Deep dish or New York style? Classic marinara or olive oil and garlic? Cheese or supreme? What defines a truly perfect pizza? It just depends on what you are looking for. We’ve tracked down the top-rated pizza joints in pizza-loving cities across the United States, and while not all the same style, you better bet you can get one killer slice of pie at these classic favorites. Pizza has become a beloved adopted favorite amongst Americans, so if you are in town, drop in for a taste of some of the best available.
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Joe's Pizza - New York, NY
New York is undoubtedly an amazing place to eat cheesy pie, but let’s be honest, the selection of great places to do this is overwhelming. Joe’s Pizza on Carmine Street has stuck around since the 1970’s, and is a community staple, so it’s a solid choice that’s light on the wallet too. Nothing beats the simplicity of a generous New York-style cheese slice with just the right amount of sauce. Authentically cooked in a brick oven, the joint and the pizza is no fuss and totally tasty.
L&B - New York, NY
L&B in Brooklyn New York has a refreshing take on the classic dish if you’re looking to shake things up a bit. The sauce goes on top of the cheese, totally jumbling the expected textures of pizza while preserving a phenomenal flavor.
Pequod’s Pizza - Chicago, IL
Pequod’s Pizza is for all you deep dish lovers out there, and naturally, it’s in Chicago. Cheese, sauce and a caramelized crust fill the cast iron dish in which all “pan” pizzas come, and it’s something you’ll likely have to enjoy with a knife and fork. Deep dish pizzas are indulgently amazing, and at Pequod’s you’ll be tasting some of the very best. Appetizers and thin crust pizza are well received at this cozy place, but truly, a deep dish pizza with pepperoni is where it’s at.
Mulberry Street Pizzeria - Beverly Hills, CA
Perhaps one day you’ll be browsing around Beverly Hills—don’t leave without grabbing a slice of thin crust pepperoni from Mulberry Street Pizzeria. Laid back and surprisingly affordable, they cook up more New York-style variations, while also having the best meatballs, which customers speak of regularly. You might even see a celeb or two munching on their favorite comfort food.
Ken's Artisan Pizza - Portland, OR
Portland Oregon has its fair share of eclectic eateries, so you bet they have a selection of spot-on pizza places too. Ken’s Artisan Pizza fuses true Italian-style, wood-fired pizza with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The combinations are sometimes unexpected, but quite refreshing. The Brooklyn features tomato sauce, mozzarella, Fra’Mani capicollo, pickled jalapeno and that unexpected factor, a touch of honey. Perfection. Don’t miss out on the Affogato for dessert, which is a local cup of coffee topped with brown sugar ice cream.
Slab - Portland, ME
Now to the other Portland on the East Coast, where you’ll find Slab, a Sicilian style eatery with both pizza and street food. The dough is mixed by hand and cultivated “old world” style to reflect its true origins. Your typical slice comes with tomato sauce, mozzarella, provolone and oregano, but you have the option for other toppings like picante provolone and sausage. Not deep dish nor thin crust, classic slab pizza is excellently in the middle.
Big Lou’s - San Antonio, TX
A Texas pun would be too easy, so we will just say they have some of the biggest pies around at Big Lou’s in San Antonio. Not just a novelty, the place has some pretty cool flavor combos like barbecue with pickles. But having a pizza that engulfs the table and produces over foot long slices is pretty much everyone’s dream right?
Antico - Atlanta, GA
Atlanta has some pretty impressive pizza restaurants. Antico in Atlanta is a small, casual pizzeria serving super authentic Italian pizzas. Cooked in a wood-burning oven, the lovely, chewy crust has those delicate, browned dough bubbles that give the crust a lot more flavor. Several variations are on the menu, such as ones filled with spicy cured meats or veggies, but the Lasagna pizza, with vibrant crumbles of seasoned meat and ricotta cheese is a true gem unique to Antico. Topping substitutions aren’t really a thing here, and when you try a slice of any well-balanced pie, you’ll completely understand why.
Picco - Boston, MA
Picco in Boston takes two whole days to prep the crust for the brick oven. The dough is fermented which adds to its taste. Flambe sauteed onions, shallots, garlic, creme fraiche, bacon and gruyere come atop the Alsatian, what may be the most popular pick at Picco. From the pizza to the salads, every dish is a beautiful work of art just popping with color and artisan ingredients. Even the ice cream is homemade.
Cloverleaf Pizza - Macomb, MI
Detroit style pizza can be enjoyed at Macomb Michigan’s Cloverleaf Pizza, which was inspired in the 1940s. Pies are more in the shape of giant rectangles, and the sauce and cheese trade places. It’s highly recommended to top your pie with pepperoni.
Del Popolo - San Francisco, CA
Del Popolo is just one example of San Francisco’s Neapolitan pizza scene, and the whole thing started in a striking glass enclosed freight container turned food truck. Now with a permanent store, they roll out hand stretched, wood-fired pizzas with real Italian ingredients. Pair with antipasti or a glass of red wine.
Pizzeria Lola - Minneapolis, MN
Proof that Korean flavors flawlessly mesh with pizza, Minneapolis‘ Pizzeria Lola serves up combos like the Lady Zaza with Italian red sauce, kimchi, Korean sausage, serrano peppers, scallions, sesame and soy-chili glaze, along with the Korean BBQ with beef short ribs, mozzarella, scallions, arugula, sesame and soy-chili vinaigrette. Plenty of other interesting pies with odes to destinations like Boise and Hawaii reside on the elevated menu. Most pizzas can be made gluten-free!