Best Pizza in Buffalo




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I think I have a problem.

For most people, the first things they look at when moving to a new neighborhood are the quality of the schools, the taxes, and the crime rate. They probably look at how far grocery stores and parks are.

Not me.

I look at the pizza places. I wanna know what pizzerias are within a five mile radius of my potential humble abode. Oh, you’re going to sell me a mansion for $5,000? Sorry bud, the only pizza place around her is a Papa John’s; I can’t live here.

Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit. But I think you get the point, I take my pizza seriously – and I have the belly to prove it.

Buffalo pizza is truly unique. It’s not deep dish in Chicago, and it’s not thin, flat, and wide like in NYC. It’s probably not what you’re picturing in your head right now either. The truth is, authentic Buffalo pizza is getting harder to find as the years go by.

What a lot of places pass off as Buffalo pizza these days is nothing more than a pie somewhere in between Chicago and NYC style in thickness that’s covered with bland sauce and the cheapest mozzarella cheese they can find. Some places just give you a box full of grease. It’s sad, but true.

So what’s real Buffalo pizza then? In my opinion, a real Buffalo pizza should look like me after I’m done eating ribs – big, thick, heavy and covered in sweet sauce.


I got the chance to do some "research" for this article at Bocce Club Pizza.


The pizza should be so heavy that you could get a bicep workout when bringing it back to your car after picking it up. You should be able to knock someone out with it. The sauce should be sweet and the pepperoni should be thick. That’s a Buffalo pizza.

One of the legendary pizzerias of Buffalo was called Martucci’s. They made pizza just like that and I was lucky enough to eat a lot of it as a kid before Joe Martucci retired.

Ok, so you’re probably wondering when the hell I’ll get to the point. So who has the best pizza in Buffalo?

I think it’s a tie. It’s a tie between two pizzerias.

Imperial Pizza in South Buffalo and Bocce Club Pizza on Bailey in Amherst. A lot of you know Imperial as the place Pat Kane used to work at, and it’s where he brought the Stanley Cup twice. Bocce Club is pretty legendary and actually started in a club where they played bocce ball. Anyway, those are the two I would pick. Both make a very similar pie, and rumor has it that they were affiliated with one another at one point (although I am not able to confirm this). They both exemplify the Buffalo style that is getting hard to find nowadays.

So in case you were wondering, I lived in South Buffalo for a while, and I cried when I had to move away from my beloved Imperial. But I lucked out in that I live close enough to Bocce Club now where I’m just at the edge of their delivery zone! Phew.

Anyway, I compiled a list of honorable mentions:

Chick-N-Pizza Works

Metro Pizza Co.

Franco’s Pizza

Mattina’s Pizzeria

La Pizza Club

Bob and John’s La Hacienda

Avenue on Genesee St. (now closed)


Zahz Pizza

Maria Pizza (Angola)

So what do you think? Do you agree? Do you have any suggestions? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts. It is definitely possible that I forgot a place or two!


– Mike O’Brien