Even the littlest pizza lovers know that finding the perfect slice is serious business—not to mention deeply personal. Some like a cracker-thin crust, others are all about the Chicago deep dish and some just love it all (guilty!). Eat your way through the USA with our list of the best family-friendly pizzerias in every state (plus D.C.), as recommended by our 12 million readers.
1. Alabama: Slice Pizza & Brew
This spot has everything you need in a pizza place: a family-friendly atmosphere, beer on tap for the parents and inventive flavor combos. Try the Soul Pie, topped with black-eyed peas, sausage and pepper jack.
725 29th St. S.
2. Alaska: Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria
Started by a trio of rock climbers, Moose’s Tooth has become a cult favorite in Anchorage. While the stone-baked crust is delish, you’ll want to leave room for their wow-worthy desserts too.
3300 Old Seward Hwy
3. Arizona: La Grande Orange Pizzeria
You can’t go wrong with a visit to La Grande Orange, a grocery store/pizza place/bakery/gift shop that also happens to be super kid-friendly. The menu includes gluten-free and veggie options, not to mention a must-try avocado pizza.
4410 N. 40th St.
4. Arkansas: ZAZA Fine Salad and Wood Oven Pizza Co.
You’ll find amazing thin-crust pizza at this hip Little Rock spot. Top your meal off with a scoop of their creamy homemade gelato—delish!
5600 Kavanaugh Blvd.
Little Rock, AR
5. California: Giorgio’s Pizzeria
The Golden State has no shortage of unique pizzerias, but this one takes the cake for its kid-friendly factor. Serving up hand-spun thin crust pies, they’ll give the kiddos pizza dough to play with while they wait.
151 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA
photo: Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana via Facebook
6. Colorado: Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana
If you’re a pizza purist, you’ll find super authentic Italian pies at this gem of a spot in Denver. Try the Lazio, topped with Italian sausage, pepperoni and mushrooms.
2129 Larimer St.
7. Connecticut: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
For a classic Italian pie, you’ve got to try Pepe’s. This spot is a fixture on many “best pizza in America” lists, and when you try the white clam pizza, you’ll see why.
157 Wooster St.
New Haven, CT
8. Delaware: Pizza by Elizabeths
The concept of this Delaware pizzeria is genius—every pie is named after a famous Elizabeth. We recommend the Boop, a classic combo of mozzarella, basil, balsamic and tomatoes.
3801 Kenneth Pike
9. Florida: Satchel’s Pizza
With live music, kids’ play areas and craft beer on tap, this place is already an instant fave. Add in the amazing pizza and we’re set for life.
1800 NE 23rd Ave.
photo: Gan C. via Yelp
10. Georgia: Antico Pizza Napoletana
Atlantans rave about this unbelievable thin-crust pie that’s lovingly baked in an imported Sicilian brick oven. Communal tables and an open atmosphere make it a fun pick for the littles.
1093 Hemphill Ave.
11. Hawaii: Amina Pizzeria
This hole-in-the-wall pizzeria is a must-visit for Italian comfort food. Their pizzas and calzones are rave-worthy, and kiddos will love customizing their own personal pies.
1694 Kalakaua Ave., Ste. E
12. Idaho: Flying Pie Pizzaria
The pies really do fly high at this awesome family-friendly pizza place. Stop by on Tuesday nights to take advantage of their all-you-can-eat buffet—kids under 5 eat free.
6508 W. Fairview Ave.
13. Illinois: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
For deep-dish pizza, you absolutely can’t go wrong with Lou Malnati’s. With a buttery crust, piles of Wisconsin mozzarella and a tasty sausage blend, it’s a Chicago area must.
439 N. Wells St.
photo: Bazbeaux Pizza via Facebook
14. Indiana: Bazbeaux Pizza
Located on vibrant Massachusetts Avenue, Bazbeaux is a kid-friendly haven for pizza lovers. With gluten-free options and inventive topping combos, your whole crew will leave feeling satisfied.
333 Massachusetts Ave.
15. Iowa: Zipp’s Pizzaria
Worth the drive, Zipp’s is a total hidden gem. Try the taco pizza, topped with cheese, salsa, lettuce, tomato, crumbly chips and beef.
301 Audubon St.
16. Kansas: Limestone
Limestone’s pizzas are always a hit, perhaps thanks to the local ingredients that make up each “neoprarie” pie. They’ve got something for everyone, from the margherita purist to the adventurous eater.
