101 Best Pizzas in America

“You’ve tried all the rest, now try the best.”
Clinton Hill's Emily Pizza

Emily and Matt Hyland, owners of Emily Pizza in Brooklyn (No. 40), prepare their ‘Emily pizza.’

101 Best Pizzas in America 2016

Kimberly Williams

Which pizzerias truly serve pies to seek out, return for, and be in awe of? It’s more difficult than ever to answer that question.

#101 Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, New York City (Artichoke Slice: artichoke hearts, spinach, cream sauce, mozzarella, pecorino romano)

#100 Area Four, Cambridge, Mass. (Clam & Bacon: clam sauce, pecorino, hot pepper, parsley)

#99 Reservoir Tavern, Boonton, N.J. (Gatto Di Potato: sliced potatoes, bacon, tomatoes, garlic, sliced tomato, mozzarella)

#98 L&B Spumoni Gardens, Brooklyn (Grandma Slice: thin-crust Sicilian pie with mozzarella and tomato sauce)

#97 EVO, Charleston, S.C. (Pork Trifecta: marinara, house-made sausage, pepperoni, bacon, mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano)

#96 O4W Pizza, Duluth, Ga. (Grandma Pie)

#95 Loui's Pizza, Hazel Park, Mich. (cheese and tomato sauce)

#94 Lovely's Fifty Fifty, Portland, Ore. (cherry tomatoes with summer squash, basil, bacon, goat gouda)

#93 Harry’s Pizzeria, Miami (Short-rib: caramelized onion, Gruyère, arugula)

#92 Pizzeria Locale, Denver (Funghi Pie: mozzarella, pecorino, fontina, porcini, roasted white mushrooms, garlic, shallots)

#91 Monza Pizza, Charleston, S.C. (Ciccio: mozzarella, ricotta, pecorino romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, garlic)

#90 Providence Coal Fired Pizza, Providence, R.I. (Rocket: Margherita pizza — tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil — topped with arugula and pecorino)

#89 Fat Lorenzo's, Minneapolis (Fat's: Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and black and green olives)

#88 Hog & Hominy, Memphis (The Prewitt: fontina, tomato sauce, boudin, scrambled eggs)

#87 Pizzetteria Brunetti, Westhampton Beach, N.Y. (Vongole Bianca)

#86 Micucci Grocery Store, Portland, Maine (Sicilian Slab: San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella)

#85 Emmy Squared, Brooklyn (Roni Supreme: sauce, mozzarella, lots of pepperoni, Calabrian chile)

#84 Pizza Brain, Philadelphia (Forbes Waggensense: mozzarella, fontina, grana padano, basil, smoked pepperoni, tomato sauce)

#83 King Umberto Ristorante & Pizzeria, Elmont, N.Y. (Vodka: onions, prosciutto, and a creamy pink vodka sauce)

#82 Gino’s of Long Beach, Long Beach, N.Y. (Special Pizza: sausage, meatballs, pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, onion, mozzarella, tomato sauce)

#81 J&V Pizzeria, Brooklyn (Cheese)

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

#79 Galleria Umberto, Boston (Cheese Pie)

#78 The Cheese Board, Berkeley, Calif. (Changes daily)

#77 Pizzaiolo, Oakland, Calif. (Rapini and house-made sausage)

#76 Capo’s, San Francisco (The Dillinger: sharp Cheddar, mozzarella, provolone, smoked Hangar 1 vodka cream sauce, marinated chicken, bacon, broccolini, artichoke hearts, red bell peppers, garlic, crushed red pepper, fresh lemon)

#75 Nostrana, Portland, Ore. (Margherita)

#74 Via 313, Austin (The Detroiter: mozzarella, white Cheddar, tomato sauce, double pepperoni)

#73 The Backspace, Austin (Pepperoni Americano: picante salame, tomato, mozzarella, basil)

#72 Pizza Delicious, New Orleans (Cheese)

#71 Scuola Vecchia Pizza E Vino, Delray Beach, Fla. (Regina Margherita: bufala mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, light marinara, olive oil, basil)

#70 Pizzeria Paradiso, Washington, D.C. (Bottarga: paradiso tomato, minced garlic, parsley, Parmesan, egg, bottarga)

#69 Caserta Pizzeria, Providence, R.I. (Pepperoni Pie)

#68 Pizza Domenica, New Orleans (Calabrese: tomato, spicy salami, mozzarella, capers, olives)

#67 Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, Chicago (Chicago Classic: deep dish with sausage, crust made with butter, mozzarella)

#66 Osteria, Philadelphia (Parma: mozzarella, fontina, arugula, prosciutto di Parma)

#65 Santucci's Square Pizza, Philadelphia (Original Plain Pie: mozzarella and pizza sauce)

#64 Umberto's Pizzeria & Restaurant, New Hyde Park, N.Y. (Grandma Pie: 16-inch-by-16-inch square, 12 slices, thin-crust pie topped with mozzarella and plum marinara sauce)

#63 Williamsburg Pizza, Brooklyn (Grandma: fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, pecorino, basil, Parmigiano, olive oil, garlic)

#62 Delorenzo's Tomato Pies, Robbinsville, N.J. (Tomato Pie: mozzarella and tomato sauce)

#61 Zuppardi’s, West Haven, Conn. (Special: mozzarella, mushroom, sausage, marinara)

#60 Bru Room at Bar, New Haven, Conn. (Mashed potato and bacon)

#59 Pizza Rock, Las Vegas (Margherita: dough mixed by hand using San Felice flour then proofed in Napoletana wood boxes, San Marzano tomatoes D.O.P., sea salt, mozzarella fior di latte, fresh basil, extra-virgin olive oil)

