Best Pizza in New Orleans

Top picks for perfect pies
July 18, 2016
by Zagat Staff

The Big Apple put pizza on the map, but the Big Easy gives it a flavor that's all its own. Whether you're seeking crispy, wood-fired crusts or pliant, foldable slices, there's a pie that's sure to satisfy you among these must-try picks.

Ancora Pizzeria
Pizza · Freret · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

A lot of "attention" goes into "getting the best ingredients" for the "out-of-this-world" Neapolitan pies that emerge from the imported wood-burning oven at this Freret Street collaboration between pizzaiolo Jeff Talbot and Adolfo Garcia (whose High Hat Cafe is next door); foodies insist "it's not your average pizza parlor" , what with the "cool" decor, artisanal house-cured salumi, "focused Southern Italian wine list” and "great bartenders" mixing craft cocktails.
Italian · CBD · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

Housed in the CBD's “beautiful” Roosevelt Hotel, this “casual, cosmopolitan” kitchen from John Besh and "talented" chef-owner Alon Shaya features “heavenly good” , wood-fired pizzas (toppings range from “simple and delectable” to “foodie fabulous” ), plus “house-cured meats and sausages” and other “contemporary Italian” dishes, all served by a “well-trained” team; the chic, “high-energy” establishment is “always packed” and “can get a bit loud” , especially during the “can't-be-beat” happy hour, but “that's part of the charm."
Pizza Delicious
Pizza · Bywater · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

This Bywater pizzeria's location on Piety Street "is no mistake" say diners who praise its singular "devotion to the perfect NY-style pizza" ; the "simple yet functional" counter-service setting is brightened by a colorful parade of "true NOLA characters" , "hipsters" and NY transplants who "love, love, love this place."
American · Mid-City · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

"Locals know" and "love" this "cozy" , "casual" Mid-City "neighborhood place" for its "good, old-fashioned New Orleans fare" and pubby eats, like "great" pizza; budget tabs attract "lots of families" , while "bottomless" cocktails appeal to a harder partying crowd during the "fantastic Sunday brunch" – either way, it's "loud" and there's often a "wait."
Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse
Italian · Warehouse District · $$

A blazing red oven produces wood-fired pies that can either be customized down to the sauce and cheese or ordered with set toppings at this Warehouse District pizzeria, which also offers cocktails, wines and 40 beers on tap. Other perks include Italian-accented starters, a sizable patio and late-night pizza on the weekends.