101 Best Pizzas

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The Daily Meal, the world’s largest food and drink lifestyle site, has unveiled its annual list of the 101 Best Pizzas in America. The top pizzas featured were spread all throughout the country, with this year’s list featuring 24 states.

"Our Mr. Bovino has selflessly devoted much of his life to the study of pizza," says Colman Andrews, editorial director of The Daily Meal. "He knows pizza like Clapton knows guitars. He lives and breathes pizza, and of course eats it every chance he gets. He'd walk a mile for a Margherita. If there were a Pizza Studies Department at Harvard, he'd be its Dean and its Distinguished Professor. You do not want to get into an argument about the finer points of pizza style with this guy, trust me; you'll just end up with mozzarella on your face."

The Daily Meal started with a list of 800 pizza places throughout the country, 100 more than last year, before eventually narrowing down to the 101 that made the list. The pizzas were chosen by a panel of experts, including The Daily Meal’s own in-house pizza experts and city editors. The rest of the 109-member panel was comprised of a geographically diverse collection of American chefs, restaurant critics, bloggers, writers and pizza authorities. Panelists included “The Pizza King” Dan Janssen, Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods, Los Angeles Times restaurant and Wine Critic S. Irene Virbila, and even the authority on pizzaology, “Blondie’s” Dagwood Bumstead.

“Putting together this year’s list of the best pizzas in America was an arduous process,” said Arthur Bovino, Executive Editor at The Daily Meal. “Of all the lists we put out each year, the pizza list definitely stirs up the most emotion in our readers, so we wanted to consider as many places as possible. The passionate feedback we receive shows us that there’s just something special about pizza.”

Of the 24 states that made the list, New York, the birthplace of American pizza, claimed 27 spots. After New York, the top five was rounded out by California (11), Connecticut (nine), Pennsylvania (seven), Illinois and Massachusetts (each six). Among the cities represented, New York City led the way with 23 pizza places included, followed by Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia tied at second with six spots each. 

The team at The Daily Meal encourages readers to provide feedback on the following list. Did your favorite pizza place make the cut? You can let The Daily Meal know which pizza on the list is your favorite — or if we missed one that you love — by tweeting @TheDailyMeal using the hashtag #101bestpizzas.

 

Rank

Name of Pizzeria

Type of Pizza

Place

1

Frank Pepe’s

White Clam

New Haven, Connecticut

2

Di Fara

Classic Round Pie

Brooklyn, New York

3

Roberta’s

Margherita

Brooklyn, New York

4

Pizzeria Mozza

Squash blossoms, tomato, burrata mozzarella, tomato sauce

Los Angeles, California

5

Sally’s Apizza

Tomato Pie

New Haven, Connecticut

6

Flour + Water

Margherita

San Francisco, California

7

Louie and Ernie’s

Sausage Pie

Bronx, New York

8

Buddy’s Pizza

Motor City

Detroit, Michigan

9

CoalFire Pizza

Margherita

Chicago, Illinois

10

Joe’s

Cheese

New York, New York

11

Pizzeria Bianco

Margherita

Phoenix, Arizona

12

Papa’s Tomato Pies

Sausage

Robbinsville, New Jersey

13

Modern Apizza

Italian Bomb

New Haven, Connecticut

14

Totonno’s

Margherita

Brooklyn, New York

15

Pequod’s

Deep Dish with sausage and pepperoni

Chicago, Illinois

16

Patsy’s

Cheese

New York, New York

17

Gino’s East

Cheese Deep Dish

Chicago, Illinois

18

Co.

Popeye

New York, New York

19

Motorino

Brussels Sprout

New York, New York

20

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

Margherita

San Francisco, California

21

Paulie Gee’s

Regina

Brooklyn, New York

22

John’s of Bleecker Street

“The Boom Pie”

New York, New York

23

Grimaldi’s

Pepperoni

Brooklyn, New York

24

Kesté

Kesté

New York, New York 

25

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

Chicago Classic

Chicago, Illinois

26

Antico Pizza Napoletana

Pepperoni

Atlanta, Georgia

27

Apizza Scholls

Apizza Amore

Portland, Oregon

28

Lucali

Pepperoni

Brooklyn, New York

29

Una Pizza Napoletana

Margherita

San Francisco, California

30

Lombardi’s

Pepperoni

New York, New York

31

Lorenzo’a and Sons

Cheese Pie

New York, New York

32

Al Forno

Margherita

Woodinville, Washington

33

2Amy’s

2amys

Washington, D.C.

