The Hot List: Pizza

Slice Pizza in Kill Devil Hills recently was named best pizza in North Carolina by TripAdvisor based on user reviews.

Nags Head Pizza Company

  • Where: 3701 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 4.5, Kitty Hawk and 7631 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Manteo-Nags Head causeway, Nags Head
  • Info: 252-715-3455,

Meat-lovers, vegans and vegetarians can all get a piece of the thin-crust pies at the two eateries.

And there are plenty of choices.

One specialty item is the “Manmaker,” packed with sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage, ham, ground beef and bacon.

For vegans, there's “Love Your Mother,” with extra sauce, vegan pepperoni, red onions and sprinkled with arugula and light olive oil.

Vegetarians should achieve nirvana with the “Farmer's Market,” which features a mozzarella base with fresh spinach, roasted broccoli, roasted mushrooms, yellow onions and Roma tomatoes finished with an olive oil drizzle, and grated parmesan cheese.

The Kitty Hawk location is take-out and delivery only.

Seating is available indoors and outdoors at the Nags Head spot, which offers panoramic views of the Roanoke Sound.

Garden Deli and Pizzeria

The family-owned restaurant is on the main drag in Manteo, not far from the legendary Christmas Shop.

There's indoor and outdoor seating.

The pizzas are cooked in a stone-oven.

One popular item is the Garden White, which features four cheeses, broccoli, tomatoes and garlic sauce.

If you have a hungry crew, the “Six-Shooter” should be the ticket.

It's plenty cheesy and is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions and black olives.

There are also several veggie choices, and pizza can be ordered by the slice.

Delivery is available on Roanoke Island and in South Nags Head.

Wave Pizza Cafe

  • Where: 1190 Duck Road, Osprey Landing Sound Front Shops, Duck
  • Info: 252-255-0375,

If you want to munch on pizza while gazing at the water, Wave is the spot.

It overlooks the Currituck Sound, and you can sit indoors or outdoors.

The shop's signature pizza is the “Surfer Girl.”

Ingredients include red sauce, artichokes, mushrooms, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes.

Another popular choice is “Blackbeard's Revenge,” a pie infused with red sauce, sausage, banana peppers, jalapeños, and red onions.

All pizzas feature whole-milk mozzarella cheese and are cooked in a stone oven.

And they're hand tossed.

There's no delivery, however.

But did we mention that view?

Cosmo's Pizzeria

  • Where: 5591 N. Croatan Hwy. (Market Place Shopping Center), Southern Shores
  • Info: 252-261-8388,

It's New York-style pizza all the way at Cosmo's in Southern Shores.

That means the pies are thin crust and hand-tossed.

Slices can be folded in half for easier consumption.

The restaurant has old-school charm with tables and booths and low lighting.

But enough about atmosphere, the real story is the food.

The “Margarita” merges fresh garlic, Roma tomatoes, and fresh basil, with gobs of mozzarella cheese.

Meat-lovers will go wild over the “Con Carne Pizza,” which is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, Black Forest Ham and home-made meatballs.

There is also a vegetarian pizza on the menu.

Delivery is available in Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores and Duck.

Slice Pizzeria

  • Where: 710 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: (252) 449-8888,

The pizza joint got serious props recently when the website Trip Advisor named it the “No. 1 Pizzeria in North Carolina.”

Specializing in hand-tossed, thin crust and deep-dish pizzas baked in a stone-oven, Slice really wants you to create a custom pie.

Meat-eaters and vegetarians will find much to love.

Ingredients include spinach, broccoli, pineapple, onions, peppers, sausage, ham- ground beef, parsley, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes.

All pizzas are served with vegetarian sauce, and there are several specialty and standard pizzas on the menu.

Delivery is available from milepost 4.5 in Kitty Hawk to milepost 15 in Nags Head.

Please Note: This is not a "Best Of" list. Rather, it's a recurring feature in which we list places and things that help make the Outer Banks a great place to visit — and an even better place to call home.

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