Best Pizza in Richmond: 2019 Edition

It’s about this time every year when we start to turn our sights to anything that will make life a little easier. After a busy summer, school is about to start back up and while it will be nice to return to a more structured day-to-day life, it’s always a bit challenging figuring out how to work dinner into the routine of work, school, sports, and so on. And that’s why pizza is a busy family’s best friend. It’s with that in mind that we’re back with another edition of the best pizza in Richmond!

Today, we’re taking a look at some of Richmond’s best pizza joints in an effort to make sure you have a list of easy, go-to sources for lunch, dinner, or anytime you need a fast, fresh meal that the whole family will enjoy. It wasn’t hard to find five spots that we love, but we’re going to offer the same caveat that we offer every year: pizza – even the best pizza in Richond- is subjective! So instead of trying to rank our favorites based on our own personal tastes, we’re offering five great spots that will offer you a range of options. And, of course, we hope you’ll add them to previous years’ best pizza picks (featuring some classics like Belmont Pizzeria, Bottom’s Up, and Pupatella). Click here to see our 2016/17 best pizza picks, and here for 2018.

In looking for Richmond’s best pizza spots for 2019, we continued to seek out spots that offered the following features:

  1. Reasonable prices
  2. A wide variety of options (so even your picky eaters will go home happy)
  3. A variety of dining options (delivery, takeout, etc)
  4. Overall ambiance and service

Take a look at the pizza places in Richmond that stood out for us and be sure to let us know if you have a favorite that we haven’t mentioned! We always love to hear from our readers, so drop us a line anytime at cs@richmondmom.com.

In the meantime, get ready to find your new favorite pizza….

Casa Italiana / Pizza Express 

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Pizza Express West End / Facebook

While Casa Italiana hasn’t been around all that long, they certainly entered the Richmond food scene with a bang, earning a title as one of Richmond Magazine‘s Best New Restaurants 2017. Some say it’s the truly authentic Italian menu. Others love it for it’s ambiance. And others still – the pizza. That should come as no surprise considering that, while Casa Italiana is relatively new, Pizza Express (Casa Italiana’s sister restaurant) has been serving up some of the city’s best pizza for more than 12 years. Their menu starts with apps that range from calamari and mozzarella sticks to battered cauliflower and toasted ravioli, just to name a few. And as for pizza, in addition to their everyday specials, you’ll find more toppings and specialty pizza options than we can name here. But the best part is that all of their pizzas are available in New York, Thin Crust, Gluten-Free, Deep Dish, or Sicilian style. You’ll also find a wide range of salads, calzones, specialty pastas, and more, meaning that there’s an option for everyone in your crew. While you won’t find quite as expansive a menu for pizza at Casa Italiana, you can be certain that the dedication to quality and flavor carries through – regardless of where you order.

Why we love them: At Casa Italiana and Pizza Express, it all comes down to family. Casa Italiana and Pizza Express owners, Filippo and Annalisa Genova, opened Pizza Express in 2007 based on their shared history and experience. Although Annalisa was raised in Richmond, both she and Filippo trace their families’ roots to the small town of Carini, Italy. However, it was growing up in Richmond that Annalisa helped run her family’s pizza business, Pino’s Pizza, and learned everything she would need to know about making truly great pizza. When the couple met at family gatherings (their families were friends from the “old country”), they knew they had something special. Not only did the couple eventually wed and start a family, but they brought Filippo’s brother and another family friend in to help them run their restaurants. The result is food – and an evironement – that reflects tradition, integrity, and of course, a whole lotta love.

Type of Pizza: New York, Thin Crust, Gluten-Free, Deep Dish, or Sicilian style

Prices: $7.95 (small cheese) – $20.95 (select X-Large specialty pizzas; other menu items vary

Dining Options: Dine-in for lunch or carry-out at Casa Italiana; delivery and take-out at Pizza Express

Location(s):
Casa Italiana: 8801 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, VA 23229
(804) 303-2769
See the full menu here.

Pizza Express: 8936 Quioccasin Road, Richmond, VA 23229
(804) 740-0699
See the full menu here.

