The inside of Tavern On Main in Crown Point decorated for Christmas

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Thin crust sausage pizza fresh out of the oven

The 10 Best Pizza Places in Northwest Indiana

The Region is known for its pizza. Here’s a list of 10 local pizzerias that we think you have to try to become a local pizza savant.

Thin crust sausage pizza fresh out of the oven

Faustino’s Pizza

Lowell, IN

We didn’t know much about this pizza until they finished in the elite 8 of our “Region’s Best Pizza Contest” in 2019. They offer thin crust and gluten free options, but their deep dish is an overwhelming crowd favorite.

Don’t trust us? Here’s a review: Lori Bonadona -“Love the deep dish! The way they slice the sausage ensures that you get some in every bite!! The sauce and crust are phenomenal! Delicious!! I would recommend Faustino’s to anyone looking for a great pizza!”

Price: $26 for a large deep dish


Thin crust pizza with pepperoni and sausage

Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria

Crown Point, IN

Thin. Crispy. Delicious. While deep dish is an option on the menu, the go-to is the thin crust pizza. The sauce is savory, and take our word for it: there’s something special about their pepperoni.

Don’t trust us? Here’s a review: Brad Meyer – “Amazing pizza, highly encourage people to make the trip and check this place out!”

Price: $20-27 for a large


Unique personal pan pizza

Tomato Bar

Valparaiso, Crown Point and Schererville, IN

While most pizzas in this area specialize in thin crust, it’s the triangle cut pan pizza and the diverse amount of options on the menu that makes this pizzeria standout on this list. The sauce is savory and pizza is doughy, but man is it good.
Don’t trust us? Here’s a review: Johnathan Harper – “Was great a must try no doubt!”

Price: Not positive prior to publication.


Thin crust pizza with sausage pepperoni and olives

Carriage Court Pizza

Crown Point, IN

Carriage Court features a savory sauced thin crust and really embraces the traditional pizza. While most pizzerias may only feature one style of pizza, CC also has a well above average “Detroit style” pizza as well. Fun fact: don’t be afraid to get beer from Crown Brewing delivered with your pizza for no extra charge.

Don’t trust us? Here’s a review: Paul Steininger – “5 stars in my book! They not only provide fast, courteous service but this pizza is great. They put just the right amount of sauce on and load up the ingredients – there is no skimping to save a buck at this pizza parlor. When you pull your slice from your pie you will have the melty cheese stretch as you place it on your plate.”

Price: $23-25 for a large


Thin crust pizza with crumbled sausage

Langel’s Pizza

Highland, Crown Point and Schererville, IN

Did somebody say CRUMBLED SAUSAGE? The crumbled sausage is so good that they even have a mascot called “Mr. Crumble” and is a Region staple for it’s presence north and south of route 30. Thin crust and savory sauce, but eats like a pie with sausage in every bite.

Don’t trust us? Here’s a review: Rick Hutchinson – “If you haven’t tried the ground sausage pizza, do yourself a favor and put it on your short list!  This is a good homemade pizza with the cheese and sausage piled on.  A delicious pie!!!”

Price: $16-$25 for a large


Sorta stuffed pizza with fresh dough

Battista’s Artisan Pizzeria

Crown Point, IN

One of the Region’s most under appreciated pizzas. Even though it’s light on sauce and cheese in comparison with the more traditional style of pizzas on this list, the star of the show is the dough that’s made fresh daily on the “Battista’s Almost Famous Sorta Stuffed Pizza”. If you’re a big doughy crust person then this is it. Think: deep dish and pan combined.

Don’t trust us? Here’s a review: TC – “Food was so good that we went two days in a row while in town for a baseball tournament. This is a family owned, family run business. They are the nicest and most wonderful restauranteurs you can meet. Pizzas are Napoli style and so very good. Wood fired oven. Caesar salad was amazing too. Highly recommended.”

Price: $24 for a large


Thin crust cheese and sausage pizza

Dante’s House of Pizza

Highland, IN

Classic thin crust with a savory sauce and a local fixture in Highland. If you’re feeling extra hungry, there is an extensive menu featuring wings, sandwiches and burgers.

Don’t trust us? Here’s a review: Neil Z – “We loved it. Thank you for the delicious pizza! 😃”

Price: Not positive prior to publication.



Stuffed deep dish pizza

Arrenello’s Pizza

Highland, IN

They have three types of pizza: Stuffed Pizza, thin crust and extra thin crust. But we’re here for the Stuffed Pizza. While most of the pizzas on this list feature a savory sauce, Arrenello’s delivers on the sweetest sauce these taste buds have ever had. It’s almost like a pizza dessert. Warning: people either love or hate it, but the people who love it are in for life.

Don’t trust us? Here’s a review: Kevin N. – “Always great pizza. Their sauce is amazing. It’s sweet sauce, just a heads up. Very friendly on the phone and in the store. Highly recommend you try their stuffed pizza and thin crust!”

Price: $25


Supreme pan pizza

J & J’s Pizza Shack

Hobart, IN

This happens to be our staff writer and co-owner of LOCAL 219’s favorite pizza in the Region. Specialty pizzas, thin crust, and a renown taco pizza leaves nothing to be desired.

Don’t trust us? Here’s a review: uniqueSam360! – “Jjs pizza has literally the best pizza around. My mom and I traveled 6 hours to get their pizza. Stuffed crust pizza is the best!! Their sauce amazing. Just all around the best pizza. I wish they would expand to all over the country!”

