One of the most recognized pizza brands in the world was started right here in this very city, on the Wichita State Campus... Pizza Hut. But, Wichita is home to many other great and unique pizza joints. If you decided to you want to unchain yourself from [insert mega corporate pizza chain here] here are a few great local pizza places for you to check out.
A long time Wichita favorite, and to many Wichitans the best pizza in town. Knolla's Pizza prides themselves on being your freedom from corporate pizza. Knolla's serves both New York and Chicago style pizzas at four locations across town. Knolla's is family owned, and all locations feature their own unique style and menu.
Order your pizza by the slice or as a whole pie. They feature a great lunch special for $7.50 and you get a drink a salad and pretty large single piece of pizza.
If you're feeling really local, try the aptly named ICT Pizza. It features Bacon, BBQ, minced garlic, basil, beef, onions, sunflower seeds, parmesan cheese and a garlic butter crust. Knolla's also has a nice selection of sandwiches and desserts.
A long time Wichita favorite that has recently risen from the ashes. Angelo's Italian Restaurant serves up a great slice of pie. They make their food to order, from scratch, with only fresh ingredients.
Angelo's was originally opened in 1952 by Ann and Angelo Fasciano. It served Wichitan's Delicious Italian cuisine for over 46 series before having to shut it's doors in 2006. They re-opened early in 2016, and not a day too soon. This restaurant is a known all over for serving delicious and authentic Italian food, but if there's one thing they're known for it's their pizza. They've even been know to take and ship orders over state lines, because even after moving from the Wichita area, people can't get enough of Angelo's! Word of warning they even say it right on their website, their deluxe pizza can't take up to 40 minutes (or longer if they're busy) to make. Doesn't the saying go "you can't rush art"?
Avivo Brick Oven Pizzeria
Nestled amongst the shops of new Market Square, Avivo features an open kitchen alongside an elegant yet functional dining area. Walking into Avivo, you feel as if you were walking onto an Italian patio, with a cozy and relaxed atmosphere.
Avivo's menu features 16 specialty pizzas all made fresh and baked in a brick oven. Their pizzas cost around $8.50 but are filling enough to feed two people. If you happen to not be feeling pizza, they do also offer panini and pasta choices. A great place for a quick bite or to relax and enjoy a meal with friends and family. They also feature a full bar and an outdoor patio.
Bob and Luigi's Pizza- Bel Aire
Self proclaimed “pizza engineers”, Bob & Luigi’s Pizza in Bel Aire features 13 specialty pizzas and 16 toppings that you can combine to make your own. They make their own dough every day, and the crusts aren’t rolled out until your pizza is ordered.
Walking into Bob and Luigi's, you can tell the space was once a gas station, but that's okay because the no frills dining experience means they get to concentrate on making your food delicious. With a 8“ mine size pizza starting at $6.50 they are reasonably priced and if you need to feed your whole family an X-Large pizza is only $15.99. Also, this pizzeria often features a stage for live music performances.
Not in the mood for pizza? Bob and Luigi’s also features pasta, calzones, sandwiches and salads. The cinnamon streusel dessert is a must-try.
Charlies Pizza Taco
Not your typical pizzeria, Charlie's PizzaTaco serves up specialty pizza-inspired dishes that are unique to say the least. Their claim to fame is the PizzaTaco. You guessed it, a pizza shaped like a taco... or maybe it's a taco that’s filled with pizza toppings? Confusing, but good. Charlie's is located in west Wichita near Central and Tyler.
They also feature a PizzaRaft which is Western European inspired flat bread pizza topped with smoked sausage and Bavarian kraut. Other pizza inspired dishes include a PizzaBurger which is a pizza in sandwich form and a PizzaPup which is a hot dog wrapped in pizza.
Charlie's also offers some take-and-bake items and a salad bar.
Picasso's Pizzeria serves up what are probably the biggest single slices in town. Located, in the Delano District, Picasso's stays true to its New York style inspiration. Ordering a single slice at Picasso's be prepared for the 13” long behemoth of a slice you'll get (for reference an entire large pizza at Pizza Hut is roughly 14” wide).
Need to feed a small army? Order up their massive 26” Pie. But note, you need to give them an hour heads up to do so. Walking into Picasso's with its exposed brick walls and an open kitchen, you feel like you stepped right into a pizzeria in New York City. Picasso’s is a great place to grab a quick lunch or a bite to eat before heading out on the town.
Talliano's - Derby
Located in Derby, Talliano's serves up traditional Italian style pizza. Featuring an all day buffet as well as a delivery and carry out option Talliano's has your pizza needs covered. The spacious interior makes this a great place for group events or dinner out with the family.
Wanting to make your own pie? Choose from 18 different toppings for your pizza on top of 3 different crust options and either Tradiational Red Sauce or Italian White Sauce. Can't make up your mind? Try one of there specialty pizzas like Bacon Cheeseburger, BBQ Chicken, or their signature Talliano.
Wichita Brewing Company
Wichita Brewing Company has a commitment to good beer and good pizza. This is the only pizza joint on the list that is also a brewery, and a very good one at that.
They serve up brick oven style pizza with a unique set of toppings; hop infused pepperonis for instance. WBC just opened an east side location but don’t worry they also brew fresh beer over there too. It’s a great place to take the family or enjoy a pint after work.
Needing to feed your next event? Wichita Brewing Company's caters. The Hopperoni Express will bring pizza, beer, salads, and appetizers to your party or event.
Wichita Pizza Company
You definitely get a sports bar vibe walking into Wichita Pizza Co. Which is great as they have 8 HDTVs to catch the game on. Featuring a full bar and long list of specialty pizza's this is a great place to come catch the game or bring the family for a night out. Offering up 27 House pizzas from plain cheese to spaghetti and meatball pizza (Yes, you read that right) there is a pie for everyone. They also offer up 23 topping choices if you want to truelly customize your pizza.
Craving something different, Wichita Pizza Co. offers up calzones, salads, hoagies, and pasta bowls.
Nestled among the quaint shops of Clifton Square Village in College Hill, Ziggy's Pizza is a local favorite with a neighborhood feel. Serving thin crust, rectangular shaped pizzas, they offer specialty pizzas and a build-your-own option. They are generous with the toppings, and everything has a fresh, homemade flavor. In addition to traditional toppings, you'll find some unique options on the menu such as cream cheese and refried beans (normally included on Mamacita's Taco Pizza). They also serve a number of appetizers, salads and desserts.
The Classic Ziggy is a popular choice. It includes: Pepperoni, Italian sausage, green peppers, onion, fresh mushrooms, black olives and marinara. If you're looking for something a little more exotic, try the White Delight, which has Grilled chicken, smoked bacon, green pepper and onion on cream cheese, side of marinara.
Ziggy’s is cozy, with a larger patio area than indoor dining area. They have a full bar as well as local and craft beers on tap. Ziggy’s has a relaxed neighborly vibe, not common in Wichita. It's a great place to socialize over a pie.