7 Superb Pizza Joints in the Triangle

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When it comes to pizza, everyone has a favorite, whether it's New York-style, deep dish or extra-thin crust. Then there are the toppings and sauces. Once you find a restaurant that makes your pie the way you love it, it's hard to switch to something new. Why not take your family on a pizza-sampling expedition at these seven popular Triangle pizza spots? You really can't go wrong!

Amante Gourmet Pizza
Order specialty gourmet pizzas with wheat or white crust. Try the Tuscany pizza with eggplant, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions and goat cheese, or create your own pie. Locations in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Morrisville and Cary.

Artisan Pizza Kitchen
Known for its artichoke basil pizza, Artisan Pizza Kitchen scores a 95 percent rating on urbanspoon.com. Specialty pizzas include Spinach, Feta, Buffalo Chicken, the Heart Lovers garlic olive oil-based pizza with vegetables and cheeses and more. Located at 153 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

Italian Pizzeria III
This Chapel Hill tradition gets a 92 percent rating on urbanspoon.com. The Marrone brothers have been serving up authentic Italian pizza at Italian Pizzeria III since 1980. Homemade ingredients include sauce made from Mamma Saletta's famous recipe. Located at 508 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

Lilly's Pizza
Lilly's is a vegetarian-friendly hot spot that prides itself on serving natural, local and organic foods. The dough contains organic and kosher stone-milled, whole-wheat flour from Graham, N.C. Topping choices include nondairy cheese, pistachios, vegan chicken strips, mandarin oranges and fresh vegetables. The Food Network's Rachel Ray featured Lilly's in February 2014 as a favorite pizza place across the country on its "Pizza Show" episode. Located in Raleigh and Durham.

Mellow Mushroom
This family-friendly restaurant that has been serving pizzas for 30 years offers something for everyone, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Mellow Mushroom's claim to fame is that they are the originators of the hand-tossed, stone-baked classic Southern pizza. Located in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and Wake Forest.

Namoli's New York Pizzeria
Enjoy pizza on Namoli's fresh dough made by hand daily using family recipes. Namoli's also serves desserts made from scratch. Located in Olive Chapel Village Center, 5444 Apex Peakway, Apex.

Enjoy big slices of authentic New York-style thin crust pizza with dough made fresh daily and baked on stone in brick ovens at Randy's. Locations in Raleigh, Durham and Morrisville.

Desperate for an authentic deep-dish pie? Try Acme Pizza in Holly Springs or Rosati's in Morrisville, but if you order the extra-large Rosati's Monster, be sure to have an extra-large crowd on hand to eat it!

Carol McGarrahan is a freelance writer in the Triangle.

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