The 10 Best Cities in America for Pizza & Where to Find It

The search for the best pizza in America is over thanks to travelers and foodies across the country who’ve been testing numerous pies and sounding off in the media and online. Pizza is a subject I take very seriously. Two years ago, my life was changed forever when I had my first bite of a deep dish pizza in Chicago. Before our trip to the city, I did extensive research on the subject and narrowed the restaurants down to three. We visited a certain little restaurant that does not accept reservations and waited in line for 1 1/2 hours with three children (oh yes we did) to get a table.

Was it worth it?

Absolutely! It was delicious and everything it was hyped up to be. Chicago is definitely one of the best places in the U.S.A to buy a pie, but is it Numero Uno? Click through for 10 of the best cities in America to order a pizza.

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    The Best Pizza In America

    Sometimes salad just doesn't cut it. Sink your teeth into the most delicious pizzas, thanks to 10 cities in America who do it right every time. 

  • New York City, New York 2 of 10

    Ah, New York City. They've been neck-in-neck with Chicago as both cities claim on having the best pizza in the world, but in the end, New York City takes the title. With restaurants like Lombardi's Pizza, who's been serving up mouthwatering pies for thousands of customers yearly  and was licensed by the City of New York as America's First Pizzeria in 1905, New York City is the ultimate when it comes to pizza. 

    Photo credit: Lombardi's 


  • Chicago, Illinois 3 of 10

    Oh Chicago, how I adore your deep dish pizzas! Lou Malnati's (pictured above) and Uno Pizzeria will rock your world with their incredible pizzas! Other honourable mentions include Giordano's and Gino's East

    You can't go wrong in Chicago!

    Photo credit: Lou Malnati's

  • San Francisco, California 4 of 10

    The pizza in San Francisco can't be beat and one of the best places to have a slice (or two) is at the Pizzeria Mission on 18th Street. GQ's Alan Richman was featured on the Today Show and ranked Pizzeria Delfina's Panna Pie as number 3 in America!

    There are many amazing pizza joints in San Diego, but I have to mention Casey's Pizza as a must-visit if you are in the area. Yes, that's right, a food truck! Casey's Pizza is San Francisco's first pizza truck rigged with an on board Marsal deck oven with a massive firebrick hearth and ceiling. They bake pizzas at temperatures up to 700F, allowing them to serve the pies in just under 4 minutes.

    Photo credit: arnold | inuyaki/Flickr

  • Miami, Florida 5 of 10

    Bet you didn't think Miami would be on this list, did you? Head to Delfina Pizzeria for a mouthwatering experience. The Godfather (pictured above) is just one of the many favorites served here.

    You'll find even more tasty pies by visiting Harry's Pizzeria, Top Pizza and Steve's Pizza! Harry's Pizza uses Trugole cheese on all of their pizzas as it melts like mozzarella but is more stretchy and gooey. 

    Photo credit: miamism/Flickr

  • San Diego, California 6 of 10

    Believe it or not, TripAdvisor named San Diego as THE best state to eat pizza in the U.S. I'm not sure if I agree with this as New York is my preference, but their pizzas are definitely drool-worthy so perhaps it is founded.  Pizzeria Luigi is a must-try amongst the many pizza joints in San Diego.

    Photo credit: Pizzeria Luigi

  • Austin, Texas 7 of 10

    Texas does everything big, including their pizza. You may be surprised to hear that Austin serves up some of the best pizzas in the country! Take Home Slice Pizza for instance. They claim to serve "authentic NY-style pizza - by the pie or by the slice" and from their reviews it appears as though they succeed! Photo credit: Home Slice Pizza

  • Boston, Massachusetts 8 of 10

    Bostonians love their pizza, so it's no wonder they've perfected the pie. For one of the tastiest pizzas in the city, head to Santarpio's Pizza. They have been cooking up some of the best pizza in the world since 1903 and serving them up to customers from around the world, including celebrities, sport stars and famous foodies such as Rachel Ray. 

    Another great place is Regina Pizzeria, making incredible pizza since 1926. 

    Photo credit: Howdy, I'm H. Michael Karshis/Flickr

  • Portland, Oregon 9 of 10

    The pizza in Portland, Oregon is as eclectic as the city itself. You'll find an incredible selection of amazing pizzas, all unique in their own right including authentic Italian pizzas, wood-fired and brick oven pizzas, thick pies, thin ones and everything in between. 

    The four-time James Beard Award Nominated chef Cathy Whims is the genius behind the wood-burning oven pizzas at Oven and Shaker in Portland, Oregon. Apizza Scholls could very well be called a legend and is also a must-visit!

    Photo credit:  Apizza Scholls

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 10 of 10

    Philadelphia is a city with rich Italian heritage, so it shouldn't be any surprise that they have some of the best pizza in the country. You won't have any trouble at all, finding a delicious slice of pizza, but some of the best can be found at Barbuzzo, Osteria, Pitruco's, and Tacconelli's. 

    Photo credit: Barbuzzo


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