Several Raleigh pizza connoisseurs were adamant I limit my research to non-chain restaurants. This led me to Lilly’s and the Lynnwood Grill.
Lilly’s Pizza, situated on Glenwood Avenue in the historic Five Points neighborhood is renown for serving made-from-scratch pizzas utilizing local, fresh, and organic ingredients. They’re also known for their specialty pizzas as well as their vegetarian and vegan options.
Lynnwood Grill & Brewing Concern has been providing pizza and beer in the Grove Barton neighborhood of Northwest Raleigh at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Lynn Road for over a decade. Specialty pizzas and house-brewed craft beers are their claims to fame. Moreover, the spacious dining room, roof-top seating, and 30 high definition televisions make Lynnwood Grill an awesome spot for pizza, beer, and sports.
Another local non-chain spot is Frank’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant on New Bern Avenue. For over 30-years, Frank’s has been a fixture in Southeast Raleigh serving New York-style pizza in a family eatery. I’ve not been to Frank’s yet, but several readers tell me it’s wonderful. I’m looking forward to trying out their homemade dough and famous sauce, soon!