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18 Of The Best Pizza Places In America

It’s impossible to resist a fresh-from-the-oven pizza. Here’s where to find the best in the US.
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Aside from incorrectly guessing someone’s astrological sign or literally anything political, pizza styles and preferences are among the most controversial topics out there. This seemingly simple combination of dough, cheese, and sauce sparks Yankees vs. Red Sox-level rivalry between regions across the country.

We’re not here to settle any debates, but we can present you with this guide. You’ll find some of our favorite slices and pies from all over the US, including our top spot in NYC, Detroit-style pizza in its birthplace, and charred deep dish from Chicago that might be just as famous as Michael Jordan.


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NEW YORK CITY

As the undisputed best place in the world to eat pizza, New York has many, many great pizzerias. But our favorite is L’Industrie, which sets the standard for a great New York slice at both their original spot and location in the West Village. Each bit of blistered thin crust puffs, then crunches, and has a sourdoughy tang thanks to a long fermentation process. Minimal tomato sauce and spot-on oven temperatures ensure the layer of rich mozzarella stays perfectly in place, while a stream of orange grease drips down your wrist. Each slice is topped with giant basil leaves and grated parmesan, and toppings like velvety burrata, slightly sweet pepperoni, or soppressata. This is simply the best single slice in NYC.


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CHICAGO

A recent survey proved that Pequod’s was a contributing factor in people’s decision to relocate to Chicago. OK, not really, but this pizza is so good that it’s got us making up census data. Pequod’s serves pan-style pies with sauce underneath the toppings (unlike traditional Chicago-style deep dish, which has sauce on top). But what sets these pies apart from the average pan-style is its “caramelized” crust, also known as the burnt edges of crispy cheese surrounding the pizza. The crust itself is thick and airy with a great crunch, and the pies only have a little bit of sauce.


DETROIT

Detroit-style pizza is no longer just popular in Michigan, as almost every city in America has come to realize how great this style is. With that, it’s important to point out where it started: Buddy’s Pizza. What makes these pies great is the balance of the crispy, thick edges on every slice—something you only get with a square pizza—and the soft, airy inside. This local chain has now expanded to 22 locations across Michigan, meaning you can get your fix of the rectangular, thick-crust pan pies wherever you are in the state.


NEW HAVEN

Sally’s should be your go-to when you want to try New Haven-style pizza, known locally as apizza. They’ve been around since 1938, have served everybody from JFK to Sinatra, and even though you'll have to wait in line, the pies are well worth it. You should try at least one classic pie with the thinnest layer of tomato sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan, but you also can't go wrong with a signature pie like the potato and rosemary special. Either way, it’ll come with a perfectly cooked crust that has plenty of bite and a nice even char.


AUSTIN

While barbecue gets all the attention in Austin, the city still has a high density of amazing pizza spots highlighting a variety of Roman, Neapolitan, and Detroit-style slices. Bufalina is the best of them. At this pizzeria and natural wine spot, the pizzas are classically Neapolitan, with options like marinaras and margheritas, but we can’t help but order the spicy red pie with double garlic, double parmesan, and chili flakes. If you’re in the mood for something a little less traditional, there are very delicious options like a creamy white taleggio pie with sausage and scallions.


PHILADELPHIA

Pizza Jawn in Philly serves incredible round, grandma, or Detroit-style pizzas for pickup and delivery only. Each one has a perfect black ring of char marks that line the crust, giving the chomping experience a bubbly, blistery finish. Any way you dress your pie up (they have 38 topping options) will be good enough to brave heavy I-76 traffic and strap a seatbelt over the box of dough and cheese like it’s the most cherished thing in your car. (Including yourself.) If you really have to choose just one pie, go for the square-shaped grandma with a sesame seed bottom and golden edges.


LOS ANGELES

In LA, we’re skeptical of the Detroit-style pizza trend. These pan pies have pummeled the city, and it’s tough to tell which shops are doing the style justice and which ones are just cashing in on the fad. Quarter Sheets falls into the first camp. This shop is full-on '90s birthday party nostalgia, but with even better pizza. Their inch-high, focaccia-like crusts crackle and snap like that one cereal that has elven brothers as mascots. Inside, a pillowy middle soaks up sweet red sauce that’s striped across the top. The words “crunchy” and “gooey” don’t even begin to cut it.


ATLANTA

Antico is Atlanta’s Michael of pizza (any Michael: Tyson, Jordan, Jackson). They’ve nailed the perfectly charred, chewy doneness of the Neapolitan pie like no other. And like “flu game Jordan,” they never disappoint—probably since they keep a short menu and a strict no-substitutions rule. The service is also super speedy. Pizzas topped with imported Italian meats and cheeses come delivered to your table in near minutes after placing your order at the counter.


