Whether you are a college student or not, pizza is one of America’s favorite foods. With so many specialty pizzerias around the country, we’ve made a list of the best ones for you to try. Here are the top 50 pizza restaurants in college towns across the country.
College: Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA
This pizza joint is open all week long. They even have late hours, which is perfect for the social life of a college student. Benny Marzano’s is open until 12pm, 2 am, or 3 am depending on the night. Their slogan is “Home of the Virginia Slice.”
Benny Marzano’s offers different pizza specials each month. You can buy pizza by the slice for only $4, or you can just go for it and order a whole 28” pizza. You can even order your pizza online, or call in for delivery for convenience.
Customers of Benny Marzano’s never leave hungry. Their pizzas have New York style thin crust. While they may not have all the fancy toppings, their pizzas are delicious and their service is quick and friendly.
College: Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Pizza Shuttle started making pizzas in 1984. You can order your pizza directly from their website and choose from wide variety toppings like wing sauce, anchovies, and banana peppers. They use cream cheese in their pizzas, which sets them apart from other pies you’ve tried in the past. You can get two 10” pizzas for only $10.81; try adding cheese sticks or sweet sticks to make it the perfect meal.
College: Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Located in Clemson, this pizza joint is open every day to accommodate hungry students. They stay open until 12 am each day for the late night diners. They even have an all-you-can-eat buffet during lunch hours that only costs $7.50.
There is a Wednesday night special where certain pizzas only cost a dollar from 6 to 11 pm; additional toppings are 55 cents. The combo at Todaro Pizza is only $5 for two slices of pizza and a drink. Their great location makes it a good hangout for college students.
College: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Also known as IP3, this restaurant is owned by the Marrone brothers. Their secret family recipes make for amazing pizzas. You can get two slices of cheese pizza for only $5 and additional toppings can be added for only 50 cents more. They offer salads, appetizers, burgers and subs in case you don’t want the traditional slice.
College: University of California, Berkeley, CA
Open every day, this pizzeria is a must try when in Berkeley. They offer unique pizzas that include roasted potatoes, feta cheese, pinenuts, and fresh corn as some of the toppings on these specialty pizzas. You can get a pitcher of beer and a pizza for $38, or you can order a salad and a slice for only $5.69. For college students, individual slices are $2.45. They often feature entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights to eat and relax to.
College: University of Texas, Austin Texas
Milto’s isn’t your typical pizza joint; there is a Greek and Italian menu in addition to the typical pizza slices. They serve fresh, homemade, pizzas from the dough to the sauce. You can order deep dish or thin crust. The dough is also vegan, and doesn’t use eggs. They use locally sourced foods like link sausage and basil to provide the freshest ingredients. You can even download an app on any smartphone to order delivery.
College: University of Georgia, Athens, GA
This pizzeria found in the heart of the South offers budget-friendly options for college students. They have thin crust pizza slices for only $1.55 and thick crust is $1.75. If you want to share with friends, an entire pizza starts at only $6.25. They have other items on the menu including cold and hot subs, stromboli and calzones. Many students claim that it is the best pizza in Athens.
College: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
This restaurant is open 11am to 11pm most days, but stays open later on the weekends for college kids. The food is fresh and made to order in a stone oven; cooking a pizza takes just over 2 minutes.
Pizza customization is available, so you can get exactly what you want. They offer salads, subs, and a wide range of sides to go with your slice. They also use authentic Italian ingredients and products that stay true to their roots. They have indoor and outdoor seating for when the weather is nice.
College: Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Antonio’s has a number of locations in Massachusetts, and throughout the country. They offer a variety of different pizzas, each with a unique flavor. They have pizzas from black bean avocado to steak taco.
Depending on the pizza, slices run from $3-$4. On Friday nights, they offer $1 specials to cater to college students. This pizzeria is a classic in Amherst, and a favorite pizza spot many college students think is a must try.
College: Yale University or University of New Haven, New Haven, CN
This pizzeria was founded in 1925 by Frank Pepe. He cooked his pizzas over a coal fire to give his pizzas a crisp, chewy crust. They continue this tradition today at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, and cook all their pizzas in a stone oven, built to replicate his original oven. They serve pizzas every day of the week.
