DETROIT - When it comes to finding the best slice of pizza, nothing beats finding it in an independent or family owned restaurant.
While larger pizza chains can be found throughout the state or country, voters have chosen their favorite local pizzerias that can't be found anywhere else.
VOTE 4 THE BEST: 2012 winners of best independently owned pizza restaurants
5) The Coach Sports Grille
Beginning the countdown of best independent pizza places is the Coach Sports Grille, formerly known as the Coachman Lounge.
Located in Madison Heights, The Coach Sports Grille says it offers an assortment of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, pastas and, what helped it make the list, pizza. The Coach's pizzas are hand tossed and baked in a brick oven to give them, what they say, an authentic Old World taste.
Terry on our Vote 4 The Best contest page says everything is fresh, well-balanced and perfectly seasoned. One voter even said Coach's feels like a hometown version of "Cheers."
For directions to The Coach Sports Grille, click here.
4) Father and Son Pizzeria
Independently owned and operated since 1983, Father & Son Pizzeria says its pizzas are made with homemade dough and sauce.
Father & Son says its "Chicago Style Pizza" is the latest addition to its menu. The pizzeria also offers broasted chicken, wing dings, cheesy bread, pasta, salads and more.
"Father and Son Pizzeria has the best pizza in town," said Peggy, who voted in this year's contest. "Employees are very friendly. The owner also makes you feel like family."
Click here to learn more and for directions to Father and Son Pizzeria in Chesterfield.
3) Loui's Pizza
Located in Hazel Park and placing third on the list of best independently owned pizzerias across Detroit is Loui's Pizza.
For over 35 years, Loui's Pizza has served the Detroit area and was also awarded best pizza by CityVoter.com in 2012.
"Best Detroit style pizza and great salads," said Keith.
Besides pizza, the restaurant also sells pastas, antipasto salads, sandwiches and Loui's Special, a large grilled cheese and steak sandwich with special sauce.
Find directions to Loui's Pizza and view more recommendations here.
2) Green Lantern Lounge
Family owned over sixty years, Green Lantern Lounge places second on the list of best independently owned pizza places.
Green Lantern Lounge, located in Madison Heights, says all of its ingredients are made fresh daily and is a great place for family and friends. Specialty pizzas that make the menu include John's Jumbo Pizza Supreme and Tommy's Tantalizing Super Special, topped with pepperoni, ham, mushrooms and green peppers.
"I have eaten my share of pizza. The Green Lantern is the number one restaurant for service and that they produce," said Torry Pinter.
Customers can get a free appetizer when they join the Green Lantern's mailing list. Click here to learn more about this deal and for directions.
View the next page to see the number one owned and operated pizzeria around Detroit.
1) Nona's Pizza
Topping the list of best independently owned pizzerias is Nona's Pizza, located in Sterling Heights.
Nona's says its family owned and operated pizzeria has been serving pizzas for over 33 years. The location is known not only for its pizza, but also for its cheese sticks, according to voters.
"Nona's is the best pizza around," said Harmony. "I drive twenty minutes to get some of Nona's pizza and cheese sticks."
"I have been going to Nona's since I was a kid," said Victor. "I still love the pizza."
Directions to Nona's Pizza can be found here.
Click here to see the complete list of recommended independently owned pizzerias.
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