#98 Zio’s, Omaha, Neb. (Margherita)
Zio’s is an institution — the place Omaha natives (at least those who graduated from Godfathers) will likely acknowledge as the spot where they first had pizza "by the slice, East Coast-style, yo!" Opened in Omaha's Midtown in 1985 by Daniel and Usha Sherman, Zio’s serves New York-style, hand-stretched, thin-crust pizzas made from scratch each day. Over the years, it has expanded into two other locations (one in the earnest and lovely Downtown Old Market, the other in West Omaha) and moved each again to accommodate the crowds that keep coming to fill up the family-friendly spots (it's the kind of restaurant where they give dough to the kids to play with at the table). And along with the crowds come the accolades. As its website proudly declares, it’s the "recipient of more than 33 best pizza awards." Go Big Red!