Family-owned pizzerias carry recipe traditions for generations like Zelda’s Gourmet Pizza and Luigi’s Pizza Parlor, for example. Both of these longtime Sacramento institutions are known for their unique take on pizza, from Zelda’s Chicago-style deep-dish pies to Luigi’s third-generation recipes with the largest list of meat selections. Whether it’s a pepperoni and linguiça combo, or a ground beef, bacon and pastrami blend, this list of Sacramento pizza parlors serve the best meat lover’s pizza in town.
Zelda’s Gourmet Pizza
1415 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 447-1400

When dining at this Sacramento institution, guests notice the fully stocked bar; comfortable wooden booths and small candles set the mood at each table. The pizza will be delivered in a cast iron deep-dish pan and mounted on a cooling rack in the middle of the table. Zelda’s has been known for Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza since 1978. A meat lover would appreciate Zelda’s no-frills approach to its menu, so don’t expect any arugula or fancy mushrooms as an option. Instead, Zelda’s sticks to authentic and traditional ingredients like meat, sauce, anchovies, some vegetables, and cheese. But the pizza to try is the “Everything”: pepperoni, sausage, anchovies, green peppers, mushrooms, and onions.

Luigi’s Pizza Parlor
3800 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95820
(916) 456-0641

A historic pizza parlor that first opened its doors in 1953, Luigi’s is a longtime Sacramento favorite when it comes to traditional pizza. In 1965, Dario Brida and his son, Sergio, immigrated to the United States from Northern Italy and purchased Luigi’s. Together, the Brida family is in its third generation and still running the joint, serving piping-hot pies until 2 a.m. on the weekends. Luigi’s also has a huge meat selection: 100 percent beef, Italian salami and sausage, linguiça, beef pastrami, turkey bacon, chicken, anchovies and even shrimp. Stop by Luigi’s and dine in with the family some time. There’s plenty of flat-screen televisions for dad to watch the game with a cold pint and plenty of arcade games for the kids.

Pieces By The Slice
1309 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 441-1949

Pieces by the Slice is known as the late-night pizza spot you can count on to soak up a night of bar or club-hopping. Pieces is known for a variety of specialty menu items, one being its pesto sticks: crispy breadsticks twisted with pesto, garlic and topped with cheese. But it’s mainly celebrated among midtown dwellers for its large slices of multi-topping pizza with a crust that’s stuffed with mozzarella cheese. If you’re a hungry carnivore, choose a slice with all the meat options: pepperoni, Canadian bacon, sausage and more. Plus, this pizza joint doesn’t skimp on the dipping sauces and lists everything from blue cheese to chipotle ranch.

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Uncle Vito’s Slice Of NY
1501 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-3699

Uncle Vito’s is the perfect late-night spot to visit for a quick slice and an ice-cold beer before heading home to sleep away the night’s festivities. Oftentimes, the midtown pizza joint is high-energy with conversations buzzing about the bar, throughout the scattered tall tables and even spilled out onto the outdoor patio. But what makes this quaint pizzeria worthwhile is its happy hour special: For $5, customers enjoy one large slice of pizza and a beer. Order a personalized meat slice next time you’re out and about in midtown with any of the following toppings: salami, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, and anchovies.

Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
2001 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 442-6770

From small, personal-sized pizzas to extra large family style pies, Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse located in the heart of busy midtown Sacramento is yet another destination for meat lovers. The Pete’s All Meat, for example, is a heaven on a plate for the meat connoisseur in your life, with pepperoni, salami, ham, linguica, sausage and ground beef. Of course, it’s also topped with loads of mozzarella cheese and plenty of Pete’s specialty red sauce. But if you’re the type of carnivore who likes to build a pizza from scratch, Pete’s also keeps that option available with nine varieties of meat available to create your very own meaty masterpiece.

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