If you are a pizza lover and you want to embark on a pizza-tasting journey all over America, where would you go? Do you already have an idea of where to find the best pies in the continent? Well, we would like to help you out there. We came up with this article that will give you 50 of the best pizzas in the US you can ever find. They may not be all there is to America’s best pizzas, but you can be sure that they will be part of your checklist on what pizza to eat before you die.
1. The Melanzane from the Regina Pizzeria in Boston
Boasting of already 20 branches, Regina Pizzeria originally started in the North End of Boston and has been a local favorite since 1926. They are known for their Melanzane pie, which comes with whole-milk mozzarella, homemade ricotta, Pecorino Romano, a spicy yet light marina (seasons with aged Romano), basil, oregano, and red onions.
2. The Brussels Sprouts of Motorino in NYC
Known for its diverse pizza offerings like the one with cherry stone clams or the one with cremini mushroom, sweer sausage, fior di latte, and garlic or the pie with Gaeta olives, stracciatella and raw basil, Motorino is a place on the East Village that changed the pizza scene forever. However, they are best known for the Brussels Sprouts, which os loaded with fior di latte, smoked pancetta, Pecorino, garlic, and olive oil.
3. The Tomato Pie of De Lorenzo’s in Robbinsville, NJ
De Lorenzo is known for sticking to the traditional tomato pizzas. Although you can choose from such toppings as clams, artichokes, anchovies, sausage, spinach, and pepperoni, their signature pizza is their tomato pie, which simply comes with tomato sauce and mozzarella.
4. The Margherita of Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, AZ
There are so many things to love about the pizzas that came from the genius of Bronx native Chris Bianco. But, if you have to get down to the nitty-gritty about everything, then you’d like to stick to their Margherita pizza with its tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil.
5. The Nana’s Pizza of Varasano’s in Atlanta, GA
Although Varsano’s offer two traditional pizzas as well as eight specialty pies, they are best known for their house special, which is the Margherita di Bufala or “Nana’s”. It comes with a divine blend of San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, and a special mixture of secret herbs and spices.
6. The Cheese Pizza of Patsy’s in East Harlem, NY
Touted as the only remaining place where you can get genuine coal-oven pizza, Patsy’s offer thin crust pies that you can literally scarf down in seconds. They are best known for their simple yet flavorful plain cheese pizza that you can’t get enough of.
7. The Italian Bomb of Modern Apizza in New Haven, Conn.
Certified as the State Street Pizza in 1934, Modern’s is known for their thin-crust pizza that are usually a bit heavy on the toppings. They are especially known for their legendary Italian Bomb, which comes with sausage, bacon, pepperoni, mushrooms, garlic, peppers, and onions.
8. The Thin Crust Pizza of Star Tavern Pizzeria in Orange, NJ
The Star serves what is commonly known as the bar pie. And, in the language of this pizza place, these are crispy, super-thin pizzas that are loaded with sauce, cheese and toppings that reach its edges.
9. The Kesté Pizza of Kesté in NYC
Known for pies with their signature chewy crust, Kesté’s titular pie comes with buffalo mozzarella, tomato sauce, prosciutto di Parma, Gran Cru, arugula, and olive oil. This pizza bears the pizzeria’s name with pride and has never let it down ever.
10. The Salsiccia of Pizzeria Delfina in San Francisco, CA
Although Pizzeria Delfina offers eight “Neapolitan-inspired” thin-crust pizzas and two specials that change daily and come with such choices as the cherrystone clam pie and the Panna, the first thing you should try here is its Salsiccia pie. It is loaded with the house-made fennel sausage, bell peppers, tomatoes, mozzarella, and onion and is guaranteed to provide your taste buds a cacophony of flavors.
11. The Pepperoni Pizza of Lucali in Brooklyn, NY
Touted to serve the best pizzas in New York, Lucali is known for its traditional New York style of pies with thin crusts and flavorful toppings. If you are unsure what to get here first, start with the pepperoni. You will be delighted at the crispiness of the pepperoni and how the meat perfectly blends with everything else on the pie.
12. The Sausage Pie of Louie and Ernie’s in Bronx, NY
Nothing beats Louie and Ernie’s sausage pie. The sausage comes in juicy chunks spiked with fennel, applied liberally on the pizza, which is basically covered in generous amounts of tomato and melted mozzarella. If you want more, then maybe you would like to try the creamy ricotta white pie that might look messy, but is insanely good.
