Pizza Joint

Review by: Michael Stern

If you want true Italian pizza in the small city of Aiken, South Carolina, have a meal at Apizza di Napoli, a one-of-a-kind restaurant that has been formally approved by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, the group that decides if a pizzeria’s pies are authentic. If you want a Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple, a baked potato pizza, a BBQ pizza, or a jerk chicken pizza, find a seat at Aiken’s Pizza Joint, one of a four-restaurant pizza chain between Columbia and Augusta, Georgia. I am quite sure that the VPN would not approve of what comes from the Pizza Joint’s ovens; and I suspect that customers who come to the Pizza Joint for a “Carnivore” specialty pie heaped with beef, ham, pepperoni, and sausage would find most elegant VPN-approved pizzas rather, shall we say, bloodless.

I admit it: There are times when I crave one of these outlandish, balls-to-the-wall, oh-so-American pizzas with its puffy crust and iconoclastic ingredients; and when I do, the Pizza Joint fills the bill admirably. Each pie is crafted to order. The last time I ordered a cheeseburger pizza, it was delivered from the brick oven to my table after a good 30 minute wait, the waitress proudly announcing that the chef had made it a bacon cheeseburger pie. (That was swell, however to my taste, chef went overboard with the mustard and pickles, and was not quite generous enough with tomatoes and lettuce.) Extra-thick, crisp-crusted Detroit-style pizzas take up to a half-hour, too, but they really are Motor-City good.

In addition to pizzas, the menu offers calzones, flatbreads, sandwiches, a few salads and a couple of predictable pasta dishes. There’s a full bar and copious beer choices; ambience is that of a friendly neighborhood tavern.

Directions & Hours

11am - 9pm
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

What To Eat

Hippie Heaven Pizza

DISH
Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

DISH
Stromboli

DISH
Plain Pizza

DISH
Meatball Sandwich

DISH
BBQ Chicken Pizza

DISH
Spinach Salad

DISH
Detroit Pizza

DISH
Detroit Sweet Heat

DISH

Pizza Joint Recipes

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