101 Best Pizzas in America

Without a doubt, most of America’s best pies are still in New Haven, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Phoenix. Sorry, San Diego

101 Best Pizzas in America
Maya Noguchi
Pizza is about as varied and beloved a genre, as opinionated a subject, and also as accessible a food as there is, which makes determining the country's best pizzas a truly challenging task.

101 Best Pizzas in America

#101 Ghigiarelli's, Old Forge, Pa. (Red)

#100 La Piazza, Merrick, N.Y. (Grandma Pie)

#99 Cloverleaf Pizza, Macomb, Mich. (Pepperoni)

#98 Zio’s, Omaha, Neb. (Margherita)

#97 Reginelli’s, New Orleans (Classic Combo)

#96 Pizza Delicious, New Orleans (Cheese)

#95 Lucali, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Pepperoni)

#94 Lovely's Fifty-Fifty, Portland, Ore. (Seasonal)

#93 Via Tribunali, Seattle (Margherita)

#92 Imo’s, St. Louis (Deluxe)

#91 Lorenzo and Sons, Philadelphia (Cheese Pie)

#90 The Original Tacconelli's Pizzeria, Philadelphia (Signature Pie) 

#89 Gino’s of Long Beach, Long Beach, N.Y. (Special Pizza)

#88 Best Pizza, Brooklyn, N.Y. (White Pizza)

#87 Spirito's Restaurant, Elizabeth, N.J. (Sausage and Pepperoni)

#86 Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza, Metuchen, N.J. (Capricciosa)

#85 Galleria Umberto Rosticceria, Boston (Cheese Pie)

#84 Metro Pizza, Las Vegas (Milano)

#83 King Umberto, Elmont, N.Y. (Grandma Pizza)

#82 Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, Anchorage, Alaska (Avalanche)

#81 Niki’s, Detroit (Cheese Pie with Feta)

#80 Mani Osteria & Bar, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Pepperoni Pie)

#79 Vito & Nick’s, Chicago (Sausage)

#78 Giordano's Pizza, Chicago (Special Stuffed Pie)

#77 L&B Spumoni Gardens, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Sicilian Slice)

#76 Picco, Boston (Margherita)

#75 Del Popolo, San Francisco (Margherita) 

#74 De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies, Robbinsville, N.J. (Tomato Pie)

#73 Sullivan Street Bakery, New York City (Pizza Bianca)

#72 Michael's, Los Angeles (Margherita D.O.P.)

#71 Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Florida (Pepperoni)

#70 Fellini’s, Atlanta (Fellini's Special) 

#69 Nunzio’s, Staten Island, N.Y. (Polly O)

#68 Alforno, Old Saybrook, Conn. (Margherita)

#67 Pizzeria Locale, Boulder, Colo. (Margherita)

#66 Flying Squirrel Pizza, Seattle (No. 3)

#65 Tomasso’s, San Francisco (Mushrooms and Sliced Italian Sausage)

#64 Fat Lorenzo's, Minneapolis (Classic Cheese Pie)

#63 Rizzo's Fine Pizza, Queens, N.Y. (Pepperoni)

#62 Antico Pizza Napoletana, Atlanta, Ga. (Pepperoni)

#61 Falco's Pizza & Pasta, Chicago, Ill. (Sausage Thin Crust)

#60 Garage Bar, Louisville, Ky. (Sweet Corn)

#59 EVO, Charleston, S.C. (Pork Trifecta)

#58 Louie and Ernie's, Bronx, N.Y. (Sausage Pie)

#57 Joe & Pat's Pizzeria, Staten Island, N.Y. (Vodka)

#56 Enoteca Vespaio, Austin, Texas (Margherita)

#55 Santillo's Brick Oven Pizza, Elizabeth, N.J. (Sicilian)

#54 Coppa, Boston (Salsiccia)

#53 Osteria, Philadelphia (Margherita)

#52 Don Antonio by Starita, New York City (Montanara Starita)

#51 Pizzeria Uno, Chicago, Ill. ("Numero Uno "The One. The Best")

#50 Pizzaiolo, Oakland, Calif. (Margherita)

#49 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Los Angeles (Margherita)

#48 The Backspace, Austin, Texas (Bianca)

