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Most travelers don’t likely think of Amarillo, Texas, as a pizza destination. Barbecue, sure. Steak or burgers? Of course. After all, we’re the beef capital of the world.

But locals will tell you that the city is also home to some award-winning pizza joints, offering a surprising variety of saucy experiences to cater to the tastes of pizza purists and adventurers alike. Wondering where to eat pizza in Amarillo? Here are our picks for the best pizza, in no particular order.

575 Pizzeria
2803 Civic Circle 806-322-5575
7710 Hillside Road, Suite 700 806-322-5575

One of the city’s first gourmet pizza destinations, Brian Kelleher’s 575 Pizzeria has two locations in the city (as well as a local food truck and an outpost in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex). The restaurants are known for fresh ingredients, made-from-scratch dough and solid selections of craft beer and wine. The crust is a perfect balance of crunchy-on-the-outside and chewy-on-the-inside. A friendly, attentive staff always makes the experience enjoyable.

Pro Tips: A few years ago, 575’s The Omni pizza—a take on the traditional supreme pizza with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and black olives—was voted “Best Overall Pizza in America” by Urbanspoon, beating out dishes in Chicago and New York. That alone makes 575 the must-try pizza place in Amarillo. Also don’t miss the white or red house made Sangria.

 

Pizzeria Nomad
2648 SW 34th Ave.
806-477-2660

This husband-and-wife-owned shop started as a food truck, built up a passionate following, and then launched a brick-and-mortar location. The wood-fired pizza dishes are always flavorful, with light, tasty crust and interesting combinations, including everything from vegan pizza options to brisket pizza. Feeling adventurous? Try the pickle pie, which combines bacon with pickles and kimchi aioli.

Pro Tips: There’s a small inside seating section, but this is mostly a carryout location serving 12-inch pies, so we recommend adding a salad to it (the portions are quite generous). The Spinach Arugula salad is always a good choice. Also, try the meatballs!

Nomad Napoletana
614 S. Polk St.
806-376-4700

Located in downtown Amarillo next to The Barfield, Nomad is one of Amarillo’s newest pizza restaurants, operated by the same couple that found success with Pizzeria Nomad. It offers similar flavors, but with a slightly higher-end environment appropriate for a date night (including a full bar!). Lunch specials are also popular, including pizza-by-the-slice combos, wings and more.

Pro Tips: Diners find the same interesting flavors here as at Pizzeria Nomad, including favorites like the Green Machine (sausage, mushroom, pesto, pistachios) and Jalapeño Popper (fresh jalapeño peppers, cream cheese, bacon and hot honey). Always say yes to the complimentary bread and garlic confit, because it is amazing. And ask about any dinner specials!

Fire Slice Pizzeria
7306 SW 34th Ave. (in the back alley)
806-331-2232

This is consistently one of Amarillo’s highest-rated restaurants on TripAdvisor, even though it’s a little hard to find. It faces the alleyway north of the Summit Shopping Center strip mall at 34th and Coulter. While the pepperoni is the most popular dish, diners also like unique pies including The Honeybomb (sliced meatballs, smoked ham, jalapeños and hot honey) and The Hot Momma (pepperoni, house-made Italian sausage, green chiles).

Pro Tips: No one hits up a pizza place for the dessert, but don’t sleep on the blackberry bread pudding, served with vanilla ice cream. And for appetizers, try the baked green chile tortellini and cheese. There’s always a good selection of wine and IPAs. Need a gluten-free pizza option? Ask for the cauliflower crust.

Big Jim’s Pizza Co.
3801 Olsen Blvd., Unit 9
806-352-5050

Owned by Chicago native Jim Dewitz, this pizza place is known for its New York-style pizza, house-made marinara sauce and incredible variety of toppings. The ingredients are fresh, the service is consistent, and some nights feature live music. The Taco Pizza is an interesting local favorite, with refried beans, taco meat, lettuce, onions, black olives, Roma tomatoes and cheddar cheese. Big Jim’s also offers pizza delivery.

Pro Tips: For big families or gatherings, there’s no better choice than the massive 24-inch pizza. Big Jim’s is probably the only local place that serves anything this large. Also, give the non-pizza options including ribs, beer-battered fish, and lamb gyro a try

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