The Definitive List of the Best Pizza in Annapolis
February 12, 2021
It doesn't matter how old you are or where you come from. We can call agree that pizza is awesome. Hold the anchovies though. Yuck.
My name is Alexandra and I’m the face of @annapolitan_eats. I’m currently a senior at Loyola University Maryland where I study history, French, and Arabic (sadly, they don’t offer a degree in food). In my free time, I love going out to eat (duh), skiing, paddle boarding, and spending time with my family. As a native Annapolitan, I’m an ardent cheerleader for all things Annapolis (hence why I love the Naptown Scoop!)
And now, where to find the best pizza in Annapolis...
1. Vin 909
Is anyone surprised to see Vin at the top of the list? Ask anyone in town about pizza and you'll find near unanimous consensus. Vin is the best.
For those who have never been, Vin 909 is a charming farm-to-table restaurant and wine bar (or as they say winecafé) in Eastport. Their menu features around ten varieties of their homemade specialty pizzas—a go-to for so many pizza-loving Annapolitans. Go for the pizza, but don't miss other amazing dishes created by Executive Chef Justin Moore. The menu changes seasonally and they ALWAYS have amazing new creations.
Pro Tip: Make a reservation ahead of time for their indoor or covered patio space or get in line 15-20 minutes before they open for dinner at 5 PM!
With a native Neapolitan-turned-Annapolitan as owner and head chef, Pasticcio could be considered Naples' gift to Annapolis. Everything is fresh and delicious (and reasonably priced considering the quality).
I fell in love with their pizza from the very first bite. The sauce has immaculate flavor. And the crust-to-toppings ratio is just perfect.
Pro Tip: Use the coupons at the bottom of their website on any order! Get $2 off a large pizza, $3 off an order of $20, $5 off an order of $35, or $8 off an order of $60.
Neo is a fun, casual restaurant in the Annapolis Town Center serving craft beer and amazing artisan pizza. They often have many fresh offerings and specials on the menu, which includes sandwiches, burgers, and small plates.
But what really sets Neo apart in my mind, is the fact that they have my boyfriend's all-time favorite pizza. The Fuego (which he orders on a cauliflower crust). The Fuego has marinated chicken, chorizo, jalapeño pesto (who ever heard of such a thing?!), scorpion pepper aioli, and pepper jack cheese. If you can handle some heat, this is the pizza for you! Seriously, scorpion peppers are no joke.
Pro Tip: Try the cauliflower crust! While their regular crust is also fantastic, my go-to at Neo's is a regular cheese pizza with extra crushed red pepper on a personal 10" thin and crispy cauliflower crust.
You don't get to be one of the best Italian restaurants in the area without making great pizza. What makes their pizza so special is the crispiness of the crust. It's thin, light, and perfectly crisp, ensuring that the texture of your slice stands firm rather than soggy. Texture is key.
Carpaccio's also has excellent and flavorful toppings. Every slice features their delicious homemade marinara sauce that's oh so bold and garlic-y. In a world of casual pizzerias and chains, Carpaccio's pizza stands a cut (slice?) above the rest in terms of its freshness, texture, and flavor.
Pro Tip: If you're in the area and looking for a yummy and convenient lunch, go to the to-go pizzeria (or sit outside at their lovely patio seating if you have more time). Order an arugula salad and a slice of their margherita pizza! The combination of the two and the freshness in both will make you do a *chef's kiss*
Located in a small shopping center on Forest Drive across from Clocktower Plaza, Little Italy is a classic spot for carry out NY-style pizza and pasta. It's quick, easy, and good. The pizza is consistently hot and fresh with just the right amount of dough, cheese, and sauce!
Their pastas are a great accompaniment to any pie. Little Italy does generous portions and it's always hot when I get home. I recommend the chicken parmigiana and the penne vodka. Perhaps the best part about Little Italy, however, is how sweet the owners and employees are (okay, the delicious pizzas don't hurt).
Pro Tip: Take advantage of their Monday Night Pizza Special—only $8.99 for a large—and their Tuesday Night Pasta Special!
Rocco's Pizzeria in Bay Ridge belongs on the list if only for the fact that it has been serving Annapolis since 1974! Rocco's has been the favorite pizza of many Annapolitans from childhood. And it's still locally owned and operated. But we don't give points for time served. The pizza stacks up too.
In addition to 14-18" New York style pizzas with thick crusts, Rocco's offers Sicilian style pies, subs, dinner entrées, sides, and beer. It's easy to see why it was once named Best Pizza in Annapolis for five years in a row by What's Up magazine.
Pro Tip: They have their own delivery service! No need for third-party apps (and their fees) here.