101 Best Pizzas in America

Though more pizzas were considered than ever before and more states made the list, for the second straight year, New Haven and New York City top this list as home of the best pizza in America

101 Best Pizzas in America
Ravi Bangaroo
More than 700 pizzas were considered by 78 pizza experts to come up with this year’s list of great places. Voting was heated, but in the end some familiar places topped the list.

101 Best Pizzas in America for 2014

#101 Ghigiarelli's, Old Forge, Pa. (Red: Tomato, Brick Cheese)

#100 Café Bottega, Birmingham, Ala. (Farm Egg: Mushrooms, Guanciale, Taleggio, Porcini Oil)

#99 Gusto Pizza Co., Des Moines, Iowa (The Deburgo: Garlic-Herb Cream Sauce, Sliced Sirloin, Mozzarella, Smoked Gouda, Cremini, Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette, Romano, Fresh Basil)

#98 Vero Pizza Napoletana, Cleveland, Ohio (Pancetta and Egg: Pancetta, Egg Tomato, Mozzarella, Roasted Pancetta, Farm Egg, Cracked Pepper)

#97 Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza, Arlington, Va. (Capricciosa: Sautéed Mushrooms, Marinated Artichokes, Prosciutto Cotto, Mozzarella)

#96 Zaffiro’s Pizza, Milwaukee, Wis. (EBF "Everything But Fish": Cheese, Sausage, Mushrooms, Pepperoni, Onions, Green Pepper, Black Olives)

#95 Hog & Hominy, Memphis, Tenn. (The Prewitt: Fontina, Tomato Sauce, Boudin, and Scrambled Eggs)

#94 Monza, Charleston, S.C. (Ciccio: Mozzarella, Ricotta, Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Garlic)

#93 Slice, New Orleans, La. (Prosciutto, Gorgonzola, and Arugula)

#92 The Backspace, Austin, Texas (Pepperoni Americano: Picante Salame, Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil)

#91 Pizza Rock, Las Vegas, Nev. (Margherita)

#90 Del Popolo, San Francisco, Calif. (Margherita) 

#89 Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, Anchorage, Alaska (Avalanche: Barbecue Sauce, Mozzarella, Provolone, Cheddar, Red Onions, Blackened Chicken, Bacon))

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

#87 Imo’s St. Louis, Mo. (Deluxe: Sausage, Mushroom, Onion, Green Pepper, Bacon, Provel)

#86 Via Tribunali, Seattle, Wash. (Margherita)

#85 Pelham Pizza, Pelham, N.Y. (Sausage)

#84 Pizzeria Paradiso, Washington, D.C. (Bottarga: Paradiso Tomato, Minced Garlic, Parsley, Parmesan, Egg, Bottarga)

#83 Lee's Tavern,Staten Island, N.Y. (White Clam Pie: Garlic, Mozzarella, Baby Clam, No Sauce)

#82 The Original Tacconelli's Pizzeria, Philadelphia, Pa. (White Pizza: Spinach and Tomato)

#81 Ammazza, Atlanta, Ga. (Margherita: House Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

#80 PizzaBrain, Philadelphia, Pa. (Forbes Waggensense: Mozzarella, Fontina, Grana Padano, Basil, Smoked Pepperoni, Tomato Sauce)

#79 Eddie’s Pizza, New Hyde Park, N.Y. (Eddie's Special: Sausage, Meatball, Pepperoni, Pepper, Mushroom, Onion)

#78 Gino’s of Long Beach, Long Beach, N.Y. (Special Pizza: Sausage, Meatballs, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Peppers, Onion, Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce)

#77 Williamsburg Pizza, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Grandma: Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, Pecorino, Basil, Parmigiano, Olive Oil, Garlic)

#76 Roseland Apizza, Derby, Conn. (Plain Pie: Tomatauce, No Cheese)

#75 Papa’s Tomato Pies, Robbinsville, N.J. (Sausage) 

