Where to Get Delicious Pizza in All 50 States
Pizza is taken seriously in the United States, where the question of which place boasts the best pie is subject to heated debate. Every state, city, and even restaurant has its own distinct spin on the Italian classic. Here are some of the best slices in each state, factoring in price and taste.
This thin-crust specialist in Dadeville serves up pizza with a side of friendly service. The varied menu of premium pizzas has non-marinara bases such as Alfredo or hot wing sauce starting at $16 for a 14-inch pie, or $9 for plain cheese.
The choices of pizza are nearly endless at this popular Anchorage haunt. The Tooth has unusual variations of the classics, including Spicy Thai Chicken ($11 for a 10-inch), Amazing Apricot ($11), and Greek Gyro ($12).
This Phoenix pizzeria injects regional spice into this Italian specialty with its roasted habanero Southwestern-style sauce, available on any pie in lieu of marinara. Enjoy tabletop games while waiting on a self-made pie or specialties such as the Al Pastor ($15 for 12 inches, $24 for 18).
The Little Rock branch of this pizzeria starts its pies with San Marzano tomato-based sauces. The Italian authenticity doesn't affect prices, which start at $12 for a Margherita pie or just over $13 for specialties such as BBQ chicken.
This family-owned pizza joint in Reseda has been making New York-style pizza for 35 years. Start with a $10 medium (14-inch) cheese pie and add toppings for $2 each, or try the Brooklyn Works or White Nights ($16 for a medium) for something a little different.
This Denver pizzeria makes thick, Detroit-style pizzas ($10 for a small that serves two people). Choose from high-end toppings such as naturally cased pepperoni, fresh ricotta, and Anaheim chilies. Blue Pan also makes New York and Chicago-style pies.
New Haven gives New York City a run for its money as the pizza capital of the Northeast with the family-owned Zuppardi's Apizza. The pizza highlights at this neighborhood institution are the meatball marinara ($10 for a small) and the escarole and beans ($12 for a small).
This charming Italian eatery serves up authentic pies with great prices. The Sicilian deep dish slices are hearty and rich (a slice of cheese is $1.50), and those in search of a gourmet pizza can try the artichoke, tomato, and garlic pizza for $13 for a 14-inch medium.
Though primarily a wine shop, this Winter Park market and merchant takes pizza-making seriously with homemade dough and a wood-fired oven. Pizzas start at $12.
In Atlanta? Grab a New York-style slice at Fellini's for $3, or $13 for a medium pie. Traditional toppings are available. Fellini's Special comes in regular or Sicilian crust and includes toppings such as meatballs, green olives, peppers, sausage, and mushrooms ($19 for a medium).
The owners of Brick Fire Tavern have trained in the Neapolitan art of pizza-making, and the expertise can be tasted in every bite of the wood-fired, traditional pizzas. Try the Margherita ($15) or pepperoni ($16).
Guido's in downtown Boise serves slices ($2.25 for cheese) and pies notable for cheap prices and thin crust. Medium pies are a whopping 18 inches and start at $13.
Oley's Pizza in Fort Wayne bakes a pie just as delicious as anything served in Chicago. The family-owned restaurant is famous for stuffed "double crust" pies starting at $9 for a small cheese and $11 for specialty pizzas.
This unfussy pizza place in Topeka has specialty pies such as the Greek-flavored John Stamos and the Gentleman Jimmy's Taco Pie, starting at $17. But if you're looking for classic pizza, try a 14-inch cheese pie for $13.
Impellizzeri's features "Louisville-style" pizza, each pie baked with two layers of cheese and two layers of toppings. Enjoy a dense, fully loaded pie such as the chicken bacon ranch starting at $15 for a 10-inch.
This Bywater pizzeria earned its reputation as the city's premier pizza place with foldable slices as cheap as they are delicious ($2.25 for cheese). Specialty pies and toppings include homemade meatball, vegan peppadew, and sriracha pineapple.
Open in Freeport since 1904, Derosier's sells pizza slices all day for $3, but if you have the appetite, it's more economical to grab a 14-inch cheese pizza for $11. Or try the Buffalo chicken with blue cheese dressing and chives for $17.
This old-school pizza joint in Detroit offers either red or white specialty pizzas, but diners can also get an 18-inch for $11 and build their own (toppings are $2 each at that size). Premium toppings such as smoked turkey or prosciutto are $1 more.
New York pizza is the draw at this pizza joint with branches in Jackson and Biloxi. Specialty pizzas are named for various Big Apple landmarks and people, such as the Upper West Side and CBGB. Customers can also build their own 14-inch pies for $15 (toppings extra).
