As one of the most popular foods in the world, pizza has fans of all types.
With a variation of styles, crusts, sauces, toppings, and cooking methods, pizza could almost be considered its own food group!
We certainly love our pizza in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
From wood-fired veggie pizzas to New York Style meat lovers, a pizza is a delicious way to quench your appetite during a Blue Ridge Day.
Here is our guide to the best local restaurants for pizza in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
Note - Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order.
Allsports Cafe combines two of the best items for watching sports - wings and pizza! As one of the most popular sports bars in the region, Allsports Cafe has locations in Roanoke & Salem and pizza is on the menu at both. If you’re a fan of wings, we recommend the Dominator - a pizza topped with house-made blue cheese dressing, grilled chicken, and Red Devil wing sauce. If you prefer ranch over blue cheese, go try the Down by the Ranch, which has house-made ranch dressing, diced boneless wings and hot sauce. The pizzas are also made with a tasty hand-tossed crust.
While Beamer’s 25 in Downtown Roanoke might primarily be known for its craft burgers and beer, it’s also a popular spot for pizza lovers. The 10-inch pizzas feature house-made dough and sauces, with specialty pies like the Spicy Thai Chicken with spicy peanut dressing, chicken, carrots, roasted red peppers edamame and basil, or The Sicilian - a pizza topped with red sauce, Italian sausage, capicola, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella and parmesan.
Get ready for a slice of pizza bigger than your head! Originally launched in nearby Blacksburg with its Benny Marzano’s location, Benny’s pizza shops are popping up all along the East Coast, including shops in Downtown Roanoke and Smith Mountain Lake. Benny Marconi’s is a great late-night option in Downtown Roanoke and Benny Adelina's is the perfect option after a fun-filled day on the lake. For a large group, you could also pre-order a 28” pie - just make sure you have a forklift to fit it in your car!
Bent Mountain Bistro
The pizzas are carefully crafted by hand at Bent Mountain Bistro and cooked at a scorching 900° in an Italian wood fired brick oven. The combination of the hand-made dough, all-natural ingredients, and authentic Neapolitan oven make for an incredible flavor. Order The Pig to get a pizza topped with country sausage, applewood smoked bacon, mushrooms, fresh basil, a trio of cheeses, and the Bistro’s pit-smoked pulled pork BBQ. Insider tip: Tuesday through Thursday, get two 12" specialty pizzas for only $20!
This new pizza shop at Towers Shopping Center in Roanoke has quickly earned a reputation for serving some of the best pies in the region. Each pizza is made from scratch and you can select from unique topping combinations like the Hot Fun Guy with garlic mushrooms, fresh thyme, jalapenos, and cheese, or build your own with any assortment of toppings you want. Can't decide? Bobby's even features pizza flights!
Whether it’s a business dinner, fun night out with friends, or you’re bringing the entire family, Corned Beef & Co. is a popular option in Downtown Roanoke. The wood-fired pizzas are part of an impressive menu, and one dining room even features the opportunity to see your pizza get prepped and cooked in the oven! Feeling tropical? Try the Hawaiian, which comes with sliced pineapple, Virginia baked ham, tomato sauce, smoked gouda and mozzarella.
Of course a restaurant that’s a “brick oven pub” has to have good pizza on the menu! You can choose from specialty FITA pizzas or build your own and select from an offering of gourmet pizza sauces like herbed olive oil parmesan sauce or herbed ricotta sauce, and premium toppings like poblano peppers, artichoke hearts, and sun dried tomatoes. Fork in the Alley’s sister restaurant, Fork in the Market, is also a great option for pizza in the City Market Building in Downtown Roanoke. Insider tip: Get $5 off all large specialty pizzas for lunch on Mondays at Fork in the Alley.
Fortunato is a hip restaurant in Downtown Roanoke that features Neapolitan style pizza and other unique Italian fare, as well as hand-crafted cocktails. Try pies like the Speck & Fennel and Funghi E Prosciutto, and vegans can even enjoy The Vegano, a vegan-friendly option! Be sure to top your pizza with a dash of Mike’s Hot Honey. Insider tip - pizzas are half-price every Wednesday night!
Grace’s Place is the quintessential neighborhood pizza place in Roanoke’s Grandin Village that’s a go-to spot for locals on pizza night. If you’re a pizza purist, try the Queen Margarita, the specialty of the house that comes with fresh sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese.
Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a region with a rich railroad history, which is proudly represented by The Green Goat in Roanoke’s up-and-coming Wasena neighborhood. The restaurant resides in the space that once served as a rail-yard freight depot and then the area’s Transportation Museum. Many items on the menu are nods to classic rail terms and items, with pizzas like the Coupler, Baggage Car, Trestle and the Round House. Meat lovers will enjoy the Baggage Car and its toppings of marinara, bacon, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and meatballs covered in asiago and mozzarella cheese.
Headed to Rocky Mount for some awesome live music at the Harvester Performance Center? Make your pre or post-dinner show pizza plans with a meal at Hema’s Italian Restaurant & Pizza! The menu offers a variety of traditional Italian dishes, as well as pizzas that include a hand-rolled crust. If you’re extra hungry, try the stuffed pizza!
