5 of Myrtle Beach’s Top Pizza Parlors

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Sometimes, there’s just no substitute for pizza. A must-have favorite among the young and the old, foodies and feasters, and hungry diners from nearly all walks of life, the flatbread-, tomato- and cheese-based Italian dish can be found in all corners of our nation, and its popularity never seems to fade.

Fortunately for those craving pizza in the Myrtle Beach area, there are plenty of delicious options to be found at pizzerias up and down the Grand Strand. The next time you and your vacation crew are in the mood for a pizza pie during your South Carolina beach getaway, consider a visit to one of these five favorites of Long Bay Resort guests:

Ultimate California Pizza: With six locations along the Grand Strand — one of them an entertainment-loaded “UCP Gamezone” located just a 7-minute drive from Long Bay Resort — this local chain offers handcrafted pies with over 70 topping choices available, including gourmet options you don’t see every day like shrimp, New York strip, smoked gouda and spinach. A long list of specialty pies include creative creations like the San Diego, which features teriyaki chicken, hickory-smoked bacon, pineapple, roasted red peppers, Swiss and mozzarella, and the Santa Monica, which puts the surf & turf on a pie with New York strip, blackened shrimp, red onions and mozzarella on a base of extra virgin olive oil. Apps, salads, paninis and sandwiches round out the extensive menu options. Visit ultimatecaliforniapizza.com to learn more.

MOD Pizza: Offering custom, artisan-style pizzas served super-fast, this national fast-casual chain has set up shop in two Myrtle Beach locations — at the Highway 17/Highway 544 junction on South Commons Drive and just off Highway 501 in Carolina Forest. The individually-sized pizzas are made to order with over 30 topping options, and your price is the same no matter what toppings you choose. Popular pre-set options include the Lucy Sunshine with mozzarella, parmesan, artichokes, garlic and dollops of red sauce, and the Calexico with mozzarella, gorgonzola, chicken, jalapenos, buffalo sauce and red sauce. Visit modpizza.com for more information.

Michael's Pizza, Pasta & Grill: This North Kings Highway restaurant has been serving New York-style pizza on the Grand Strand since 1996. Specialty pizzas here include the Stuffed Meat pizza featuring sausage, pepperoni, meatballs and ham with crust on the top; the Stuffed Veggie pizza green peppers, black olives, mushrooms, onions and broccoli with crust on the top; and the Northern Italian white pizza with tomatoes and onions. Menu options beyond the pie include subs, burgers, pastas, paninis, gyros and a collections of baked goods for dessert. Learn more at michaelspizzambsc.com.

Mama Mia: With three area locations, this local chain is a labor of love for a local couple who met while working in a local pizza shop. Topping options are extensive — for example, guests can choose from 10 different cheese varieties including unique options like provolone, Swiss and ricotta, and over a dozen different sauce options, including unexpected options like Sweet & Tangy Thai Chili Sauce and mama’s Super Sauce. Specialty pizzas include the Cheesesteak Pizza and the Buddha Pie with Thai chicken, and pastas, toasted subs and more round out the menu offerings. Pies and ice creams are also big draws for those looking to satisfy a sweet tooth. Visit mamamiapizzeriamb.com to learn more.

Hot Tomato: Serving brick-oven pizza and other Italian-inspired dishes including pastas, seafood, flatbread and paninis, this 21st Avenue North pizza joint uses fresh cheeses, tomatoes and cured meats imported from Italy — all cooked at over 900 degrees in a brick oven that also hails from Italy. Signature gourmet pizzas include the Lasagna Pizza with fresh ground beef, ricotta and mozzarella, and the San Remo Pizza with grilled chicken, spinach and red peppers. The restaurant’s bar also boasts an impressive selection of imported and domestic wines and beers. For more information, visit hottomatomb.com.

With such a wide array of food choices available on the Grand Strand, guests at Long Bay Resort can find the perfect restaurant to satisfy whatever culinary craving might strike. Book your Myrtle Beach getaway today, and come see why Myrtle Beach is a great destination for lovers of all types of food.

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