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Your Guide to the Best Pizza Places in Downtown Des Moines

Downtown Pizza Places

Downtown Des Moines (DSM) has a pizza our hearts, with these 15 ooey-gooey Downtown Des Moines pizza places you NEED to check out! Cracker-thin crust, hand-tossed, Chicago deep dish or Detroit-style pizza, tried-and-true family friendly toppings or adventurous eats (shrimp … on a pizza?!), pizza by-the-slice or pies fit for a feast, your choice of white, red, pesto, BBQ or buffalo sauces — even breakfast pizzas, too! Whatever you’ve got a hankering for, Downtown DSM is your #1 destination for pizza, pizza, pizza.

Tavern Pizzerias in Downtown DSM

Think bar pizza, but better (so. much. better!). These Downtown Des Moines pizza spots are perfect for grabbing a bite to eat after a few drinks in the Historic Court District or following an Iowa Cubs, Wolves or Wild game. Cheers, my friend!

Dough Mama’s Pizzeria

214 4th St., Des Moines
Get your pizza by the slice here! Open daily at 3 p.m. and open late Friday and Saturday until 3 a.m., stop in to grab-and-go, or order ahead for takeout. There are quite a few specialty pizza flavors to choose from, including “Hot Honey Chicken,” “Lasagna,” “Bianca” (White), “Chicken Parmigiana” and more.

Mad Meatball

210 SW 11th St., Ste. 01, Des Moines
Find a tasty selection of homemade pies at this Downtown Des Moines pizza joint, with house-made sauce and pizza crust, with high-quality ingredients, too. The thin crust is crunchy with a slight fire-charred flavor, making for a great pairing for the “Buffalo Chicken Ranch” ‘za: grilled chicken, green peppers, onions, bacon and the house buffalo ranch sauce. Another fan favorite is the “Mad Meatza” pizza: pepperoni, capicola, Graziano sausage, bacon and meatballs on a house-made red sauce. If square-cut isn’t your thing, be sure to ask your server for a traditional pizza cut when you order.

Mad Meatball Pizza 

Pictured: A half Buffalo Chicken Ranch and half sweet Chili Chicken Pizza from Downtown Des Moines' Mad Meatball.

Truman’s KC Pizza Tavern

400 SE 6th St., Des Moines
This pub-style joint with its Kansas City-themed everything is a great location for pizza in Downtown Des Moines! Watching the big game? Come here. A slice after Des Moines' Downtown Farmers’ Market? Yep, this is the place. Grab a local craft beer and ‘za to fuel up while biking the trails. What are you waiting for?! Some of the more unique specialty pizza flavors include the “French Dip,” “Bang Bang Shrimp,” “Chicken Caesar,” “Shrimp Scampi” and the “Chicken Saltimbocca.” The pizzas come in 10” and 14” sizes, with tons of toppings to build your own. There are vegan and gluten-free pies, too!

Shrimp Scampi Pizza 

Pictured: Truman’s Shrimp Scampi pizza.

Fancy Pizza in Downtown Des Moines

When we say fancy, we mean good … like, really, really good! These Downtown Des Moines pizza places have classic flavors along with unique topping combinations and classy presentation that make you feel just a little bit extra. Basically, this is where to go for your Instagram-worthy foodie pics.


1003 Locust St., Des Moines
Baked in a coal-fired oven, Centro’s pizzas have a slightly charred or slightly blackened crust with perfectly cooked toppings made with garlic and olive oil. You can’t go wrong with any of the 18 on-menu pizza flavors, or customize to suit with the build-your-own option. Try the favorite of chef and owner George Formaro featuring mozzarella, Graziano’s Italian sausage, roasted red pepper, red onion and red sauce. Pro Tip: Eat like a Des Moines pizza-lovin' local and enjoy half-priced Centro pizzas and Peroni beers every Monday from 4 p.m. until close!

Centro Pizza 

Pictured: The Margherita pizza from Centro: mozzarella, basil and red sauce. Additionally, the photo shown at the top of the page is the Rosa Grande Pepperoni (Cupping) Pizza.