814 Massachusetts St.
photo: Watershed post via flickr
17. Kentucky: Boombozz Craft Pizza & Taphouse
Sip on a beer, watch the game and eat some seriously amazing pizza at Bombozz. Check out the hearty Pollotate, topped with chicken, potatoes and red onions.
1448 Bardstown Rd.
18. Louisiana: Pizza Delicious
New York-style pizza in the heart of New Orleans? Sign us up! They keep it simple with just a few types of pizza (picky kids, rejoice), and the crispy thin crust will keep you coming back for more.
617 Piety St.
New Orleans, LA
photo: Slab via Facebook
19. Maine: Slab
Here, it’s not a slice of pizza, it’s a slab. Fluffy focaccia forms the base to be customized with your favorite toppings, from pepperoni to artichokes.
25 Preble St.
20. Maryland: Iggies Pizza
Feast on delicious thin-crust pizza at this fantastic Baltimore spot. Try the Alice, topped with pesto, spinach, mozzarella and goat cheese.
818 N. Calvert St.
21. Massachusetts: Area Four
This modern pizza joint in Kendall Square is a must-visit. The sourdough crust (made from a years-old starter) makes a delicious base for a range of inventive toppings.
500 Technology Sq.
photo: jayneandd via flickr
22. Michigan: Buddy’s Pizza
Buddy’s has been serving up the classic Detroit-style square pizza since 1946, and these days their vegan and gluten-free offerings are just as good. Once you’re done eating, play a game or two of bocce ball in their outdoor courts.
17125 Conant St.
23. Minnesota: Pizzeria Pezzo
Deep-dish and coal-fired pizza are both on the menu at this gem of a spot in White Bear Lake. Round your meal out with a scoop of gelato, and the whole fam will be delighted.
2143 4th St.
White Bear Lake, MN
photo: Pizza Shack via Facebook
24. Mississippi: Pizza Shack
You’re sure to get a one-of-a-kind slice at Pizza Shack. With options like Thai Chicken, Double Cheeseburger and Chicken Fajita, there’s something delicious for every taste.
925 E. Fortification St.
25. Missouri: Pastaria
You’ve got to try the margherita pizza at Pastaria, but you might be tempted by their yummy pasta dishes too. Their kids’ menu is also awesome, so everyone is sure to be satisfied.
7734 Forsyth Blvd.
26. Montana: Bridger Brewing
Sip on a beer while you enjoy a slice of bison pepperoni pizza at this well-loved spot. The little ones can indulge in a root beer float too.
1609 S. 11th Ave.
27. Nebraska: Yia Yia’s Pizza and Beer
You’ll find unique toppings and a perfectly springy crust at Yia Yia’s. Whether you’re a stickler for classic sausage pizza or you like trying new creations, you’ll be at home here.
1423 O St.
photo: Michael Bentley via flickr
28. Nevada: Pizza Rock
Pizza Rock offers a huge array of pie styles, from Sicilian to New York to Chicago thin crust—we’re pretty sure we could eat here every day and never get bored.
201 N. 3rd St.
Las Vegas, NV
29. New Hampshire: Tilton House of Pizza
Grab a perfect pie from this fab spot. The crust is the perfect mix of light, crispy and chewy—simple and delicious.
298 Main St.
30. New Jersey: Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza
Get some amazing Sicilian pizza from this local favorite. There are tons of pizza style options, from a 1940 version with just tomato sauce to a 1960 style with less cheese and more sauce.
639 S. Broad St.
31. New Mexico: Giovanni’s Pizzeria
Head to Giovanni’s to get your New York-style pizza fix. Try the New Mexican, topped with chicken, ricotta and green chiles.
921 San Pedro Dr. SE
photo: Pinky and the B. via Yelp
32. New York: Paulie Gee’s
Ask 10 New Yorkers for the best pizza place in the city, and they’ll give you 10 different answers. Paulie Gee’s wins out for us because in addition to being absolutely delicious, it’s kid-friendly (little ones can watch the giant pizza oven in action!).
60 Greenpoint Ave.
33. North Carolina: Luisa’s Brick Oven Pizzeria
This authentic Italian spot is all about the super thin crust pizzas. The Luisa is a crowd favorite, topped with sliced tomatoes, pesto, ricotta cheese and garlic.
