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Slice Slice Baby: A Roundup of Durham's Pizza and Pies

Whether you're craving a saucy, savory pizza pie or you need to head to the bakery for a dessert pie, we’re here to help you keep your eyes on all the best pizza and pies in Durham.

Posted By Natalie Minott on Oct 11, 2023

13 of Durham's Best Pizzas

It's sustenance for visitors who need a quick and inexpensive meal between sightseeing and a satisfying lunch or dinner for hungry Durhamites of all ages. Pizza is life, no matter who you are or what you're doing. Whether you're looking for wood-fired ovens, authentic Neapolitan, a New York-style slice or a grandma-style square, here's the dish on where to get the most delicious handmade pizza in Durham.

Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria

5850 Fayetteville Rd.

This South Durham staple has gained a loyal following of die-hard pizza fans. Hungry diners can build their own Nonna-, New York- or Chicago-style pies with classic and gourmet toppings. The outdoor patio makes this spot a perfect stop for families with children.

Boxcar Bar & Arcade

621 Foster St.

Grab your friends and head to Boxcar Bar & Arcade in downtown Durham for the ultimate drinking, gaming, and pizza experience. It's the perfect place for fun with a full bar, a large outdoor patio, a gaming area, and a Neapolitan-style pizza kitchen. You can expect seasonal pizza features like the pickle or jalapeño popper pie and the classics like cheese, Margherita, and pepperoni pie.

Cugino Forno

800 Taylor St.

Satisfy your taste for authentic, Italian-style pizza straight from the wood-fired oven at this Golden Belt pizzeria. Best of all, you can order pies straight to your table at Hi-Wire Brewing next door, or enjoy a picnic on the grassy lawn outside.

Devil's Pizzeria & Restaurant

742 W. 9th St.

Find them on 9th St. near Duke University’s East campus, serving sinfully delicious pizza with creative options like bacon cheeseburger, taco and chicken parmesan. Make sure to check out their wide selection of vegan options as well.

Hutchins Garage

402 W. Geer St.

You had us at fried chicken pie! Tucked away on Geer St., Hutchins Garage operates out of a converted garage space, serving delicious pizza with a variety of toppings. They have garnered fanfare for both their New York-style round pizzas and their rectangular, denser grandma-style options, so you should probably try both options. With a full bar, industrial atmosphere and ample patio seating, this is a great option for a dinner out before stopping for a drink nearby or attending a show at Motorco Music Hall just across the street.

Napoli Pizzeria & Gelateria

530 Foster St., Suite 1

If you want a little taste of Italy, then you definitely need to stop by Napoli Pizzeria & Gelateria in the Durham Food Hall. Their flour, olive oil, and tomatoes are imported from Naples, Italy to make that perfectly authentic, and they serve artisanal gelato made in-house from scratch. Some things just need to be tasted to be understood.

Pie Pushers

117A W. Main St.

From a food truck known for specialty pizzas and wings to a downtown brick-and-mortar location, the Pie Pushers team has been perfecting their recipes and pushing pies for a long time. Get ready for a “Durham style” hand-tossed thin-crust pizza that’s both crunchy and fluffy, topped with an eclectic combination of local ingredients. Pizza by the slice, affordable and fresh side salads and gluten-free pizza options make this spot a hit for all kinds of pizza fans.

Pizzeria Toro

105 E. Chapel Hill St.

If you're craving a flavorful wood-fired Brussels sprouts or meyer lemon specialty pizza, you have to visit Pizzeria Toro. Check out their assortment of Italian wines, don't miss the kale salad (one of Durham's most popular dishes), and then treat yourself to their house cannoli filled with ricotta, mascarpone and chocolate.

Pompieri Pizza

102 City Hall Plaza

Located in an old fire station in downtown Durham, Pompieri Pizza is firing up Neapolitan-style pizza and an array of Italian food, including pasta with local vegetables, house-made sauces and pasture-raised meats. Adventurous or not, they have a pizza for you made with locally sourced ingredients and a wide selection of adult beverages.