#47 Franny’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Clam Pizza)

#46 Little Vincent’s, Huntington, N.Y. (Cheese)

#45 Delancey Seattle, Wash. (Pepperoni Pie)

#44 Artichoke Basille, New York, N.Y. (Artichoke Slice)

#43 Lombardi’s, New York City (Pepperoni)

#42 A Mano Pizza, Ridgewood, N.J. (A Mano Pizza)

#41 Scampo, Boston (Lamb)

#40 Gino’s East, Chicago (Cheese Deep-Dish)

#39 Nick's Pizza, Forest Hills, Queens, N.Y. (Mushroom and Sausage)

#38 Star Tavern Pizzeria, Orange, N.J. (Thin Crust, Any Toppings)

#37 Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, Chicago (Chicago Classic)

#36 Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza Arlington, Va. (Capricciosa)

#35 Joe’s, New York City (Cheese)

#34 Patsy’s, East Harlem, N.Y. (Cheese)

#33 Pizzeria Delfina, San Francisco (Salsiccia Pizza)

#32 Gjelina, Los Angeles (Lamb Sausage)

#31 A16, San Francisco (Margherita)

#30 Ken’s Artisan Pizza, Portland, Ore. (Margherita)

#29 Santarpio’s, Boston, Mass. (Mozzarella, Sausage, and Garlic)

#28 DeNino's Pizzeria and Tavern, Staten Island, N.Y. (Sausage)

#27 Colony Pizza, Stamford, Conn. (Sausage Pie)

#26 Grimaldi’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)

#25 John’s of Bleecker, New York City (Bruschetta)

#24 Domenica, New Orleans (Margherita)

#23 Spacca Napoli, Chicago (Bufalina)

#22 Regina Pizzeria, Boston (Melanzane)

#21 Zero Otto Nove, Bronx, N.Y. (Margherita)

#20 2Amy’s, Washington, D.C. (2Amys)

#19 The Cheese Board, Berkeley, Calif. (Changes Daily)

#18 Papa’s Tomato Pies, Trenton, N.J. (Tomato Pie)

#17 Co., New York, N.Y. (Popeye)

#16 Kesté, New York City (Kesté)

#15 South Brooklyn Pizza, New York City (New York Style Pizza)

#14 Apizza Scholls, Portland, Ore. (Apizza Amore)

#13 Paulie Gee’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Regina)

#12 Totonno’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)

#11 Modern Apizza, New Haven, Conn. (Italian Bomb)

#10 Al Forno, Providence, R.I. (Margarita)

#9 Motorino, New York City (Brussels Sprouts)

#8 Flour + Water, San Francisco (Margherita)

#7 Sally’s Apizza, New Haven, Conn. (Tomato Pie)

#6 Roberta’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)

#5 Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, Calif. (Squash Blossoms, Tomato, Burrata)

#4 Una Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco (Margherita)

#3 Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, (Marinara)

#2 Di Fara, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Di Fara Classic Pie)

#1 Frank Pepe’s, New Haven, Conn. (White Clam Pie)

Lauren Gordon, Dan Myers, Haley Willard, Julie Kang, and GutterGourmet contributed reporting to this article.

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I guess I've never had a "good" pizza and might never have one since those are the UGLIEST pizzas I've ever seen, and many of them were burned!!! If you can't do a better job of rating food, maybe you should search for a new occupation! The security word below for me spelled it right out "foul play". Stop taking bribes and give honest ratings!


You guys need to visit Antonio's Pizza in Amherst, MA. Spicy chicken, peppers and onions.


Wow Pizzeria Bianco is still on the list. An hour wait to get a pizza. That is overpriced & meh. They don't even make my top 10 list of pizza places. There are so many better pizza places in Phoenix. Next time look into Federal Pizza, La Grande Orange, Spinatos and Pizza a Metro.

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WTH! How much were you paid to write this article? Half of these joints should not even be on this list. What did they do, slip a hundred dollar bill under the pizza slice you ate? Metro pizza? Pizzeria Uno? A clam pizza is number one? I have eaten at many of these restaurants. I asked for my money back, or told them to stop playing games and give me a real pizza. What a joke of a list. Next time ask someone who actually knows what a pizza tastes like.

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