Nothing compares to a slice of freshly baked pizza, and if you're craving oozing cheese and piping hot toppings, the Gulf Shores restaurant scene has you covered. While you might think this area only has seafood restaurants - including some of the best in the country - it actually has a number of top-notch pizza joints as well, allowing you to satisfy your yearning for something besides shrimp and oysters.

Few folks can resist a slice of pizza. If you're bringing the family to a Gulf Shores beach vacation, you'll be in a prime spot to check out these awesome establishments:

Papa's Pizza

Awesome pizza joints in the Gulf Coast of AlabamaAny New Yorker will tell you that the Big Apple's pizza is the best in the country, perhaps even the world. If you're eager to find out what the hype is all about, head to Papa's Pizza, which serves up authentic New York-style pies. Using the same recipe for more than 60 years, the chefs at Papa's know the perfect combination of ingredients to ensure their patrons come back for more. These thin-crust pizzas are slathered with a light layer of tomato sauce and smothered in fresh mozzarella cheese before getting tossed into a high-temperature oven, coming out crisp and delicious every time.

Old World Bakery & Pizza

For more than a decade, Old World Bakery & Pizza has been serving up yummy pizza pies with homemade tomato sauce and dough made from scratch. The chefs never use frozen or canned vegetables for their toppings, so you know you'll have a nutritious meal whenever you take your family here. Be sure to order the Los Angeles specialty pizza, which is piled high with roasted chicken, artichoke hearts, spinach and roasted garlic.

Of course, you can always order your pizza to go or have it delivered to your Gulf Shores beach rental so you can enjoy the view as you chow down.