three expertly cured meats, cracked eggs, kalamata olives, and arugula.
89 King Street East, Stoney Creek
This pizza parlour and sports bar is popular for take-out and a casual spot to eat in. Create your own master pie on thin or regular crust or try the Man vs Pizza challenge (eat a 16-inch Attic Special in under 45 minutes and it’s on the house. Apparently, only 45 people have done it since 2003.)
Must-try: For spice-lovers, Devil’s Punch Bowl pizza – a nod to our local waterfall on the nearby escarpment – is topped with pepperoni, hot peppers, bacon, jalapenos, mushrooms, and Frank’s hot sauce.