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Happy National Pizza Day: These 10 pizza places have stolen a pizza our hearts

Written by Annie Barco

Happy National Pizza Day, neighbors! Here at Nextdoor, we are all about showing love for local businesses. Pizza places across the country are some of the best gathering places for neighbors. In celebration of National Pizza Day, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten pizza places in the United States based on votes from neighbors like you. 

Take a look at the Neighborhood Favorite pizza places that have stolen a pizza our hearts, and find your Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorites by visiting nextdoor.com/favorites or tapping the heart icon on your Nextdoor app.

Fleur de Lis Pizza – Baton Rouge, LA

Fleur de Lis Pizza is the quintessential example of a neighborhood business. Purchased in 1946 by current owner Pam’s grandmother, the Italian restaurant with the French name quickly became known for its family friendly environment and its famous square pizzas. The restaurant has been passed down from generation to generation, and to this day, remains one of the most popular restaurants in Baton Rouge. Pam has done her best to keep everything the same as it’s always been. She believes it’s part of the restaurant’s charm and the reason that neighbors continue coming back. She must be right because Fleur de Lis Pizza is the most recommended pizza place on Nextdoor with nearly 900 recommendations.

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Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza – Greenwood, IN

Founded in 2007 and known for its monkey logo, Jockamo is an independently owned upscale, pizza restaurant. Not only is their pizza delicious and made in house, they also make a variety of  appetizers, sandwiches, salads and desserts. There’s something for everyone in the neighborhood to enjoy! Fun fact: when Founder Mick McGrath decided he wanted to start his own pizza restaurant, he turned to his friend Brian Hendrickson to create the logo. He came up with three different logos, but none were able to beat the monkey looking ever so dashing in his top hat. Head to their website to learn more of the story!

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Hideaway Pizza – Edmond, OK

Now with over 17 locations, it’s fun to look back and see where Hideaway Pizza all began. In 1957,  Richard “The Big Kahuna” Dermer and his wife, Marti, were living near Oklahoma State University when Richard envisioned Hideaway Pizza’s casual dining concept. In the 1960s and 70s, Richard and Marti delivered pizzas to the campus. Not only were their pizzas superb, but their method of delivery garnered attention. Richard and Marti delivered pizzas in Volkswagen Beetles creatively painted by their employees. The cars quickly became an iconic symbol for Hideaway Pizza. Realizing they were on to something, Richard, Marti, and friends expanded to numerous locations, but insisted on retaining a family-owned feel. Neighbors seem to share this sentiment as several Hideaway Pizza places were crowned a Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite! 

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Mama’s Pizza – Omaha, NE

Mama’s Pizza has been serving Omaha neighbors since 1975 and has been operated by the Harwood Family for over 35 years. As a staple in the community, Mama’s Pizza prioritizes giving back to the community and is very active with local churches, schools, and charities. “Community is critical to our business,” said Jeff Harwood. “It is imperative that our customers recognize each other when visiting Mama’s, and more importantly, our staff. It adds an element of “home” that is critical to our success.”

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600 Degrees Pizzeria & Drafthouse – Georgetown, TX

When owner Mark Thompson opened 600 Degrees Pizzeria & Drafthouse nearly five years ago, he aimed to unite San Francisco-style pizza with craft beer. This  family-owned and -operated restaurant is known for its signature 14-inch pizzas named after areas throughout California, with a large emphasis on famous San Francisco neighborhoods like North Beach and the Haight. “We’re crazy about the quality of pie that we put out,” Mark said. “The recipe has been in our family a long time. Only my sons and I can make it because no one else is allowed to touch the recipe.” Their clearly doing something right, as 600 Degrees Pizzeria was voted a Neighborhood Favorite in 113 neighborhoods.

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Toppers Pizza Place – Camarillo, CA

When Vim and Beth Jonker started Toppers Pizza Place over 20 years ago, they aimed to create a family-friendly, quality dining experience for their customers and develop deep roots in the community. Today, it’s safe to say their hard work has paid off, as Toppers Pizza is celebrated as neighbors’ favorite pizza place in Ventura County. Since day one, Vim and Beth have made it a point to give back to the many communities they now serve. They often participate in local activities, support sports leagues, and help schools and organizations with their fundraisers. 

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Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill – La Quinta, CA

You may be familiar with Stuft Pizza’s many locations throughout California, but Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill in La Quinta is unique. With an expanded menu, full bar, full service, HD tv’s for sports fans, and an amazing wine list, it’s no surprise Stuft Pizza in La Quinta was voted a Neighborhood Favorite by 90 Coachella Valley neighborhoods. “I think our local customers truly enjoy the welcoming environment at our restaurant,” said John Bertram of Stuft Pizza. “Our restaurant seems to gather very regular customers and our staff does a tremendous job remembering people’s names, what they like to eat and drink, and all this leads to creating a phenomenal customer experience. Many of our customers get to know us on a personal level and we really continue to grow what we call our ‘Stuft Family’.”

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Rocco’s Ristorante & Pizzeria – Walnut Creek, CA

Rocco’s is approaching 20 years in Walnut Creek and through the years, it has truly become a community gathering spot. With very little staff turnover, neighbors are welcomed in by familiar faces, including that of owner Rocco Biale or his 3 kids who work with him at the restaurant. Rocco’s is known in the community for always lending a helping hand. Every month, they participate in 30-50 donation baskets for various fundraisers, filling them with souvenirs, products, gift cards, wine, and more. Every other Tuesday, they host special wine and paint nights just for fun, and they often invite neighbors in for cooking classes. It’s not hard to see why Rocco’s was voted a Neighborhood Favorite in 104 neighborhoods. 

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Michelangelo Pizzeria & Restaurant – Lakewood Ranch, FL

Frank Asaro, founder of Michelangelo’s Pizzeria, was born in 1955 in a small town in Sicily, Italy called Mazara Del Vallo. As a boy, he worked at “Teresa Restaurant” making pizzas. His pizzas were so perfect and round that the customers would ask, “who do you have, Michelangelo, back there?” And just like that, Frank got the idea for his own pizza restaurant. Serving neighbors in Parrish, Bradenton, and the surrounding areas in Florida, Michaelangelo’s is known for it’s delicious food and community generosity. More than 390 neighbors recommend Michelangelo Pizzeria as the best pizza place in town!

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Waldo Pizza – Kansas City, MO

Since day one, community has been at the heart of everything Waldo Pizza has done to serve neighbors in Kansas City. To owner Phil Bourne, Waldo Pizza stands out to customers because of its neighborliness. “We make every effort to act as neighbors act (or should act) towards one another. Helpful, considerate, concerned with the vitality of the neighborhood. Being a neighborhood restaurant, and all that implies and entails, in our estimation is the best kind of restaurant to be,” shared Phil. Giving back is a large part of Waldo Pizza’s ethos. The business takes part in countless fundraisers, donations and discounts to community groups and non-profit organizations. Much like a neighbor, Phil and his staff at Waldo Pizza do their best to find a way to help whenever asked.

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