Best pizza

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

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