Pizza In Milwaukee: 6 Iconic Spots To Explore
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The Brew City has embraced all types of pizza crusts, different layers of sauces, and traditional as well as conventional ways of cooking it. Co-existing with the tavern in the city, pizza places have become popular hotspots by serving delectable pies a day in and day out.

Whether it's Chicago's deep dish pizza ladened with layers of toppings or New York’s wood-fired pies with thin crust, try everything in this city with a mug full of good ol’ beer.

The older establishments led the foundation for the newcomers, making in the cias ty a hub for pizza lovers. To this day, pizza is considered one of most celebrated foods in the city along with prawns and beer. Find out what the city’s pizzerias have in for you and explore the various selections they have to offer.

Check Out These 6 Legendary Pizza Places In Milwaukee

1)  Calderone Club

Acclaimed as “Milwaukee's First Pizza,” Calderone Club is where you will get to taste the history with its iconic tavern-cut rectangles with thin, crispy crust and tangy sauce. Opened in 1945, this old-world pizza place sets a perfect backdrop to enjoy freshly made pizza along with other Italian delicacies and Milwaukee’s famous brews. The Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizza from the original Third Ward Caradaro Club recipe is revered as the best of the best in the city, which you should not miss.

Location: 842 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Timings: Sun-Mon: Closed; Tue-Thu: 4:30–9:30 pm; Fri-Sat: 4–10 pm

Must Try: Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizza

Price For 2: $40 approx.

Image Credit: Calderone Club

2) Ned’s Pizza

Ned’s Pizza has been a beloved gem in Milwaukee since it opened in 1969. Ned’s thin-crust, square-cut pies have been Milwaukee's favourite for generations because of their generous amounts of sauces and cheeses along with a gooey perfection. Their signature Triple P pizza, featuring pepperoncini, pickles, and pepperoni is one of those highlights on the menu that you can’t afford to miss. On top of that, the Mozzarella Sticks, Onion Rings, Italian Sausage Sandwiches and Pizza Garlic Breads are also a must-try for you to get a complete experience.

Location:  3246 S 27th St, Milwaukee, WI 53215

Timings: Mon: Closed; Tue: 10 am–8 pm; Wed-Thu: 10 am–9 pm; Fri-Sat: 10 am–10 pm; Sun: 12–9 pm

Must Try: Triple P pizza, Mozzarella Sticks, Onion Rings, Italian Sausage Sandwich and Pizza Garlic Breads

Price For 2: $40 approx.

Image Credit: Ned's Pizza

3) Maria’s Pizza

Another old gem in Milwaukee’s pizza scene, Maria’s Pizza has established its pizza legacy in the city since 1957. This restaurant maintains the same charm and delectable taste to this day. The special thing about Maria’s Pizza is you will never find a piece that looks perfectly shaped. With uneven edges, thin crust,  delightful pockets of grease, and a satisfying crackle, each unique creation of this restaurant defies the norms. The pepperoni pizza with cradles of parmesan cheese is a must-try on the menu.

Location:  5037 W Forest Home Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53219

Timings: Mon-Tue: Closed; Wed-Sun: 4–9 pm

Must Try: Pepperoni Thin-Crust Pizza

Price For 2: $40 approx.

4) Wy’east Pizza

If you are looking for the best wood-fired pizzas, then this is the place. Wy'east is famous for its iconic wood-fired pizzas which are baked at 800 degrees and yield light, bread-like crusts with charred edges. Bringing the taste of Oregon to Milwaukee, this pizzeria crafts chewy, medium-thick-crust pies using long-fermented dough. Here you get amazing toppings like pepperoni, smoked salmon,  smoked fontina, and pecorino-romano along with Italian pickles and onions. Their homemade dipping sauces go well with breadsticks.

Location: 5601 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208

Timings: Mon-Tue: Closed; Wed-Sun: 4–8 pm

Must Try: Thin-Crust Neapolitan Pizza

Price For 2: $40 approx.

Image Credit: Wy'east Pizza

5) Hup’s Pizza

Hup’s Pizza on the northwest side is a compact and humble restaurant filled with aromas of freshly baked pizzas all day long. Despite a small menu with limited toppings, this place is packed with visitors at any time of the year. You will get thin-crust pizza here as well, just like in other places, but the reason why this restaurant stands out is because of the way they use the sauces and spread cheeses so well. Selections like Italian sausage pizza with a simple pie topped with bold fennel-flavoured Italian sausage and Cheese pizza with a crusty base are some of the highlights that you should not miss.

Location:  5400 W Hampton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53218

Timings: Mon: Closed; Tue-Sat: 4–8:30 pm; Sun: 4–7:30 pm

Must Try: Italian sausage pizza, Cheese pizza

Price For 2: $40 approx.

6) Zaffiro's Pizza & Bar 

Zaffiro's legendary paper thin-crust pies with toppings like sausage, mushroom, and onion is revered as a culinary icon of Milwaukee. Their crust is so ultra-thin that no other restaurant can replicate it. Since the early '50s, this place has served delectable pizza pies with round and squared variations along with unmatched beers to pair the treat. However, you will find similar toppings on the thin crust at every other pizza place, the Z’s have been a hallmark for all of them.

Location:  1724 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Timings: Mon-Sun: 11 am–10 pm; Wed: Closed

Must Try: Milwaukee-style pizza

Price For 2: $40 approx.

Image Credit: Zaffiro's Pizza

From Calderone Club to  Zaffiro's, each of these legendary establishments has dominated the pizza scene in Milwaukee with its delectable thin-crust and wood-fired pizzas. Even though you will get the iconic Milwaukee-style pizza everywhere, their innovative takes is what makes every experience different from others.