By the slice or by the pie: Here are 15 mighty independent pizza places you must try in Peoria

by Carrie Bradon | Dec. 1, 2017, 12:00pm |

The average American consumes 23 pounds of pizza each year.

Few foods are as internationally adored as pizza, and in the United States, the love of this savory pie runs deep. According to National Association of Pizza Operators, the average American consumes 23 pounds of pizza each year.

Though many believe pizza was an Italian invention, the first pizza may have been invented by the Greeks, as they were known to eat large flatbreads with oil and seasonings. That being said, the pizza of ancient Italy shares a much closer resemblance to our modern pizzas, as they introduced sauces and cheeses to theirs.

Pizza has done more than survive since its early days, and it has indeed thrived. If you're in the mood for a delicious slice, here are 15 mighty independent pizza parlors in Peoria to try.

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Fedora's Pizza & Deli
1229 W. McClure Ave., Peoria, IL 61604
(309) 685-4976
A busy restaurant is always a good sign, and Fedora's constantly has a packed house, making their pizza well worth the wait.

Aurelio's Pizza -Peoria
3821 N. Sterling Ave., Peoria, IL 61615
(309) 682-3722
Specializing in pizza, salads and sandwiches, Aurelio's is a great spot if you're feeling the need for Italian fare.

Fat Jack's Pizza
7016 N. University, Peoria, IL 61614
(309) 692-9000
This neighborhood pizza shop is just what you've been looking for. Though unsuspecting, Fat Jack's offers some of the best pizza in town.

Chicago Pizza & Grill
814 W. Pioneer Parkway, Peoria, IL 61615
(309) 691-6900
Chicago Pizza & Grill may be far from the city of Chicago itself, but their pizza is a nice stand-in if you're missing the taste of home.

Brienzo's Wood Fired Pizza
5901 N. Prospect Road, Peoria, IL 61614
(309) 966-4185
Some customers boast that Brienzo's offers the best pizza in Peoria ... but you'll have to be the judge of that.

Rizzi's Restaurant
4613 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria, IL 61614
(309) 689-0025
Rizzi's consistently prepares and presents beautiful and satisfying renditions of Italian food, including delicious pizzas.

Nick-N-Willy's Pizza
4700 N. University St., Peoria, IL 61614
(309) 691-2345
Though more on the casual side, you won't be disappointed by the high level of quality that Nick-N-Willy's offers on their pizzas.

Oliver's Pizza & Pub
3300 W. Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL 61614
(309) 691-7891
Oliver's has a lovely outdoor patio that makes their pizza taste even better on a crisp evening. 

Sugar Wood Fired Bistro
826 SW Adams, Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 676-0848
Sugar Wood's pizzas are actually stone-fired, giving them a crispness that no other type of crust can compete with.

Monical's Pizza
4100 W. Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL 61615
(309) 691-6477
Monica's Pizza always offers good service along with their great pizza, making for a perfect dining option.

Pizza Ranch
4114 N. Brandywide Drive, Peoria, IL 61614
(309) 839-1420
Pizza Ranch is a local favorite, thanks to the quick service and excellent food options.

Old Chicago
7610 N. Grand Prairie Drive, Peoria, IL 61615
(309) 691-1885
Old Chicago boasts real Chicago-style deep dish pizza as well as a full menu of other beloved Italian dishes.

Agatucci's Restaurant
2607 N. University St., Peoria, IL 61604
(309) 688-8200
Agatucci's has been a part of the Peoria community for years, making it a must-try, whether you're new to the area or a lifelong resident.

2016 W. Farmington Road, West Peoria, IL 61604
(309) 981-5635
Shelton's offers tasty entrees, as well as reasonable prices and a great drink menu.

Lagondola Spaghetti House
700 E. War Memorial Drive, Peoria, IL 61614
(309) 688-0800
Lagondola may advertise itself as a spaghetti house, but the pizza is what many customers come back for.

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