34

Pizzeria Delfina

Salsiccia Pizza

San Francisco, California

35

Denino’s

Sausage

Staten Island, New York

36

Santarpio’s

Mozzarella, Sausage, Garlic

Boston, Massachusetts

37

Umberto’s Pizzaeria & Restaurant

Grandma Pie

New Hyde Park, New York

38

Pete’s New haven Style Apizza

New Haven

Washington, D.C.

39

Delorenzo’s Tomato Pies

Tomato Pie

Robbinsville, New Jersey

40

Gjelina

Lamb Sausage

Los Angeles, California

41

Rubirosa Ristorante

Vodka

New York, New York

42

Emily

The Classic

Brooklyn, New York

43

Sotto

Margherita

Los Angeles, California

44

Pizza Domenica

Calabrese

New Orleans, Louisiana

45

Varasano’s

Nana

Atlanta, Georgia

46

Serious Pie

Sweet fennel sausage, roasted pepper, provolone

Seattle, Washington

47

Providence Coal Fired Pizza

Rocket

Providence, Rhode Island

48

Galleria Umberto

Cheese Pie

Boston, Massachusetts

49

Harry’s Pizzeria

Shortrib

Miami, Florida

50

Pizzeria Paradiso

Bottarga

Washington, D.C.

51

Colony Pizza

Sausage Pie

Stamford, Connecticut

52

Regina Pizzeria

Giambatta

Boston, Massachusetts

53

Gino’s of Long Beach

Special Pizza

Long Beach, New York

54

The Cheeseboard

Changes daily

Berkeley, California

55

Coppa

Salsiccia

Boston, Massachusetts

56

Lee’s Tavern

White Clam Pie

Staten Island, New York

57

Zuppardi’s

Special

West Haven, Connecticut

58

Matchbox

Fire & Smoke

Washington, D.C

59

Hog & Hominy

The Prewitt

Memphis, Tennessee

60

Pizzeria Lola

Korean BBQ

Minneapolis, Minnesota

61

Bru Room at Bar

Mashed potato and bacon

New Haven, Connecticut

62

Pizzaiolo

Rapini and housemade sausage

Oakland, California

63

The Original Tacconelli’s Pizzeria

White pizza

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

64

Ken’s Artisan Pizza

Margherita

Portland, Oregon

65

Home Slice Pizza

Pepperoni and Mushroom

Austin, Texas

66

Osteria

Parma

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

67

Domenick & Pia's

Pepperoni

Waterbury, Connecticut

68

Pizzeria Uno

“Numero Uno”

Chicago, Illinois

69

Double Mountain Brewery

Asparagus Pie

Hood River, Oregon

70

Barone’s Famous Italian Restaurant

Frank’s Special Pizza

Los Angeles, California

71

Metro Pizza

Milano

Las Vegas, Nevada

72

Brooklyn’s Pizza

Cheese and Tomato

Hackensack, New Jersey

73

Pizza Rock

Margherita

Las Vegas, Nevada

74

Ernesto’s

Ernesto

Boston, Massachusetts

75

Ernie’s Pizzeria

Plain Pie

New Haven, Connecticut

76

Area 4

Clam & Bacon

Cambridge, Massachusetts

77

Pizza Moto

Margherita

Brooklyn, New York

78

Amore Pizza

Plain Cheese Pie

Flushing, Queens

79

Punch Neapolitan Pizza

Margherita

St. Paul Minnesota

80

Otto Pizza

Mashed potato, bacon and scallion

Portland, Maine

81

Pi

The Delmar

St. Louis, Missouri

82

Star Tavern Pizzeria

Thin Crust

Orange, New Jersey

83

Pizzeria Beddia

Tomato, mozzarella, old gold age cheese, extra virgin olive oil

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

84

Roseland Apizza

Plain Pie

Derby, Connecticut

85

Sal’s Pizza

Sicilian

Mamaroneck, New York

86

Margot’s

Margot-rita

Brooklyn, New York

87

New Park Pizza

Cheese

Howard Beach, Queens

88

Pizzeria Vetri

Tonno

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

89

Tarry Lodge

Goat Cheese

Port Chester, New York

90

Pizza Man

Pizza Man Special

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

91

Zaffiro’s Pizza

EBF “Everything But Fish”

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

92

Cane Rosso

Zoli

Dallas, Texas

93

The Backspace

Pepperoni Americano

Austin, Texas

94

Pizza Delicious

Cheese

New Orleans, Louisiana

95

Pizzeria Locale

Funghi

Boulder, Colorado

96

Micucci’s Grocery

Sicilian Slab

Portland, Maine

97

Tony’s Place

Tomato Pie

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

98

Artichoke Basille

Artichoke Slice

New York, New York

99

Piece

Pepperoni and banana peppers

Chicago, Illinois

100

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

Margherita

Los Angeles, California

101

Ghigiarelli’s

Red

Old Forge, Pennsylvania