Hungry for pizza? Here are five local spots where you can get a great tasting pie.

Pizza is a go-to for many of us when it’s time to order takeout. Bread, sauce, cheese, and your favorite topping make it an easy one-size-fits-all meal. While there are plenty of national pizza chains, Maryland has some great restaurants where you can get a freshly made pizza while supporting a local business. Whether you’re vacationing in Ocean City or hanging out in the city, here are five places Marylanders go to get the best pizza.

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Ledo Pizza

Ledo Pizza is a Maryland favorite dating back to 1955. The pizza from Ledo is square—not round—and when you order pepperoni, you’ll get one fat slice of it centered on each pizza slice. The crust has a crispy, buttery taste and is topped with a sweet sauce and smoked provolone cheese instead of the traditional mozzarella. Ledo also offers subs, salads, pasta, and jumbo chicken wings and has 30 locations in Maryland. 

Pizza Johns

Located in Essex, Pizza Johns is a pizza giant in Maryland. The 350-seat restaurant uses fresh handmade dough for its pizzas, along with house-made sauce and freshly grated cheese. The vast menu includes sandwiches, pasta, wings, salads, and in-house desserts. The popular restaurant also offers take-and-bake pizza, or you can grab a slice during baseball season downtown at Camden Yards.

Dough Roller Pizza

Dough Roller pizza, courtesy Christa Emmer

The Dough Roller

You can't walk very far in Ocean City without running into a Dough Roller restaurant. The popular beach town chain is a favorite for both pizza and pancakes. Pizzas at the Dough Roller are made with fresh dough, grated cheese, and a house-made sauce. The restaurant also serves pasta, subs, and Dayton’s Boardwalk Famous Fried Chicken in select locations. Come back for breakfast and try one of the restaurant’s 12 different pancake varieties. 

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HomeSlyce Pizza Bar

HomeSlyce serves up homemade pizzas with creative topping combinations. Take the Homeslyce classic, a pizza made with goat and mozzarella cheese, walnuts, eggplant, spinach, caramelized onions, and roasted peppers. Sounds great, right? HomeSlyce also offers sandwiches, calzones, salads, and appetizers, and everything on the menu is baked—no deep fryers here! Too tired to cook? Stop in for a 16-inch pizza paired with a bottle of wine for just $25. HomeSlyce has five locations in Maryland and one in D.C.

Coal Fire Pizza

Coal Fire Pizza, courtesy Facebook

Coal Fire

Coal Fire is relatively new to the Maryland pizza scene. Coal-fired pizza became popular in New York City and has been making its away across the country. The super hot anthracite coal cooks fast, resulting in a crispy crust and thoroughly melted toppings. Coal Fire offers a variety of traditional toppings along with the choice of three different sauces. If you come in before 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, you can get a nice personal pizza for just $7.95. Coal Fire has five locations in Maryland and two in Virginia.

What is your favorite place to get pizza in Maryland? We always like to try new places. Tell us in the comments!