13. The Deep Dish with Sausage and Pepperoni of Pequod’s in Chicago, Ill.
Aside from its copious toppings of sausage and pepperoni, Pequod’s deep dish pizza is popular for its “caramelized crust”. This is the crusty and chewy cheese crust that has burnt to an extent that adds a welcome level of texture to the entire pie. Once you’ve tasted it, you will never forget the experience.
14. The Margherita Pizza of Roberta’s in Brooklyn, NY
If there is a pizza in Roberta’s that will seduce you and make you stay until the end, it is their classic Margherita. Although it only comes with the traditional toppings of tomato, mozzarella, and basil, they have found a way to make their pie in a way that once you taste it, you will always look for it, no matter where you are.
15. The Margherita of Juliana’s Pizza in Brooklyn, NY
In Juliana’s, it is not merely the toppings that lend flavor to its traditional Margherita pizza. They are also known for their crust, which is said to be airy, crispy, and replete with a complex flavor, you would always look for.
16. The Lamb Sausage Pizza of Gjelina in Los Angeles, CA
Although they offer Italian favorites and an excellent wine list, its their pizzas that draw the crowd. The best seller of their crispy thin pies is the lamb sausage with its un-sauced crust laden with confit tomato, Pecorino, rapini, and Asiago.
17. The Pepperoni Pizza of Antico Pizza Napoletana in Atlanta, GA
Generally known as serving Atlanta’s best pizza, Antico’s does indeed serve the best classic pepperoni pie with its cheesy center and thick puffy crust.
18. The Margherita Pizza of Flour + Water in San Francisco, CA
They may be known for their pasta, which are made in-house, they also have the best pizzas in San Francisco. Their traditional Margherita is the one to beat though, with its heirloom tomatoes, fior di latte, basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.
19. The Diavola of Spacca Napoli in Chicago, Ill.
Chicago might be known for its deep dish pizzas, but Spacca Napoli stays true to the origins of the Neapolitan-style pizza, albeit adding their unique twist to it. One of their best sellers is the Daviola with its blended San Marzano tomatoes, spicy salami, mozzarella di bufala, Calabrian chili powder, basil, and extra virgin olive oil. It is to die for!
20. The Regina Pizza of Paulie Gee’s in Brooklyn, NY
From their menu of almost 19 pizzas comes their signature pie, the Regina. It comes laden with tomatoes, mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, fresh basil, and olive oil. It is definitely one of the ten best pizzas in the whole of America.
21. The Clam Pizza of Franny’s in Brooklyn, NY
Although New York is known to serve its own regionalized style of the Neapolitan pizza, Franny’s go beyond that to serve something that may not be traditional, but is equally good. A perfect example of this is their clam pie with its chilies and parsley. Definitely, one of America’s and New York’s best.
22. The Bruschetta of John’s of Bleecker, NYC
John’s of Bleecker has become a pizza institution with their coal-fired pies that come with such toppings as sausage, pepperoni, sliced meatball, mushrooms, peppers, ricotta, sliced tomatoes, onions, garlic, olives, roasted tomatoes, and anchovies. However, the best of them all is the un-sauced Bruschetta, which comes with diced, olive-oil marinated Roma tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and fresh garlic.
23. The Cheese Pizza of Joe’s, NYC
Joe’s Pizza is identifiable with New York as the Empire State Building. It has been serving pies since 1975 and is known for their classic New York City-style of pizza, which comes with a thin crust, a flavorful sauce, and the right amount of cheese. As such, their best seller is actually just the basic Cheese Pizza. It might be simple enough, but its tastes pack a wallop you cannot imagine, until everything is melting in your mouth in one beautiful symphony.
24. The Sicilian of Santillo’s Brick Oven in Elizabeth, NJ
Aside from their 1940 Genuine Tomato Pie that has no cheese or their 2011 San Marzano “Tomatoes Over Cheese” Pizza, Santillo’s also offer such choices as Lasagna Pizza, which is out of this world. However, if you really want to know what the pizza place is made of, then you have to start off with the world-famous Sicilian. Your being able to taste this is an experience no words can ever describe.
25. The Margherita of Una Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco, CA
The Margherita may be simple and classic enough, but coming the maker of the one of America’s best Neapolitan pies, you can be sure that the flavor is definitely one that you will be looking for over and over.
26. The 2Amys Pizza of 2Amys in Washington, D.C.
2Amys’ brought the pizza age to the District of Columbia and if you will get to taste its namesake pizza, with only tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil on it, you will understand why.
27. The Apizza Amore of Apizza Scholls in Portland, OR
Although they allow patrons to choose their own topping combinations on their 18-inch pizzas, they do have 10 classic pies on the menu and these include their signature Apizza Amore: Margherita laden with capicollo or cured pork shoulder. The pie has a spicy kick to it , which is somehow balanced by its sweet mozzarella sauce. You will fall in love with it, for sure.
