OK, so there’s no such thing as a “Kansas City pizza.” But this is indisputably a good thing, as it frees a KC pie to take on any number of forms: wood-fired, Neapolitan, New York style, you name it. With such wondrous diversity, there’s bound to be a pizza to accommodate every situation in your life. Here’s a guide to navigating your many, many options.
For conquering a case of the Mondays: Extra Virgin
After a back-breaking day back at work, Extra Virgin offers you an elegant, upscale space to relax and enjoy a wood-fired slice. Every Monday, a creative and unique handcrafted pizza is on special. Better yet, corkage fees are waived on Mondays if you bring your own bottle of wine. Who said Mondays had to be boring?
For when the party can’t stop, won’t stop: Santora’s PizzaIt’s well past midnight, you’re hungry, and it seems like nobody’s open. Except for Santora’s, of course. Open until 4 a.m., Santora’s satiates late-night cravings with signature pizzas that include the Lasagna Pie, a creation that layers italian sausage, hamburger, and a ricotta herb blend atop housemade sauce.
For when you feel like getting weird: GrindersNew York–style pizzas forged from a wide—and often baffling—series of ingredients are what you’ll find at Grinders. Smoked salmon, tandoori chicken, and tater tots are just a few of your options, but it gets even weirder from there. You can also order standard slices to go, which is helpful when you need a quick meal between appointments.
For the day you and gluten part paths: Waldo Pizza
Waldo Pizza is beloved for its delicious custom pies, but it really stands out by providing an alternative for gluten-averse eaters. Its signature gluten-free crust is made with tapioca, eggs, soy milk, and rice flour, then topped with a special blend of mozzarella and provolone.
For when payday looks so very far away: Topp’d
You won’t find a single microwave or freezer inside Topp’d, a relatively new entry to the Kansas City pizza scene. That’s because freshness means everything to owner Chad Talbott, who ensures that every ingredient on Topp’d’s baked-to-order pies is prepared that very day. Still, Talbott keeps his prices low, with a single-topping pizza going for only $5.99.
For when you crave the thrill of the hunt: Prairie Fire OvenA wood-fired oven on wheels, the Prairie Fire Oven alerts eaters to its presence with aromatic wafts of rosemary and garlic. And, you know, Facebook. But should you find the food truck on the Kansas City streets, you’ll be treated to creative, Neapolitan-influenced pizzas that bake over a blend of oak and cherry wood before your very eyes. Since you were able to find the truck in the wild, it’s only natural that you’d order the Sas-Squash, a hearty pie that pairs roasted butternut squash with caramelized onions and a basil pesto sauce.