1730 Abbey Pl.
34. North Dakota: Rhombus Guys
The unique topping combos at Rhombus Guys will be an instant hit with your fam, from pulled pork to pineapple to proscuitto. As an added bonus, little ones will have a blast coloring on the tables as you wait for your meal.
606 Main Ave.
35. Ohio: Angelo’s Pizza
For a traditional thick-crust pan pizza, you can’t beat Angelo’s. The buttery crust, fresh toppings and tangy sauce make it an instant family fave.
13715 Madison Ave.
36. Oklahoma: The Hideaway
Originally opened in 1957, The Hideaway is a true Oklahoma establishment. The Paradise Pie is delicious, made with alfredo sauce, chicken, bacon and spinach.
230 S. Knoblock St.
37. Oregon: Apizza Scholls
Often hailed as the best pizzeria in the Pacific Northwest, Apizza Scholls keeps their pies simple and delicious, letting the ingredients speak for themselves. There’s an arcade room—perfect to keep kids occupied while waiting.
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
photo: Nomad Pizza Company
38. Pennsylvania: Nomad Pizza
Nosh on delish Italian-style pizza from this well-loved spot in Philly. The spacious eating area upstairs makes it the perfect place for families.
611 S. 7th St.
39. Rhode Island: Caserta Pizzeria
You’ll find thick but fluffy slices at this old-school Italian pizzeria. They’re famous for the Wimpy Skippy, a spinach pie stuffed with cheese, pepperoni and black olives.
121 Spruce St.
40. South Carolina: EVO Pizza
EVO started out as a pizza stand at the Charleston Farmers Market, and now they’re famous for their drool-worthy wood-fired pies. Meat lovers will appreciate the Pork Trifecta, topped with sausage, pepperoni and bacon.
1075 E. Montague
41. South Dakota: Lintz Bros Pizza
Pizza this good is totally worth the drive. Try out the Big Fat Greek Pizza or the Pie-Mac—you’ll be glad you did.
14287 SD Hwy 36
photo: Jo Ann G. via Yelp
42. Tennessee: DeSano Pizza Bakery
DeSano is all about the authentic Neapolitan pizza, cooked to order with fresh toppings. Kids are given pizza dough to play with while they wait—a great way to keep tiny hands busy.
115 16th Ave.
South Nashville, TN
43. Texas: Fireside Pies
Get cozy with pizza made in a wood-fired oven with toppings like truffle oil and meatballs. Try their signature cheese salad to take your meal to the next level.
2820 N. Henderson Ave.
44. Utah: The Pie Pizzeria
The Pie Pizzeria is best known for its fluffy crust, but they’ve got three other crust options to choose from, not to mention vegan and gluten-free options. It’s safe to say that even the pickiest kids will be satisfied here.
1320 E. 200 S.
Salt Lake City, UT
45. Vermont: American Flatbread
Check out the neat wood-fired oven as you wait for your meal at this cozy restaurant. Offering microbrews and delicious thin-crust pizzas, this is sure to be a hit with your crew.
115 St. Paul St.
46. Virginia: Salvatore’s Pizzeria
Grab a classic Italian pie from this kid-approved spot. Start out with garlic knots, then try one of their delicious specialty pizzas.
4876 Princess Anne Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA
47. Washington: Flying Squirrel Pizza
With a name like Flying Squirrel, how could it not be a family fave? We love the fact that the menu offers more complex options alongside kid-pleasing pies.
4920 S. Genesee St.
photo: &pizza via Yelp
48. Washington, D.C.: &pizza
This hip spot has been taking the District by storm, and for good reason. Pick one of their inventive combos or customize a personal-sized pie just for you (perfect for picky kids!).
1005 E St. NW
49. West Virginia: Pies & Pints
Hand-tossed doughs are the canvas for all sorts of interesting flavor combinations, like grape and gorgonzola and sriracha shrimp. There’s a playground connected to the restaurant, making it the perfect spot for the whole fam.
219 W. Maple Ave.
50. Wisconsin: Ian’s Pizza by the Slice
Mac ‘n’ cheese pizza, anyone? Kids will go wild for the off-the-wall combos offered at Ian’s.
300 N. Francis St.
51. Wyoming: Pizzeria Caldera
You’ll find thin-crust pizza made in a stone-hearth oven at this Jackson hot spot. Locals rave about the authentic Italian crust and the comfortable family atmosphere.
20 W. Broadway
We know there are dozens of pizzerias that we could’ve included. Did we miss your favorite place? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll add your picks to our story!
— Susie Foresman