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A guide to Lexington’s pizza scene

We’re just a bunch of weirdoughs diving head first into LEX’s must-try pizza shops including Goodfellas, Pearl’s Pizza Pie, and Rolling Oven.

A pizza covered in fennel and onions.

Pearl’s Pizza is known for using seasonal specific ingredients. | Photo courtesy of Pearl’s Pizza

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Whenever we’re feeling saucy, we like to dig into a slice of local pizza. Lexington’s pizza scene is bubbling with options — and we keep finding ways to top ourselves. If you’re on the quest for the perfect slice, we’ve pie-oneered a list of 12 places to grab pizza that are definitely worth the dough.

A slice of pizza in front of a sign that says McConnell Springs.

A giant slice of pizza from Goodfella’s under $10? Sign us up. | Photo by LEXtoday

Local legends

Goodfellas, Two locations
Arguably the closest thing to a slice of New York pie, this pizza joint is the place to be. Head to the Distillery District for a sit-down, date night vibe or swing by its OG spot on 110 N. Mill St. to grab a to-go pie. City Editor Aayat recommends going with a classic slice of cheese + breadstick (don’t forget the garlic sauce.)

Puccini’s, Two locations
There’s something for everyone at this regional-local spot that offers everything from pizzas to make-your-own calzones.

Joe Bologna’s, 120 W. Maxwell St.
Lexingtonians know that a breadstick from Joe B.'s is a rite of passage, but its pizza is legendary on its own for a reason. Choose from round or Sicilian-style crust for a truly unique ex-pie-rience.

Think outside the pizza box

Pearl’s, 133 N. Limestone
Trendy and chic, this downtown treasure offers freshly made wood-fired pies — with an emphasis on seasonal, locally-grown ingredients. Plus, any pizza can be made completely plant-based.

Rise Up! Pizza, 101 W. Loudon Ave. #112
You’ll be giving a standing ovation when you try a slice of this pie. Swing by for traditional and vegan pizza options before perusing shops at Greyline Station.

A bag of Grippo's chips poured over a pizza.

Rolling Oven Pizza doesn’t mess around with its pies. | Photo by LEXtoday


Rolling Oven, 725 National Ave.
Sometimes, you just have to pour a bag of Grippo’s over your pizza — or at least that’s how Rolling Oven rolls. Venture out to Mirror Twin Brewing Co. or catch its 20-ft shipping container food truck at various events around town.

PieTana, 210 Rosemont Garden
While you brainstorm what Lexington in a pizza would be, PieTana is busy making it a reality. Try out a beer cheese, hot brown-inspired, or Blue Door Smokehouse brisket-topped pizza.

Addie’s Pizza, 3195 Beaumont Center Cir., Ste. 110
The sister company to Whiskey Bear, this spot excels in wood fired pizzas with all of your favorite classics. Try The Low Down featuring a chipotle-honey tomato sauce, pineapple, and bourbon-smoked salt, or go classic with The O.G.

A table with pizza, breadsticks, and salad.

Smashing Tomato is fast, fresh, and ready to meet your dietary needs. | Photo courtesy of Smashing Tomato

If you can’t take the wheat

Smashing Tomato, Two locations
This fresh, casual spot from the Bella Notte Restaurant Group is a great quick lunch spot with 6" personal pies all under $10 — and can be made with fresh, gluten-free dough.

Pies & Pints, 401 W. Main St., Ste. 106
The best part about this spot is that any specialty pizza can be made with gluten-free or cauliflower crust. Think: exploratory pies like street corn + tajin pie.

Old Chicago, 1924 Pavilion Way
We know this one is a chain, but we would be remiss to not include its countless gluten-friendly options. Order a Thai Pie with cauliflower crust pizza or get creative and build your own.

It’s delivery

Apollo Pizza, 1451 Leestown Rd.
Feed the whole family (and then some) with a 20" Wagon Wheel pie, with unique specialties like the Kentucky Hot Browne or the Mac Daddy.

Mad Mushroom, Two locations
Having a late night? Steamy, classic pizza and daily specials make for a college student’s dream.

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