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Top Black-Owned Pizza Spots Around the Country
Often hailed as one of America’s favorite comfort foods, pizza holds a special place in the hearts (and stomachs) of many. There are numerous Black entrepreneurs making their mark in the pizza industry by showcasing their culinary talents and unique flavors. In an industry dominated by big-name chains, it is important to recognize and celebrate the contributions of these businesses.
Here are some of the top Black-owned pizza spots around the US not only serving delicious pizza but also breaking barriers and contributing to the diverse culinary landscape.
Down North Pizza – Philadelphia, PA
Located in the Strawberry Mansion area of Philadelphia, Down North Pizza has earned a reputation for serving mouthwatering pies with a dash of soul. Owned and operated by Muhammad Abdul-Hadi, Down North aims to better the community by exclusively hiring formerly incarcerated individuals who face difficulty returning to the workforce. The eatery offers a variety of both classic and innovative flavors. Many of the menu items are named after hit songs by Philly musicians. Standouts include the “Roc The Mic,” “Say Yes,” and “Uptown Vibes.”
Reggio’s Pizza – Chicago, IL
When it comes to pizza in Chicago, Reggio’s Pizza is a leading name. The Black-owned establishment’s history stretches back to 1972. Since then, it has become a local institution. The secret to their success lies in their devotion to tradition and authentic old-world recipes. From the buttery crust the eatery is famous for to the rich, hearty sauce, every element of Reggio’s pizza is crafted with care, making it a must-have for pizza enthusiasts. Reggio’s has locations in the Bronzeville and Chatham neighborhoods as well as three locations in O’Hare International Airport.
Slim and Husky’s – Various Locations
Slim and Husky’s is a Black-owned pizza chain with locations in Atlanta and Sacramento as well as numerous Tennessee cities. Founded by three friends from Nashville, the restaurant combines their love for pizza, hip-hop, and community. Slim and Husky’s takes pride in serving high-quality, artisan-style pizza with soulful, locally sourced ingredients. From the “P.R.E.A.M.” with pesto, balsamic reduction, and grilled chicken, to the “California Love” with plant-based sausage, this chain offers a diverse menu that caters to all tastes.
Last Dragon Pizza – Queens, NY
A truly one-of-a-kind pizza business, Last Dragon Pizza offers pizza and dishes inspired by the cult classic 80s film from which its name is borrowed. The result is a menu that tantalizes taste buds with its creativity. Founded by entrepreneur Nicole Russell, Last Dragon Pizza aims to bring a new twist to New York’s pizza scene. With offerings like the “Sho ‘Nuff” and “Kiss Mi Converse” pizzas, the pizzeria exemplifies the vibrancy and innovation of Black-owned businesses.
Slice of Columbia – Columbia, SC
Slice of Columbia in South Carolina’s capital city offers a delightful blend of flavors in each pizza pie. This Black-owned pizzeria prides itself on using fresh, quality ingredients, resulting in a delicious culinary experience. From their must-have “Fried Chicken and Mac & Cheese” pizza to the indulgent “Seafood Lovers” pie, Slice of Columbia showcases the rich diversity of flavors found in the South, all atop a perfectly crisp crust.
Tank’s Pizza – San Antonio, TX
San Antonio’s Tank’s Pizza has been serving up delicious pies since its inception in 2011. The beloved pizzeria offers diners indoor and outdoor seating with two bars. It is known for its pizza, wings, and calzones that are popular with locals and visitors alike. Tank’s tasty pizzas are topped with high-quality ingredients and baked to perfection. From classic cheese to creative specialty pies, the eatery offers something to satisfy every pizza lover. One customer favorite is the “Maxed Out Meat” pizza, which features pepperoni, ham, sausage, bacon, and beef.