Fresca on Addison

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Fresca on Addison / Facebook

Fresca on Addison is not a newcomer to our Best of Richmond series. In fact, they were, hands down, one of our top picks for Best Restaurants for Clean Eating in 2018. Fresca on Addison caught our attention, because even though they are strictly vegetarian, their offering of fresh soups, starters, salads, sandwiches, tacos, and pizza, is more than enough to satisfy everyone in your crew – from carnivores to vegans. But today, we’re here to talk about the pizza. Naturally, given their size and diverse menu, you won’t find the same range of pizza options as at some of our other picks. But what you will find is pizza that’s made fresh from the highest quality ingredients and packed with intense flavors that come from owner and founder Jenna Sneed’s lifetime of experience in the Richmond culinary community. All of their pizzas are made on your choice of a thick or thin organic whole wheat crust (including options like “Chorizo” & Kale, Mushroom and Greek Salad); and are baked in their custom brick pizza oven.

Why we love them: When Jenna Sneed and her restaurateur father, Jimmy, decided to collaborate on a restaurant, they combined Jenna’s experience as a restaurant manager and dedicated vegan with Jimmy’s proven success at delivering great flavors from top quality ingredients. The result was Fresca on Addison, and since they opened their doors in 2010, they’ve remained committed to their original mission. Today, you’ll continue to find locally-sourced ingredients served in a family-friendly, no-frills establishment that assures you, at Fresca on Addison, it is truly all about the food. But best of all, thanks to their dedication to local provisions, fresh ingredients, and environmentally friendly practices, this is pizza you can feel good about!

Type of Pizza: Vegetarian or vegan; thick or thin organic whole wheat crust

Prices: Small 9″ – $9.95; Large 14″- $17.95 (thick crust and/or vegan cheese is a few dollars extra)

Dining Options: Dine-in or carry-out (please note that regular hours vary from 11am – 6pm Tuesday through Sunday to 9pm closing on the same days. Call ahead!) 

Location: 22 S Addison St (Corner of Addison St & Cary St), Richmond, VA 23220

Contact: 804-359-tofu (8638); jenna@frescaonaddison.com

See the full menu here.

Carmela’s 

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Carmela’s / Facebook

As we mentioned, Belmont Pizzeria is a Richmond favorite, making it to our list of Best Pizza Spots in Richmond in 2016. So it shouldn’t come as any real surprise that Carmela’s, the latest restaurant venture from Belmont Pizzeria founder, Victor Guevara, and his wife, Melinda, is on our “best of” list for 2019. Following in the tradition of Belmont Pizzeria, Carmela’s serves up fresh, delicious pizzas made in their traditional brick oven using authentic Italian recipes. Carmela’s, which is named for Melinda Guevara’s grandmother, only opened in Shockoe Bottom last month (July 2019), but we have a feeling it’s here to stay. The laid back atmosphere and family-friendly vibe makes it the perfect pizzeria for a night out with just the family – or a group of friends. And of course, the authentic Sicilian-style pizza available in a range of true Italian flavors simply seals the deal.

Why we love it: Richmond is a foodie town, there’s no denying it. And that means that when it comes to eating out, or ordering in, you’ll have an almost overwhelming range of options. Naturally, it’s hard to know where to start without a little trial and error. So when a place comes along backed by a history of sensational food, it makes the decision process that much easier. Because we all know and love Belmont Pizzeria, Carmela’s already has a few points in our book. However, they’re not just relying on their past accolades. Carmela’s is keeping their menu fresh and their options open, including vegan options for all of their pizzas, making it easy to feed everyone on your list. (P.S. Don’t miss out on the gelato for dessert!)

Type of Pizza: Traditional Sicialian-style

Prices: $11 – $14

Dining Options: Dine-in or carry-out 

Location: 3 N 17th Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Contact: (804) 351-5711

See the full menu here.

 

Benny Ventano’s 

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Benny Ventano’s / Facebook

We typically limit our “best of” lists to Richmond-based operations. That is, we like to focus on shops and businesses that were started by local Richmonders – you know, “eat local, buy local, be local.” But every so often we make an exception to our rule. Such is the case for Benny Ventano’s. If you’ve lived other places around the state, chances are you’ve run into a “Benny’s” before now, and that’s because, ever since being founded in 2011 (in Virginia, we’d like to add), Benny’s pizzas have drawn a crowed. Perhaps it’s their signature 28″ pizzas available as a whole pie or by the deliciously huge slice that requires two hands to eat. Perhaps it’s the traditional “New York” style. Or maybe it’s the flavor. If you’re a fan of simply good pizza, then we’re guessing it’s the latter. Either way, the bottom line is that Benny’s offers great value, huge pizzas, toppings to please every palate, and an all-around perfect pizza experience.