Franka Pizzeria

111 E. Grand Ave., Ste. 101, Des Moines
From the makers of St. Kilda, dine in for Neopolitan-style pizza with fresh ingredients sourced both locally around Greater Des Moines and imported. Several specialty red and white pizzas make for a robust menu, as well as build your own pizza or calzone customizations. Order up the “Pancetta White”: thyme cream, roasted garlic, fresh mozzarella, pancetta, oregano topped with Mike's hot honey. Or try the “Spicy Chicken Red”: arrabbiata sauce, fontina, chicken, basil, red onion, chili oil, pecorino cheese and crushed red pepper.

Franka Pizza 

Pictured: Franka Pizzeria’s Pancetta White pizza.


208 Court Ave., Des Moines
Mama Mia! Best known for its tapas and shared plates, RoCA’s flatbread pizza menu is small yet mighty with eight signature flavors of your choosing. The “Steak and Mushroom” flatbread includes a bold flavor combination of tenderloin, mushroom and mozzarella with red onion, chimichurri and white sauce. Vegetarians will love the “Fig and Goat Cheese” flatbread, with red onion and arugula truffle honey.

Pizza for Lunch in Downtown Des Moines

For hot, fast and ready-to-go pizza, Downtown Des Moines has several pizza places that are both unique within the region and favorite destinations for local workers over the lunch hour. (Pro Tip: Let’s be honest, you’re going to want more than just one slice!)

Basil Prosperi

801 Grand Ave., Des Moines
If you’ve never eaten lunch at Basil’s, you are seriously missing out. What started as a to-die-for soup, salad and pasta joint in Downtown Des Moines' 801 Grand building has now expanded into offering a full selection of pizzas by-the-slice, full pizzas made to order and take-and-bake pizzas, as well. You have got to try the “Honey Garlic Alfredo” pizza. And might we recommend pairing your slice with a side salad or cup of the soup du jour? No regrets.

Basil Pizza 

Pictured: Honey Garlic Alfredo pizza at Basil Prosperi in Downtown Des Moines.

Fong’s Pizza

223 4th St., Des Moines
If you're looking for a staple restaurant serving unique pizza, Des Moines' Downtown Fong's Pizza location is the place to go! Great for lunch, late-night pizza slices and your Saturday morning at Des Moines' Downtown Farmers’ Market breakfast pizza fix. Claim to fame: “The Crab Rangoon” pizza was featured on the Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” and the “General Tso’s Chicken” was on Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food.”

La Mie Elevate

601 Locust St., Des Moines
Take a walk on your lunch break to this Downtown Des Moines pizza place with skywalk access. The 10” artisan pizzas are all so delicious and sized just-right for lunch for one. Flavors: fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, Hawaiian, meat supreme, buffalo chicken and chicken pesto. And the best part? Snag yourself a signature La Mie bakery item for a sweet treat as dessert!

Michaelangelo’s Pizza and Pasta

700 Locust St., Des Moines
Located in the Local Bites Food Court of the Greater Des Moines Partnership Building in Downtown Des Moines, the slices of pizza are bigger than your plate and have the perfect cheese-to-crust ratio. Pair your slice with a parmesan and garlic roll and some marinara dipping sauce. The menu also includes pastas, meatballs, stromboli and salad.

Michaelangelo's Pizza 

Pictured: Beef, Bacon and Cheddar pizza on original hand-tossed crust at Michaelangelo’s in Downtown Des Moines.

Off the Chain Pizza in Downtown DSM

Sometimes you’re looking for what you know and hey, that’s cool, too! These pizza places located in Downtown Des Moines serve up the familiar pies you’ve come to know and love.

Blaze Pizza

300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines
Serving up personal-sized pizzas with six slices, five crust options and 35+ toppings to choose from, or large 14” pizzas plus extras like cheesy bread, salads, desserts, beer, wine and pop — customize to your little heart’s desire at this pizza chain located in Downtown Des Moines!


401 Grand Ave., Des Moines
This Downtown Des Moines pizza place has been a staple for a long time! Open late daily including until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Order online, through the app or by phone and choose from carryout, contact-free carside pickup or delivery options.

Fourth + Court Hy-Vee’s Mia Pizza

420 Court Ave., Des Moines
Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, stop into Hy-Vee's Downtown Des Moines store for pizza by the slice for lunch or dinner! A selection of full-sized take-and-bake pizzas are also available.

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