#74 Delancey, Seattle, Wash. (Pepperoni Pie)

#73 Zero Zero, San Francisco, Calif. (Margherita Extra: Tomato Sauce, Basil, Annabella Buffalo Mozzarella, Grana Padano, De Padova Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

#72 Domenica, New Orleans, La. (Calabrese: TomatoSpicy Salami, Mozzarella, Capers, Olives)

#71 Via 313, Austin, Texas (The Detroiter: Mozzarella, White Cheddar, Tomato Sauce, Double Pepperoni)

#70 Cane Rosso, Dallas, Texas (Zoli: Local Sausage, Hot Soppressata, Hand-Crushed San Marzano Tomatoes, Housemade Mozzarella, Basil) 

#69 Buddy’s Pizza, Detroit, Mich. (Detroit Zoo: Motor City Cheese Blend, Roasted Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, Pine NutsTomato Basil Sauce)

#68 Osteria, Philadelphia (Parma: Mozzarella, Fontina, Arugula, Prosciutto di Parma)

#67 Matchbox, Washington, D.C. (Fire & Smoke: Fire-Roasted Red Peppers, Spanish Onions, Chipotle Pepper, Tomato Sauce, Garlic Purée, Smoked Gouda, Fresh Basil)

#66 Sal’s Pizza, Mamaroneck, N.Y. (Sicilian)

#65 Pizzeria Locale, Boulder, Colo. (Funghi: Mozzarella, Pecorino, Fontina, Porcini, Roasted White Mushroom, Garlic, Shallot)

#64 Rizzo's Fine Pizza, Queens, N.Y. (Americana Personal Specialty Pizza: Grilled Chicken, Red Onion, Award-Winning Barbeque Sauce, Cheese)

#63 Milkflower Astoria, Queens, N.Y. (Queen: Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, Parmigiano)

#62 Artichoke Basille, New York City (Artichoke Slice: Artichoke Hearts, Spinach, Cream Sauce, Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano)

#61 Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, Chicago, Ill. (Chicago Classic: Deep Dish with Sausage, Crust Made with Butter and Mozzarella)

#60 Pizza Moto, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita: Tomato, Fresh Cow’s Milk Mozzarella, Basil, Pecorino, and Olive Oil)

#59 Emily, Brooklyn, N.Y. (The Classic: Sauce, Mozzarella, Basil)

#58 Galleria Umberto, Boston, Mass. (Cheese Pie)

#57 Punch Neapolitan Pizza, St. Paul, Minn. (Margherita)

# 56 Serious Pie, Seattle, Wash. (Sweet Fennel Sausage, Roasted Pepper, Provolone)

#55 Home Slice Pizza, Austin, Texas (Pepperoni and Mushroom)

#54 CoalFire Pizza, Chicago, Ill. (Margherita)

#53 Scuola Vecchia, Delray Beach, Fla. (Regina Margherita: Bufala Mozzarella, Cherry tomatoes, Light Marinara, Olive Oil, Basil)

#50 Zuppardi’s, New Haven, Conn. (Special: Mozzarella, Mushroom, Sausage, Marinara)

#51 Santillo's Brick Oven Pizza, Elizabeth, N.J. (Sicilian: Pepperoni, Mozzarella, Pizza Sauce)

#50 Pizzaiolo, Oakland, Calif. (Margherita)

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

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

#47 2Amys, Washington, D.C. (2Amys: Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella)

#46 Don Antonio by Starita, Atlanta, Ga. (Montanara Stari ta: Lightly-Fried Dough, Starita Tomato Sauce, Smoked Buffalo Mozzarella)

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

#44 Prince Street Pizza, New York City (Prince Perfection: "Our Signature Square": Fresh Mozzarella and "Our Secret Sauce")

#43 Spacca Napoli, Chicago (Diavola: Blended San Marzano Tomatoes, Mozzarella di Bufala, Spicy Salami, Basil, Calabrian Chili Powder, Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

