Al Forno
Providence, RI

Al Forno

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Buddy's Pizza
Detroit, MI

Buddy's Pizza

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Brooklyn, NY

Best Pizza

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Buffalo, NY

Bocce Club Pizza

Cane Rosso
Dallas, TX

Cane Rosso

Flickr/Krista (edited)
Staten Island, NY

Denino's

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New Orleans, LA

Domenica

Laura Hayes/Thrillist
Washington DC

Etto

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Charleston, SC

EVO

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Larkspur, CA

Farmshop

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Chicago, IL

Floriole

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University City, MO

Frank and Helen's Pizzeria

Flickr/Kent Wang (edited)
New Haven, CT

Frank Pepe

Sonya Highfield Photography/Thrillist
Magnus Lindqvist courtesy of Garage Bar
Louisville, KY

Garage Bar

Gennaro's Tomato Pie
Philadelphia, PA

Gennaro's Tomato Pie

Hog & Hominy
Memphis, TN

Hog & Hominy

Andy Kryza/Thrillist
Portland, OR

Ken's Artisan New

Flickr/Jason Eppink (edited)
New York, NY

Motorino

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Robbinsville, NJ

Papa's Tomato Pies

Tim Kang/Courtesy of Paulie Gee's
Brooklyn, NY

Paulie Gee's

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Chicago, IL

Pequod's

Pizaro's
Houston, TX

Pizaro's

Pizzeria Bianco
Phoenix, AZ

Pizzeria Bianco

Pizzeria Mozza
Los Angeles, CA Pizzeria

Pizzeria Mozza

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Birmingham, AL

Post Office Pies

Flickr/Aaron Landry (edited)
St. Paul, MN

Punch Pizza

Jeff Waraniak/Thrillist
Flint, MI

Ruggero's

Flickr/Carl Lender (edited)
New Haven, CT

Sally's Apizza

Courtesy of Serious Pie
Seattle, WA

Serious Pie

Una Pizza Napoletana
Flickr/Simon Law (edited)
San Francisco, CA

Una Pizza Napoletana

Matt Lynch/Thrillist
Chicago, IL

Vito and Nick's

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1. Antico Pizza Napoletana 1093 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

This tiny, family owned and operated pizza shop in Home Park doles out saucy, Neapolitan pizzas. Made using a wood-fired oven directly imported from Naples, pizzas come out perfectly charred, piled high with thick, melted mozzarella and flavorful San Marzano tomato sauce. A relaxed BYOB policy makes dining in a treat.

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2. Al Forno 577 S Main St, Providence, RI 02903

From the outside, this Providence Italian looks like it came straight out of Tuscany. The brick-walled entrance is lined with ivy and wisteria, and once you walk inside, you get the feeling that you're in store for some of Rhode Island's finest pasta and pizza. Al Forno's signature grilled pizzas are in a class of their own with their charred and chewy crust and atypical shape. But the thing that makes the menu so great is that pizza is only an appetizer. Other signature plates include spicy clams, baked five-cheese pasta, and wood-grilled meats.

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3. Best Pizza 33 Havemeyer St, New York, NY 11211

Opened by Roberta's alum Frank Pinello, Best Pizza is paper-plating thin-crust and grandma-style pies with toppings like LaFrieda shortrib/brisket meatballs, chicken, anchovies, and bacon. Sometimes, however, simplicity is key, so we recommend giving the plain white slice a try as well. Best Pizza utilizes a century-old wood-burning oven, but the joint's other accents are decidedly no-frills -- the walls are covered in paper plates that are adorned with crazy drawings by customers, and the space in general is very reminiscent of an old-school pizza shop.

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4. Bocce Club (Clinton St.) , Buffalo, NY 14204

The owner of Bocce Club Pizza bought the bocce/sandwich shop in ’46, tinkered with a pizza oven he found in the basement, and created his Buffalo-style pizza with flavor-packed, fluffy dough that edges between thin and thick, a sweet, secret tomato sauce, and housemade mozz.

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5. Buddy's Pizza 17125 Conant St, Detroit, MI 48212

Lauded as one of the best pizza joints (and now, chain) in the nation, Buddy's Pizza is known for its iconic Detroit-style pies baked in cast iron pans. The celebrated joint has been perfecting its pizzas, salads, and soups since 1946, and now serves them alongside a beer and wine, and dessert menu. To help you make room for additional slices, the restaurant even offers a bocce court right next door.