28. The Special Pizza of Zuppardi’s in New Haven, Conn.
With its own take of the thin-crust style pizza Connecticut is known for, Zuppardi’s pizzas come with a crust that is thicker, crispier, and slightly charred in places. Their signature pie is the Special, which comes with sausage, mozzarella, marinara, and mushrooms.
29. The White Clam Pizza of Frank Pepe in New Haven, Conn.
One of the authorities of pizza in New Haven having opened in 1925, Frank and Pepe is known for their clam pie. This pizza genre is Northeastern in origins and Pepe’s is at the helm of it all with their own charcoal-colored crust pie laden with freshly shucked clams, grated Parmesan, oregano, garlic, and olive oil. On a weekend though, you need to really stand in line for your turn, if you get to the pizzeria after 11:30 AM.h
30. The Daily Offering of The Cheese Board in Berkeley, CA
We can never say what best pizza to get from The Cheese Board because they only serve one type of pizza every day and they are usually out-of-this-world delicious. So, what to get again? You’ll just have to wait and see and enjoy the median sun.
31. The Mozzarella, Sausage, and Garlic Pizza of Santarpio’s in Boston, Mass.
Santarpio’s, which first opened in 1903, is known for their traditional pizzas with their widely-popular wet yet slightly chewy pie slices. Although they have lots of different choices for their patrons, the most famous is the mozzarella, sausage, and garlic. It’s so unbelievably good, you’d get a second slice in a matter of minutes.
32. The Margherita of Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn, NY
A Margherita is probably one of the simplest pies ever created. However, most of the time, it is not the pie ingredients, but how it was cooked that matters. In Grimaldi’s, your Margherita is going to be tangy, smoky, crispy, super delicious, and undoubtedly one of the best.
33. The Montanara Starita of Don Antonio by Starita in Atlanta, GA
Home of wood-fired Neapolitan pies made with mozzarella, Don Antonio by Starita is also known for their Montanara Starita, which comes with dough that is flash-fried, laden with the signature tomato sauce of Starita and and smoked mozzarella mozzarella di bufalo, before being fired in the oven. You can be sure that it gives out a taste you’ve never had before.
34. The Squash Blossoms, Tomato, Burrata Mozzarella, and Tomato Sauce Pie of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, CA
With a menu that contains 21 pizza choices, Mozza offers simple pies like the classic cheese or the aglio e olio to the more unique ones like their renowned squash blossoms pie with tomatoes and burrata mozzarello on dough slathered with tomato sauce.
35. The Prince Perfection of Prince Street Pizza in New York, NY
Home of the “Soho Squares”, Prince Street Pizza offers five choices of their square slice pizzas as well seven signature Neapolitan-style ones. You can go for the pepperoni-topped Spicy Spring, the thin-crust Mercer Margherita, and the cheese-less Broadway Breadcrumb. However, if you really want to get to know their best seller, then go for the Prince Perfection with its simple mozz and sauce signature square pie. You can definitely say that “no other square can compare”.
36. The Popeye of Co. in New York, NY
Co., which you should say as Company, can be found in heart of the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan. Aside from serving traditional pizza choices, it also offers ingenious pie creations you don’t want to miss out on. A great example of this is their signature Popeye pizza. Topped with Gruyère, Pecorino, mozzarella, black peppers, spinach, and garlic, it comes in layer of chewy and salty goodness with some green and bite as well just a bit of edge. It is something to look forward to, here.
37. The Cheese Pizza of Little Vincent’s in Huntington, NY
If you are looking for a tangy and saucy pizza with a bottom that’s crispy and offers a bit of flop, then Little Vincent’s is the way to go. You can get the “Cold Cheese Slice”, which is basically cold cheese placed atop hot pizza or you can get their house favorite, which is simply the regular cheese pie that is always reason enough to drop by this place.
38. The Vodka Pizza of Rubirosa Ristorante in New York, NY
One of the places you can go to where you can order a stracciatella pie, Rubirosa Ristorante has 10 standard pies on their menu, which include the classics, supreme, and the “tie-dye”, which basically vodka, pesto, tomato and fresh mozzarella. However, if they only have one pie that you have got to try, then that is their vodka pizza with fresh mozzarella. They are so good, you won’t want to leave.
