The Rankings of America's Best Pizza Restaurants
Pizza is always a good idea. It’s a nationally adored food in the US, and cities like Detroit, New York and Chicago have each developed their own regional twists on the staple. With plenty of restaurants creating their own famous drool-worthy pies, it’s hard to choose which spot is the best.
From California to New York, read on to see the rankings of America’s best pizza restaurants and find out which pizzeria stands out above the rest. These hot spots will convince you to treat yourself to a delicious cheesy slice.
30. Artichoke Basille's Pizza (New York, New York)
Astonished critics, chefs and fans can’t stop talking about Artichoke Basille's Pizza. The pizza shop’s signature artichoke slice combines cream sauce, spinach, mozzarella, pecorino romano cheese and artichoke hearts, creating a melt-in-your-mouth experience. With irresistible menu items, it’s no surprise that Artichoke Basille's Pizza has lines that wrap around the block.
29. Del Popolo (San Francisco, California)
In May 2012, Jon Darsky transformed a 20-foot shipping container into the beloved mobile pizzeria, Del Popolo. The mobile pizzeria features a handmade wood-burning oven that creates pizza masterpieces, like their famed white pies. If that doesn’t convince you to grab a slice, the pizzeria’s famous Margherita di Bufala may win you over.
28. The Original Tacconelli's Pizzeria (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The Original Tacconelli's Pizzeria keeps customers wanting more of its hit tomato pies with minimal cheese. Since 1946, Italian immigrant Giovanni Tacconelli has used the same recipe at his pizzeria. The majority of fans drool over Tacconelli’s White Pizza, a gem that combines cheese, black pepper and loads of garlic.
27. Pizzeria Vetri (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Pizzeria Vetri’s philosophy is to use the best and freshest ingredients to make amazing pies. To create their popular pizzas, the restaurant’s chefs spend three days preparing the dough. However, it only takes three minutes to cook a pizza in their wood-fired oven.
26. Cane Rosso (Dallas, Texas)
Believe it or not, you can find more than just BBQ in Texas. In fact, one of the best pizza restaurants in the country is located in Dallas. Cane Rosso went from slinging pizza from a vehicle to becoming the highest rated pizzeria in the country.
25. Flour + Water (San Francisco, California)
Flour + Water receives nonstop praise from the press, including The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and SF Weekly. Based in the mission district of San Francisco, Flour + Pizza serves a traditional Italian menu of Neapolitan-style pizzas and house-made pasta.
24. Di Fara (Brooklyn, New York)
Since 1965, Domenico De Marco has served New York and Sicilian-style pizza at Di Fara. De Marco tops the pizzas with ingredients imported from Italy and cooks the pies to perfection. The tasty pies have the right amount of tomato sauce, mozzarella and Grana Padano cheeses.
23. Serious Pie (Seattle, Washington)
With fresh ingredients and handmade dough, who could resist a slice from Serious Pie? Serious Pie’s dough takes multiple days to make. Using their stone-encased apple wood-burning oven, the chefs lightly brown the crusts in 600 degrees. This ensures that the crust stays crispy, yet chewy, at the same time.
22. Kesté Pizza & Vino (New York, New York)
Kesté means "this is it" in Neapolitan dialect and it could not be a better name for this restaurant. Hungry New Yorkers and tourists fulfill their Kesté pizza cravings at three different locations in New York City: Bleecker Street, Gold Street and West 50th Street.
21. Santarpio’s (Boston, Massachusetts)
For more than a century, Santarpio’s has served Boston with drool-worthy pies, including their signature sausage and garlic pie. Many customers call Santarpio’s an “old school” joint, with walls covered in pictures of famous boxers. It could also have something to do with the restaurant only accepting cash.
20. Pizzeria Delfina (San Francisco, California)
Pizzeria Delfina bakes pies inspired by the best pizza from New York City and Naples, Italy. According to the pizzeria’s website, Delfina became the "darling of the San Francisco food scene" as soon as its doors opened in 2005. Today, the restaurant has three successful locations in San Francisco: the Mission, Pacific Heights and Downtown.
19. Via 313 (Austin, Texas)
Combining mozzarella, white cheddar, tomato sauce and plenty of pepperonis makes one of Austin’s most famous pies: The Detroiter. Via 313 owners and brothers, Zane and Brandon Hunt, launched the pizzeria out of a small and customized pizza trailer on East 6th and Waller in December 2011.
18. Al Forno (Providence, Rhode Island)
What’s a better way to bring people together than over their appreciation of pizza? Fans crowd around Al Forno to taste their must-have pies, including the signature Margherita pizza covered in pomodoro, fresh herbs, two cheeses and extra virgin olive oil.
17. Louie and Ernie’s (The Bronx, New York)
Louie and Ernie’s fills the air with wonderful scents of meat and cheese on Crosby Avenue in the Bronx. Since 1959, Louie and Ernie’s has baked delicious pizza for the neighborhood. Hungry locals and tourists devour their popular calzones or sausage pies.
16. Rubirosa Ristorante (New York, New York)
Rubirosa Ristorante serves a wide variety of house-made pastas, but many come solely for the pizza. The joint’s owner, AJ Pappalardo, opened Rubirosa Ristorante in 2011. Inspired by his family’s 57-year-old pizza recipe, Pappalardo devised his own “instant classic.”
