The Dish: Where to Find the Best Pizza on Cape Cod
The pizza party is the envy of kids everywhere. Even as we age, the celebratory nature of the popular Italian dish is unchanged.
That is certainly true on Cape Cod, where a variety of cooking methods – from coal fired to brick oven to wood fired – and an endless array of fresh toppings – from shrimp and scallops to locally sourced vegetables – offer a mouthwatering range of options for the most passionate of pizza lovers.
Topping the Competition
Consistently ranked as one of the best pizza spots on the Cape, Pizza Barbone is the ideal place to start your edible adventure. Located in the heart of downtown Hyannis, the restaurant’s creations are baked in a hand-crafted Stefano Ferrara oven, built by third generation oven makers out of rock and ash from Mt. Vesuvius, and covered in hand-painted glass tiles. Throw in the freshest of ingredients – Pizza Barbone has its own rooftop garden with vegetables that make their way onto their trademark Neapolitan pizzas – and the result is some of the tastiest pies found on this side of the canal.
Not far behind on the popularity scale is Wicked Restaurant & Wine Bar in Mashpee. As its name suggests, Wicked strikes the perfect balance between casual dining and understated sophistication. While the lively vibe is part of the restaurant's appeal, it’s the Neapolitan fire-kissed pizza, cooked in a 700-degree stone hearth oven, that is the draw. Our favorite of their artisan pies is the Scallop BLT, featuring ea scallops, basil aioli, applewood smoked bacon, fresh tomato, Gorgonzola cheese and baby arugula.
A short drive away in Mashpee Commons, Estia Taverna has made a name for itself, thanks to its modern Greek cuisine and coal-fired thin crust pizza served in an upscale setting. Its menu ranges from the traditional (mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil) and the one-of-a-kind (shrimp, olives, feta, tomatoes, and oregano) to the daring (ranch base, buffalo chicken, gorgonzola, and banana peppers). Also check out Estia’s second location, which recently opened on Falmouth’s Main Street.
Back to the Basics
When one thinks of this Italian delicacy, it typically conjures up images of the old-fashioned, no-frills mom and pop pizza joint. Nothing is fancy, and everything is delicious.
That’s exactly what you’ll find at Paradise Pizza in Dennis. Opened in 1976 by Joey Cardillo and his father, the restaurant has long been a staple of the Cape’s dining scene. With names that draw from the family’s short stint in Florida – Deerfield Beach Meat Lovers, Sanibel Island, and Miami Spice, to name a few – the pizza ensures that the eatery more than lives up to its slogan: “A Slice of Paradise on Cape Cod.”
You’ll find a similar scene at Bob’s Sub & Cone & Pizza on Route 6 in South Wellfleet and The Pizza Guyz on Route 151 in Mashpee. At both restaurants, the atmosphere is relaxing and laid back; the focus is on the food. Also known for its burgers, Pizza Guyz takes it to the next level with their Cheeseburger Guy pizza, boasting a ketchup and mustard base and generously topped with grilled hamburger, pickles, onions and yellow cheddar.
For New England sports fans, Dino’s Sports Bar in Mashpee is the recommended spot to not only watch your favorite teams play, but to enjoy some great bar food. Don’t worry, that includes their signature pizzas!
Great Atmosphere and More
By its very definition, pizza ensures a fun time will be had wherever it’s served. Places like the Lost Dog Pub (Dennis and Orleans) make sure that's the case thanks to an old-fashioned bar featuring a great selection of beer, wine and mixed drinks, weekly entertainment, and signature pizzas that include the Kitchen Sink, which comes with the works.
For a more intimate dining experience, consider the Roadhouse Café in Hyannis, which doesn’t skimp on the entertainment. Featuring a piano bar, live music is a staple on Friday and Saturday nights, along with a Monday night jazz ensemble. It’s the perfect ambiance to enjoy the perfect pizza (try the BBQ pulled pork – a personal favorite).
And when it comes to quality, you can’t go wrong at the Rock Harbor Grill in Orleans. Owner Charles Konner and head chef Stuart Hirsch have worked at some of the finest restaurants on Cape Cod. Their experience and talent has resulted in a menu that is among the best in the region and includes a slate of wood-fired pizza that keep customers returning time and time again.
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