Pizza is one of those foods that is nearly impossible to dislike. You can find good pizza all across the country and in many parts of the world, but as with any universally beloved food, the quality of the product you’ll encounter can vary from mind-blowing to gag-inducing.
While good pizza can be life-changing, bad pizza can be really bad. A premade crust, low-grade cheese and sauce, and heating and reheating can turn out a pizza that’s inedible (or at least extremely disappointing). If you’re looking for the best pizza in the world, where can you find it?
As modern pizza was invented in Naples, Italy, you can still find some amazing pizzas there. But in Naples, the only style of pizza you’re likely to find is a personal-size pizza, meant to be eaten with a knife and fork (what we call Neapolitan-style). In Rome and other parts of Italy, pizza is made on a long baking sheet and sold at bakeries, and you indicate how long you’d like your “slice” to be.
Which is why, by our judgement, the city where you’ll find the best pizza in the world is New York, based on sheer variety alone. The dollar slices are perfectly fine; the old-school slices from corner slice shops are one of the things that put New York food on the map; classic New York pizzerias like Lombardi’s and Totonno’s are serving legendary pies; and you can even find good versions of Chicago-style deep dish and Neapolitan-style pizzas as good as ones you’ll find in Naples there. In terms of variety, quality, and renown, New York City is hands-down where you’ll find the best pizza in the world.