A Guide to Pizza Places and Parlors in Kansas City
Pizza in Kansas City is an all-encompassing array of flavors, toppings, crusts and preparations. For every decadent, late-night slice there’s a lighter, Neapolitan-style pie available all throughout the day.
Get to know some of Kansas City’s most popular pizza places:
Traditional Pizza Parlors
KC’s classic-style pizza parlors are old-school joints that dish out pies for delivery or dining in.
One of the most popular places for pizza is Minsky’s, which has been in operation for nearly 40 years and operates more than 15 locations throughout the metro.
Another bustling neighborhood spot is Waldo Pizza, known for its family friendly appeal, while aptly named d’Bronx and Crossroads Arts District-mainstay The Art of Pizza both specialize in New York-style pies.
The strict standards that determine Neapolitan pizza include stone ovens, high heat and short cook times, among other more specific rules. The attention to detail results in a soft and light end product, proving the perfect vehicle for veggies, greens and various sliced Italian meats.
Meanwhile, Il Lazzarone is a patio destination nestled in the lively River Market neighborhood and 1889 Pizza Napoletana pays tribute to pizza’s Italian roots with a solid stable of unique combinations.
Because sometimes you need a slice after a long night of revelry.
At arcade bar Up-Down, gamers and craft beer lovers alike take breaks in between pinball sessions to snack on mondo slices of mac & cheese and Cajun chicken pies, among other more familiar styles.
Known for its countless TV appearances, Grinders Pizza combines local art, live music and seemingly ridiculous pizzas (think ones topped with tater tots) into one of KC’s most unique dining establishments.
The Milwaukee Delicatessen Company showcases an uncommon space: the popular hangout resides in a former German deli that first opened Downtown in 1900.
Riding solo or craving something all for yourself, get giant slices at Papa Keno’s, available in Westport, the Crossroads, Overland Park and Lawrence.
Open since 1969, Old Shawnee Pizza is anything but dated. Count on ingredients such as ghost pepper cheese, house-smoked pulled pork and spicy peanut sauce for an atypical twist.
You can’t get any more classic than Chiusano’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, a family-run Legend’s staple inspired by European tastes.
North Kansas City’s Caddy Shack Pizza is an old-school gathering place for those who love thin crust pies and patio hangs.
Standard crust or gluten-free, craft beer haven Martin City Brewing Company boasts a pizza menu featuring diverse flavors for everyone—and a neighborly vibe perfect for all ages.
Stop and listen, and you might notice something in Kansas City. The crescendoing sound you hear is a harmonious mix of boiling wort, clinking glasses and popped bottle caps that indicates something special: a beer revolution.
Whether enjoying the warmer months or in need of a tropical getaway, a collection of Kansas City shops serve scoops of ice cream, shaved ice, frozen custard and chilled drinks to keep you cool regardless of the time of year.
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