Price: $19 – $31 for a large depending on toppings.


Wood fired pizza with pork and cabbage

Rolling Stone Baker

Valparaiso, IN

Even though it was inspired by humble beginnings out of a food truck, don’t sleep on this freshly made wood fired pizza. The menu is unique with offerings “The Purple Pig” and “Get that corn out of my face!”but offers traditional items as well. It’s a must when visiting downtown Valpo.

Don’t trust us? Here’s a review: Brooke Metz-Bultema – “Absolutely awesome. Creative menu from the cocktails to the specialty apps and desserts. You won’t regret popping by the window or stepping into their quirky dining room and watching the chefs prepare your food fresh. Great atmosphere and friendly staff are icing on the cake of the delicious menu.”

Price: $8-$12 for a 10” wood fired pizza.


Managing Broker of Lighthouse Realty

Friend Request: Jennifer Parham of Lighthouse Realty

Jennifer Parham of Lighthouse Realty

The best part of our job is that we get to meet some really great people every day. Our blog “Friend Request” is a chance for you to get to know them as well. On today’s blog we talk to real estate mogul and overall amazing person Jennifer Parham of Lighthouse Realty.

LOCAL 219: So Jennifer thanks for joining us today!

JENNIFER: Thank you for having me!

L219: So what do you do?

JP: I am a realtor, and I’m the managing broker and owner of Lighthouse Realty in Crown Point. We are at boutique real estate firm and I am also the president elect for the Board of Directors for the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors MLS. I know that’s a whole lot.

L219: So you’re based in Crown Point, where did you grow up?

JP: Actually I was born and raised in Gary, and then I graduated from Merrillville High School in ’98. Go Pirates! [laughs] But I’ve spent the majority of my life outside of a few years that I spent in Indy, but [outside of that] I’ve always been in Northwest Indiana.

L219: What do you love about Northwest Indiana?

JP: This is a better question for my husband, he’s originally from Indy and he refuses to move back, so that should tell you about Northwest Indiana. He just loves the community feel, so we currently live in Merrillville looking to perhaps another part of the Region but we just love it. We love being able to raise our our son here and one of the biggest things I love about Northwest Indiana is that I am 20 minutes from anywhere.

L219: Awesome. How old is your son?

JP: He’s 12 and in the 7th grade.

L219: How’s balancing work with being a mom?

JP: That’s probably one of the hardest things about, and all the working moms now what I’m talking about [laughs], but that’s one of the hardest things in life, because it’s better now that he’s older, but that was one of the reasons I went into real estate, because I want to have a flexible schedule and I have the time if my son or my husband needs me.

But being a small business owner is all about balance, and about the relationships we make. I am a relationship realtor so about 75% of my business is by referral, and that’s one of the awesome things that I love and that makes me give them better customer service because I know that they’re referred to me out of love.

L219: So I’m going to switch it up a little bit. What’s the one restaurant you would recommend to our readers?

JP: I just took my friend, and there’s so many restaurants that I love, but we just had lunch yesterday at Prime Steakhouse in Crown Point, which people forget that they have a great lunch menu. If you want to have a quiet business lunch then that’s a great spot to go to. Also, AVGO. Tell Theo’s to pay me some sponsorship money! (Laughs)

L219: (Laughs) What would you like to see for the future of the Region? 

JP: I would love for us, and I think Hobart and some other places are doing it, but I want us to start having more food truck festivals, and things that are outside so we can get a diversity [of events], especially because so many businesses are popping up and it’s getting so congested. I really think communities like Valparaiso, Hobart, a lot of them that have downtown areas are really using their pavilions and downtowns to a T. It’s one thing I don’t like about Merrillville is that we don’t have a downtown.

L219: That’s true.

JP: We have route 30 and Broadway, but we don’t have a downtown so we don’t really have a spot to have those community events, but that’s one of the great things about Northwest Indiana: every weekend, every few days, someone is having a farmer’s market, or a blues fest. So you can’t really say that there’s nothing to do out here.

L219: What’s something that nobody knows about you but it’s ok to share publicly?

JP: (Thinks)

L219: Do you have a hidden talent?

JP: I cannot sing. (Laughs) But I do have a secret. I used to have a horrible stutter and a lisp.

L219: How did you get over it?

JP: Years of speech therapy, and my mom (being a church mother that she was) forced me to do all of the plays, all the Christmas speeches, all of the Easter speeches, and encouraged me to get up and sing. So that would probably be the one thing that nobody knows about me. (Laughs)

L219: So how can people contact you if they want to reach out?

JP: You can contact me on Instagram and on Facebook for business at Lighthouse Realty NWIN, and personally I’m Jennifer Parham so feel free to contact me there.

Oh…there is one thing that people don’t know about me. Recently, my husband and I will be starting a small church, so you can find us on Facebook at Restoration Assemblies Ministries.

Alan didn’t know that you should see his face! (Laughs)

L219: No! It’s awesome! (Laughs) So what made you start that? I know that’s kind of a big question.

JP: Yes! It was something that was probably years in the making, but just our love for people and we’re currently looking for a physical space. But we just wanted a community church. Something where you don’t have to be a member, get community services, feel the love, feel the joy, and congregate as a community.

L219: Well, good luck. Thanks for joining me!

JP: Thank you Alan! Thank you LOCAL 219!

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