Posted on September 14, 2015 by Sofia Fernandez
When visitors come to Savannah, they think of Lowcountry cuisine, shrimp and grits, she-crab stew and fried green tomatoes. Little do they know that Savannah is one of the best cities to find any style of pizza – yes, you heard us right, pizza. Don’t believe it? Check these places out and thank us later!
Vinnie Van Go Go’s
Vinnie Van GoGo’s is by far the best pizza you’ll find on City Market. Their Neapolitan pizza – at its most basic a thin crust pie with hearty tomato sauce and lots of mozzarella – is made to order, from a selection of specialties or from chosen fresh ingredients. You can choose the classic base, or go all out with a pesto or white pizza. Vinnie’s also offers cheese-stuffed calzones, refreshing spinach salads, and single slices for the faint of heart. Seating at this cash-only pizzeria is mostly outdoors, so you can people watch and enjoy the Savannah breeze while you wait for your pizza, still warm from the oven.
A personal pie awaits just a block from Ellis Square, on Whitaker. A Georgia-born restaurant, Your Pie is a completely customizable way of eating pizza. Choose your dough, your sauce, cheese, and every topping you can think of – they’ll probably have it, whether you’re looking for a ham and cheese pizza or a gluten-free, vegan pizza. And then, you can watch your pizza bake in the brick oven just behind the counter. Hearty paninis, delicious salads and cooling gelato, perfect to take to-go for a walk around town.
Every day, and a little ways off the beaten path, Screamin’ Mimi’s is serving up the best Jersey-style pizza. This cozy family-owned and -operated pizza joint is a local favorite, ready to help you in-house, through online ordering or easy pick-up. The 11-inch subs (eggplant parmesan all the way!) will satisfy even the hungriest, and the homemade pasta dishes come with Mimi’s famous meatballs and loaded with her pasta sauce. Of course, the must-have here is their award-winning pizza; whether it’s the 18-inch whole pizza or just a slice is up to you. The specialties range from a simple Meat Lover’s to a creamy White Ricotta Pizza, or you can pick and choose from Screamin’ Mimi’s list of fresh ingredients. Whatever you get, you’ll love it.
Mellow Mushroom on Liberty Street is the place where all Savannah characters seem to mix – the students, the local families, the visitors looking for respite from the sun. And what an appropriate place it is, with gluten-free and vegan options available when making your own pizza or ordering one of their specialty pies, personal or large with fresh parmesan sprinkled over the crust. There’s hoagies, salads, wings, stuffed cheese bread and friendly service – what could go wrong?
This easygoing spot downtown is the perfect place for late-night munchies. Sweet Melissa’s prepares oregano sprinkled crusts until 4 a.m. every night (except Sundays, when they only work until 3 a.m.). You can get a slice of the prepared pizzas on display – and hey, those slices are huge, you won’t believe it when you see them – or order one of their whole pizzas to go. The staff is super friendly and the prices are great, especially after a night out, when all you want is a place to sit and a slice of savory pepperoni pizza to munch on.
Spanky’s Pizza Galley and Saloon
Not many people know that Spanky’s on River Street is actually a “pizza galley.” Everyone gets the chicken tenders and spuds – and don’t get us wrong, those are great – but we’re talking pizza here, and Spanky’s has some of the best in town. Made to order in sizes small, medium and large with a variety of toppings, this thick-crusted pizza will make you swoon.