Posted on May 9, 2019

4 of the Best Pizza Restaurants in North Carolina

two pizzas with restaurant logos for Vinnie's, Portofino's, Pizzeria Toro, and Tony's Pizza

We feature TripAdvisor’s best pizza restaurants, the top-ranked one for four local areas in North Carolina. This continues North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inn association’s series of restaurant blog posts to help you know where to dine when you stay at any of our elite member inns.
In Asheville, dine at the popular Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian (at 641 Merrimon Avenue). They offer several pizza options, including:

  • Cheese Pie: with tomato sauce and mozzarella
  • Meat Pie: with sausage, meatball, pepperoni, tomato sauce, and mozzarella
  • Proscuitto Pie: with Italian ham, tomato, garlic, mozzarella, and basil
  • Veggie Pie: tomato sauce, green peppers, white onions, mushrooms, olives, garlic, mozzarella
  • Argentinian Pie: tomato sauce, mozzarella, garlic, green olives, sliced tomatoes, (great with anchovies)
  • White Pizza: mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, olive oil, and basil
  • Temptation: pepperoni, Italian sausage, onions, peppers, and mushrooms

In Charlotte, visit the top-ranked Portofino’s Italian Restaurante (at 3124 Eastway Drive) who offers wood-fired pizzas in the following flavors:

  • Margherita Classic: with fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil and sauce
  • Capricciosa: with proscuitto,calamata olives, and fresh mushrooms
  • Primavera: with broccoli, mushrooms, spinach, and fresh tomatoes
  • Cardinale: chicken, roasted green peppers, and garlic in a light sauce
  • Florentina: chicken, spinach, ricotta, pesto mozzerella

In Durham, choose Pizzeria Toro (at 105 E. Chapel Hill Street) who serves wood-fired pizzas without names (but full of flavor) and the following toppings:

  • san marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella
  • anchovies, garlic, chiles, basil
  • spicy lamb meatball, kale, rustico bell peppers
  • sweet fennel sausage, roasted peppers, provolone
  • proscuitto cotto, castelvetrano olives, asiago
  • cremini mushrooms, garlic, fior di latte
  • soft egg, oyster mushrooms, arugula, parmesan
  • spinach, artichokes, buffalo casatica
  • spring onion, pistachio, fontina, grana
  • pioppinis, pesto, cipollini, crescenza
  • venison sausage, caramelized onions, rustico bell peppers
  • escarole, turnip, garlic, vegan parmesan
  • clams, chiles, grana, thyme
  • stinging nettles riccota crema, proscuitto, garlic, grana

Near Sunset Beach, in Calabash, is Tony’s Pizza (at 1150 River Road) where all pizza is prepared homemade dough, tomato sauce, and fresh cheese, with options like:

  • House Special: pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, black olives
  • Hawaiian: ham and pine apple
  • Mediterranean: white sauce, spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese, black olives
  • Meat Lovers: pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, bacon, ham, salami
  • Chicken, Broccoli, and Ricotta: with white sauce
  • Margherita: tomatoes, ricotta, basil
  • Spinach: with white sauce
  • Vegetarian: onions, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, black olives, banana peppers

All across the state there are so many wonderful places to enjoy food (including the best pizza restaurants). Each of our member innkeepers can direct you to their local guest favorites!