#42 Nellcôte, Chicago Ill. (Sunnyside-Up Organic Egg: D.O.P. Fontina)

#41 Juliana's Pizza, Brooklyn N.Y. (Margherita)

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

#39 Pequod's, Chicago Ill. (Deep Dish with Sausage and Pepperoni)

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

#37 Star Tavern Pizzeria, Orange, N.J. (Thin Crust)

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

#35 Pizzeria Delfina, San Francisco (Salsiccia Pizza)

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

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

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

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

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

#29 Regina Pizzeria, Boston (Melanzane)

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

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

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

#25 Varasano’s, Atlanta, Ga. (Nana: San Marzano Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Herbs and Spices)

#24 Bru Room at Bar, New Haven, Conn. (Mashed Potato and Bacon)

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

#22 Kesté, New York City (Kesté)

#21 Gjelina, Los Angeles (Lamb Sausage)

#20 Co., New York City (Popeye)

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

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

#17 New Park Pizza, Howard Beach, Queens, N.Y. (Cheese, “Well-Done”)

#16 Rubirosa Ristorante, New York City (Vodka: Vodka Sauce and Mozzarella)

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

#14 Motorino, New York City (Brussels Sprouts)

#13 Joe’s, New York City (Cheese)

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

#11 Una Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco (Margherita)

#10 Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco (Margherita)

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

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

#7 Flour + Water, San Francisco, Calif. Margherita)

#6 Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles Calif. (Squash blossoms, Tomato, Burrata Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce)

#5 Sally’s Apizza, New Haven Conn. (Tomato Pie: Tomato Sauce, No Cheese)

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

#3 Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, AZ (Margherita: Tomato Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil)

#2 Di Fara, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Classic Round Pie: Mozzarella, Parmesan, Plum Tomato Sauce, Basil, Olive Oil, Sausage, Peppers, Mushroom, Onion)

#1 Frank Pepe, New Haven, Conn. (White Clam: Clams, Grated Parmesan, Olive Oil, Garlic, Oregano)

Sydney Harrison contributed reporting to this article.

 



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I've been to 40 of these places and I live in New Haven...LaCasa in Omaha needs to be on the list.

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Chicago's Pizzeria Uno & Due are far better than Lou Malintis!

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Where is L&B Pizza and Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn or New Park Pizza in Ozone Park Queens?

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Bottoms up Pizza - at the "Bottoms" - Richmond, VA

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You haven't a good pizza unless you've tried Pizza John's pizza in Essex Maryland. I travelled across the country in a quest to find the best pizza and Pizza John's has topped my list. Slice Pizza in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina is the runner up. Both serve amazing pizzas.

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JIMMEYS PIZZIA, NEW HAVEN AVE. MILFORD,CT. BEST IN MILFORD..2 YEARS IN A ROW...SAUSE WITH A HINT OF GARLIC....VERY GOOD HOME MADE SAUSE....I ONCE ASKED...IF HE MADE HIS OWN .....HE SAID IF I WAS NOT A GOOD CUSTOMER...HE WOULD SHOW ME THE DOOR....GREAT CRUST TOO I MIGHT ADD...AND AT A VERY NICE PRICE. EAT IN OR PICK UP FOR HOME...EITHER WAY...PLEASE TRY JIMMEYS...IN MILFORD CONNECTICUT... 06460...THANKS ROB P.

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I feel any list that does not include Zeno's of Marshalltown, Iowa is seriously flawed.

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Every single one of these crap articles are shit sandwhiches. No Giodano's! Suck it you NY douche bag mook Jersey Shore twats!

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Atlanta, GA. has none, zero, nada.Pizzaria restaurants.

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You obviously have never been to Antico's in Midtown. They make everything from scratch daily (sauce, cheese & dough). Lines out the door. Well worth the wait. Especially the thin crust Margherita pie. I'm hungry just thinking about it. I'm in New Jersey, wish I was in Atlanta right now.