This bare-bones St. Louis pizza place offers nothing but pizza and fountain sodas, but the pizza is a perennial hit with locals. Enjoy small ($7.50 and up) and large ($12.50 and up) pizzas, and remember payment is by cash or check only.
The Omaha home of the 9-inch slice ($6.50) lets customers choose five toppings or a speciality pizza. Try to resist Mac & Cheese or the Ed & Sal (topped with bacon and Parmesan garlic fries).
When in Las Vegas, try Dom Demarco's cheese-and-pepperoni Di Fara special ($28 for the full order) -- if you can resist Northeast favorites such as littleneck clam or pesto and grilled chicken. Every pizza can be ordered in New York-style or as a Detroit square-pan pizza.
It's hard to beat the prices at this Tilton restaurant, where most large pies are just over $12. For a heartier pizza, order the chicken and broccoli Alfredo pie ($17 for a large).
This old-school tavern in Orange measures up to New York City pizzerias with its selection of signature pies. Try the white clam or three-cheese, both under $16.
This Albuquerque pizza joint gives New York pizza a Southwestern twist. The signature pie is the New Mexican, spiced up with ricotta, chicken, and green chilies ($18 and up).
It doesn't get much simpler than Joe's Pizza, a white-tiled New York institution serving $3 slices. The original Greenwich Village location is always busy and has been in business since 1975.
At this Raleigh restaurant, pizza comes New York style or with Sicilian thick crust, and there's a Queens style (upside-down Sicilian), and even a "Grandma Sicilian" with basil, tomatoes, and thin crust. Fresh toppings include buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, and ground sirloin, and 14-inch New York-style pies start at $12.
All three Rhombus Pizza locations are known for thin-crust pizzas and colorful specialty pies. At the Fargo location, try the T-Rex, loaded with Canadian bacon, bacon, beef, and a few other choice proteins ($10 and up), or the Tater Tot ($11 and up).
This somewhat divey pizzeria in the trendy Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland has made a name for itself by cooking from scratch with fresh, local ingredients -- and with the nearly 1-pound slices it sells for only $4.50. By comparison, a 12-inch cheese pizza is $11.
This 18-location chain (one in Arkansas) has a long list of pizzas starting with a small cheese for $9.25 and almost any topping imaginable. The 13-ingredient large Xtreme is among the most expensive, at $23.25 for a 16-inch. Recommended: the vegetarian Pizza of the Gods, with olive oil and artichoke hearts.
This pizzeria makes good use of Portland's agricultural bounty, putting all sorts of local ingredients atop its wood-fired, bubbly-crusted 11-inch pizzas. A basic Margherita starts at $10, and specialty pie prices go up to $13.
Philadelphians come here for a regional specialty: square pies where the sauce is layered over the cheese. A 9-inch pizza starts at $8, and prices top out at $20 for The Works at 17 inches. A bake-at-home option is $16.
In addition to baking Neapolitan-style pizzas in a wood-fired oven, this Providence eatery boasts of using powder-fine, European-style "00" flour. Prices begin at $16 for a marinara and never exceed $21 (for a stracciatella made with pecorino, cured egg yolk, and charred scallions).
This Charleston eatery offers hand-tossed pizzas with lots of variety for not much money: 10-inch pizzas start as low as $8, and the 16-inch Supreme and Greek pizzas top out at $22. A menu highlight is the Beetnick ($9 for a small) with goat cheese, bacon, rosemary, and golden beets.
It's a fine bar, but where Rapid City's Independent truly shines is its cheap pizzas -- large enough to serve two for $11 or less. The baked potato pizza with bacon bits and garlic-mashed red potatoes and The Hasselhoff cheeseburger pizza are both $10.
Memphis diners get "Italian dining with a Southern drawl," including unique specialty pies such as the Prewitt ($16) with fontina cheese, boudin sausage, and scrambled eggs. A basic pomodoro pizza with tomato sauce, garlic, oregano, and Parmesan is $12.
This Salt Lake City institution has a few locations and is famed for its fragrant garlic and four kinds of crusts, including a spicy "ApocalyptDough," on a wide-ranging menu starting with a 12-inch cheese pizza for $10. Oh, and it delivers -- by mail, anywhere in the United States.
There's live music, 20 beers on tap, and food specials every day at this laid-back Burlington hangout. Try a small 9-inch pizza for $8 or sample a specialty pizza, such as those with pulled pork or General Tso's chicken, for $11.
Lola's, in a cozy, wood-paneled house in Charleston, serves up pizzas from a stone-hearth oven. There are small specialty pies for $13 (large versions are $18 or $19) with fig jam, flank steak, and more, including a Breakfast Pizza with bacon, eggs, mozzarella, scallions, tomatoes, and chives.