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81º | Partly cloudy | 9% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:32 a.m. | Sunset 7:24 p.m.

🍕 It’s the circle of life
A pizza covered in fennel and onions.
Pearl’s Pizza is known for using seasonal specific ingredients. | Photo courtesy of Pearl’s Pizza
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.

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.

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.

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.

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What does pizza night typically look like for you?

A. Sitting down at a local restaurant
B. Getting delivery and eating in
C. Buying pizza from the grocery store
D. Making pizza from scratch
E. No pizza for me
Monday, Sept. 18
  • The Heart of the Turf: Racing’s Black Pioneers | Monday, Sept. 18 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, 300 E. 3rd St., Lexington | Free | Immerse yourself in the captivating world of racing’s Black pioneers with this enlightening museum exhibit.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • The Milk Carton Kids (Indoor Show) | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 7 p.m. | The Burl, 375 Thompson Rd., Lexington | $36 | See this folksy duo strum and stomp in support of their newest album “I Only See The Moon.”
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Birthday Beer Bash | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6-9 p.m. | West Sixth Brewing, 501 W. 6th St., Ste. 100, Lexington | $70 | Celebrate Smithtown Seafood’s 10th birthday with a West Sixth beer + dinner party featuring a raw bar and tapas.
Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Karaoke Competition | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. | Night Kitty Karaoke Bar, 545 S. Broadway, Ste. #185, Lexington | $10 | Show off your vocal chops (or watch) at this karaoke competition.
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News Notes
  • The Kentucky Derby announced the official artist for the 150th Run for the Roses and it is none other than our own rose-painting king himself — Wylie Caudill. The poster features his signature roses in shades of red, white, blue, and gold + a backdrop of Churchill Downs with the trophy.
  • Grab those gloves and trash bags to help clean up litter at the Red River Gorge. Daniel Boone Forest, which includes the Gorge, is inviting the public to help pick up litter on Saturday, Sept. 23 in honor the 30th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. (WEKU)
  • We’re getting the fall feels with Leestown Coffee’s new autumn menu. Head to 1416 Leestown Rd. to try everything from a matcha cheesecake latte, caramel apple butter latte, apple chaider, and of course, pumpkin spice latte.
Feel Good
  • Students will once again make a statement of peace during Lansdowne Elementary’s annual Unity March. On Friday, Sept. 22, students will march with signs that share messages of peace, camaraderie, and kindness in support of the International Day of Peace.
  • When do you plan on retiring? What does your family situation look like? Gratz Park Private Wealth takes these factors into consideration while crafting personalized Social Security strategies (read: it’s tailored to your unique circumstances). See how they can guide you to help make informed decisions for a confident retirement.*
  • Lexington Public Library is presenting Undesign the Redline, a free exhibit unearthing structural racism and inequality in the US. It features local history and stories to explore policies like redlining, their implications for today, and how they can be undesigned them. The exhibit is open at Central Library during library hours from Friday, Sept. 22-Friday, Nov. 17.*
  • Did you know continuous learning throughout life not only decreases isolation but also improves cognitive abilities? (Read: It keeps your brain active and healthy.) Pro tip: Try a OLLI at UK course to keep your mind engaged + active as you age. Learn more about current courses.*
Try This
  • Audiologists are raving about the latest generation of Horizon hearing aids. Why the excitement? They deliver unmatched speech clarity in an ultra-discreet design. The best part? offers a local, 45-day no-risk trial, so you can try before you buy. Secure your spot.*
BBN get ready for BBM
Jacob Toppin, Big Blue Madness. | Photo by Eddie Justice, UK Athletics
The annual tip-off for the UK men’s and women’s basketball season, better known as Big Blue Madness, is set for Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Rupp Arena.

The biggest change to this year’s event will be the absence of the super fan-favorite campout. UK officials said in an announcement that there would be no in-person ticket distribution due to the renovations at Memorial Coliseum.

Here are some fast facts + pro tips to secure your spot and get your season preview of the Cats.
  • Tickets will be available online only beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29.
  • Max of two tickets per household.
  • While tickets are free, there will be a “minimal service fee.”
  • The men’s team is the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the country.
  • The women’s team is returning key players like Maddie Scherr + Tennessee transfer Brooklynn Miles.
Can’t make it in person? Tune into to SEC Network.
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