I haven't done a scientific study to prove this, but the "fact" is often tossed around that central Arkansas has more independent pizzerias per capita than any other city. Even if that's not true, we do have a lot of them. It's hard to pick a favorite. Do you want hand-tossed, Neapolitan, thin, Chicago style or New York style? Even then, there's multiple great choices for each style of pizza. Even most of the fine dining restaurants in the city feature pizza on the menu.
Damgoode Pies has some unique sauces and great salads, but even standard pepperoni tastes great at Damgoode Pies. I prefer their hand-tossed crust. Try their red sauce or white sauce for something special. The original location on Kavanaugh has kind of a fun vibe, while the main sit down location on Cantrell is a typical pizzeria. They have three locations. Two are dine-in or carry-out. One is carry-out only. Locations are 6706 Cantrell Road (501-664-2239), 2701 Kavanaugh Boulevard (501-664-2239), 10720 North Rodney Parham Road (Carry-out only, 501-664-2239).
ZaZa is probably as close as you're going to get to a real, Neapolitan pizza in Little Rock. ZaZa is known for their fresh, local ingredients and their wood-fired oven. Wood-fired pizzas tend to be crispy and thin, with fewer ingredients than beefier pizzas. ZaZa makes a great salad and gelato too. Located at 5600 Kavanaugh Boulevard, 501-661-9292.
Iriana's has been in downtown Little Rock for decades, and it's no wonder. Locals love their sweep the floor pizza (which is like a supreme), served on a nice doughy crust you won't find anywhere else. Located on 201 East Markham Street, 501-374-3656.
4. Pizza CafeIf you like thin crust, Pizza Cafe is the place for you. They have an excellent thin, buttery crust with the right amount of crunch. Located at 1517 Rebsamen Park Rd, 501-664-6133. They also have a great outdoor dining.
U.S. Pizza has several locations in Central Arkansas and they serve medium to thin crust pizza that is delicious. Located at 2710 Kavanaugh Boulevard (501-663-2198), 5524 Kavanaugh Boulevard (501-664-7071) and 9300 North Rodney Parham Road (501-224-6300).
8. NYPD PizzaNYPD Pizza serves New York style pizza. Their best deal is the slice of the day. At lunch, you can try a sample of one of their gourmet pizzas for a steal. Located at 6015 Chenonceau Boulevard, 501-868-3911.
River Market with big TVs and a sports bar atmosphere. Chicago pizza has a deeper crust than most pizzas and lots of toppings. Located at 313 President Clinton Avenue, 501-374-1441.
Grady's serves subs, salads and pizza. Before the proliferation of independent pizza joints, Grady's was one of the few places to go for a great pizza. They have competition now, but they have a crust that is not too thick or too thin, and they don't skimp on the toppings. They also have great subs. Grady's is located at 6801 W. 12th St. Suite C, 501-663-1918.