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6. Cane Rosso 2612 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

This Texas pizza chainlet (it has locations across the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston areas) serves quality Neapolitan pies that stick to the rules of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, aka Neapolitan pizza's governing body. There are a ton of pizzas to choose from, from standard marinara and margherita to the Paulie Gee, an ode to the eponymous Brooklyn pizzeria. The menu also includes Italian sandwiches and a few pasta dishes. Ranch dressing lovers beware: owner Jay Jerrier has famously banned diners from ordering it on the side.

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7. Denino's Pizzeria & Tavern 524 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302

Staten Island has more than its fair share of phenomenal pizza spots, but Denino’s is by far the most destination-worthy. You'll know you're in the right place because the street is named after founder Carlos Denino. The thin-crust pizza comes with a variety of toppings (buffalo wings, clams, fried shrimp), but the move is to order the so-called Garbage Pie, which is topped with the trifecta of sausage, meatballs and pepperoni, plus mushrooms and onions. The menu also includes heroes and greasy-good appetizers like fried calamari and mozzarella sticks.

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8. Domenica 123 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112 (Central Business District)

Named after the Italian word for 'Sunday,' this spot in the CBD's Roosevelt Hotel is meant to evoke feelings of dinner at your nonna's casa. The menu takes simple, rustic fare to the next level. The thick crusted pies here are the show-stoppers, especially the Tutto Carne with bacon, salami, and sausage, all topped with a farm egg.

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9. Etto 1541 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

From the folks behind 2 Amys and Standard, this pizza place is old-fashioned in more than just its name -- Etto is using old-school tools, including a giant, wooden flour mill, to churn out delicious pizzas, breads, and pies. Freshly ground flour really has the effect of making an insanely good crust, slightly sweet and slightly charred. There are usually around 10 pizzas on the menu, but don’t even bother looking at it. They're great, but the pro move here is to go straight for the Daily Special pizza, whatever it is. Designed to highlight local, seasonal produce, the pies feature the freshest ingredients in amazing flavor combinations.

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10. Extra Virgin Oven 1075 East Montague, North Charleston, NC 27604

Voted North Charleston's Best Restaurant, Best Pizza & more, EVO uses the freshest locally sourced ingredients to create their Neapolitan-style pies, which you can pair with artisan suds.

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11. Farmshop 2233 Larkspur Landing Cir, Larkspur, CA 94939 (Marin)

Ignore that Farmshop is sitting in the very fancy Marin Country Mart, across from the Larkspur Landing ferry, and order their incredible California Tomatoes pie, with Ramini mozzarella di bufala, basil, Parmesan, olive oil, sea salt, and a bubbling crust pocketed with fiery black char. Then order a Bianco. Then repeat.

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12. Floriole Cafe & Bakery 1220 W Webster, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Floriole Café & Bakery’s beginnings were confined to a 10-by-10 tent at Green City Market, where the menu was limited to pastry alone. Today, from its two-story Lincoln Park-based brick and mortar, Floriole continues to sell its French pastries, en masse, but with an expanded inventory. Now, you can enjoy your pastry with coffee, quiche, breads, sandwiches, salads, and more. The levain, canelé, and other French delicacies may rival those actually made in France -- the baker cut her teeth at San Francisco’s acclaimed Tartine Bakery, after all -- and the quiche is served in shells that are like golden-brown butter sculptures, and are not to be missed.

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13. Frank & Helen's Pizzeria 8111 Olive Blvd, St Louis, MO 63130

It’s been around since the '50s. It has a paneled ceiling and Formica tables, and is the opposite of fancy. It is also the perfect St. Louis pizza place, and the best place in the city to get a traditional St. Louis-style pie with its cracker-thin crust that stays surprisingly crisp and not soggy, sweet tomato sauce, and Provel cheese.

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14. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana 157 Wooster St, New Haven, CT 06511

It's been around since 1925, it's the OG of the New Haven style (thin crust coal-fired pie with charred flour bottom), and his most famous pizza (the White Clam Pie) has no sauce and just a touch of cheese on it. Go here to the original, and pay tribute.

