You may not know it, but Santa Barbara has quietly become a pizza-lover’s paradise. Check out some of these suggestions on our pizza lover’s guide to Santa Barbara, and see if you can still deny our cheesy prestige.

Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria

This award-winning pizzeria is an easy walk from Hotel Milo on Santa Barbara’s famous State Street. Diners can choose from a number of specialty pies, or make their own personal combination of sauces and toppings with a selection of artisan ingredients.

Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria. 905 State St.

Mesa Pizza

You can dine-in at this old Italian restaurant and pizzeria in Santa Barbara, or pick up a pie to go and enjoy at the beach, or have one delivered right to your room at Hotel Milo. The Mesa Special is a favorite pie with mushrooms, olives, bell peppers, canadian bacon, pepperoni, salami, sausage, and mozzarella.

Mesa Pizza. 315 Meigs Rd.

Olio Crudo Bar & Pizzeria

The popular crudo bar offers a number of ingredient-driven dishes inspired by towns along the coast of Italy, as well as Sicily. Next door is Olio Pizzeria, which offers casual pies and a worldy wine list. Come here for crispy dough, fine cheeses, and a more artisanal pie.

Olio Crudo Bar & Pizzeria. 11 W Victoria St.

Patxi’s Pizza

Patxi’s is a well-known local chain of pizzerias that enjoys critical acclaim and a lot of happy diners. With locations in Colorado, San Francisco, and Seattle, there’s also one right here in Santa Barbara on State Street. Enjoy deep dish and thin crust pies here as well as a number of salads and breadsticks.

Patxi’s Pizza. 515 State St.