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Readers Blog: OnMilwaukee.com Intern Team: Sean Mahon

A Buyer's Guide to Pizza in Milwaukee

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Every big city has its claim to fame "pizza joints." Of course, there are always the boring old giants in Pizza Huts and Domino's, but surely you prefer your very own hometown-type pizza joint, don't you?

I'm a self-proclaimed pizzaologist. A pizza aficionado. Simply put, a pizza lover. Call it what you will, I enjoy trying a diverse selection of pizza from a wide variety of places.

Milwaukee is home to some of my favorite pizza, starting with my pal...

I. Sal. Sal's Pizza is on Wisconsin Avenue, right on the western tip of Marquette campus. How good is this regular crusted, delicious pie? It's widely considered the best pizza joint by Marquette students. To add to the entree, placed right beside your pie is the best garlic roll on the planet. Don't underestimate the garlic roll. It's that good, that I am mentioning it as part of Sal's charm. A Sal's pizza without the garlic roll is just not quite as good, but Sal's is not quite as affordable as...

II. Pizza Shuttle, which is the on-the-run, steal deal. The location on Farwell looks like they celebrate Christmas year-round, with lights shining everywhere. I'm not sure anyone would profess pure pizza love for the Shuttle, but it's definitely a staple in Milwaukee because it's so affordable and delivers late into the night. The Shuttle is open late, but the selection is not quite as great as...

III. Ian's Pizza. It's the exotic, creative and sometimes absurd pizza place on Milwaukee's East Side. It's the Nyjer Morgan of pizza. Who's Nyjer Morgan? He's the colorful new (semi) star of the Milwaukee Brewers, who says things that even a Jersey Shore character would question. You never know what you'll see at Ian's. They've got pizza with bacon on it. Or even pizza with bacon-cheeseburgers on it. They've got Mac N Cheese Pizza, and a lot of other diverse options all depending on the month you stop by. If you prefer the east coast to the east side then...

IV. Brick 3 on 3rd Street is the place for you. It's a New York Style pizza place. It's a comfy location and perfect for late nights while bar hopping or bombing around Old World. It has a modern look inside and that huge, thin style pizza look, but a bit different from...

V. Zayna's Pizza, which not only offers pizza, but chicken, shrimp, subs, nachos, custard and everything else that is making you crave delicious greasy food right about now. Located on Brady Street, it's an overall good pizza place. It delivers. It's affordable. However, it is outdone by its neighbor down the block, the other Big Z in...

VI. Zaffiro's--my personal favorite. The best for last: Zaf's speaks for itself with the awards it has won. I'll call it the Corvette of pizza. It's always a classic, never gets old and has been doing it for years now. The indoor seating at Z's is about as inviting as a slightly beatup, dingy, 50-year-old kitchen, primarily for the fact that it is a slightly beatup, dingy, 50-year-old kitchen, but that just adds to the effect. The pizza is tortilla thin and simply the best.

Who did I leave out? What's better? Voice your choice if you so care, because I surely hope to diversify my pizza repetoire in the coming months.

Lastly, if you're not desperately craving pizza after reading this ... something is surely wrong with you.

--@OMCSean 

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januarygirl | Nov. 18, 2011 at 4:36 a.m. (report)

Di Stefano's Pizza (46th & Forest Home) My family and friends all love their pizza's that come fully loaded. They have the best fully enclosed stuffed pizza's, pan, thick or thin authentic Italian pies! Ready to my left overs from last night!

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DT | Oct. 4, 2011 at 10:52 a.m. (report)

Calderone Club. The best.

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jakkalope | Sept. 8, 2011 at 3:07 p.m. (report)

35403 Solid list. Good to see Sal's get some love...awesome piping hot pizza. There is a Sal's in Cedarburg that has some of the best pizza...is it the same guy?

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Midwest | Aug. 26, 2011 at 2:37 p.m. (report)

Olive Pit indeed. Not to be missed.

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Aardvark | Aug. 15, 2011 at 8:42 a.m. (report)

34650 You left out the best places. Transfer, Via, Olive Pit, Classic Slice, Tenuta's.

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