Posted in: Dining Posted on: Jun 27th, 2016

There’s a Ham Bar in Louisville. Here’s How to Find It.

Photo Credit: Public Domain

You might not immediately think of pizza when you hear the word “Louisville,” but that doesn’t mean that this bustling city isn’t filled with truly fantastic pies. And the eateries that offer them aren’t your run of the mill pizza joints, either. Some of the pizza restaurants in Louisville create artisanal meals made with great care. The pizza-makers experiment with interesting ingredients and techniques, resulting in inventive slices. Try out one (or all) of these three pizza restaurants we’ve picked out for you based on customer reviews—you definitely won’t be disappointed.

Garage Bar

Garage Bar serves specialty pizzas in what used to be an old auto service station, hence the name. The chefs make their pizzas with local veggies and cured meats in a wood-fired brick oven. Why not be a little adventurous with your pizza and add some country ham, a farm egg, or even some fried kale chips on top.? If you’re interested in something really unusual, order a tasting platter from the ham bar. You read that correctly. This eatery has a bar completely dedicated to ham. They also have a full bar of booze available with cold drafts, bottled craft beers, fine wines, and cocktails, as well as that world-famous Kentucky Bourbon. Head over to the vibrant East Market neighborhood to check out this beloved local eatery.

Coals Artisan Pizza

This St. Matthew’s pizzeria serves up Neapolitan-style pizza in a new way. These pies are flash-cooked in a scorching oven until they are crispy and just perfectly burnt just around the edges. With the oven heated to approximately 1,000 degrees, each pie takes only four minutes to cook to golden brown and bubbly. The kitchen team at Coals Artisan Pizza models a number of their specialty pizzas after Louisville neighborhoods, trying to capture the feeling of each distinct community in a signature combination of toppings. Take the Crescent Hill for example. This one has bacon, ham, marinara, fresh mozzarella, pineapple, and parmesan, a savory-sweet combination. The restaurant is incredibly beautiful, as well, which is just an added perk. The classy, casual dining room has beautiful wood-paneled walls and a dark wooden bar. Eat in the dining room, or for a more private experience, book the second floor for a special occasion.

The Original Impellizzeri’s Pizza

The Original Impellizzeri’s Pizza is truly the original. Benny Impellizzeri invented Louisville-style pizza back in 1979 when he began selling his homemade pies out of his dad’s butcher shop. They featured double layers of cheese and toppings, which are now considered the trademarks of Louisville-style pizza. When his father purchased a new location for the butcher shop, it came with brick ovens, and Benny was incredibly interested in putting them to good use. When his pizza sales started to outdo his father’s meat sales, it seemed like the perfect time for the patriarch to retire. Benny took over the entire location. Today, the Original Impellizzeri’s Pizza has three separate locations, and the original Bardstown restaurant has become something of a local landmark.

Check out these pizza restaurants and explore the city for yourself. You’ll find that Louisville has a lot to offer, including pizza!