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I’m not going to lie: I’m writing this with leftover cold pizza sitting on my desk. So take that as proof that ‘za is the perfect food.
The topping selection is endless, which means the same vehicle (behold the beauty that is crust) can deliver both classic marinara and mozz as easily as it does butter chicken. The only dilemma this food writer ever faces is how to choose when all the options call out to my grumbling stomach at once.
But whether you’re a thin-crust stan or a wood-fired sourdough devotee—one thing is for certain: Commercial Drive has your back as you navigate the waters of indecision. Below are six pizza pie havens that’ll have you belting “That’s amore!”
Pepino’s Spaghetti House might be known for their, well, spaghetti—but their pizza packs just as big a punch. Their pie is Detroit-style: think a soft deep dish with an ever-present cheese-crisped crust. I’m partial to the Big Morty, which features marinara, cheese, pistachio pesto, alfredo drizzle, and my favorite cold cut, mortadella. (Before you ask, yes, my partner and I do have matching “morty-d” sweatshirts.)
Address: 631 Commercial Dr.
Hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m daily
Neopolitan-style wood-fired pizzas are the name of the game at Sopra Sotto. Though their margherita is a classic, I’m partial to ordering an arugula and prosciutto pie and then snagging bites of their ricotta-stuffed calzone to get the best of both worlds.
Address: 1510 Commercial Dr.
Hours: 4 p.m to 10 p.m Monday to Thursday; 12 p.m to 11:30 p.m Friday and Saturday; 12 p.m to 10 p.m Sunday
Livia’s rotating and ever-seasonal dinner menu features a sourdough pizza that, to the surprise of absolutely no one, is equal parts perfectly chewy crust and abundant fresh toppings—the perfect pairing to one of their many negronis. It’s only available on weekends during aperitivo (more specifically, between 2 p.m and 4 p.m). If you’re curious about the week’s toppings, their ‘gram usually showcases the menu.
Address: 1399 Commercial Dr.
Hours: 9 a.m to 5 p.m Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 9 a.m to 10 p.m Saturday; 9 a.m to 9:30 p.m Sunday
Whether you’re a crispy ‘roni cup on classic NY lover or a jerk chicken Detroit-style fiend, Community Taps and Pizza has you covered. They sling creative pies and ample house-made dips that’ll excite the whole friend group. Hot tip: their brunch menu features a breakfast pie.
Address: 1191 Commercial Dr.
Hours: 11 a.m to 11 p.m Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m to 12 a.m Friday; 10 a.m to 12 a.m Saturday; 10 a.m to 11 p.m Sunday
Okay, so I’m cheating a little bit with this one, but it really is just a short jaunt off The Drive to Via Tevere, where char-dotted Neapolitan pizza reigns. It has an extensive menu, with three different bases (cream, olive oil, and tomato), but the pancetta and zucchini with cream sauce has my heart.
Address: 1190 Victoria Drive
Hours: 4 p.m to 9 p.m Monday to Thursday and Sunday; 4 p.m to 10 p.m Friday and Saturday
Call me cheater, cheater, pizza eater, but I couldn’t bring myself to leave this one off the list either—Flourist is my go-to spot for dry goods and their house-milled flour makes all my homemade pastries shine. But we’re here for the pie and though their menu is petite, it is mighty. Think mushroom and ricotta with parm, garlic, and lemon zest—all atop a crust made with that very same signature flour. Note: it’s only available on Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m to 8 p.m.
Address: 3433 Commercial St.
Hours: 8 a.m to 6 p.m Monday to Wednesday and Saturday and Sunday; 8 a.m to 8 p.m Thursday and Friday