#58 Gjelina, Los Angeles (Lamb Sausage: confit tomato, rapini, Pecorino, Asiago, no sauce)

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

#56 Zaffiro’s Pizza, Milwaukee (EBF "Everything But Fish": cheese, sausage, mushrooms, pepperoni, onions, green pepper, black olives)

#55 Vito & Nick’s, Chicago (Sausage)

#54 Pizano’s, Chicago (Rudy's Special: mozzarella, sausage, mushroom, onion, green pepper)

#53 2Amys, Washington, D.C. (2Amys: tomato sauce and mozzarella)

#52 Amore Pizzeria, Flushing, N.Y. (Plain Cheese Pie)

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

#50 Santillo's Brick Oven Pizza, Elizabeth, N.J. (Sicilian: pepperoni, mozzarella, pizza sauce)

#49 Roseland Apizza, Derby, Conn. (Plain Pie: tomato sauce, no cheese)

#48 Mike’s Apizza & Restaurant, West Haven, Conn. (Plain Pie)

#47 Ernie’s Pizzeria, New Haven, Conn. (Plain Pie)

#46 Metro Pizza, Las Vegas (Milano: no sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, Romano, garlic olive oil, basil)

#45 Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco (Margherita: dough mixed by hand using San Felice flour then proofed in Napoletana wood boxes, San Marzano tomatoes D.O.P., sea salt, mozzarella fior di latte, fresh basil, extra-virgin olive oil)

#44 Pizzeria Delfina, San Francisco (Salsiccia Pizza: house-made fennel sausage, tomato, bell pepper, onion, mozzarella)

#43 Giordano's Pizza, Chicago (Classic Deep Dish: mushroom, green peppers, onions)

#42 Antico Pizza Napoletana, Atlanta (Sophia: bufala, cipollini, roasted mushrooms, white truffle oil)

#41 Nick's Pizza, Forest Hills, N.Y. (Mushroom and sausage)

#40 Emily, Brooklyn (The Classic – Sauce, mozzarella, basil)

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

#38 Regina Pizzeria, Boston (Giambatta: pepperoni, Regina sausage, salami, mushrooms, peppers, onions, mozzarella)

#37 Una Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco (Margherita)

#36 Flour + Water, San Francisco (Margherita)

#35 Sotto, Los Angeles (Margherita)

#34 Piece, Chicago (Pepperoni and banana peppers)

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

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

#31 Al Forno, Providence, R.I. (Margherita)

#30 Denino’s, Staten Island, N.Y. (Sausage)

#29 Speedy Romeo, Brooklyn (The Saint Louie: Provolone, Italian sausage, pepperoni, pickled chiles)

#28 Coalfire Pizza, Chicago (Margherita)

#27 Varasano’s Pizzeria, Atlanta (Nana: San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, herbs and spices)

#26 New Park Pizza, Howard Beach, N.Y. (Cheese)

#25 Santarpio’s, Boston (Mozzarella, sausage, garlic)

#24 Pequod's, Chicago (Deep-dish with sausage and pepperoni)

#23 Prince St. Pizza, New York City (Prince Perfection: fresh mozzarella and "our secret sauce")

#22 Patsy’s, New York City (Cheese)

#21 Paulie Gee’s, Brooklyn (Regina: mozzarella, tomatoes, pecorino romano, olive oil, fresh basil)

#20 Apizza Scholls, Portland, Ore. (Apizza Amore: marinara, fresh and aged mozzarella, pecorino, grana, olive oil, cured pork shoulder, basil)

#19 Buddy’s Pizza, Detroit (Detroit Zoo: Motor City cheese blend, roasted tomatoes, fresh basil, pine nuts, tomato basil sauce)

#18 Kesté Pizza & Vino, New York City (Kesté: tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma, arugula, gran cru olive oil)

#17 Grimaldi’s, Brooklyn (Pepperoni)

#16 Pizzeria Vetri, Philadelphia (Tonno: Sicilian tuna, onion, mozzarella, tomato sauce, peperoncino)

#15 Modern Apizza, New Haven, Conn. (Italian Bomb: bacon, sausage, pepperoni, garlic, mushroom, onion, pepper, tomato, mozzarella)

#14 Joe’s Pizza, New York City (Cheese)

#13 Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles (Squash blossoms, tomato, burrata mozzarella, tomato sauce)

#12 Pizzeria Beddia, Philadelphia (Tomato, mozzarella, Old Gold aged cheese, extra-virgin olive oil)

#11 Louie and Ernie's, Bronx, N.Y. (Sausage Pie: sausage, tomato sauce, mozzarella)

#10 Rubirosa Ristorante, New York City (Vodka: vodka sauce and mozzarella)

#9 Lucali, Brooklyn (Pepperoni)

#8 Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix (Margherita: tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil)

#7 Sally’s Apizza, New Haven, Conn. (Tomato Pie: tomato sauce, no cheese)

#6 Motorino, New York (Brussels Sprout: fior di latte, garlic, pecorino, smoked pancetta, olive oil)

#5 Totonno’s, Brooklyn (Margherita)

#4 Roberta’s, Brooklyn (Margherita)

#3 Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, New Haven, Conn. (White Clam: clams, grated Parmesan, olive oil, garlic, and oregano)

#2 John’s of Bleecker Street, New York City (“The Boom Pie”: oven-roasted tomato, garlic, and basil)

#1 Di Fara, Brooklyn (Classic Round Pie: mozzarella, Parmesan, plum tomato sauce, basil, olive oil, sausage, peppers, mushroom, onion)

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