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Louisville's Iconic (and Interesting) Pizza Places

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There are many people making pizzas in the Louisville area, from master pizzaiolos handling furnace-hot ovens to microwave jockeys manning the local convenience store, not to mention delivery chains that Eater (according to some) has already made too much fuss over. As we begin our coverage of all things pizza for Pizza Week 2014, Eater presents some places to find pizza in Louisville. Some are iconic, some idiosyncratic, some institutions, some aren't even actual pizza parlors. Eater finds them all interesting, and welcomes additions or opinions on those included in our comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Luigi's Pizzeria

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702 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 589-0005
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Luigi may come to Louisville straight from Puglia, Italy, but people can grab a slice hot from his oven that would not seem out of place in New York City.

2. Bearno's By-The-Bridge

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131 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 584-7437
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One of Louisville's signature, Sicilian-ish pizza parlors now grown into a multi-store, multi-state chain. For a heavy, spicy taste of "Louisville-style" pizza, try the "Super Bearno’s Special" layered with sausage, pepperoni, hamburger, ham, bacon, Italian sausage, onions, green olives, black olives, fresh mushrooms, green peppers, banana peppers and extra cheese on top of thick crust with plenty of spicy sauce.

3. Impellizzeri's Pizza

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110 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 589-4900
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Impellizzeri's is one of the claimants for originator of "Louisville style" pizza, noted for spicy sauce, semi-thick crust and massive amounts of toppings. Other Impellizzeri's can be found in the Highlands on Bardstown Road and in the East End on Brownsboro Road.

4. Rocky's Sub Pub

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715 W Riverside Dr
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 282-3844
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Since 1977, Rocky’s Sub Pub has been offering Indiana-ized Italian-American cuisine, including an array of pizzas, to people wanting a taste of Italy with an amazing view of the Ohio River bridges and downtown Louisville.

5. Garage Bar

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700 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 749-7100
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Michael Paley combines his love of Italy with local sourcing. With its tire rack and mason jars Garage Bar aspires to grunginess, but its pies are cooked in a wood-fired, hand-built Ferrara oven "powered by kiln dried birch wood" creating "optimal conditions in the oven to create a perfectly cooked crust."

6. Spinelli's Pizzeria

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614 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 568-5665
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Spinelli's says it serves "Philadelphia style" pizza, which seems very similar to New York street slices. With a number of entertainingly decorated storefronts (and a dedication to delivering until 4:30 a.m.), Spinelli's pizza has developed a dedicated following.

7. Wick's Pizza Parlor & Pub

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975 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 458-1828
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Wick's has been a Louisville institution since 1991 and is home to "The Big Wick," a humongous pile of meat and cheese that's been called "one of the heartiest pizzas in town."

8. Za's Pizza Pub

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1573 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 454-4544
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It's difficult to say whether "pub" or "pizza" comes first at Za's, but either way it's a popular Bardstown Road hangout with a broad beer list and a back room full of pool tables.

9. Clifton's Pizza

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2230 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 893-3730
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This former hardware store has become a Frankfort Avenue institution, serving a variety of pizza toppings on a cracker-type crust along with live music and a laid-back crowd.

10. Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe

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2868 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 899-9800
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It's perhaps more like a flatbread, but whatever its shape Blue Dog's "pizza" has genius baker Bob Hancock's dough arriving out of a blistering hot wood-fired brick oven. Toppings often include house-made charcuterie from heritage-breed pigs Bob raises himself.

11. Coals Artisan Pizza

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3730 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 742-8200
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Dough slowly risen for three days plus 1000 degrees of heat from the town's only anthracite-fired oven make Coals' mix of traditional and eclectic pizzas crispy, charcoal-y good.

12. Boombozz Pizza & Taphouse

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1315 Herr Lane (Westport Village)
Louisville, KY 40222
(502) 394-0000
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Starting as a gourmet delivery service, Tony Boombozz has become a burgeoning constellation of beer and pie palaces offering a variety of pizza styles and toppings including their signature "Pollotate Pie," a combination of chicken and potato with a rosemary-garlic olive oil crust.

13. Loui Loui's

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10212 Taylorsville Rd
Jeffersontown, KY 40299
(502) 266-7599
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"Detroit Style" pizzas are square shaped, puffy pies made with marinara sauce placed above the cheese. Loui Loui's says square beats round "because the way they heat helps produce a different taste and texture in the crust compared to a traditional pan." The crust caramelizes at the edges while staying "moist and airy" in the middle, which seems to be how they do things in Detroit.

