Pizza Joint

Pizza | Sandwich Shop | Tavern
Worth a return

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.

What to Eat
Pizza Joint, Hippie Heaven Pizza
Hippie Heaven Pizza
Hippie Heaven: red sauce, feta, tomatoes, banana peppers & pesto.
Pizza Joint, BBQ Chicken Pizza
BBQ Chicken Pizza
BBQ chicken pizza adds feta cheese to the mix.
Pizza Joint, Detroit Pizza
Detroit Pizza
Detroit-style pie with wickedly crunchy crust
Pizza Joint, Detroit Sweet Heat
Detroit Sweet Heat
Detroit Sweet Heat: sausage, peppadew peppers, ricotta, parmesan on wicked-corner crust
Pizza Joint, Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza
Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza
All the elements of a bacon cheeseburger, including mustard & dill pickle chips.
Pizza Joint, Stromboli
The baked pizza-crust sandwich known as a stromboli is here filled with pepperoni, sausage, and mozzarella.
Pizza Joint, Plain Pizza
Plain Pizza
You can buy pizza by the slice.
Pizza Joint, Meatball Sandwich
Meatball Sandwich
Marinara and mozzarella-smothered meatballs
Pizza Joint, Spinach Salad
Spinach Salad
Candied pecans and dried cranberries make spinach salad sweet.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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