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The official New Orleans pizza power-rank

The Crescent City might have a better rep for gumbo & po-boys than for the corner slice joint, but a serious Italian immigrant population starting in the early 20th means that we know a thing or two about red sauce (and Italian sandwiches... muffaletta, holla!), and the recent culinary boom-times have resulted in some serious slice warfare in the Big Easy -- here’s a power-ranked list of the best in town to satisfy your pie jones.

Scott Gold
8. Slice
Uptown
What you’re having: The BBG: white pizza w/ smoked bacon, fresh basil, and roasted garlic
Started by the Juan’s Flying Burrito crew, Slice might talk a game about using “local Artesian water, King Arthur flour, and a variety of imported, organic, and super fresh toppings”, but what we love best is right there in the name of the place: you can order by the slice (a novel concept in this town, it seems). Plus, their BBG slice has enough roasted garlic on it scare away even the most ardent Anne Rice fan.
Scott Gold
7. Cibugnu
Central Business District
What you’re having: The Cippola Sauvagi: grilled ramps, shrimp, egg, and fresh mozz
This difficult to spell & pronounce (note: chee-BOO-noo) eatery specializes in traditional Sicilian fare with a decidedly modern twist. The squid stuffed with sausage is a cool entree, but their wood-fired pies are pretty bomb, too. Shrimp and a fried egg on a pizza might sound strange, but so does ham & pineapple (seriously though, who thought that would be a good idea?).
Midway Pizza
6. Midway
Uptown
What you’re having: The Kingpin: housemade meatballs, caramelized onions, shaved Parmesan, and green onions
If you happen to be from Chicago and looking for a taste of home, or if you just like your pizza piled fathoms-deep into a buttery rich crust, Midway is the only place in town to truly satisfy your needs. Mike Ditka would have approved, had his turn coaching the Saints not been so (face it: mercifully) brief.
Mondo New Orleans
5. Mondo
Lakeview
What you’re having: 12in pie with duck ham, smoked mozz, and blackberry
Listen, it doesn’t matter if it’s a dirty-water hot dog cart or the haut-est of haute cuisine, if beloved local Chef Susan Spicer is involved, New Orleanians will be there. It might not be as genteel as her flagship, Bayona, but there’s much to love about her less formal (and less expensive) eatery in Lakeview, especially the 12in pizzas with pitch-perfect flavor combos like butternut squash, radicchio, goat cheese, and prosciutto.
Pizzicare
4. Pizzicare
Mid-City
What you’re having: The Crescent City Sausage Pie: Italian, andouille, mozz & red sauce
Sure, this Mid-City newcomer is noteworthy for using community garden-farmed veggies & herbs, and sausages smoked literally up the street at the Crescent Sausage & Pie Co. But really, this is simply the most perfect drunk/stoner pizza in town, heaped with quality meats and beautifully melted gobs of perfect mozz, and a crust that manages to somehow hold it all together. Plus, their calzones will satiate even a Joey Chestnut-sized appetite.
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3. Ancora
Uptown
What you’re having: The Puttanesca: tomato, olives, anchovies, and capers
You wanna talk “artisanal”? Then get your skinny-jean-wearing ass over to Ancora. Think crusts made with only flour, water, and sea salt, a carefully guarded, clandestine seven-year-old starter, and no commercial yeast EVER. The dough takes three days to make, and the crust is unique to NOLA -- this is Neapolitan-style 'za geekery to the extreme, and it shows.
Scott Gold
2. Pizza Delicious
Bywater
What you’re having: a cheese slice, garlic knots, draft beer, and red absinthe
If you ever lived in New York and long for that simple, perfect utility slice, you haven’t been able to find it in NOLA until Pizza Delicious strolled into town. Started as a pop-up by homesick Long Islanders at Tulane, the “D” has clearly come into its own, and New Orleans is better off for it. Specialty pies are always satisfying, but it’s hard to overlook their fastidious dedication to the classic NYC slice. Also: garlic knots and, for some reason, locally-made red absinthe. Because WHY NOT?
Chef John Besh
1. Domenica
Central Business District
What you’re having: Anything. Seriously... ANYTHING.
It sounds like a joke: what happens if you take an Israeli-American Jew raised in Philadelphia and have him cook refined Italian cuisine (including an extensive program of house-cured salumi) in south Louisiana? The answer is A) not a joke, and B) Domenica’s Alon Shaya, one of New Orleans’ most prominent rising culinary stars. There’s so much to love about Domenica, it’s hard to begin, but let’s start with the pizza. That perfectly thin (but not too thin!), bubbly, crackly, crust. The lovingly-cured meats. Hand-pulled mozzarella. And hey, you can get all of this -- not to mention beer, wine, and well cocktails -- for half-price during their seven-day-a-week happy hour. Done. Sold. Basta. Finito. Ciao!
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1. Slice Pizzeria 5538 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

This Uptown New Orleans' pizza joint cooks up specialty pizzas using organic ingredients and local artesian water.

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2. Cibugnu 709 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Located on St. Charles Ave, this Italian resto doles out Italian-Sicilian cuisine from scratch, including hot pizzas and their signature bruschetta spaconé.

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3. Midway Pizza 4725 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Midway Pizza serves up quality pizza served Chicago-style, which is deep and loaded with toppings.

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4. Mondo 900 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

This Harrison Ave bar and resto serves American grub and specializes in wood oven-baked pizzas, while serving up a terrific selection of beers and wines.

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5. Pizzicare 3001 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

With a name like Pizzicare, you know they put a lot of heart into their pies, and that's exactly what they do, baking 'em in a variety of styles.

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6. Ancora Pizzeria 4508 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

The folks at Ancora bake truly artisanal pies, making their crusts only with flour, water, and sea salt, and no commercial yeast.

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7. Pizza Delicious 617 Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Located on Bywater's Piety Street, NOLA's first NY-style slice shop was started by two LI guys who'd never made pizza before. The menu incorporates local produce from Alexandria, LA's Inglewood Farms and features daily special 'za like the Homemade Hot Italian Sausage pie with caramelized onions and peppers.

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8. Domenica 123 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Meaning Sunday in Italian, this spot in the CBD's Roosevelt Hotel is meant to evoke feelings of dinner at your nonna's casa. The pies here are the show-stoppers, with crowd favorites like the prosciutto and wild mushroom pizza.

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