The menu may be simple, but students agree that their pizza is authentic and delicious. This restaurant has even been recognized in The Daily Meal as having the best pizza in 2013.
College: Williams College, Williamstown, MA
This restaurant has an extensive menu; they offer quick slices and specialty pizzas. Some pizzas include ingredients like clams, shrimp, goat cheese, and eggplant. The buffalo wings are also great for a pizza alternative. If you don’t like what you order, they will give you a full refund. They even have cute picnic benches outside for nice weather.
College: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
This bar is in the basement of a historic Italian Workman’s Club, providing a great atmosphere to customers. They try to give back to local businesses by buying as many ingredients locally as they can. Other items are imported directly from Italy to give you the best bite. They are only open from 4pm to 10pm or 11 pm, so make sure you plan accordingly. Their menu includes more than just pizza; antipasti, salads, sandwiches, and more are all options as well.
College: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Ian’s Pizza is open every day. You can get any cheese or pepperoni slice for only $3, and specialty pizzas are just $1 more. They serve up signature pizzas and old school specials. There are even options for vegetarians or vegans.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can build your own pizza and add whatever toppings you want…even macaroni. Each month the pizzeria has a featured pizza, so you can try new flavors and save a few bucks.
College: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Lou’s is famous for its Chicago-style pizza, which is good since they have several locations in the heart of Chicago. Lou’s has a full restaurant and bar, and are open until 1 am on Friday and Saturday to feed college students. They serve deep dish and thin crust pizzas with a from scratch, family secret recipe. They even list their nutritional information online.
College: University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
Phone: 907 258-2537
With pizza and beer, there is no better place than Moose’s Tooth. They have a full menu with appetizers, soups, salads, and desserts. It is a locally-owned brewpub with fast and friendly service. The decor features tie-dye tapestries, beer bottles, and bright colors. Moose Tooth also allows customers to build your own pizza.
College: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Phone: 607- 273-1111
Hot truck is not your average pizzeria; it is actually a food truck. They were featured on the Food Network Channel, and in Gourmet Magazine. The truck parks outside of Cornell’s West Campus for college students, where students can get a single slice for under $4. There is even an option to add free extras like hot sauce, garlic, and red pepper. They also serve hot soups and chili. Unlike other pizzerias, they are open 24 hours a day.
College: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
This pizzeria delivers until 2 or 2:30 am for those late nights studying. They were founded in 2006, and have become a favorite of students at the University of Minnesota. They offer over 50 different kinds of pizza, including avocado delight, chicken cordon bleu, and gyro. They serve pizza by the slice for $3.60, and a 12’ pizza for $11. They have vegetarian options, too. Plus, if you can’t decide on just one pizza, you can split your pizza half and half.
College: Ohio State university, Columbus, OH
Adratico’s serves up New York style pizza. Located on campus for students, anyone can order personal pizzas for only $5.60. Choose how thin you want your crust in order to get the perfect bite. While they keep their menu simple, you simply can’t beat the flavor. Students from Ohio University can bring in their IDs and get a 20% discount.
College: University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Square pizza uses the freshest ingredients to make their pizzas. Like their name, they make their pizzas square instead of the classic pie shape. You can order by the slice, or get whole pizza. They offer a lunch special: two slices and a drink for only $7.25. For those not feeling the pizza, they have sandwiches and salads on their menu.
College: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Yes, they really do sell a large pizza for $5. To go with your pizza, they offer a selection of wings, breadsticks, and subs. The restaurant is geared toward college students, and as such, may have a more rowdy atmosphere. They are open until 3 am most nights, and 4 am on Friday, making it the perfect spot for a midnight snack.
College: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
It is more sophisticated than your average pizzeria. They were voted in the top 25 restaurants by Phoenix New Times. This restaurant and bar has a unique Mediterranean-inspired menu. They make each pizza to order. They purchase their ingredients from local businesses so you know it is fresh. La Bocca also has over 150 wines to choose from, and don’t forget to top it all off with bruschetta.
College: Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, GA
Though the pizzeria is located close to Georgia Tech, this restaurant is not just for students. Antico was awarded Top in Class in 2010 in a worldwide festival, Festa Della Pizza in Italy. While their pies might not be as cheap as other locations, they are worth their price tag. They open at 11:30 am, and serve pizzas until they are out of dough. Their long lines can attest to the quality of the food.
