As great as pizza is with marinara and cheese and the works, sometimes it's a great choice to switch up the flavors. Garlic pizza is one of the best ways to do that, while still keeping those toppings you love so much.

The question was asked in numerous restaurant reviews on Facebook: Who has the best garlic pizza in the Utica/Rome area?

These restaurants had the most comments by far with raving reviews.

** Please note: these were based on comments, the author did not come up with this list.

Get The Best Garlic Pizza at These Nine Utica/Rome Restaurants

According to several reviews, these nine restaurants toss up the best garlic pizza in the area. Do you agree?

Do you know the origin of pizza and when it was first documented in history? It's one for the memory books for sure, and according to, it became officially popular in Italy.

Pizza has a long history. Flatbreads with toppings were consumed by the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks. (The latter ate a version with herbs and oil, similar to today’s focaccia.) But the modern birthplace of pizza is southwestern Italy's Campania region, home to the city of Naples.


Our pizza here sure is great, but how about our Riggies?

If you go anywhere outside of Central New York and mention "Riggies" - people are bound to look at you like you have seven heads. It's a staple for us. Whether you make them yourself, or dine out at your favorite restaurant, Riggies are everywhere,

The definition of Riggies, according to Wikipediaan Italian-American pasta dish native to the Utica-Rome area of New York State. Although many variations exist, it is a pasta-based dish typically consisting of chicken, rigatoni, and hot or sweet peppers in a spicy cream and tomato sauce.

Looking for some new places to try Riggies at? We complied an A to Z list for you here.

Where To Find The Best Wood Fired Pizza In The Utica And Rome Area

Luckily, you don't have to travel far and wide for amazing pizza in Central New York. We are pretty lucky when it comes to that, and we use normal pepperoni on ours....not the stuff that Buffalo tries to pass off as a pizza topping.

Either way, here's where to find the best of the best when it comes to wood fired pizza:

Top Pizza Places In The Utica And Rome Area We Miss The Most

We asked on social media and our station app, what were the pizza places you missed the most, that are long gone? Here's the top 17 from that list.

10 Utica and Rome Area Pizza Places That Deserve Way More Attention

There's no secret around Central New York- The Utica and Rome area has some of the best pizza in the world. There are dozens of pizza places in CNY that deserve way more credit. The ones diehard fans go to on a weekly basis, but sometimes aren't getting more attention from others.


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