The default food of birthday parties and Saturday nights, pizza holds a hallowed place in the American diet. Lancaster has plenty of top-notch pizza shops, and here are of some of the best.
A Slice of Brooklyn
A Slice of Brooklyn makes a thin, quick-eating, hand-over-fist pizza with a soft crust. If you’re not consciously thinking about your slice intake, you could do a lot of damage here. Brooklyn’s Oregon Pike location doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the inside is surprisingly spacious and accommodating. Not a bad choice for a sit-down dinner.
1750 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601; also 2323 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602 and 808 E Main St New Holland, PA 17557
Dominion makes that “just right” pizza: not too thick, not too thin; not too soft, not too chewy. Just right. In addition to the standard offerings, Dominion’s specialty pies include: the Angry Hawaiian (ham, pineapple and jalapeños), the Buffalo (chicken, blue cheese, mozzarella and hot sauce) and the Seville (chicken, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, fresh garlic, mozzarella, provolone and sauce). The pizzeria also touts a wide selection of craft beer.
938 Columbia Avenue Lancaster, PA 17603; also 308 S Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603
House of Pizza
A fixture in downtown Lancaster for three decades, the Chestnut Street pizzeria makes a thicker pie than most. If self-control is your aim, you can eat a couple of slices, stop and feel satisfied. House of Pie’s greatest strength is its fresh ingredients, from meat to veggies. Try the nine-topping HOP special.
23 W Chestnut St, Lancaster, PA 17603
Rosa Rosa Pizzeria
This heavily trafficked pizza shop (right next to Franklin & Marshall College) makes three distinct types of pie: a pan pizza, a traditional box-style pizza and a wood-burning brick oven pizza. The most popular offering on the menu is a house creation: spaghetti pizza. Filled with spaghetti, held in place with cross-hatched pizza dough, and topped off with sauce, this is a once-slice meal. The brick oven pizzas have a hint of smoke and eat like artisanal pies.
1040 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17603
The Fridge claims that it cares just as much about its pizza as it does about its craft beer. Considering The Fridge stocks more than 500 varieties of craft beer and cider, that’s a whole lotta love going into their pies, and it shows in their thin, crisp flatbread pizzas. Among the pizzas’ premium toppings: pecorino, portabella and cremini mushrooms, gruyere and kale, which tastes great on a pizza. Who knew?.
534 N Mulberry St, Lancaster, PA 17603
The Pressroom doesn’t specialize in pizza, per se. Yet its gourmet pizzas deserve a place on this list. Made in 8- and 12-inch varieties, these personal-size soft-crust pizzas include the Chesapeake Pig (fromage blanc, lump crab, shaved prosciutto, fresh pesto and Old Bay) and The 979 (shaved Brussels sprouts, prosciutto, smoked gouda and mozzarella, seasoned with lemon olive oil), which includes the option of adding duck confit or crab meat. Try the duck.
26-28 W King St, Lancaster, PA 17603
— Michael Long