39. The Mashed Potato and Bacon Pizza of the Bru Room at Bar in New Haven, Conn.
Although they have a respectable offering of white, red, and red “with mozz” pizzas as well as their own version of the clam pie, it is the mashed potato pizza with bacon that you have to try out here. Although the name of the pie itself does not sound that good, it is actually quite delicious as it is creamy, well-seasoned and garlicky in all the best ways possible.
40. The Sunnyside-Up Organic Egg: D.O.P. Fontina Pizza of Nellcôte in Chicago, Ill.
If you are looking for “fork and knife” pizzas, then Nellcôte is the jaunt you should visit. It has eight of these pies which include those with wood-roasted mushrooms, Taleggio and ramp, n’duja, broccolo, and house-made fennel sausage. But, the pizza here that you should not miss is the Sunnnyside-Up Organic Egg with D.O.P. fontina, mozzarella cheese and arugula. It is deliciously runny and flavorful all around.
41. The Margherita of Totonno’s in Brooklyn, NY
In Totonno’s, your Margherita pizza will have coal-fired bubbly-edged crust covered with beautifully flavorful tomato sauce and gooey mozzarella. It is so good, you will be teary-eyed with emotions at the first bite.
42. The Vodka Pizza of Joe & Oat’s Pizzeria in Staten Island, NY
Joe & Pat’s is known as the home of the thin and crispy crust pizza that is so light, you could easily eat eight slices of it without noticing. Aside from offering the best of Italian and American toppings like shrimp, scungilli, artichoke hearts, clams, and fried calamari, it is also known for its vodka pie, which is laden with a delectable combination of vodka sauce, mozzarella, and basil.
43. The White Pizza of Best Pizza in Brooklyn, NY
Known for putting out super-thin and crispy slices of bar pizza, Best Pizza has probably the most delicious white pizza in New York, with its perfect ratio of cheese and tangy sauce. With one of its slice folded and placed on a paper plate, it is the ultimate meal in the Big Apple for discriminating people on the go.
44. The “Well-Done” Cheese Pizza of NEW PARK PIZZA in Howard Beach, Queens, NY
The number one pizza spot in Queens, the New Park Pizza is where you can ask for your cheese pizza to be “well-done”. This means adding getting your pizza’s cheese to brown up a little and even become crispy in certain areas, for additional flavor.
45. The Sausage Pie of Colony Pizza in Stamford, Conn.
The pizza place where you can get the best thin-crust bar pizzas in Stamford, Connecticut, Colony offers a variety of pies, including a salad pizza. However, it is their sausage pie with its chile-pepper infused oil that will steal your heart. It is basically a pizza with a harmonious blend of tasty sauce, gooey cheese, cracker-thin crust, and that distinctive oil sting that will make you want to savor a sip of beer with every bite. And, you won’t have it any other way.
46. The Mushroom and Sausage Pizza of Nick’s Pizza in Forest Hills, Queens, NY
Serving Neapolitan pies with probably the freshest mozzarella around and a great variety of other different toppings like feta, scallions, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, and hot cherry peppers, Nick’s is also known for its mushroom and sausage pizza that will make your mouth water the moment you see it headed to your table.
47. The Tomato Pie of Sally’s Pizza in New Haven, Conn.
Although even the peeps at Sally’s will admit that the clam pie of Pepe’s is better than their own, they do make a mean tomato pie. Slathered only with tomato sauce with no cheese, this is probably the pizza that Sally’s will be known for until time immemorial.
48. The Pepperoni Pizza of Lombardi’s in New York, NY
Your visit to the Big Apple will never be complete if you will not get to experience their pizzas. Their pepperoni pie, may not be the best in the city, but it is definitely among the trademark eats in New York with its sauce that tastes just right, its thin crust, and gooey melted cheese that is spread out all over the dough just right.
49. The Margherita of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco, CA
Home of the multi-awarded pizza maker Tony Gemignani, Tony’s is definitely a place you have to visit if you are looking for a pizzeria in San Francisco. Its signature Margherita pie comes with hand-mixed dough made from San Felice flour and laden with San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte, mozzarella, sea salt, fresh basil, and extra virgin olive oil. However, its menu also boasts of lauded versions of such pizza styles you can only find in Italy, St. Louis, Detroit, New York, Rome, Sicily, and California.
50. The Margarita of Al Forno in Providence, RI
Al Forno is place to go if you are hankering for the ultimate Italian dining experience. Baking their pizzas on wood-burning ovens as well as grills placed over hardwood charcoal fire, their margarita is known as the most well-known of all their pies. It comes with pomodoro, fresh herbs, two kinds of cheeses, and extra virgin olive oil and is guaranteed to make you ask for more.
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