Ponysaurus Brewing

219 Hood St.

Picture this: you're enjoying a beautiful afternoon with your friends, sipping beers and hanging out on the lawn at Ponysaurus Brewing. What more could you need? Pizza. You need pizza. Luckily, Ponysaurus is one step ahead of you with an on-site pizzeria serving pies with satisfying and creative toppings like hot soppressata, calabrian chilies and banana peppers, plus garlic knots and salads to round out your meal.

Pop's Backdoor South

3710 Shannon Road

The oven is hot and the pizza is fresh at Pop’s Backdoor South. Get ready for New York-style pizza, calzones, and various specials including wings, lightly breaded calamari and mussels. Try the granny smith pizza with apples, french brie, and white truffle oil on a ricotta cheese spread. Dairy-free diners can get in on the action, too, with vegan cheese.

Sofia's Pizza

2201 Angier Ave.

Located in a former cab stand and garage in East Durham, Sofia's Pizza serves hand-tossed pies, salads, baked wings, garlic cheese bread and much more. Make sure to try one of their creative pies, like the East Durham special, which is topped with applewood smoked bacon, collard greens and fresh serrano peppers.

Randy's Pizza

3 locations: 1720 Guess Rd.; 1813 Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy; 4810 Hope Valley Rd.

If you're looking for no-frills, New York-style pizza delivery classic toppings, Randy's is your spot. Feed a crowd with a 30" pie, and practice your New York fold with a giant slice for yourself. Count on consistently delicious pizza as Randy's has been operating in the Triangle for over 25 years.

7 of Durham's Best Pies

Treat yourself to a slice of pie after a day of adventuring around Durham or get a whole pie and share it with the family. In Durham, you'll find bakeries, restaurants, and everything in between making the world a better place one crust at a time.

Bean Traders

105 W NC 54 Hwy #249

How can you grab just one slice when faced with pie choices like Nutella banana cream, blueberry lemonade, salty walnut chocolate truffle, and almond joy? Either get a slice of each option or do yourself a favor and get the whole pie!

Foster's Market

2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.

Need a place that sells both sweet and savory pies? Foster's Market, a gourmet food market and cafe off of Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., has chicken pot pie, lamb shepherd's pie, french silk pie, coconut cream pie and more.

The French Corner Bakery

2005 N. Pointe Dr.

This authentic French bakery tucked away in a north Durham shopping center is one of the city's best-kept secrets. If you're looking for pie, you're in luck with plenty of options in the pastry case. Take it from us, though – you'll want to stock up on plenty of baguettes, sweets and other treats.

Mad Hatter Cafe & Bakeshop

1802 W Main St.

They are well known for their cupcakes and cakes, but have you had their pies? Try a piece of their key lime pie topped with whip cream or their pumpkin pie made with hand-rolled crust and organic pumpkin filling.

Ninth Street Bakery

136 East Chapel Hill St.

From fresh bread to pastries, Ninth Street Bakery serves a variety of delicious baked goods. Head on over for their oatmeal whoopie pie with vanilla frosting sandwiched between two chewy oatmeal raisin cookies and their savory hand pie filled with a curry veggie mix.

Refectory Café

2726 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.

The Refectory Cafe focuses on social and environmental sustainability, healthy dining and sourcing from local farms. They offer menu options compatible with all diets, including their numerous pie options. Stop by for a delicious slice of cranberry apple pie, sweet potato pecan pie and much more.

Rose's Noodles, Dumplings & Sweets

121 N Gregson St.

Rose’s is an East Asian-inspired eatery and bakery serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch with artisan pastries and sweets. Hungry for pie? They have plenty of options including a coconut buttermilk pie with passionfruit curd or the miso caramel apple pie.

About the Author

Natalie Minott - Freelance Writer

A mother and writer who loves celebrating people and telling their stories. Find me rocking colorful headwraps, singing Disney songs, and drinking too much coffee.