Birmingham, Alabama is a bustling city with plenty to do, and plenty of delicious Birmingham pizza.
Also known as Iron City, Birmingham’s claim to fame is its reserve of ore, coal, limestone, and iron all within a ten-mile radius, and is thus the only city in the world that can produce Iron without importing materials. You can learn all about it at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark.
Apart from its industrial claim to fame, Birmingham is a family-friendly city with plenty of cultural and natural attractions to explore.
You can learn all about the Civil Rights movement with various museums and institutes dedicated to informing the public. Birmingham is also filled with wonderful parks, a zoo, and beautiful botanical gardens.
I was in search of the best pizza in Birmingham during my latest trip and found a great list of restaurants and pubs to fulfill my craving. Read on to explore my hand-picked selection of friendly neighborhood haunts and bustling modern gastropubs with the best pizza in Birmingham.
Best Birmingham Pizza Shops
- Little Italy’s Pizza & Pints
- Slice Pizza and Brewhouse
- Post Office Pies
- De Vinci’s Pizza
- Tortugas Pizza
- Iron City Pizza Company
- Davenport’s Pizza Palace
- Pies & Pints
- Giuseppe’s Cafe
Little Italy’s Pizza and Pints
1924 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Little Italy’s Pizza and Pints is a friendly Five Points South neighborhood sports bar, slice shop, and music venue.
Little Italy’s is a great take out and catering spot along with a late-night favorite for pizza and entertainment with a full schedule of events like open mic nights on Wednesdays and live music on the weekends.
You can get all manner of delicious bar food like wings, fries, sandwiches along with pasta dinners and pizza by the slice.
Food is fresh and affordable at Little Italy’s. Slices are especially cheap if you’re just looking for a snack with your pint.
If you’re looking for a whole pie, I suggest the House Special, with an olive oil base, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, green peppers, onions, basil, and mozzarella cheese.
Slice Pizza and Brewhouse
725 29th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: (205) 715-9300
Owned by three brothers who take pride in everything local, from food to atmosphere, Slice Pizza and Brewhouse is a trendy and inviting pizzeria and brewpub in Lakeview.
All ingredients come from a long list of local farms and beers are locally sourced from microbreweries.
The giant outdoor patio and country-meets-rustic chic interior make Slice a cool hangout spot for friends to share an artisanal beer and a craft pizza.
There’s a full cocktail bar, not to mention 10-12 rotating taps from local neighborhood breweries. Along with pizza, Slice makes small plates like wood-fired wings and fresh salads.
The pizza is a thin-crust Neapolitan-style. My favorite is the Hot Mama with Calabrian peppers, soppressata, salami, fresh mozzarella, basil, oregano, asiago, and hot honey drizzle.
Post Office Pies
209 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Phone: (205) 599-9900
With locations in Avondale and Mountainbrook, Post Office Pies is a wood-fired Neapolitan pizzeria and cocktail bar centered around a custom-built brick, wood-fired oven.
All dough is made daily from scratch and hand-tossed to order, topped with locally sourced ingredients, and fired for a few short minutes at super-hot temperatures. They have a great outdoor patio to enjoy a craft cocktail or local brew and pie alfresco.
You can build your own pie, choosing between a tomato, pesto, meat, or white base. They have vegan cheese and meat as well. I also loved their giant meatball sandwich with aged mozzarella and parmesan.
My favorite specialty pie is Saw’s Soul Pie with a BBQ sauce base, BBQ pork, red onions, aged mozzarella, and Alabama white sauce.
De Vinci’s Pizza
2707 18th St S, Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 879-1455
Located in Homewood, De Vinci’s Pizza is a friendly neighborhood Italian restaurant and pizzeria in a casual setting with great prices and a kids’ menu.
The pizza at De Vinci’s is a thicker style of New York pizza with a denser crust to hold up under a hefty amount of bubbly cheese and toppings. The fusion of ingredients on their pizzas represents all your favorite dishes from around the U.S.
The menu at De Vinci’s has an extensive selection of pasta, sandwiches, salads, and entrees. They also make stromboli and calzones.
I enjoyed the Rene Pizza, a pesto-based pizza with scallops, shrimp, red, yellow, and green peppers, tomatoes, and extra cheese.