15. Tony's Pizza Napoletana (San Francisco, California)
Pizza legend Tony Gemignani has won 13 world titles, including 2007 World Champion Pizza Maker at the World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy. He is also a three-time winner at the International Pizza Championships in Lecce, Italy. Gemignani is the mastermind behind the amazing pies at Tony's Pizza Napoletana.
14. Apizza Scholls (Portland, Oregon)
Customers say they can’t stop dreaming about pizza from Apizza Scholls. Apizza Scholls’s crust isn’t like other pizza joints. Their crust is similar to a ciabatta that’s flakey on the outside and chewy on the inside. As a result, customers who build their own pies are only allowed to add three ingredients and up to two types of meat.
13. Pequod's (Chicago, Illinois)
You can’t go wrong with any of the amazing pies from Pequod's. Many fans give glowing reviews to Pequod’s deep-dish pizza with a thick layer of cheese, caramelized crust and crispy, blackened edges. It’s basically the ultimate casserole of melted cheese.
12. Pizzeria Mozza (Newport, California)
Pizzeria Mozza stirs excitement in Los Angeles and Newport with their tasty pies. The restaurant perfectly balances its pizza with house-made mozzarella and super fresh California ingredients, like squash blossoms and super juicy tomatoes. The “much-talked-about” crust is baked to perfection in Pizzeria Mozza’s wood-burning oven.
11. Paulie Gee’s (Brooklyn, New York)
Paulie Gee’s turns out delicious Neapolitan pizza with the best ingredients, like a super creamy sauce enriched with anisette, a sweet anise liqueur. The pizzeria’s signature “Regina” pie combines fior di latte, tomatoes, pecorino romano, olive oil and fresh basil.
10. Motorino (New York, New York)
Motorino offers a variety of tasty dishes, but the pies steal the show. Mathieu Palombino launched Motorino in New York’s East Village, a big pizza neighborhood. Due to popular demand, Motorino expanded to the Upper West Side in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Manila.
9. Roberta’s (Brooklyn, New York)
Pizza enthusiasts suggest adding Roberta’s to your food bucket list. Located in Brooklyn, Roberta’s serves paper-thin pizza with the right amount of toppings, such as gorgonzola, taleggio, calabrian chile, egg and speck. Customers devour their hot pies on wooden picnic tables in a casual, yet cool setting.
8. Pizzeria Bianco, (Phoenix, Arizona)
In 1988, pizza extraordinaire Chris Bianco opened Pizzeria Bianco in the back of a local grocery store in Phoenix. Since then, Bianco has gained many fans that love his heavenly, wood-fired pizzas made with organic flour. Bianco turns out drool-worthy pies with not only fresh mozzarella, but house-smoked mozzarella. The more Italian cheeses, the better, right?
7. Lucali (Brooklyn, New York)
Who can say no to pizza with a beautiful, puffy crust that perfectly blend chewy and crispy qualities? Chef Mark Iacono started Lucali in Brooklyn in 2006 as “a labor of love, to save the local candy store of his Carroll Gardens youth from an uncertain, generic fate.” Lucali became an instant success.
6. Buddy’s Pizza (Detroit, Michigan)
Buddy’s Pizza specializes in square pizzas with crisp, thick crust, best known as the original Detroit-style pizza. Since 1946, the restaurant has served hungry Detroit natives and tourists outstanding pies using the finest ingredients and “an acute attention to detail.”
5. Joe’s (New York, New York)
Some customers say Joe’s pizza was “love at first bite.” Located in New York, Joe’s has been an iconic pizzeria since 1975. Joe’s serves fresh, hot, flavorful cheesy slices on a thin crust with an amazing sauce. With high praise from publications like Time Out New York, GQ Magazine and New York Magazine, pizza enthusiasts believe Joe’s is a must-visit hot spot.
4. John’s of Bleecker Street (New York, New York)
Another legendary New York pizza joint is John’s of Bleecker Street. The restaurant’s delicious cheese and sauce that pops with flavor keep customers hungry for more. Every bite is just as delicious as the first. John’s of Bleecker Street has served New York natives and tourists since 1929.
3. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria (Chicago, Illinois)
If there were a hall of fame for pizza, Lou Malnati's Pizzeria would definitely be included. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria specializes in authentic deep-dish pizza that includes a thick, crunchy, buttery crust, a layer of melted cheese and freshly crushed tomatoes. The dough’s recipe is a big family secret that has been passed down for generations.
2. Razza Pizza Artigianale (Jersey City, New Jersey)
Razza Pizza Artigianale commits to making the best pizzas for its customers (and it shows). Based in Jersey City, the pizza joint only uses the freshest and finest ingredients, down to the salt. Razza Pizza Artigianale bakes these bad boy pies with a wood-burning oven.
1. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (New Haven, Connecticut)
Some pizza enthusiasts say you don’t know how much you love pizza until you’ve tried Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana. Opened by Frank Pepe in 1925, USA Today and The Daily Meal rank Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana as the No. 1 pizza restaurant in the country.