5 Pizza Styles Found Around Lake Norman

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Around Lake Norman, you’ll find several pizza options—and many of them bring a specific regional style to the area, from Midwestern to an Italian favorite:

Chicago-Style: Deep-dish lovers in Charlotte point to Matt’s Chicago Dog (19732 One Norman Dr., Cornelius) for a prime, multi-layered pie. The box is heavy, so you can pretend you worked out today.

New York-Style: Hand-tossed, NYC-style pizzas at Giovanni’s Pizza and Pasta (559 Winecoff School Rd., Concord) are regularly praised by northern transplants—and we all know which style has the most gatekeepers.

Buffalo-Style: Yes, Buffalo has a style, too: Expect a fluffy crust with toppings that cover the entire surface. The aptly named Taste of Buffalo Pizzeria (9610 Sherrill Estates Rd., Ste. B, Huntersville) does it right.

Detroit-Style: Pellegrino’s Trattoria (275 N. Main St., Ste. C, Troutman) slings many styles, including Detroit’s: rectangular, semi-deep slices with cheese cooked into the crust.

Mooresville, Nc February 10th 2021 Alino Pizza. Photographed In Mooresville Nc On February 10 2021. Photo By Peter Taylor

Photo by Peter Taylor

Naples-Style: The thin, wood-fired pies at Aliño Pizzeria (500 S. Main St., Ste. 401, Mooresville) follow a traditional mold. Authenticity points: The tomato sauce is made from San Marzano tomatoes, found only near Mount Vesuvius.

Find “24 Charlotte Pizzas You Must Try” here.

On that list, you’ll find Detroit-Style also represented at Room & Board in NoDa; another location of Matt’s Chicago Dog; and the “Best of Buffalo” represented at Bisonte Pizza Co.


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