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was just in Chicago and had a great deep dish there. I know it was a chain, but was still pretty damn good

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Lou malnatis...the best za anywhere...giordanos or Gino's east....

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JIMMEYS PIZZIA, NEW HAVEN AVE. MILFORD,CT. BEST IN MILFORD..2 YEARS IN A ROW...SAUSE WITH A HINT OF GARLIC....VERY GOOD HOME MADE SAUSE....I ONCE ASKED...IF HE MADE HIS OWN .....HE SAID IF I WAS NOT A GOOD CUSTOMER...HE WOULD SHOW ME THE DOOR....GREAT CRUST TOO I MIGHT ADD...AND AT A VERY NICE PRICE. EAT IN OR PICK UP FOR HOME...EITHER WAY...PLEASE TRY JIMMEYS...IN MILFORD CONNECTICUT... 06460...THANKS ROB P.

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WTF. Most of that stuff isn't even what Id consider pizza...just dough with a bunch of stuff piled on it. True pizza is New Youk style, without toppings. Its all about the quality of the crust, the sauce and the mozzarella. That's all you need. If your ever in Gordonsville, Virginia, try Fabio's...of course the owner is not long off the boat from Italy, via NYC, but the man can cook, and has the best NY style pizza Ive tasted south of the Mason Dixon line.

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WTF. Most of that stuff isn't even what Id consider pizza...just dough with a bunch of stuff piled on it. True pizza is New Youk style, without toppings. Its all about the quality of the crust, the sauce and the mozzarella. That's all you need. If your ever in Gordonsville, Virginia, try Fabio's...of course the owner is not long off the boat from Italy, via NYC, but the man can cook, and has the best NY style pizza Ive tasted south of the Mason Dixon line.

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Why not have real Italians say which is the best???

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Because we're in AMERICA!

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O.M.G. nobody mentioned Connie's Pizza in Chicago! Before you start deciding which is the best pizza, you have to cover them all! Akron, Ohio has a lot of good pizza places but my area is the Youngstown area. We have all of the great pizza places you can ask for. You think you've tasted great pizza? Depends on what you're looking for in a great pizza, but you have a lot to experience. You simply haven't tasted them all!
Dan

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Mama Theresa's Hudson valley NY suburb of the city...must must try ...should be on the list just opened a new one even better

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Nardis in Addison Il. is the best !!!

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I agree.

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I was in Chicago last winter and COULDN'T FIND A DECENT TASTING PIZZA ANYWHERE AND i DID LOOK.

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Somehow, someone in Southern California telling me that their pizza is the best just makes me laugh and laugh and laugh. SoCal has the WORST pizza in the country. Now SanFran is a different story. At least they have taste in the Northern part of California. To me, tofu veggie pizza isn't pizza. So you SoCal people, buy a clue and just face the fact your pizza SUCKS.

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Obviously, this writer has not been to Troy, NY. Otherwise, he would know that the Red Front serves the best pizza in the world.

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the simple fact that lou malnati's come in #61 and is referred to as a casserole instead of a pizza proves this list is a piece of crap

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I totally agree. And that there are only 4 Chicago pizza places is a joke. This is obviously done by a New Yorker. Let us Chicagoans prepare the same list and it will be very different. It's all a matter of taste and what you're used to.

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ANYONE who calls a Chicago deep dish pizza a " casserole" obviously hasn't a
CLUE what they are talking about!

But I'm sure it was a fantastic vacation travelling the country eating pizza!
Good gig!

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Double agreed!

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Agreed!

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I would just add that only a New Yorker refers to deep dish as Chicago's signature pizza. Anyone that really knows Chicago pizza (and any true Chicago pizza lover) knows that real Chicago pizza is thin crust and cut into squares. Where's Vito and Nick's, where's Aurelio's, where's LaVilla...the list goes on and on without mentioning one deep dish.

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