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15. Galleria Umberto 289 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113 (North End)

Galleria Umberto is worth the trek to the North End. The pizza cash-only spot has been a neighborhood staple for awhile, serving Sicilian-style pizza and other Italian eats. The Sicilian pizza, in particular, is great for three reasons: it's cheesy, the crust is thick, and it has the perfect amount of chew for those of you who are tired of thin crust. However, we suggest going earlier rather than later because the shop shuts down once all the pies are sold.

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16. Garage Bar 700 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Nulu)

Especially in the warmer months, this renovated garage in the trendy NuLu area is a must-visit. Glowing ping pong tables, Astroturf-covered places to perch, and a consistently ultra-hip crowd make this bar the go-to destination for sticky, hot nights in The ‘Ville. Garage Bar uses local veggies and cured meats to top its pizzas, which bake in a blistering wood-fired brick oven. Be sure to order a tasting platter from the ham bar (yes, it has a bar dedicated to ham) to pair with your pie. It’s got a pretty extensive beer list, too.

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17. Gennaro's Tomato Pie 1429 Jackson St, Philadelphia, PA 19145 (South Philadelphia)

Head to Gennaro's Tomato Pie posthaste, either because you love obeying awesome old-timey commands, or because you love '40s-style South Philly thin crust from the pizzaiolos behind New York's Lombardi's: the oldest pizzeria in America.

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18. Hog & Hominy 707 W Brookhaven Cir, Memphis, TN 38117 (East Memphis)

Hometown boys Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman's restaurant has a homey feel thanks to a bright & airy atmosphere, a wood-burning pizza oven in plain sight, and waiters dressed in plaid. They not only serve incredible pizzas, like the Fontina, boudin, and scrambled egg-topped Prewitt pie, and cocktails, but also have outdoor seating and bocce ball. Looking for late night dining and brunch? Stop searching, they have that here too.

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19. Ken's Artisan Pizza 304 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97124 (Buckman)

KAP in Southeast Portland serves thin-in-the-middle, thick-on-the-outside masterpieces topped with high-end meats (like soppressata, prosciutto, fennel sausage, etc.), tangy sauces, and the freshest cheeses imaginable. Ken Forkish wrote the book on pizza. (No, for real. It’s called Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza.) With locally sourced ingredients fired up in the rustic pizzeria’s centerpiece wood-powered oven, each pie packs an explosion of flavor. Whatever you order, drop an extra $2 for a pile of fresh arugula up top— the nutty, bitter, salt-sprinkled greens transport the simple pie into a complex flavor symphony.

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20. Motorino Pizza 139 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Motorino's Brooklyn outpost is a Williamsburg staple, slinging excellent Neapolitan pies, from the classic margherita to more adventurous options like gorgonzola with speck and onions. The pies are supplemented with salads, antipasti, cheese, and salumi to round out an Italian menu rich in classics as well as quality modern takes.

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21. Papa's Tomato Pies 19 Main St, Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Papa's is the oldest continuously operating pizzeria in America, so there's that. But what really makes Papa's so damn good is its tomato pies, a pizza style straight out of Trenton. Sort of like inside-out pizza, the thin-crust pies are topped first with a light layer of cheese, then a solid amount of sauce, which gets all caramelized and sweet while it cooks. The restaurant first opened in 1912, and if it looks a little bit modern, that's because it relocated from its original Trenton location to suburban Robbinsville in 2013.

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22. Paulie Gee’s 60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

In the dog-eat-dog world of New York pizzerias, Greenpoint’s Paulie Gee’s ranks pretty high. The Neapolitan-style pies include classic ones topped with tomatoes, arugula, and Parmigiano reggiano and more experimental takes like the Greenpoint Benedict topped with mozzarella, baby spinach, Canadian bacon, and Hollandaise sauce. There’s vegan pizza that makes a strong case for dairy-free eating, plus salads and soups to start. The barn-like interior makes it feel extra rustic and cozy.

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23. Pequod's Pizza 2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Pequod's should be on everyone's bucket list for deep-dish pizza in Chicago. The Lincoln Park mainstay specializes in cast-iron pan pizza with a caramelized cheese-topped crust. The lacy and blackened edges are a Pequod's signature, and the crust is crunchy and dense, while the cheese is sharp and tangy. The Clybourn Ave restaurant is open until 2am, so it's got your late-night pizza needs covered.