14. Papalinos NY Pizzeria

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3598 Springhurst Blvd
Louisville, KY
Allen Rosenberg has two locations, but only the Springhurst store has its own charcuterie room. House-cured meats and a carefully chosen crust make this pair of pizza places (the original Papalino's is in the Highlands) a must visit for pizza fans.

1. Luigi's Pizzeria

702 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
Luigi may come to Louisville straight from Puglia, Italy, but people can grab a slice hot from his oven that would not seem out of place in New York City.
702 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

2. Bearno's By-The-Bridge

131 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
One of Louisville's signature, Sicilian-ish pizza parlors now grown into a multi-store, multi-state chain. For a heavy, spicy taste of "Louisville-style" pizza, try the "Super Bearno’s Special" layered with sausage, pepperoni, hamburger, ham, bacon, Italian sausage, onions, green olives, black olives, fresh mushrooms, green peppers, banana peppers and extra cheese on top of thick crust with plenty of spicy sauce.
131 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

3. Impellizzeri's Pizza

110 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
Impellizzeri's is one of the claimants for originator of "Louisville style" pizza, noted for spicy sauce, semi-thick crust and massive amounts of toppings. Other Impellizzeri's can be found in the Highlands on Bardstown Road and in the East End on Brownsboro Road.
110 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

4. Rocky's Sub Pub

715 W Riverside Dr, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Since 1977, Rocky’s Sub Pub has been offering Indiana-ized Italian-American cuisine, including an array of pizzas, to people wanting a taste of Italy with an amazing view of the Ohio River bridges and downtown Louisville.
715 W Riverside Dr
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

5. Garage Bar

700 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202
Michael Paley combines his love of Italy with local sourcing. With its tire rack and mason jars Garage Bar aspires to grunginess, but its pies are cooked in a wood-fired, hand-built Ferrara oven "powered by kiln dried birch wood" creating "optimal conditions in the oven to create a perfectly cooked crust."
700 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40202

6. Spinelli's Pizzeria

614 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204
Spinelli's says it serves "Philadelphia style" pizza, which seems very similar to New York street slices. With a number of entertainingly decorated storefronts (and a dedication to delivering until 4:30 a.m.), Spinelli's pizza has developed a dedicated following.
614 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40204

7. Wick's Pizza Parlor & Pub

975 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204
Wick's has been a Louisville institution since 1991 and is home to "The Big Wick," a humongous pile of meat and cheese that's been called "one of the heartiest pizzas in town."
975 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40204

8. Za's Pizza Pub

1573 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
It's difficult to say whether "pub" or "pizza" comes first at Za's, but either way it's a popular Bardstown Road hangout with a broad beer list and a back room full of pool tables.
1573 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205

9. Clifton's Pizza

2230 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
This former hardware store has become a Frankfort Avenue institution, serving a variety of pizza toppings on a cracker-type crust along with live music and a laid-back crowd.
2230 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

10. Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe

2868 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
It's perhaps more like a flatbread, but whatever its shape Blue Dog's "pizza" has genius baker Bob Hancock's dough arriving out of a blistering hot wood-fired brick oven. Toppings often include house-made charcuterie from heritage-breed pigs Bob raises himself.
2868 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

11. Coals Artisan Pizza

3730 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40207
Dough slowly risen for three days plus 1000 degrees of heat from the town's only anthracite-fired oven make Coals' mix of traditional and eclectic pizzas crispy, charcoal-y good.
3730 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40207

12. Boombozz Pizza & Taphouse

1315 Herr Lane (Westport Village), Louisville, KY 40222
Starting as a gourmet delivery service, Tony Boombozz has become a burgeoning constellation of beer and pie palaces offering a variety of pizza styles and toppings including their signature "Pollotate Pie," a combination of chicken and potato with a rosemary-garlic olive oil crust.
1315 Herr Lane (Westport Village)
Louisville, KY 40222

13. Loui Loui's

10212 Taylorsville Rd, Jeffersontown, KY 40299
"Detroit Style" pizzas are square shaped, puffy pies made with marinara sauce placed above the cheese. Loui Loui's says square beats round "because the way they heat helps produce a different taste and texture in the crust compared to a traditional pan." The crust caramelizes at the edges while staying "moist and airy" in the middle, which seems to be how they do things in Detroit.
10212 Taylorsville Rd
Jeffersontown, KY 40299

14. Papalinos NY Pizzeria

3598 Springhurst Blvd, Louisville, KY
Allen Rosenberg has two locations, but only the Springhurst store has its own charcuterie room. House-cured meats and a carefully chosen crust make this pair of pizza places (the original Papalino's is in the Highlands) a must visit for pizza fans.
3598 Springhurst Blvd
Louisville, KY