When it comes to pizza, Fort Wayne "rises" to the occasion.
We have more pizza joints than you can shake a stick at. All serve lots of different options, so we'll give you some different categories to choose from.
Top Local Pizza Places
816 Pint & Slice is a downtown favorite. One of the most popular places for lunch, you order by the slice. You could mix it up with a couple different choices, or order a whole pie to take home to the family.
Update: Toscani is Permanently Closed.
Toscani Pizzeria is more than just your average pizza joint. The hand-pinched sausage is a tasty trademark of precision pizza making. My favorite flavor is their Chicken Florentine with Alfredo sauce, spinach and mushrooms. I also love their sausage rolls.
Raimondo's is a local favorite I only learned about a couple of years ago. Located on West State Blvd., the store was jam packed when I went on a recent Saturday night. While delivery and carry out are available, I chose to eat in. My choice, the taco pizza, was amazing. Like my friend says, taco pizza shouldn't work, but it does.
Lexy's is a Fort Wayne tradition when it comes to pizza. With deep dish and thin crusts, you can customize your culinary experience to meet your tastes. Three locations around town.
Top Specialty Pizza Places
800 Degrees restaurants specialize in wood-fired pizzas, and they offer many gluten-free options. The north location and west location both offer unbeatable service and quality, with a variety of choices. Of the signature pizzas, I love the Quattro Formagi (four cheese) and the Verdure (vegetable). A family favorite, they both offer a kid's menu.
Mad Anthony Brewing brings pizza and beer together for a true feast for the senses. Handmade, they take a little extra time, but are very worth the wait. Sip a locally made pint and relax while they make your order. Whether you want the Politician (with everything for everyone), or a more specific Jamalaya for your Cajun cravings, Mad Anthony has something for you. They also have unwraps (left), a flatbread style, served quickly, and available with gluten-free crust!
Oley's roots in Fort Wayne run deep. Deep as their famous deep dish pizza. It's a pizza so big, your arms will get a workout just lifting the bite to your mouth. Two locations in Fort Wayne.
Top Pizza Chains
Pizza Hut is often the first thing that comes to mind when you say pizza. And for good reason. Most kids growing up in Fort Wayne (including me) remember going to Pizza Hut for delicious food. I returned just recently to the awesome buffet at the East State Blvd. location. Not only is it still delicious, it's a great deal. For around $10, the lunch buffet lets you sample tasty pizzas of all kinds, plus you can ease your guilt with the included salad bar.
Domino's made its name in delivery, and they've recently reopened locations all around Fort Wayne. The downtown Fort Wayne restaurant is handy for lunch or dinner, and offers easy and affordable take-out.
Papa John's makes the grade for its cheesy garlic bread. And who doesn't love their dipping sauces? You'll especially want to keep your crusts to dunk in the savory garlic butter.
Jet's Pizza is a popular chain in a few states, but they have just one Fort Wayne location, at the corner of Maplecrest and Saint Joe Center Roads. They offer a limited delivery area, but I urge you to make the drive for carry out if you aren't in the zone. Delicious specialty options abound, and you can get round or square pizzas.
Clara's Pizza King at State and Wells is a true throwback pizza parlor. Walk in, sit down, and call in your order to the kitchen. Perfect for families, Clara's has a fun atmosphere, and a beautiful old style interior with a giant stained glass window. The pizza is classic, with melty cheese and yummy meat and veggies. Dining at Clara's is an event.
Casa Restaurants serve traditional Italian dishes, while also serving a few authentic pizzas. The Margherita Pizza (above) will transport you! Try out Casa when you're in the mood for gourmet goodness!
In reality, the Best Pizza in Fort Wayne is really a "toss-up." Okay, sorry for yet another pizza pun. There are as many great pizza joints in Fort Wayne as there are leaves on the trees. Do a little experimenting with this research, and pick the perfect pizza for your palate!