#80 Mani Osteria & Bar, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Pepperoni Pie)
Yes, Supino, Buddy's, Green Lantern Lounge, and several other great Detroit metro area pizzerias were presented to be voted on by this year’s panel, and they’re all worth searching out, but up-and-comer Mani Osteria & Bar edged them all this year (and Niki’s, which did make this year’s list). Mani, which Food & Wine noted as one of America’s Best New Pizza Places in the Midwest not long ago, is the brainchild of Ann Arbor native Adam Baru, who, after working under restaurateur Danny Meyer and two Food Network Iron Chefs chef Morimoto and chef Jose Garces, returned home and turned a rent-to-own furniture store into what some have started calling one of the country’s best Italian restaurants. One reason why? The beautiful leopard-spotted crusts around the edges of the 12-inch Neapolitan pies churned out of Mani’s wood-fired ovens. There’s a clam pie (in case anyone thought New Haven cornered this market), an interesting burrata and balsamic pizza, and nuanced pies that use ingredients like scamorza, chile pesto, and black truffles, but the pepperoni is the Mani signature that most patrons order.