Picking the Perfect Pizza

College is a short four years. Don’t let the perfect pizza pass you by. 

From amazing burger joints like 80/20 and Torch to oddly specific restaurants like The Grilled Cheese Bistro and The Handsome Biscuit, it seems like the Hampton Roads has it all when it comes to food. But what food, besides Raman, is the biggest staple amongst college students? For me, it’s pizza. Here are my top 5 favorite pizza places in the area.


5. Brixx Pizza


Brixx is a pizza chain with two locations in the Hampton Roads area. They’re known for their thin crust, wood-fired pizzas, as well as their affordable prices. If you stop by after 10:00 pm, all pizzas are buy one get one free. Additionally, you can add extra toppings to your pizzas for free. This is a great, affordable, place for a late night hang out with friends.


4. Christo’s NY Pizza


Nestled in between Chanello’s and Pizza Hut, Christo’s is an often overlooked pizza place on Indian River Road. This place feels like a relic from the 1980’s and 90’s in the best way. There is a small interior area with a counter, a couple of tables, and only a few employees. They don’t have a website, and they don’t deliver, so you’ll have to stop by in person. It’s a locally owned shop with amazing pizza and amazing prices. If you’re looking for a nostalgic trip, this is the place to go.


3. Windy City Pizza

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If you’re looking for deep dish/Chicago style pizzas, Windy City is the place to go. They currently have two locations in the Hampton Roads area. Windy City’s a little pricier than most of the other options on the list, but the pizzas are very filling and are probably best shared with a group of friends anyways. The “Pulaski” is a personal favorite of mine.


2. Marcos Pizza


Marco’s is not only a pizza shop, it’s a loyal friend. Forget Dominoes, Pizza Hut, and Papa John’s, Marco’s is hands down the best chain pizza restaurant. They have three nearby locations, delivery options,  frequent coupon offers, and some of the best pizza around. I highly recommend the Pepperoni Magnifico.


1. Cogan’s Pizza

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Ask any local what the best pizza place in the area is, and I can almost guarantee that the will recommend Cogan’s Pizza in Norfolk. They currently have two locations. The location on Colonial Street is small and eclectic. The brick oven is in the middle of the room, so you can actually watch the employees make your pizza. The location on Colley Street has a sports bar vibe to it, with a cool rooftop patio. Whichever location you choose, the pizza won’t disappoint. I recommend the New Yorker with mild sauce, or if you’re feeling adventurous, the MeatZilla with spicy sauce.

Calvin Welch is a Staff Writer for The Daily Runner.