College: University of California, Los Angeles, CA
While not located in New York, Lamonica’s serves up pizzas with dough straight from Brooklyn. They use tap water from the Big Apple itself. They are open every day until midnight. Using only high-quality ingredients, they make authentic New York pizzas. Here you can get an 18” pizza starting at $16.50 or slices starting at $2.60. They also deliver, and according to reviewers, are always on time.
College: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Not just your ordinary pizzeria, Pitruco is a food truck. They cook up their pies in a wood-fired oven, making personal 11” pizzas to order. They start from scratch each day to make the freshest pizzas. Their pies range from $8 to $10.50. The dough is vegan and delicious. They are usually in town for lunch, but also cater for special events.
College: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Pizzeria Locale is dedicated to serving authentic Neapolitan pizza. They use simple and fresh ingredients. Pizzas are made to order and are cooked for two minutes in a 900 degree oven. Prices start at $5.75 and go to $8.25. They offer specialty pizzas, or you can also create your own. You can even order gluten-free crust. They don’t deliver, but their restaurant has plenty of seating, and provides a great dine-in experience.
College: California State University, Chico, CA
This pizzeria makes traditional New York pizza. All crust is made thin, and you can even ask for extra thin. They have a variety of specialty pizzas, including vegetarian options. They serve 14” or 18” pizzas. They have a casual atmosphere, making it a great hangout for college students. They offer coupons online and have daily lunch specials.
College: Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Porch Light Pizza is open daily from 11 am to 9 pm. They are locally owned, and cook their pizzas on a wood stone oven at 900 degrees. They make your pie to order, and it only takes about 3 minutes to cook. The hand-made dough uses local flour. Pizzas have a thin crust, but you can top it any way you want, or order one of their specialty slices. Reviewers say that their salads are good too.
College: California State University East Bay, Hayward, CA
Pizza My Heart was founded in 1981 on Capolita Beach. They are a family-owned pizzeria, dedicated to serving the best pizza in California. Some of their pizzas have won awards including; the West Coast Pizza Championships, and World Pizza Games.
College: University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Blaze Pizza has a number of specialty pizzas to choose from; a simple cheese, to a veggie pizza, gluten-free options, and more. All of their personal pizzas are $7.95 with unlimited toppings. Blaze has a nutrition calculator too, for the health-conscious customer. They will cook your pizza exactly how you want it on thier fire grill.
College: Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
Coffaro’s pizza is a great place to get a slice and have some fun. They have a set of bowling lanes, and a pool table. It has been open since 1998. It is open every day of the week and closing time varies from 1 am to 2:30 am. You can get a 16” pizza for only $11, or there are subs, salads, and calzones, to choose from.
College: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
From Thursday to Saturday Mad Mushroom Pizza is open by 4 am to cater to the college crowd. They offer a lunch special that includes a 10” pizza with two toppings and a drink. You can get two medium one-topping pizzas for $11.99. They have a variety of toppings like pesto sauce, artichokes, and smoked Gouda. Customers also say they love their Cheesestix.
College: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
Wednesday nights get your first pint of beer for as low as $3. There are Trivia Nights on Tuesdays, providing a fun atmosphere. They hand make their dough and have a delicious secret recipe. Woodstock’s has been voted Cal Poly’s Favorite Pizza by the Mustang Daily Readers’ Poll from 2005 to 2012. They also have gluten-free crusts and even dairy-free options.
College: Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Brick Oven was voted the Best Pizza and the Best Family Restaurant in Utah Valley. It was founded in 1956, and continues to serve up some of the best pizza in Provo. You can order online for takeout or delivery. You can order all-you-can eat pasta, soup, and salad. They even have their very own signature root beer. They are closed Sundays, so make sure you stop in a different day of the week.
College: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
This family-owned pizzeria has been serving pizzas since 1975. The owner is a true Italian, and makes quality pizzas. You can order pizzas from 10” to 20”. Their unique toppings include broccoli, anchovies, and shrimp. They serve thick and thin crust depending on preference.
College: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Ledo Restaurant is open every day until 10 pm. There is a full bar and T.V.s playing in the background, so college kids can enjoy sporting events. While the menu may be a little more pricy, they offer a full menu that includes appetizers, salads, burgers, entrees, and desserts. They have been making their famous homemade pizzas since 1955.
