5 Unique Pizza Places in Wichita, KS
What’s better than a custom pizza loaded with all your favorite ingredients topped with authentic flavors and cheeses baked to a golden-brown goodness paired with an ice-cold beer or other drink of choice? Well, the fact you can mix and match what items and sauces you want at several different pie shops around Wichita, of course.
Even though Wichita is in the middle of the United States, it is home to several pizza shops and pizzerias with inspiration straight from Italy. Here are just a few of the possibilities and delicious dishes ICT is serving up at five unique pizza parlors.
Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria
You can have a taste of Italy without leaving Kansas when you stop in to Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria in the Douglas Design District. With training and tactics coming straight from Naples, the owner at Piatto has studied under master Pizzaiolo, Enzo Coccia, bringing an authentic experience to Wichita.
The tradition spans 300 years; each crust sits through three days of fermentation as the process builds the most incredible texture and taste unique to Piatto dishes. With organic ingredients shipped from California to natural cheeses cut fresh daily, you’ll love how the flavors dance on your tongue with each bite.
Piatto pizza is cooked in a 6,000-lb., 900-degree brick oven built in Italy. The high temperature and pre-preparation of the dough and ingredients lead to a quick turnover in the oven, and result in a soft crust with an airy texture. Take everything you know about pizza and throw it out the window – Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria will bring you a whole new experience with pies that do not resemble anything made here in America.
Customers can try a variety of pizzas, such as the “Francesca,” made with crushed pistachios, rosemary, red onion, fresh mozzarella, parmigiano regiano and olio, or the “Diavola,” made with spicy borsellino salami, fresh mozzarella, garlic, smoked sea salt and olio. Try both red and white-sauce pizzas, appetizers like the “Saltimbocca” (breadsticks stuffed with salami and mozzarella) or locally-made tiramisu.
Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria
Pizza and beer is a common staple in America and Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria has you covered with both. From handcrafted beers and brews of all kinds to some of the most delicious pie you’ll ever eat, take your taste buds to this hometown favorite and learn about the “extra ingredient” added in the brewing process. Each tank is painted with a portrait of a musician for inspiration, making each brew that much more interesting.
Founded in 2011, WBC’s owners Jeremy Horn and Greg Gifford offer eight authentic brews from the WBC Wheat to the Catherine III Russian Imperial Stout, plus, both brewpub locations have 19 different beers on tap that are alternated regularly. The company’s wood-fired pizza’s are just as incredible and are the perfect companion to an ale or IPA.
When visiting Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria, be sure to start your journey with the wood-fired jalapenos or beer queso and pretzels. For dinner, try favorites like “The ITIS,” a double-layered pizza with cream cheese and American cheese, Italian sausage and spicy Capicola, red sauce, pepperoni, fresh mozzarella and a double portion of wood-fired, sweet pepper bacon. For vegetarian delights, try the “WBC Veggie,” made with onions, mushrooms, red and yellow peppers, diced tomatoes and black olives.
Get creative with some of the new items on the menu, like the “Cooperstown,” made with cream cheese, Sriracha and garlic base, wood-fired chicken, sautéed mushrooms, bacon and fresh mozzarella, or the “Grilled Cheese Stuffed Pizza,” a double-layered pizza covered in American cheese, red sauce, pepperoni and fresh mozzarella. This one is served with a size of tomato bisque soup for dipping.
Put the finishing touches on your delicious meal with the “Peanut Butter S’more Pizza” or “Irish Cream Cheesecake!”
Oak & Pie
One of Wichita’s newer Pizza joints, Oak & Pie fuses together a pizza and wine experience for guests. With artisan imported cheeses, hand-cut meats and homemade crust, these wood-fired pizzas offer a unique taste leaving customers satisfied and wanting more.
With an attached wine room, there is certainly the perfect flavor of wine for every customer to accompany the intense flavor cooked into each customized pizza.
Start your meal with some calamari, meatballs or fresh mozzarella before jumping into this gourmet pizza mecca. Try the “Soprano Italiano,” made with roasted garlic, mozzarella, pepperoni, spicy sausage and pepperoncinis, or the “The Dogfather,” made with sauce, cheese, garlic sausage, shaved fennel, roasted red peppers and chili flakes.
Create your own masterpiece and choose your sauce, cheese, toppings and specialty toppings or opt for a more traditional meal with “Lou’s Lasagna,” or a Chicken Caprese.
Top off your meal with an Italian soda, traditional wine, or a signature drink like the “ATX Iced Tea,” made with Deep Eddy’s peach vodka, Captain Morgan spiced rum, Sprite or Coca Cola and lemon squeeze. Finish your meal with a giant salted caramel or chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla bean ice cream.
Oak & Pie is located in east Wichita on North Greenwich Road.
Located in Clifton Square, Ziggy’s Pizza is a Wichita favorite offering pie and sandwiches. With a casual dining atmosphere, the restaurant is perfect to take any group for pizza and beer. With a full bar and televisions for entertainment, Ziggy’s is a perfect hangout spot.
Each homemade pizza is made with passion and a collection of fresh ingredients prepared daily. Start your Ziggy’s experience with some “Ziggy Bites,” cheesy garlic bread or a salad and follow it up with your favorite kind of specialty pizza.
Be sure to try the “Mamacita Taco Pizza,” made with refried beans, taco sauce, ground beef or chicken, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and crushed Dorito’s. It is served with a side of sour cream and salsa. Another off-the-wall option, the “White Delight,” is made with grilled chicken, onion, mozzarella and cheddar, topped with tangy barbecue sauce.
For a more traditional meal, order the “Meat Me at Ziggy’s,” made with pepperoni, Italian sausage, smoked bacon, beef, Canadian bacon and marinara sauce, or the “Classic Ziggy,” made with pepperoni, Italian sausage, green peppers, onion, mushrooms, black olives and marinara sauce. You can also create your own pizza with up to five toppings.
Make sure you save room for some of the signature desserts like the “Cinna-bites,” made with dough, cream cheese, cinnamon, sugar and topped with Ziggy’s icing, or a refreshing root beer float.
This New York-style pizzeria brings thin crust back to the mainstream with 26-in. pizza baked in a traditional brick oven. At Picasso’s Pizzeria, the sauce and dough are made fresh daily, and customers can add their own ingredients for a truly customized experience.
This Historic Delano District favorite was voted “Wichita’s Best Pizza” for three years in a row. With traditional, vegetarian and gluten-free options, there is a pizza for everyone. Create your own slice or build a huge, 26-in. pie for the whole family with traditional inspiration. Try “The Cowboy,” made with barbecue sauce, chicken, green pepper, red onion and provolone, or “The VEG,” with black olives, green peppers, mushrooms, spinach and onions.
Don’t forget to try an order of garlic knots, buffalo knots or breaded mozzarella cheese sticks, and top it all off with access to an open bar.
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