Just because pizza originated in Italy doesn’t mean the U.S. has no claim on it. From NYC to Chicago, cities all across the country have put their own unique spin on the cheesy staple, turning pizza-making into something of an art. Some may argue that the Northeast is the best place to grab a slice, but there are pizza chefs scattered all across Virginia would who beg to differ. For the best pizza in Chester, start with the popular local eateries listed in this guide.
This pizzeria, located on Chester Village Drive, pays homage to New York tradition with each pie that comes from the kitchen. That means a thinner crust (usually tossed by hand) that is very pliable, so you can fold it in half without breaking it. Pizza Express boasts that its pizza has been named “the best” for 10 years in a row. That might have something to do with the stuffed pizzas, which come with the toppings, sauce, and cheese in between a bottom and top crust. With an array of toppings, including steak, there are plenty of options to keep even the discerning New York transplant satisfied at Pizza Express.
One of the great things about the prevalence of pizza places is the innovation that comes with the competition between businesses. As pizzerias branch out and get more adventurous with their toppings, sauces, and even crusts, great combinations arise. Antonio’s, located in Iron Bridge Plaza, offers many examples of this. Promising more than just your standard meat lover’s and vegetarian pies, this establishment also has barbecue- and Hawaiian-inspired pizzas. As with many pizzerias, Antonio’s also offers a build-your-own option. The restaurant has the standard variety of toppings, including pepperoni and olives, but also serves up special seafood toppings, such as shrimp and calamari. The chef crafts calzones and strombolis, too, in case you prefer your pizza inside out.
Last but not least, we come to Rosa’s in the Bermuda Square Shopping Center. After three decades in business, it has become the oldest pizza parlor in the Tri-City region, and there’s a reason for this long lifespan. With 30 toppings to choose from, you can design a pizza that previously only existed in your head. If you’re not feeling creative, don’t worry, as the staff has dreamed up some great combinations for you. They offer a stir-fry pizza, which is brushed with olive oil and topped with mozzarella cheese, grilled steak, peppers, and onions. For something spicier, opt for the Tex-Mex pie, which combines ground beef and chopped onion with hot peppers and sun-dried tomato. If neither of those intrigue you, then the breakfast dishes might. Yes, this Italian restaurant also offers a full breakfast menu, including the inventive breakfast pizza. American and mozzarella cheeses complement green peppers, ham, onions, tomatoes, and fluffy scrambled eggs atop the breakfast pizza. The sheer amount of options found at Rosa’s might inspire you to show up regularly.
It’s easy to find pizza, but it can be difficult tracking down the perfect slice. Try these places out, and you might just find your new favorite.