1. OUT-OF-THE-BOX SLICE
This Mobile favorite, for students and families alike, is known for its unconventional pies. Local hits include the Thai Chicken and the Big Pig. If you’re looking for a meal on a budget, ask about the $5 lunch special, which includes a slice and a salad.
Picklefish Pizzeria • 5955 Old Shell Rd. 344-9899.
2. DOUBLE STUFF
Feeling particularly hungry today? Time for Pintoli’s stuffed pizza. That’s right: Two crusts piled with pepperoni, sausage, ground beef and mozzarella cheese. Think calzone, but in pie form.
Pintoli’s Italian Cafe • 5573 U.S. Highway 43, Satsuma. 675-0607.
3. COME ONE, COME ALL
For those avoiding gluten, finally a pie for you! Indulge in the popular House Special with a gluten-free crust with tons of meats and veggies, or ask your server about secret “off the menu” pizzas to shake up your normal routine. (Those with Celiac disease should specify so with their server.)
Mellow Mushroom • 5660 Old Shell Rd. 380-1500
4. THE REAL DEAL
To achieve the traditional flavors abundant in this Italian eatery’s pizzas and entrees, chef and owner Scott Dumas travels to The Boot every year, bringing back that unmistakable Italian flair. Try the Viale Gastone, loaded with pesto plus an abundance of cheese and vegetables, and you’ll know what “authentic” really tastes like.
Pinzone’s Italian Downtown • 312 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope. 990-5535.
5. DELICIOUSLY DARING
Check out this hidden gem’s Navco Special, a classic pie with plenty of meats and veggies. If you’re feeling brave, create your own! A few favorite inventions include pepperoni and banana
pepper, as well as pineapple and jalapeño.
Navco Pizza • 1368 Navco Road • 479-0066
text by chelsea wallace • photo by Todd douglas