How much do I love pizza? Let me count the ways! Whether you enjoy wood fire pizza, New York style pizza or fancy toppings, something on this list is sure to hit the spot! This list is alphabetical order, so as not to give away my favorites. Here are some of the best pizza places in Durham you need to try.


5850 Fayetteville Road

Located at Sutton Station, I’ve heard Bocci’s pizza referred to as the “best pizza in town” by die-hard fans. While you can sit inside, families with children especially will enjoy the outdoor seating where kids can play with chalk or not be confined to a table. I especially enjoy the Nonna style pizza – square, just like my mom used to make at home.

Best choice for families with children.

bocci italian


800 Taylor St, Durham

Cugino Forno brings a delightful taste of Italy to Durham with their delectable wood-fired pizzas. The aroma of the wood-burning oven and the sight of their skilled pizza-makers in action make the dining experience even more enjoyable. You’ll find a wide selection of traditional and innovative toppings that cater to all taste buds. From classic Margherita to adventurous prosciutto and arugula, Cugino Forno has it all. The cozy ambiance and friendly staff create a welcoming atmosphere that’s perfect for a relaxing meal with friends or family.

Best choice for authentic Italian-style pizza.

cugino forno


742 W. 9th Street

No college town could exist without its’ local pizza spot. Devil’s Pizzeria fills that void for Duke University’s East campus. With an extensive menu of typical college favorites, and more pizza delivery bags than I’ve ever seen before, you can tell that this spot is in hot demand especially on long study nights. And Blue Devil fans will feel right at home with the decor. Best choice for the college crowd (and Duke fans).

devil's pizzeria


402 W. Geer Street

A relative newcomer to the Durham scene, Hutchins Garage is earning a well-deserved reputation for fabulous pizza. Every time I’ve visited, I’m amazed by the flavor combinations. Taps offer local and other craft beers. I think Hutchins Garage pizza has the best crust in town. Best choice for foodies.

Up Next: Best Italian Food in Durham

hutchins garage


117A W. Main Street

Starting as a food truck, Pie Pushers had enough fans to make its permanent restaurant a successful business. If you’re planning on coming for lunch, call your order in ahead of time to avoid the long lines. Pie Pushers was featured on our Lunches Under $10 list as well. Best choice for elevated pizza at an affordable price.

pie pushers


105 E. Chapel Hill Street

While Pizzeria Toro has suffered several setbacks with fires, they keep on coming back stronger than ever. Their wood-fired pizzas always feature local farm products as well. With its popularity, you’ll need to get there early in the evenings or be prepared to wait. Best choice for a romantic evening or special event.

pizzeria toro


102 City Hall Plz

What could be more fun than cutting your pizza with scissors? Pompieri, located inside a former fire station, is located in downtown Durham. Special events, like Lambrusco Fest this week make for a fun experience. The casual atmosphere with a few outdoor tables available, is perfect for large groups and groups with kids. Don’t miss Pompieri if you’re a fan of Neapolitan-style pizza. Best choice for large groups.



219 Hood St, Durham

Ponysaurus Brewing offers a unique twist to the pizza scene in Durham. The variety of specialty pizzas will satisfy any craving, from the classic cheese-lovers to the bold flavor enthusiasts with pizzas like Hot Soppressata, Calabrian Chilies & Honey Pie and Brisket, Onions, Banana Peppers. The laid-back and vibrant ambiance makes Ponysaurus Brewing a fantastic spot to enjoy a relaxing evening with friends while savoring excellent pizza and craft beer.

Best choice for beer enthusiasts and those seeking innovative pizza flavors.



3710 Shannon Road

One of the first pizza places I visited when I moved to Durham, I always have fond memories. While they serve typical offerings, the French brie and Granny Smith apple pizza is my favorite. The staff is helpful if you can’t decide and they now carry some draft beers.

Family-friendly and laid back atmosphere. Located next to the post office. Best choice for a casual atmosphere.

best pizza durham


3 Durham Locations

You can’t talk about the Durham pizza scene without mentioning Randy’s Pizza with its traditional New York Style pizza. With three Durham locations, you’re never too far from a huge slice of Randy’s. Sometimes, you just need a giant slice of pizza that you can fold in half to eat. My favorite location is on Hope Valley Road, where you can pick up a drink from Growler Girls and enjoy live music on the weekends by sitting on the patio. Warning though that it is crowded with nearby Jordan High School students during weekday lunches.

Best choice for a huge slice of no-frills pizza.

Up Next: Best Italian Food in Durham

best pizza durham


2201 Angier Avenue

Another newcomer to the Durham pizza scene, Sophia’s brings pizza options to East Durham. Easily accessible by public transportation and with some parking nearby. I couldn’t resist ordering the East Durham with bacon, collard greens and Serrano peppers. Not hungry for a full pizza? They offer slices too. The drink selection is not huge but they carry a few local beers in cans or bottles.

Best choice for a local flavor experience.

best durham durham


1125 West North Highway 54

Named after the three ovens, Tre Forni brings wood-fired pizza to South Durham. Enjoy the open kitchen where you can see your pizza being assembled and put in the oven. The fresh ingredients on these Neapolitan style pizza make them a hit each time. Whether you prefer red or white sauces, you’ll find something pleasing. Best choice for eating in.

best pizza durham

What about you? What’s your favorite kind of pizza? Did we miss one of your favorite pizza places? Let us know!

Up Next: Best Italian Food in Durham

Also See: 18 Best Things to Do with Kids in Durham

Join our mailing list to get the inside scoop on the
best things to do in Durham and a guide to Durham’s top monthly events

Annick Lenoir-Peek
Author: Annick Lenoir-Peek

Ten years ago, I took a job I love as an attorney in downtown Durham. Watching Durham grow as an exciting and vibrant city has been a joy. I especially love sharing my favorite local haunts with others. There is so much to do in Durham that I feel everyone should be let in on our little secret! Visit The Common Traveler for more travel tips for Durham and beyond.