1304 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: (205) 730-9249
Originating in 1999, Tortugas is an award-winning pizzeria staple on Birmingham’s Southside.
They specialize in deep-dish, stuffed Chicago-style pizza that has been voted best pizza in Birmingham and the whole of Alabama by countless local and state publications. They serve a long list of local brews, and unlike most Chicago pizzerias, offer pizza by the slice.
While they do offer thin-crust pizzas, the deep dish Chicago-style pizza is their signature pie that has won countless state and national contests.
I had to go with the traditional Chicago pie with Italian sausage, green bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and fresh garlic. Come hungry!
Iron City Pizza Company
2005 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Phone: (205) 847-4396
Located in the historic Five Points neighborhood, Iron City Pizza Company is a hip and modern scratch-made pizzeria and Italian-inspired eatery that sources all ingredients locally.
Head Chef Dustin Allin and his crew make all dough daily each morning using the freshest ingredients.
The industrial-chic exposed brick walls and iron wall-piece of the Birmingham skyline along with the fun presentation of dishes on metal trays make for a festive and contemporary dining experience.
I recommend trying their amazing scratch-made focaccia bread which they have with fresh herbs or with garlic confit and melted mozzarella served with San Marzano marinara.
The pizza at Iron City has a thicker, fluffier crust than New York-style, with a deliciously doughy and chewy texture. I loved the Legion Filed of Shrooms pizza with seasonal assorted mushrooms, mozzarella, shaved parmesan, shallots, truffle oil, and local basil.
Davenport’s Pizza Palace
2837 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone: (205) 879-8603
Family-owned and operated since 1964, Davenport’s Pizza Palace is a beloved Birmingham institution that has been in the same Mountain Brook Village location for nearly 60 years.
Named for founder Rex Holli’s childhood friend Jim Davenport who played for the San Francisco Giants, Davenport’s serves the same giant New York-style thin-crust pizza cut into squares that won the hearts of Birmingham residents back in the 60s.
The simple menu of pizza and a few salads speaks for itself after 60 years. They also have all-day specials on Monday and Tuesday for a discounted large two-topping pie, not to mention various lunch specials.
I loved the Jim Special, a thin-crust pie with beef, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers.
Pies & Pints
125 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: (205) 716-1085
Pies and Pints is a popular taproom and pizzeria franchise with locations across six states in the south and Midwest.
Located in the heart of downtown Birmingham in a large high-ceilinged bar and dining space with streetside seating, Pies and Pints offers a wide selection of beers on tap and a great happy hour on the weekdays with discounts on pints, house wines, and appetizers.
They have nearly 40 beers on tap at Pies and Pints from local microbreweries and beyond, each beer with a description of flavors, ingredients, and alcohol content.
They offer salads, appetizers, incredible sandwiches, traditional pizzas, and specialty pies with interesting combinations. Take, for instance, the Street Corn pizza with tajin, jalapenos, parmesan, lime, cilantro, scallions, and chipotle crema.
925 8th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Phone: (205) 324-2626
Located in South Side Birmingham’s Gable Square District, Giuseppe’s Café is an intimate family-friendly Italian eatery owned and operated by Seattle-transplant Joe Williams.
Opened in 2000, Giuseppe’s strives to serve home-cooked Italian meals and hand-tossed pizza with characteristic Southern hospitality, treating guests and staff like they’re family.
They have a long list of fresh salads, bread baskets, subs, and pasta. I loved their Manicotti and Muffuletta if you’re not in the mood for pizza.
My favorite pizza is the Greek Pizza with black olives, onions, fresh tomatoes, feta, oregano, and garlic.
Whether you want a Chicago-style or thin crust, you’ll find the best pizza in Birmingham on my list of pubs and restaurants.
Some are brand new to the scene, while others have been around for decades, but all of them serve delicious pies with pride and characteristic Southern hospitality.
There’s no shortage of historical and natural attractions to enjoy, and you can end your day with a delicious meal at one of Birmingham’s many restaurants. While you might associate Alabama with southern cooking, there are plenty of other great choices.
Check out these pizza places in Birmingham and tell us what you think in the comments!