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Oct 21, 2010 01:20 PM

pizza in Grand Rapids

Am looking for a great pizza place near downtown Grand Rapids; don't know the city at all!

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  1. Vitale's is a local favorite that has very good pizza, as well as subs and other small meals (they have fancier dinner options at the original restaurant on the same site as the sports bar/takeout). The downtown location doesn't deliver, and it's on Leonard near college.

    My personal favorite is Nantucket Baking Company. They have 12-inch gourmet pizzas along with a great variety of other baked goods. It's in Heritage Hill right next door to Martha's Vineyard, a neighborhood wine, liquor and gourmet food shop, on the corner of Union and Lyon. (If you care for dessert, pop next door and check out the dessert case).

    Either is easily found on Google and both have updated menus online I believe.

    If you want delivery, Grand Rapids Pizza Delivery Company has pretty good stuffed pizza, but I haven't tried their "regular" pizza.

    Also, if you fancy a little bit of a drive, Fricano's has a unique pizza (I think it's one of those love it or hate it things: I love it; hubby hates it). They have a location on Alpine in Comstock Park, maybe a 10-minute drive downtown.

    1. Downtown, to name a couple, you have Big O' Cafe:

      And new-to-downtown, though a longtime name in the area Peppino's Pizzeria & Sports Grille (which is a lively - most nights - sports bar):

      Good luck!

      1. Pricier than some of the options listed, but worth it in my book is pizza at the Brick Road Pizza Co. It's a little outside of the downtown area, but still a fast and easy drive. I really like their house sauce, and their ingredients seem very fresh and flavorful to me (the artichokes are great, especially combined with spinach and bacon). Another plus for some, they're veggie/vegan friendly.

        Brick Road Pizza Co
        1017 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

        1. We've recently gone on a pizza tasting binge and I can definitely vouch for Brick Road and GRPD, as well a s Big O. We have had both regular and 'Chicago Style' crusts at Brick Road, as well as cheesebread. Their Chicago style was really just a super deep dish New York style, but it was still fantastic. GRPD has really awesome regular crust.

          Fricano's is a family favorite and it's actually a really easy drive from downtown - just hop on 131 North and take the Alpine North exit. It's a few miles up, past most of the shops (including WalMart) and across from a car dealership. You can't miss the sign, it's huge!

          We also really enjoy Wealthy St Bakery's pizzas, as well as pretty much everything else they have there. Their soups and salads are always fresh and awesome, their bread is amazing, and their pastries are to die for. They're straight east on Wealthy, next to lovely shop called 'Art of the Table'. Take Division south from downtown, Left on Wealthy and off you go!

          Good luck! I'd love to see your feelings about any other places you try, as well. We're always looking for great pizza in the area. :D

          7454 N 6th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

          Big O' Cafe
          80 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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          1. re: annarhoswen

            Isn't that great burger place right near Wealthy Street Bakery, as well? Wealthy Street Station? I know it's a tad off-topic, but they have a "signature" burger that's off the charts. Unfortunately, their hours seem to be rather sporadic and not necessarily as advertised.

            Fricano's and Clover Bar have duked it out for years in Grand Haven, so to speak. As I mentioned before, my husband hates Fricano's, and I love it. On that flip side, I really don't like Clover Bar, but they don't have a shop that I'm aware of in GR. Definitely try Fricano's if you're in the area, but it's a little unusual and may not be what you're familiar with or looking for. (And if you're in Grand Haven, check out Clover Bar with almost the same caveat.)