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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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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Any list that doesn't include Pizza My Heart in Santa Cruz, CA (and beyond) isn't a very good. They should be at least in the top 10. Their "Primo" thin crust pie is topped with feta, thin sliced tomatoes and fresh basil. Simple but sublime. I wish I could find it in other states.

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Pizza My Heart in Santa Cruz, CA has a pie named "Primo" topped with fresh basil, feta and tomatoes and is outrageously good.

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Pizza My Heart in Santa Cruz, CA has a pie named "Primo" topped with fresh basil, feta and tomatoes and is outrageously good.

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Jake's Pizza of Saratoga (California) must be added to this list.

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Obviously they didn't go to little ol Humboldt, Iowa for Pasquale's Pizza, but I suppose they can't hit them all, oh well , their loss.

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Seriously? Chicago doesn't make the list 'till 39?! Worst. List. EVER.

Hell. Of the top 10, 6 are on the east coast!

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AGREED.

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Did anyone even visit the country's most livable city, Pittsburgh??
Vincent's, Aiello's, and Mineo's are just a few places that should definitely be in your top 101. There is awesome pizza in every neighborhood in that wonderful city.

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Antika's in Washington heights NYC. Not on this list? Joke. But let's put clam pizza # 1 and 2. Dummys.

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so many more in Bklyn that were missed...

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HELP ME HAVE ALL OF THE PIZZA IN THE WORLD! <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-me-have-all-of-the-pizza-in-the-world/x/2146561" title="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-me-have-all-of-the-pizza-in-the-world/x/2146561">https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-me-have-all-of-the-pizza-in-the-...</a>

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Hahahaha!! Any list that doesn't include Pizza My Heart in Santa Cruz CA is just not worth reading. They've even won competitions against the Italians.

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I was going ro say the same thing. Pizza My Heart Primo pizza with basil, feta and tomatoes is outrageously good.

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I was going ro say the same thing. Pizza My Heart Primo pizza with basil, feta and tomatoes is outrageously good.

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I was going ro say the same thing. Pizza My Heart Primo pizza with basil, feta and tomatoes is outrageously good.

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I was going ro say the same thing. Pizza My Heart Primo pizza with basil, feta and tomatoes is outrageously good.

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spoken like a true Californian …Pizza My heart is ok and maybe even decent (for Crapafornia), but can't touch real NY/CT pizza

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Pelham Pizza, #85 on the list, was originally opened in the 1960's, by an Italian immigrant named Marcello. He sold his pizza for 25 cents a slice, back then, and a whole pie was just a couple of bucks. Marcello worked extremely hard, to build that pizzeria up - it was the only pizzeria in the area, back then. His dream was to make some good money and retire, back to Italy. I don't know where the information came from, that it opened in 1978 - maybe new owners? Anyway, I lived in Pelham, a stones throw from Marcello's pizzeria and probably consumed thousands of slices, there. Anyone who grew up, in Pelham, would know that Marcello started that place and deserves some credit! I now live in Florida and can not find a slice anywhere near as good as Pelham Pizza's! Pelham Pizza ROCKS and thank you, Marcello - wherever you are!

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I have eaten in a lot of these pizza places in NY area, New Haven and Phoenix. Chris Biaco does an amazing job being top notch pizza. New Haven Pizzas are good but a bit overrated. Little Vincent in Huntington has good flavor but is a greasy mess. I think you have to compare basic tomato and cheese pies. On Long Island I recommend: LaScala in Commack, Salvatore's in Bay Shore and Granna in Jamesport. There sis a new chain come to Long Island, Blaze in West Babylon owned by Lessings. It is make in front of you pizza, the crust comes to the maker, then you pick the ingredients and it is baked in 180 seconds. Not my favorite sauce but a good contender if you want to go out with friends and each choose your own personal pie. The quest for great pie is always on.

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ABSOLUTE **UTTER** B.S that a Chicago pizza joint didn't even make the top-ten! This list is *CLEARLY* skewed towards east and west-coast pizza places and leaves out at least TEN fabulous famous (and RIGHTLY-SO) Chicago pizza joints like Old World Pizza, Giordano's, Edwardo's and has Lou Malnati's ranked in the 60's! BLASPHEMY! This article is an absolute GARBAGE review.

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Totally agree! Not to have ANY Chicago pizza at the top is insane.

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ABSOLUTE **UTTER** B.S that a Chicago pizza joint didn't even make the top-ten! This list is *CLEARLY* skewed towards east and west-coast pizza places and leaves out at least TEN fabulous famous (and RIGHTLY-SO) Chicago pizza joints like Old World Pizza, Giordano's, Edwardo's and has Lou Malnati's ranked in the 60's! BLASPHEMY! This article is an absolute GARBAGE review.

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Pepe's Pizza Oneida, NY - Pepe's special I will put up against any pizza !!

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Buffalo, NY remains an untapped pizza haven. Always amazes me the experts aren't showing full knowledge of what is going on in BFLO.

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Buffalo?? worst pizza in the world! Spent 5 years there and had to have friends fly in from downstate to bring me pizza. Once saw a guy putting kraft slices before baking it in Buffalo....slices!!! LMAO!!!

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Buffalo, NY remains an untapped pizza haven. Always amazes me the experts aren't showing full knowledge of what is going on in BFLO.

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You missed the best pizza in Oregon by about 100 miles. Spookys in The Dalles, OR is the best in the state.

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What a loaf of garbage when Norm's Pizza (Waterville, Maine), Flipper's Pizzarea (Kissimmee, FL), and DiNino's Pizza (Boston, Mass) don't make the list.

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So this list is written by fools. Grimaldi's is not Grimaldis. They bought the name and opened an inferior clone down the block from the original. The original is now called Juliana's, and it is VASTLY superior to the newly named Grimaldi's down the street.

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