101 Best Pizzas in America for 2014

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101 Best Pizzas in America for 2014
101 Best Pizzas in America for 2014

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)

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Sydney Harrison contributed reporting to this article.