Finding great pizza in the Midwest is often associated with one place: Chicago.
Its reputation for deep dish pizza is well known. But it’s far from the only destination that serves up delicious slices. The Bend offers up great pizza places around every turn. South Bend landed atop a 2016 ranking of Best Cities for Pizza Lovers by Smartasset.com.
Smartasset.com looked at pizza availability, how good the average pie was, the percentage of pizza that was outstanding and cost of living — basically, how much money would be left to buy a pizza.
We know there’s plenty of great pizza here. We also know which places are among the best.
Residents and visitors in 2015 voted on The Bend’s top pizza spots. Giannetto’s Pizza & Pasta, located in Granger, came out on top in the St. Joseph County competition among eight finalists. Clearly, if pizza is your thing there are plenty of options.
Keep scrolling for the details needed to pick one. Or try them all.
Barnaby’s South Bend
One of the true South Bend staples on this list, Barnaby’s has been a go-to for great party-cut pizza since opening in 1969. Readers have voted it a local favorite in the South Bend Tribune for years.
Bruno’s built its local reputation on an original thick crust recipe and has multiple locations across The Bend. The original is listed above. It’s near Four Winds Casino. Stop by the location at 131 S. Michigan St. if you’re downtown.
Giannetto’s Pizza & Pasta
Many would’ve considered it an upset when Giannetto’s conquered all other St. Joseph County pizza places in 2015’s voting. It’s famous for a classic, Chicago-style stuffed pizza. Make sure to grab a fork. You’ll need it.
Looking for a whole lot of pizza in one spot? Visit Lacopo’s and order the massive 28-inch party pie. Better have some friends in mind to finish that one.
This Mishawaka mainstay dates back to 1957. It serves up thin crust and offers all the toppings you could imagine. Don’t forget about other traditional Italian dishes like lasagna and stuffed shells.
Rocco’s is a favorite not only for its pizza but also proximity and a longstanding connection to Notre Dame. Founder Rocco Ameduri worked as a cook at Notre Dame before opening his restaurant in 1951.
Being tucked away on the south side of South Bend doesn’t mean Starlite should lack for traffic. Its sweeter take on sauce is a hit with regular customers.
Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza
All the cooking at Tony Sacco’s is done in a custom-built, 1000-degree coal burning oven. Yep, that’s right. Italian plum tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic give the sauce an old-world taste.
Insider tip: Food competitions have been a thing in The Bend for awhile. You should also read about the best breakfast spots, best burgers joints and best tacos in The Bend. You’ll be hungry afterward.
Insider tip II: Add these pizza places to the list: Danny Boy Draft Works and Mimmo’s Pizza. Both opened after the Pizza Wars competition and have established themselves among the top options locally.