The Best Pizza in America Is Found in These Cities
Pizza may be the most beloved comfort food for most Americans. After all, it’s a $3 billion industry. Between the crusts and the toppings, the delicious possibilities are practically endless. It’s probably fair to say that Italian influence on American palates has been life-changing.
But when it comes to electing the city with the absolute best pizza in America, people get serious. Chances are you’d be better off discussing religion or politics than pizza. Nevertheless, we’ve compiled a list of the top eight cities with the most mouthwatering, noteworthy pizza joints, and here they are.
1. New Haven, Connecticut
- Hot spots: Pepe’s, Sally’s Apizza, and Modern Apizza
It’s “apizza,” not pizza in New Haven. Rooted deeply in its pure Italian ancestry, the New Haven-style is the direct offspring of the Neapolitan-style pie, and if you haven’t tasted it first hand, you’re missing out. The oval-shaped, thin-crusted delicacies are charred to perfection. And for connoisseurs looking to get their fill, that can all be done at Wooster Square. As for the legendary stops that must be made — Sally’s Apizza, Modern Apizza, and Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (Pepe’s). All three shops have been firing pies since the ’20s and ’30s.
2. Chicago, Illinois
- Hot spots: Pizzeria Uno, Pequad’s, and Giordano’s
For the sake of tradition, the top choices of pizza in Chicago are of the deep dish variety. While the origin of the deep dish hasn’t quite been nailed down, there’s no argument when it comes to its deliciousness. Pequad’s signature pie is encircled with caramelized cheese and an all-time favorite. Uno’s has been pumping out pies since 1943 and is now a worldwide company, meaning it shouldn’t be hard to find one in your city. Last but certainly not least, Giordano’s has locations sprinkled all over the Windy City. You can’t really go wrong with any of their famous stuffed deep dishes.
3. Brooklyn, New York
- Hot spots: Monte’s, Best Pizza, and Di Fara
New York City is known for its pizza, whether by the foldable slice or the whole pie. But, Brooklyn deserves some love too. Admittedly it’s a bold move to declare one pizza joint reigning supreme over another one anywhere in the country, but it’s particularly risky to do so in Brooklyn. Nevertheless, Monte’s is one of the oldest Italian restaurants in Brooklyn. Give the Margherita, Salsiccia, or the Reale a try. Williamburg’s Best Pizza is using a 100-year old wood-fired oven to pump out their pies, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. As for Di Fara, the pizzeria has been whipping up pies for over 50 years. The imported ingredients create a perfect storm for a crispy, flavorful pizza experience.
4. Portland, Oregon
- Hot spots: Lovely’s Fifty Fifty, Apizza Scholls, and Scottie’s Pizza Parlor
Of course, the hipster capital of the world has a foothold on serving up delicious pies. Lovely’s Fifty Fifty on Mississippi Avenue has made a mark of its own with what they call Northwest style pizzas. Lovely’s uses toppings on its pizza that would make New Yorkers scoff. Portlanders, on the other hand, love it. Apizza Scholls, on the other hand, is the place in Portland to find New Haven-style pizza. You’ll likely have to wait in a line, but trust us, it’s worth it. Scottie’s is run by Brooklyn-native Scottie Rivera and wife Amy Coplen. The couple knows how to make delicious pies. And if you hit up Scottie’s during happy hour, you’ll snag a $2 slice.
5. San Francisco, California
- Hot spots: Arinell Pizza, Capo’s, and Za Pizza
San Francisco gives New Yorkers a run for their money on the pizza front, specializing in all avenues of the pie game. Arinell’s serves up slices for the lunch and late-night crowds. The straight-forward, foldable slices will put a smile on your face every time. If you’re searching for a deep dish, Tony Gemignani’s Capo’s is the place to go. Chef Matt Molina’s Crown Point deep dish has won numerous awards. Plus, if the deep dish isn’t your bag, Capo’s also serves thin crust. The small neighborhood pizza shop, Za Pizza, specializes in thin crust and has been pumping them out for over two decades. Opt for one of its seven specialty pizzas or build your own.
6. Phoenix, Arizona
- Hot spots: Pizzeria Bianco, Vito’s, and Federal Pizza
The idea of Phoenix, Arizona as a pizza mecca doesn’t sit well with most pizza lovers. But guess what? The city holds its own. For starters, Pizzeria Bianco’s Chris Bianco is the creme de la creme of pizza proprietors. People line up for hours just to snag a table at the 30-year-old restaurant. The New York Times even claimed it to be “perhaps the best pizza in America.” Vito’s first location opened back in 1986. You can build your own or try a chef’specialty. Federal Pizza is making dreams come true with its drive-thru pizza joint. Not only are the pies amazing, but customers can even snag a perfectly paired brew to take with the pie.
7. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
- Hot spots: Cossetta Pizzeria, Young Joni, and Galactic Pizza
The Twin Cities has pizza, folks! And it’s good. We’ll start with the 1911 pizzeria, Cossetta. The pies are straight-forward and prepared to thin, crispy perfection every single time. Choose your toppings and enjoy. Galactic Pizza’s goofy, environmentally-friendly business model keeps customers laughing. Their fresh take on making and delivering pizzas via bicycle, foot, or electric cars has certainly changed the pizza game. From vegan, gluten-free, and traditional options, Galactic has your bases covered. For a more upscale experience, Young Joni is your place. However, landing a reservation can be tough. The pies are fancy and the booze runneth over.
8. Austin, Texas
- Hot spots: Hoboken Pie, Pieous, and Bufalina
Of course, the grooviest city in the Lone Star state knows its pizza. Hoboken Pie is an Austin night owl’s dream come true, serving pizza until 2:30 am. Hoboken’s thin-crust pizzas can be made traditionally or even vegan. Another noteworthy spot, Pieous, is serving Neopolitan-style, sourdough crust pizzas to the masses. The wood-fired joint even makes its own pastrami that you can add to your pizza. With two locations in the Austin, Bufalina cranks out Neopolitan-style pizzas in about one minute. And you’ll be thankful for that after the long wait you’re likely to endure.