MIAMI

For the longest time, people (mostly from a state with the word “New” in it) could rightfully talk down on Miami’s pizza scene. Then Miami Slice came into our lives, with a New York-style pizza so good, we’d slap any naysayers across the face to initiate a pizza duel. The slices at this tiny shop are crispy from corner to corner, perfectly ratioed with incredible toppings, and one of the very few foods we’ll cheerfully wait three hours in the sun to consume. The wait times are pretty intense, and getting your pizza to go can actually take longer than waiting for a seat at the small counter, so just brave the often chaotic line and eat it fresh from the oven.


SAN FRANCISCO

Outta Sight in SF nails every element necessary to a perfect slice. There’s a chewy yet crisp crust that’s foldable without getting soggy. Toppings are packed with flavor, whether you opt for the smoky pepperoni cups or slightly sweet vodka sauce paired with globs of gooey mozzarella. And a satisfying, bright orange grease drips out of the creases. Plus, you get to devour it all in the company of E-40 bobbleheads and Giants foam fingers on the wall.


HOUSTON

Gold Tooth Tony’s in Houston is turning out some excellent Detroit-style pizza without forgetting to have a little fun. The compact, counter-service joint is dishing out heavy-hitter pies. Each slice, made of fluffy, buttered dough smothered in glistening cheese with edges crisper than a fresh line-up, could easily be a meal on their own. There are classic options like cheese and margherita, but we like to get the more over-the-top varieties, like The Griz, which is more like a buffalo-chicken-bacon explosion. Or pies composed of unlikely teammates like pancetta, hot honey, and fig. But if you’d rather let your inner mad pizza scientist loose, there’s an option to build your own pie.


JERSEY CITY

Razza is to Jersey City what The Eiffel Tower is to Paris or Britney Spears is to Kentwood, Louisiana. They’re iconic, and for good reason. The puffy, blistered crust is light enough that one person can easily finish a whole pie, and it’s salty and sweet enough that you’ll order another long after you’re full. And then there are the toppings, like mozzarella made from Jersey water buffaloes, specially-bred hazelnuts, and produce that proves “The Garden State” slogan isn’t sarcasm.


SEATTLE

When you’re looking for the best pizza within Seattle’s city limits, head to Dino’s Tomato Pie and order a Mr. Pink. This square pizza is topped with sweet vodka sauce, fresh mozzarella, ricotta, parm, and basil. The crust is thick and crunchy, and the whole bottom is so charred to a dark crisp that many Yelp users incorrectly assume it’s burnt. Let it be known that the thinner, round version of the same pie also hits just right, especially after 11pm alongside a negroni and fistful of garlic knots.


WASHINGTON DC

DC isn’t known for being a pizza town, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find great pies here. Timber Pizza Company, a former food truck, is currently making DC’s best. There’s only a cramped back bar and a couple of indoor picnic tables typically filled with families wrangling excited kids, but the thin pizzas are all saucy with carefully paired toppings. Get the Bentley, a salty-sweet pie with chorizo, sopressa, juicy Peruvian sweet peppers, and a spicy honey that adds a little kick.


PHOENIX

The pies at Pizzeria Bianco launched Phoenix’s food scene into the orbit of national conversation. Seriously, these pizzas are so famous they moved to Downtown Los Angeles, where a new Bianco’s debuted in 2022. But there’s a reason the original location is still a place that people line up for: the dough is seriously flavorful on its own, having been fermented for 18-20 hours, giving it a delicious yeasty tang. Head to the original location for pies like the Biancoverde with mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, ricotta, and arugula before a Diamondbacks game, or a weekday lunch when there’s less of a wait.


DENVER

Denver may not exactly be known for its pizza (although there is something called “mountain-style” pie), but recently, there’s been something of a pizza boom happening throughout the city. Regardless of what time zone you live in, Cart-Driver makes exceptional wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pies with the perfect chewy, crunchy, cheesy, and tangy bite. And the toppings go beyond the classics—we’re talking wood-roasted chanterelles, littleneck clams, and lamb shoulder.


PORTLAND

Portland doesn’t have a history of strong pizza traditions, which means you’ll never be subjected to a Chicago deep dish vs. NYC slice debate (though everybody here loves eating pizza with ranch). If anything could represent Portland-style pizza, though, it’d be Lovely’s Fifty Fifty. Expect a tangy sourdough crust, no sauce, and seasonal toppings like cherry tomato confit, summer squash, and orange-infused olive oil. Don’t be surprised if you see a rainbow of edible flowers sprinkled on top, which is prettier than sliced basil anyways.


SAN JUAN

There are plenty of incredible pizza places around San Juan, but Fidela is the one you should try first. The restaurant used to be a food truck that would typically sell out around noon, but now it’s a full sit-down spot with the same exceptional pizza as before. All of their wood-oven, sourdough-crust pies are excellent, but the honey pepperoni and cacio e pepe are next level.

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