It’s National Pizza Day, and we’re celebrating with some of the tastiest pizza in Dutchess County! Read on for where to find pub pies, Detroit-style pizza, wood-fired Neapolitan pies and classic New York style slices.
Situated on Main Street in Poughkeepsie right near the MJN Convention Center and Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, locals have frequented Emiliano’s for nearly three decades. Stop in this old-school New York pizza joint for loaded slices, calzones, strombolis, stuffed pizza and pies with gluten-free crust. In fact, the mouthwatering cuisine and memorable atmosphere drew HBO to shoot scenes for an episode of High Maintenance at Emiliano’s.
Sister restaurant to Lola’s, Lolita’s serves artisanal Neapolitan pies steps away from the Walkway Over the Hudson. Take a stroll 212 feet above the mighty Hudson River, then grab a table inside for a truly nourishing meal. High-quality ingredients elevate simple flavor combinations to new foodie heights—like the “New Yorker”, which tops a tomato sauce pie with a blend of asiago, mozzarella, parmesan and caciocavallo cheese. Any pizza aficionado needs to sample a wood-fired white pie topped with absurdly creamy taleggio cheese (currently available on the mushroom pie, which also sports truffled pecorino cheese, bright fontina and scallions.) Don’t forget to pair a pie with their legendary kale caesar salad and a local craft beer.
If extraordinary wood-fired pizza is your thing, be sure to experience culinary excellence at Pizzeria Posto. This Rhinebeck establishment received national acclaim for its elegant eats. Now, visitors can choose between dining at the original Northern Dutchess restaurant or taking a break from a day of shopping at the Eastdale Village Town Center in Poughkeepsie. Favorites include the “Mamma Mia,” a sauceless pie with smoked mozzarella, fennel sausage and wood-roasted onions and the “Marino,” a classic red pie topped with soppressata and Gaeta olives.
This jack-of-all-trades woodburning pizzeria is a great place to fuel up for a long walk or ride at the nearby (William R. Steinhaus) Dutchess Rail Trail. Whether you’re a fan of ultra thin-crust pizza or prefer doughy New York City-style slices, Florina’s delivers. Creative menu highlights include lasagna pizza, Philly cheesesteak pizza and shrimp scampi on a thin-crust square pie.
Have you tried Detroit-style pizza before? The thicker-crust square pan pizza resembles focaccia and boasts delicious toppings and ingredients. Michigan-born Charlie Webb graduated from The Culinary Institute in America in Hyde Park and opened Hudson and Packard in 2020, sharing this unique take on a classic dish with the Hudson Valley. Photogenic cuts range from the sweet and spicy Hudson Hornet (Mike’s Hot Honey, pepperoni, house-pickled jalapenos) to the colorful PYT (heirloom cherry tomato relish, red pepper relish, basil pesto), with plenty of over-the-top specials to try. Plus, they won second place at the International Pizza Expo.
Even closer to the Dutchess Rail Trail, Tiramisu’s supplies local families and visitors alike with a friendly atmosphere for delicious pizza. It’s an excellent spot for visitors with a sweet tooth, as their bakery produces beautiful Italian desserts like rainbow cookies, cannolis and, of course, tiramisu.
Steps away from the Wassaic Project—an engaging arts experience inside a historic seven-story wood crib grain elevator—The Lantern Inn serves up wood-fired pizzas loaded with fresh Hudson Valley ingredients. Sit outside in their dog-friendly garden for a lovely experience. Indulge in “The Rattlesnake”, a margherita pie topped with local sausage and mushrooms, or try the “Norma Jean” which sports fresh spinach, artichokes, lemon and dill.
Beacon’s newest pizzeria, Big Vinny’s Pizza & Donnoli offers a plethora of comfort food items. Truly inspired creations like “The Jerk” (jerk chicken, jack cheese, mushrooms) and “The Queens” (chicken cutlet, vodka sauce, bacon, chop meat) complement more classic styles of pizza. Plus, their signature donnolis combine donuts and cannolis for a truly Italian-American treat.
From Hawaiian and Grandma veggie to buffalo chicken and a pesto sun-dried tomato pie, Salvatore’s Wood-Fired Pizza slings mouthwatering pies on Broadway in Red Hook. Pop in this casual, friendly pizzeria after a trek through Poets’ Walk Park or a biplane ride at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome—both just a few minutes away.
Reborn from a popular neighborhood spot—Spanky’s Bar and Eatery, which closed back in 2009—The Dutch Crown fires up eclectic sourdough pizzas. Visitors can build their own beautiful pie from scratch, picking their own combination of sauce, cheese and toppings. Of course, house menus feature a range of tasty blends and specials that utilize local Hudson Valley ingredients. Add a slew of local craft beverage options and wings, and you’ve got the perfect spot for comfort food.
For a taste of modern Italian cuisine, Beacon’s Enoteca AMA and Fishkill’s AMA Wood-Fired Kitchen + Bar are both worth a visit. These delicate pizzas highlight high-quality ingredients that pair beautifully with an Italian wine list. The “Tartufata” builds on a black truffle and porcini spread base with fiore di latte mozzarella, speck and a runny organic egg on top. Similarly, the “Figura” presents a beautifully balanced pie with black mission figs, arugula, prosciutto and creamy stracciatella cheese. Note: all of their pies are available with a gluten-free cauliflower crust.
What goes better than beer and pizza? Visit these Dutchess County breweries for fresh pies alongside local pints.
Mill House Brewing Company in Poughkeepsie puts a memorable spin on pizza. Try a local favorite, the “Fig and ‘Pig’”, a pie topped with figs, arugula, smoked mozzarella and duck bacon. Often, their specials menu includes a fun pub-style pizza like chicken and waffles, frito pie or chicken and waffles.
For a truly interesting pairing, visit Hudson Valley Brewery in Beacon and pair their inventive sour IPAs with a pie from the Groundlings wood-fired pizza truck.
Hazy New England IPAs also complement pizzas beautifully. Chef Adam Slamon creates a rotating menu of pizzas at Sloop Brewing Co. in Hopewell Junction. Visit on Wednesdays to score any two pizzas with any two pints of beer for $35.
During warm weather, score a table on the rooftop of Zeus Brewing Company in Poughkeepsie for pies and pints with a view of the Hudson River. BBQ pulled pork pizza, CBR (chicken-bacon-ranch) with bruschetta and a white pie topped with hot honey and pistachios.