You’ll feel like you’re instantly part of the Lentini family with a meal at Lentini’s! This family owned and operated Italian restaurant in Botetourt County offers great service and traditional Italian cuisine, which includes great pizza. There are delicious specialty pizza options like the Four Seasons with artichokes, black olives, ham & mushrooms, or the Meat Lovers with bacon, ham, meatballs, pepperoni and sausage.
Leonardo’s Pizza and Subs
Leonardo’s Pizza and Subs is located in the Historic Town of Fincastle and serves Neapolitan style pizza with a round, thin crust. A Baby sized 10-inch pie could hit the spot after a day of paddling on the Upper James River Water Trail, or is a great option to share with a friend. You could also opt for the large 18-inch pizza for the entire family. Get your meat and veggie fix with The Special, which includes pepperoni, Italian sausage, beef, mushrooms, green peppers, onions and cheese.
Leonore Restaurant in Downtown Roanoke provides the unexpected combination of Italian and Venezuelan cuisine on its menu. There aren’t many restaurants where you can decide between a margarita pizza and arepas or Pabellon Criollo. For this article, we’re sticking with the pizza! The lunch special of a slice of one of Leonore’s specialty pizzas and a side salad for $7 is one of the best lunch deals around.
You know you’ve found a good spot when you pull into the parking lot at Lew’s Restaurant based on how many cars are already there! In addition to the great burgers, sandwiches, and wings, many locals will name Lew’s as their favorite local spot for pizza. If you enjoy a little spice, try the BBQ Pizza, topped with your choice of pork or chicken, BBQ sauce, onions and hot peppers.
You can’t go wrong with the pizza at Mamma’s Pizza or Mamma Maria’s, two partner restaurants in the City of Salem. Mamma Maria’s offers a larger menu with more traditional Italian items, as well as a lunch buffet, but Mamma’s Pizza also serves pizza by the slice. You can also select from a traditional Neapolitan style crust or a Sicilian style pie.
Loyal fans and customers have been dining at New York Pizza in Vinton for over 30 years. This casual neighborhood pizza place features fresh ingredients along with dough and sauce that are made-from-scratch daily. The restaurant serves two types of pizza, the thin Neapolitan style crust where you fold your slice like a true New Yorker in order take a bite, or a thick, square Sicilian style crust that will likely require a fork and knife. Which one do you prefer? We’ll have both!
House-made dough and sauce that are topped with fresh ingredients and prepared in a wood fired brick oven that cooks at over 600°? It’s clearly a winning combination at Lydia's Italian Kitchen (formerly known as Pizza Pasta Pit) in Salem! The crust is cooked to a perfect golden brown and the pies are generously topped with mozzarella cheese. Pictured above is the Pizza Rustica, which is topped with olive oil, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, black olives and fresh basil.
It’s not a traditional pizza, but Remini’s can still satisfy your pizza craving with its unique offering of flatbreads, which are served on fresh naan bread. The Italian flatbread is made with homemade marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, a combination of sweet and spicy Italian sausage, onions and mushrooms. Once prepared, the naan bread gives an excellent crunch as the crust.
Sal’s Italian Restaurant has been voted one of the best Italian restaurants in the region by locals, and the pizza is a big part of the reason why! The family owned and operated restaurant serves traditional Italian comfort food dishes like lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and pasta with meatballs, in addition to traditional New York style pizza. The house-made crust and rich blend of spices in the marinara sauce make for an outstanding base with any toppings you select.
Tizzone Wood Fired Kitchen & Wine Bar nearly tells you everything you need to know in the name of the restaurant! The pizzas are prepared in the wood fired oven and you can also choose from an extensive list of wines, beer and cocktails. Seafood in the mountains? You bet when it’s the Shrimp Scampi pizza with garlic butter sauce, mozzarella, marinated shrimp, fresh broccoli, scallions, shaved parmesan, and cracked black pepper. Insider tip: Every Monday, pizzas are buy one, get one of equal or lesser value free (dine-in only).
Don’t you love when you can find an amazing restaurant in a random spot, such as connected to a gas station? Look no farther than Veranda Bistro on Roanoke’s iconic Williamson Road! This local place is connected to a Stop In gas station and serves delicious, authentic Mediterranean and Italian cuisine, including some of the best pizza in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. You can taste the fresh flavors of every ingredient and the crust has a perfect sweet note. If the weather is nice, grab a seat on the veranda and take in the view of nearby Tinker Mountain. Veranda Bistro also makes for a tasty option after a day on the water or trails at Carvins Cove, which is just a few short miles away.
Beer and pizza. Two things that were practically made for each other. There’s an abundance of both at Wasena City Tap Room & Grill! There are 31 beers on tap featuring a great offering of local breweries and other options from around the country, plus pizzas that are hand-tossed with homemade dough and prepared on a stone hearth. The Carnitas Pizza is served with cheddar cheese, house-made Kansas City BBQ sauce, red onion, jalapenos and the restaurant’s signature slow-cooked pork carnitas. It’s quite a blend of sweet heat! Insider tip: On Friday nights after 10:00 p.m., one topping pizzas are $5.
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We hope you go enjoy some outstanding pizza in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge! Still hungry? Check out the Restaurants section for more local dining options in the region.
Note - This post was updated in February 2018.