Where to Find the World’s Best Pizza

We asked—you answered. From pizza’s birthplace in Italy to the streets of Chicago to far-flung locales in Africa and Asia, treat yourself to a little slice of heaven!

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(Lonely Planet)


“Pizzeria Uno on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Birthplace of Chicago-style.” —James Michalek

“In Chicago, I head to Lou Malnati’s for famous deep dish pizza.” —@SheilaS

“Classic Slice in Bay View, WI (Milwaukee).” —Jill Gronowski Czajkowski

“We love the pizza at Dough Trader Pizza in Spearfish, South Dakota. Yummy sourdough crust from start that is 100 years old. It is pizza to die for.” —Cheryl Wyckoff Smith

“Goodfellas Pizzeria on Mill Street in Lexington, Kentucky. Probably the very best pizza I have ever had is at Lou Malnati’s in Chicago.” —Pat McCauley

 “In Chicago, Eduardo’s. In Colorado, Beau Jo’s.” —Michelle Buchecker

“Imo’s Pizza in St. Louis. Delicious!” —Reesa Lehr

“Pizza Shoppe in Kansas City, near Liberty, Missouri. The crust has the right amount of crunch with great sauce that compliments any toppings.” —Mamie Kuhl

“In Chicago, Lou Malnati’s, and in Madison, Grampa’s Pizzeria.” —Sher BonDurant

Gino’s East in Chicago.” —Alisha Nicole

“George’s in Brookings, South Dakota. Walk up window!” —Ann Shoup

“The Art of Pizza in Chicago. Best deep dish in the city, hands down.” —Jennifer Hayes

“Alibi in Troy, Michigan.” —Denise Martin-Capling

“In Chicago, Pequods Pizza. The caramelized crust is awesome.” —Kanya Babu

“Oklahoma City, Plaza District: Empire Pizza is phenomenal. Everything from standard to exotic local flavor combinations. Great price, just over $3 a slice, and you must try adding the pink sauce!” —Holly Fothergill


“Ledo’s Pizza in College Park, MD.” —Lisa Hirrlinger

“DiCarlo’s Pizza in Wheeling, WV. Order by the slice or by the tray. Best there is.” —Helen Gibbs

“Pizza John’s in Essex, Maryland.” —Susan Rybicki

“Famous Pizza on beautiful Chincoteague Island, VA. Amazing food, super friendly staff, and good value for your money. Always the first place we head when on the island!” —Elizabeth Wray

“Dominic’s Pizza in Parkville, MD. Best pizza in town.” —Laurie Sigmon Vaught


“Dion’s Pizza in Albuquerque. The salads there are awesome too!” —Thu Doan

“Oregano’s in Gilbert, AZ. So delicious!” —Carrie Collins


“Rome’s Pizza in San Antonio, the De Zavala location. Yum. I really miss it (living in Chicago now). Be sure to check out the menu. My favorite pizza is the Tomato Duet. There are other great unique topping combos.” —Kim Jones

“Slice Pizzeria in New Orleans on historic Magazine Street near the boutiques, between the Zoo and Garden District.” —@Winny_Churchill

“Vinnie Van Gogo’s in Savannah, GA.” —Aubrey Hanson

“In Atlanta, it’s Antico Pizza or nothing!” —Lauren Hanson Mitchell

“Primanti Bros. in Fort Lauderdale. Family-owned small chain brought their pizza to Florida. They have a 24-hour shop across the street from the beach. Also have heavy duty sandwiches. Grab some of that great pizza and go and eat it in front of the waves.” —JoJo Red


“Federici’s [Family Italian Restaurant] in Freehold, NJ. My parents had their first date there in 1950.” —Carol Davison

“Patzeria Perfect Pizza on West 46th Street near Broadway in NYC. It is literally a hole in the wall consisting of a counter and four seats, but the pizza and cheesecake are fabulous! New York Style at its best. We stop there every year during our annual trip to NYC.” —Michelle Persinger Caruthers