College: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Saggio’s is a family-owned restaurant. They have a retro vibe, with a Mercedes Benz decorating the soda bar. They have pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, pastas, and desserts. They are open everyday until 10 or 11 pm. You can order online if you want to stay in, or Saggio’s also has live Italian music for entertainment, making it a fun and interesting spot for college students.
College: American University, Washington D.C.
2 Amys is located in D.C. and serves traditional Neapolitan pizza. They opened in 2001 as the first D.O.C (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) certified pizzeria in D.C. They have a selection of salt cured anchovies for a sophisticated pallette. They have wood fired pizzas with dough using only soft-grain flour and fresh yeast.
College: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Gumby’s is proud of the fact that it is “Home of the Original Pokey Stix.” They offer a number of deals including $4 small, $5 medium, $6 large and $7 extra large cheese pizzas. They have a value menu that is perfect for college students on a budget. They have carryout and delivery options as well. They are the nation’s second largest and fastest growing food franchise business.
College: Penn State Main Campus, State College, PA
This mom and pop pizzeria is a great place to buy pizza. Margaret and Juan make an effort to learn the names of their customers to make them feel right at home. Margarita’s Pizzeria is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 9pm. You can get an 18” pizza here for only $11.50.
College: Penn State Main Campus, State College, PA
Canyon Pizza offers slices for only $1, and combo meals starting at $4. They have dine-in, takeout, and delivery. They are close to campus housing which makes them an easy choice for Penn State College students. Canyon Pizza also serves award-winning wings, and even provide free dipping sauces.
College: New York University, New York, NY
This pizzeria has extremely low prices, which are great for college students. You can get a slice for $1, including tax. The slices are huge, and you can add your own toppings for just a little bit extra. They are open until 3 am every night. They do not deliver, so make sure you go to their restaurant.
College: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Open every day of the week, Casa D’Amici stays open until 3:30 am most nights. They accept online orders, and they even deliver. The pizzeria is located close to campus, and offers a variety of different pizzas. It makes the perfect place for college students looking for a midnight snack.
College: Boston College, Brighton, MA and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Crazy Dough’s is the only award-winning, fire-grilled pizzeria in Boston. It has won other awards for its tasty pies and is locally owned. They use 100% natural mozzarella cheese and fresh produce. You can order a large 18” pizza and 10 sings for $26.99. They even give students a 15 percent discount.
College: Boston College, Brighton, MA
Pino’s pizza was founded in 1962, so they have plenty of experience creating delicious pies. They are family owned and try to create a friendly atmosphere. They serve traditional New York and Sicilian-style pizzas. Reviewers agree that Pino’s is one of the best pizzerias in Boston.
College: Worcester State University, Worcester, MA
The Corner Grille’s slogan is, “not your average pizza pie,” and they have some of the thinnest crust you have ever eaten. The restaurant is located next to a liquor store, and a frozen yogurt shop, making it a great location for college students.
College: University of South FLorida, Tampa, FL
This pizzeria serves up square pizzas just like their name promises. You can order online for takeout or delivery. It is a family-owned restaurant that serves up Detroit-style pizza. While they don’t have much seating inside, the amazing service makes up for it. Prices range from $7 to $21, fitting into any budget.
College: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
At OTTO, you can get a 12” pizza for only $10, and a 16” for $15. They offer a wide range of specialty pizzas that include toppings like butternut squash, eggplant, tortellini, and even meat loaf. They are open every day until 12 am, and stay open until 2 am on weekends. Their location in the heart of Harvard Square makes it a perfect spot for students to stop by.
College: Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
Pi Pizzeria has a wide selection of appetizers, salads, and pizzas. They serve deep dish and thin crust pizzas. You can get a beer for $3.14 during Happy Hour (from 3 to 6 pm) on weekdays. They have locations all over Missouri and a food truck. They have vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options to accommodate all of the irh customers.
College: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Momo’s was voted the Best Pizza of 2015 by the Tallahassee Magazine. They have two locations in Tallahassee. Their slogan is “slices as big as your head,” and these massive slices are only $4.75. Their largest pizza is the “Big Daddy” and it is a full 30”. You can dine inside or outside if the weather is nice.