Pizza Outside the Box

When it comes to pizza, there are no rules. Explore 10 different takes on pizza being served up across the country that have one thing in common: They're all pizza pies outside the box.

Grape Pizza at Pies and Pints

Grapes, gorgonzola and rosemary top this pizza pie found at Pies and Pints in Fayetteville, W.Va. The blue cheese makes it a little bit salty, while the juicy grapes make it a little bit sweet. And it's every bit delicious.

The Masher at Otto Pizza

It's comfort food on top of comfort food with this pizza from Otto Pizza in Portland, Maine. A thin crust is topped with creamy mashed potatoes, bacon and scallions for a fantastic slice. The owners are so sure you'll like it, they offer a money-back guarantee.

Buffalo-Chicken Pizza at Holy Matrimony

Don't miss the buffalo-chicken pizza from Holy Matrimony, a pizza-and-wing truck serving Charlotte, N.C. The pie combines the best of both worlds: It's got great marinara and cheese, plus kick from the buffalo wing sauce and substance from grilled chicken. It's their most popular slice on the menu.

Pistachio Pesto Pie from Extra Virgin

No one flavor overwhelms the pistachio-pesto pizza served at Extra Virgin in North Charleston, S.C. Pizza dough is topped with a roasted-pistachio pesto, then layered with mozzarella, goat cheese and Parmesan. Cracked pepper, creme fraiche and a few more pistachios finish off the dish.

Mais Pizza at Pizzeria Locale

Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, Colo., is a modern take on the classic pizzeria. The pies are cooked Neapolitan-style, but their most popular pie is anything but traditional. Sweet corn and salty prosciutto are layered on the pie with a touch of creme fraiche to balance out the sweetness. The resulting dish is creamy, crunchy, salty and sweet.

White Clam Pizza at Frank Pepe Pizzeria

Frank Pepe's in New Haven, Conn., is the home of the original clam pie, now found in pizzerias around the country. Less is more on the Frank Pepe signature clam pie, made with clams, oregano, garlic, pecorino and a touch of oil.

Mac and Cheese Pizza at Ian's Pizza

Two cheesy favorites meet in the mac and cheese pizza from Ian's Pizza in Madison, Wis. The pie has a good balance between crust and ingredients, and the resulting bite has a good crunch. Mozzarella and Wisconsin cheddar provide just the right amount of cheesiness.

Wild Forest Mist Pizza at PizzalChik

Visit PizzalChik in Boise, Idaho, and experience sausage pizza made with elk. Like the crust and tomato sauce, the elk sausage is made in-house. Topped with the sausage, local wild mushrooms, roasted peppers and cheese, the Wild Forest Mist pizza has a spicy, earthy, crispy pie, and is a great introduction to wild game.

Grilled Pizza at Al Forno

Al Forno in Providence, R.I., is where grilled pizza began. Lacking space for a wood-burning oven, the owners turned to their wood-burning grill to create a crispy pie that has a little hint of charcoal flavor.

Crab Rangoon Pizza at Fong's Pizza

Chinese and pizza are great on their own, but what happens when you combine the two? That's just the question they're exploring at Fong's Pizza in Des Moines, Iowa. Be sure to try their crab rangoon pizza — it's like the deep-fried dumpling appetizer exploded all over your pizza. The end result is creamy, crunchy, sweet and packs a punch thanks to the addition of sweet chili sauce.

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