“Louie and Ernie’s is the best in the Bronx.” —Robert Firpo-Cappiello

“Lombardi’s on Spring Street in Manhattan.” —Alex Chan

“Al Capone’s in Downtown Boston. Their subs are outta this world also!” —Denise Keats

“Grimaldi’s. They have several locations, but the best is in Brooklyn.” —Lisa Gordon Liff

“Pizza Land in North Arlington, NJ. Soprano’s Pizza.” —Ana Rosa

“Ray’s Pizza in NYC.” —Henri Garnett

“Benny Tudino’s in Hoboken, NJ.” —Lori Schmidt Ernest

“Pizza Wagon in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NYC.” —Michelle DiGaetano

“Santarpio’s Pizza, in East Boston, near the airport.” —Mike Buscetto

“Rowayton Pizza in Rowayton, CT! You can sit outside in the summer, it’s BYOB and you can smell the salt air. Divine!Kelsey Leigh Williams

“Pepe’s in New Haven.” —Michele Herrmann

“Lobingers in PA.” —Kerry McAllister

“Stanziato’s in Danbury, Connecticut.” —Kristy Anderson Boiano

“Alfredo’s Pizza in Bally, PA. Greasy, foldable, and delicious. The best.” —Anita Ling Vanzile

“Pizzeria Regina in Boston’s North End.” —Gina Cali

“Sally’s in New Haven.” —Kelly Jameson Walker

“American Flatbread in Burlington, VT. Mack’s Pizza in Wildwood, NJ.” —Rich Brown

“Stone Harbor Pizza in Stone Harbor, NJ.” —Marilyn Capolarella Currey

“Pino’s Pizza in Cleveland Circle, Boston.” —Michael P. Nasser

“Paras Pizza in Sanford, Maine.” —Cathy T. Bradbury

West Coast

“I’d like to say I travel the world for pizza, but Blaze Pizza is great and they are headquartered in Pasadena, California, about three miles from my house!” —Shannon McConnell

“Gioia in Berkeley, CA.” —RuthAnn Yeo

“Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco and Gina’s Pizza and Pastaria in Corona del Mar, CA.” —Julie Hamilton

“Big O To Go in Mission Viejo. Same location, same owners for 30 years, and the best fresh ingredients piled high on every pizza.” —Pi Scofield

“Quei Bravi Ragazzi in Encinitas, CA.” —Allison Fraiberg


“Boston’s North End Pizza Bakery (aka Boston Bob’s Pizza) in Kailua, HI. We always went there when I was a kid and Bob would put on whatever music we wanted—he always got a kick out of us asking him to play The Beatles!” —Kaeli Conforti


“Le Tre Sorelle in Positano, Italy. Right on the sea, and wonderful margarita pizza.” —Halle Shirk

“Gino’s Pizzeria in Naples, Italy, has the best pizza. It is always fully packed with queues outside! Very affordable and tastes amazing.” —Bianca Van Heerden

“I had an outstanding pizza in Vernazza, Cinque Terre, right along the water. It was prosciutto and cheese, made even more delectable by the view of the water just outside the restaurant. Yummy!” —Wynne Gavin

“Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo in the birthplace of pizza, Naples, Italy.” —Jessica Erin

“Gusta Pizza in Florence, Italy! €5-7 for a personal and easily the most amazing pizza on the face of the Earth.” —@CouplesCoordin8

“Pizzeria Da Baffeto in Rome. Best I’ve ever had.” —Amy Gehring

“Carpe Diem in Bari, Italy.” —Patti DuRocher Merritt


“Pizza Capers in Brisbane, Australia. Great gourmet pizza!” —Priscilla Swift


“Tizi-N-Tichka, Route deal Ouarzazate in Marrakech. OMG it was the best pizza ever!” —Nancy G. Robinson


“Pizza Hut in China. I love it!” —@austinliu1020


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