With a limitless number of varieties, pizza is the shape-shifter of the culinary world and one of the best comfort foods. Thin or thick, classic or modern, there’s a plethora of pizza choices nowadays.
Since the competition is fierce, it can be overwhelming to find the perfect slice. So, we’ve scoured every corner of Orange County to curate the top spots that celebrate the flavor and the sheer joy of pizza in every bite.
#1 2145 Eats
2145 Placentia Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
2145 Eats is the perfect place to have a pizza date. With its outdoor seating, you can enjoy amazing pizzas under the stars. The restaurant’s vibe mirrors its unconventional pizza menu, offering a mix of Italian and Japanese flavors.
The restaurant offers a seasonal menu with a focus on Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza. The most popular pizza dishes include Italian Sausage, Fig, and Prosciutto + Burrata.
#2 Bari Pasta & Pizza
1640 E 1st St #A, Santa Ana, CA 92701
This family-owned restaurant serves delectable homemade Italian food at a reasonable price. Bari Pasta & Pizza is known for its viral pizza skulls, which is the crowd’s favorite.
The restaurant has a laid-back and casual vibe. You can also create your own pizza with a variety of toppings, including cheeses, meats, and vegetables. The most popular dishes include Pizza Skulls, Greek Pizza, BBQ Chicken, and Deluxe.
#3 Riip Beer & Pizzeria
19171 Magnolia St, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Riip Beer & Pizzeria puts a unique twist on traditional pizzas with their Cali-style pizza. The pizzeria also offers one of the best Detroit-style pizzas in the area, where the texture and flavor are worth the rave. All of their pizzas are cooked in a hearth-bake brick oven, giving them a crispy, delicious crust.
In addition to the classic thin crust style and square Detroit style options, you can also build your own pizza or modify any of their combinations. The most popular pizza dishes include Burrata & Hot Honey, El Elotero, and Riip’ing Bowls.
#4 Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana
8573 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
This fine-casual Italian restaurant is known for its authentic Neapolitan-style pizza made with the best quality ingredients imported from Italy and fresh produce from local farms.
Each pizza is made using traditional techniques and cooked in wood-burning ovens. The most popular dishes include Margherita Pizza, Angelina Pizza, Vegana Pizza, and Diavola Pizza.
#5 Buccaneer Pizza
2757 N Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Buccaneer Pizza boasts a vibrant atmosphere and a one-of-a-kind menu. They specialize in making hand-tossed, thick-crusted pizzas that are generously topped.
The most popular pizza dishes include Buccaneer Combo, Cap’n Atkins, and Tuscany.
#6 Folks Pizzeria
2937 Bristol St a102, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Orange County’s coolest pizzeria, Folks Pizzeria, has an artisanal menu and seasonal dishes that celebrate many of the local ingredients in California. The pizzeria has a bubbly, party vibe that attracts hundreds of customers.
Folks serves natural wine on top of using a coal-fired oven to cook each pizza so the overall dining experience is truly unique. The most popular pizza dishes include Underwood Farms White Corn, Fennel Sausage Pizza, and Mushroom Pizza.
#7 Kuro Artisanal Pizza
2930 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The eclectic pizza menu from around the world is the first thing that will catch your eye. Kuro allows you to choose between 12-inch to 15-inch sizes and mix up various toppings.
Each pizza is perfectly cooked in its wood-fired oven, ensuring that the dough is fluffy and light. The most popular pizza dishes include Nacho: Honey & Jalapeno, Nico: Quattro Formaggi with Honey, and Pizza Il Re.
#8 Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza Store
26601 Aliso Creek Rd Suite D, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
From the moment you enter the door, you will be greeted with the irresistible aroma of freshly cooked pizza. Sgt. Pepperoni’s pizza is pure heaven. The crust is perfectly crispy and thin with the ideal amount of toppings and cheese that enhances the flavor.
The most popular pizza dishes include BBQ Chicken, Meatball Ricotta, and Grandma’s Pie.
#9 Rance’s Chicago Pizza
1420 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Rance’s offers three styles of pizza: tavern, stuffed, and pan. The crust is baked until golden brown and flaky. Additionally, their deep-dish pizza is a best-seller and has won Orange County’s Golden Foodie Award.
The most popular dishes include the House Special, Veggified, and Rance’s Favorite.
#10 Pitfire Pizza
1623 W Katella Ave #102, Orange, CA 92867
Pitfire Pizza has a wide range of flavorful pizzas. Their menu includes classic options and creative combinations. The restaurant has a trendy vibe and laid-back atmosphere, making it the perfect spot for enjoying great food in a relaxed setting.
The most popular dishes include Honey Bear Pizza, Heirloom Tomato Pizza, Sausage & Peppers Pizza, and Field Mushroom.
#11 Koreatown Pizza Co.
5236 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90621
The clean and fresh flavors of Koreatown Pizza Co are a breath of fresh air. They incorporate Korean flavors and serve unique combinations like their Party Cake and Farmer’s Harvest.
The modern and sleek interior with neon signs is also very appealing and trendy. The restaurant’s most popular dishes include Kingsley Pizza, Surf and Turf Pizza, and Golden Potato Pizza.
#12 Skal Pizza
3400 Via Oporto Suite 104, Newport Beach, CA 92663
If you like veggie pizzas, Skal Pizza is your go-to spot. Excellent service, amazing view, and one of the best wood-fired pizzas in the area.
This place is highly recommended for those who want to taste an original concept that outshines the traditional scene. The most popular dishes include Tomato Pizza, Avocado Pizza, and Everything Crust & Lox Pizza.
#13 Fuoco Pizzeria Napoletana
101 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832
Fuoco Pizzeria Napoletana, established in 2012, specializes in Neapolitan-style pizzas paired with beer, wine, and cocktails. You can taste and enjoy classic Italian flavors with just a bite of their crust, a charred and airy pizza filled with smoky flavors.
The most popular dishes include Nutella Pizza, Margherita Pizza, Chicken Pesto Pizza, and Fuoco Pizza.
#14 aPizza Doho
34255 Pacific Coast Hwy, #101 Dana Point, CA 92629
Located in Dana Point, aPizza Doho is a New Haven-type pizzeria that offers an amazing atmosphere and ambiance. They are also known for their thin-crust pizzas made with fresh ingredients, including locally-sourced produce.
The most popular dishes include Hwy 1 Pizza, Vampire Pizza, Burrata Pizza, and “Original” Pizza.
#15 Steel Pan Pizza
12885 Beach Blvd Suite 113, Stanton, CA 90680
With its delicious take on Detroit-style Pizza, Steel Pan Pizza is definitely one of the best in town. Each pizza is made with a crispy, thick crust and is heavily topped with toppings and cheese.
The menu has a variety of classic Detroit-style pizzas as well as more creative options. The most popular pizza dishes include Nuts and Bolts, Truffle Mushroom, and Tiki Torch.