Why we love them: Benny Ventano’s is first and foremost a place to find delicious, affordable pizza. But they’ve also go a great backstory, and who doesn’t love a good backstory? Benny’s pizza shops are known by many names, but they all start with “Benny” (see the full list here), because the whole operation began when the original Benny, an Italian native raised in Brooklyn, NY, found himself on the Easter Shore of Virginia. He soon began making pizzas for the community in a brick oven on his back porch – and needless to say, they were a hit. More than 30 years later, the Benny’s brand has remained true to the original authentic flavors that made them so popular in Richmond and everywhere you find the Benny’s name. Today at Benny’s, you won’t find a large menu or tons of options, but only because they’ve chosen to focus on doing what they do best – making great pizza.

Type of Pizza: New York style pizza; whole or by the slice

Prices: $4-5/slice or $30 – $38 for an x-large 28″ pie

Dining Options: Dine-in or carry-out 

Location: 2501 W Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Contact: (804) 716-1632

See the full menu here.

 

Pizza and Beer of Richmond

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Pizza & Beer RVA / Facebook

Another newcomer to the pizza scene, Pizza and Beer of Richmond is coming in hot – literally. Their custom brick oven baked pizzas are served up hot and fresh, complete with the tagline, “The Best D@&$ Pizza in RVA.” And while that’s a mighty big claim to make, they’ve certainly done their best to earn the title since opening up last year in the Fan (on the corner of Cary and Robinson). As the latest venture from Eat Restaurant Partners, owners of other local hotspots including as Foo Dog and Boulevard Burger and Brew, Pizza and Beer or Richmond (or “PBR” as they’re also known) serves up a broad menu or apps, entrees, salads, and their signature craft pizzas. You can either choose from a variety of fun, funky pizzas like the Turtle Power, the Total Eclipse, or the Daisy Duke or build your own pizza from a range of toppings, with the choice of vegan cheese on any pizza you order. Suffice it to say, they’ve got something for everyone.

Why we love them: In addition to superbly good pizza (and an equally vast menu of adult drinks for the grown-ups), what sets Pizza and Beer of Richmond apart for us is their setting. The highlight of their Cary Street location is a 2,500-square-foot patio complete with shaded tables and boccie ball court, making dining out with the family a fun and stress-free affair. Of course, if it’s an indoor setting you prefer, you’ll find plenty of space – and sports on their indoor televisions. But whether you choose to dine-in or order out, one thing is certain, from their wide range of menu options to their easygoing ambiance, Pizza and Beer of Richmond is fun for the whole family.

Type of Pizza: Neapolitan style (all pizzas are 12″ and brick-oven baked)

Prices: Craft pizzas – $12 -$15; Build-Your-Own pizzas start at $10

Dining Options: Dine-in, carry-out, or delivery through delivery partners (available on the homepage)  

Location: 2553 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Contact: (804) 242-0889

See the full menu here.

 

Albert Pizzeria 

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Albert Pizzeria / Facebook

Family-owned and operated for more than 18 years, Albert Pizzeria is all about serving up pizza that is simply good, fast, fresh, and tasty. This small shop located on Broad Rock Boulevard (southwest of Richmond) is a local favorite thanks to their simply satisfying menu and 100% authentic New York style pizza. At Albert’s, you’ll find perfectly baked crusts, plenty of cheesy goodness, and ample offerings for the whole family. Best of all, with most of even their large pizzas coming in under $20, you can count on value every time.

Why we love them: We all remember that one local pizza shop growing up. The one that served pizza whole or by the slice, making it the perfect place to stop after school. The one that our mom kept on speed dial for a busy Friday night and a paper menu attached to the magnet with a fridge for every other night. The one that had no-frills, but always knew how to satisfy our craving for fast, fresh pizza. Well, Albert Pizzeria is that place.  They don’t offer an over abundance of “specialty” pizzas or far-out ingredients, but that won’t stop them from becoming one of your family’s new favorites.

Type of Pizza: New York style

Prices: $8.75 – ~$20

Dining Options: Dine-in, carry out, or delivery through DoorDash 

Location: 2617 Broad Rock Blvd., Richmond, VA 23224

Contact: (804) 232-3600

See the full menu here.