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24. Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana 14028 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079 (Memorial City)

This no-frills pizza spot will fire up your pie in a classic wood-fired brick oven. The best part? You can dine on classics or specialty pizzas like the patata e funghi (potato and mushroom) with beers from home. Thank god for BYOB.

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25. Pizzeria Bianco 4743 N 20th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Chris Bianco's spot, now over 25 years old, was the originator of the artisanal trend, and we owe much of the best pizza in the country to chef’s trying his pizza, and then deciding to open their own spot. Stop by one of their many Phoenix locations and find out for yourself just how amazing their pizza is.

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26. Pizzeria Mozza 641 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (West La)

Owned by Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza put LA pizza on the map when it opened in Hollywood in 2006. It's been a continuous hit since then (and has expanded to Newport Beach and Singapore) because it serves some of the best pizza in the city. The perfectly bubbly, chewy and charred pies are topped with Italian meats and cheeses, like the fontina, mozzarella, and sottocenere white pizza and the eggplant, parmesan, ricotta, and mozzarella pizzetta. Pizzeria Mozza has the casual but upscale vibe characteristic of Batali's restaurants. It's a go-to for dinner, but definitely consider brunch, when the morning pastry basket is proof of Silverton's top-knotch pastry skills.

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27. Post Office Pies 209 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Chef John Hall trained at Manhattan's Per Se and Gramercy Tavern before returning to his native Birmingham to open Post Office Pies, an Avondale destination known for wood-fired pizzas and craft beer. Most of the pizzas center around a meat topping, like house-made pork sausage, meatballs, or pepperoni. Meatless and build-your-own pizzas are available too, and it's probably in your best interest to taste the house-made mozzarella. The bar is stocked with beer and wine from Avondale Brewery.

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28. Punch Neapolitan Pizza 210 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Northeast)

Serving authentic Neapolitan 'za (including the San Marzano tomato sauce), Punch is one of the best pizzerias in the Twin Cities.

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29. Ruggeros 5311 Corunna Rd, Flint, MI 48532

In its 56 years of family-owned life, Ruggero’s has survived the turmoil of Flint’s continual crisis -- and several location changes -- to remain a warm spot in the city’s culinary scene. It’s a joint that does everything right, from pastas to cutlets to sandwiches. But the pizza is the draw here, a perfect circle of old-school pizzeria-style goodness that has become a staple of Michigan comfort-food offerings with its chewy crust and wrist-strainingly piled toppings.

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30. Sally's Apizza 237 Wooster St, New Haven, CT 06511

Sally's is one of two pizzerias worth knowing in New Haven (the other is Frank Pepe's). In continuous operation since 1938, the family-run shop is known for its thin-crust pizza cooked in a coal-fired oven that's been around as long as the place itself has. The pizza-only menu includes tomato and mozzarella pies plus a few speciality ones, like the strangely delicious white potato-and-onion pizza. Expect to wait for a table since anyone who's traveling through New Haven is likely stopping by for a slice. Note: it's cash-only.

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31. Serious Pie 316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

Serous Pie is one of the fine dining establishments operated by Seattle super chef Tom Douglas, and par for the course, it's nothing short of delicious. Expect crispy, wood-fired pizzas, a generous wine menu, and serious desserts at this petite Downtown eatery. The Penn Cove clam topped pie is not to be missed.

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32. Una Pizza Napoletana 210 11th St., San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

The first thing you need to know about Una Pizza Napoletana is that it only sells pizza. Pizzamaker Anthony Mangieri set up this SOMA power-house after conquering New York and New Jersey, and his 12-inch personal pies consistently rank on San Francisco's top pizza lists. The Apollonia, named after his daughter, is topped with eggs, parmigiano reggiano, buffalo mozzarella, salami, basil, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper. It's downright amazing, but it's only available on Saturdays.

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33. Vito & Nick's Pizzeria 8433 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60652

This family-owned South Side institution has been making legendary thin-crust pizza since 1932. The square-cut, crispy-like-a-cracker pies can be topped with a variety of toppings but the crowd favorite is the sausage pizza topped with fennel-seasoned sausage. It's hard to miss Vito & Nick's red, white, and green awning, and the interior is as old-school basic as the exterior. Heads up: it's cash-only.

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34. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana 1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)

This North Beach pizzeria makes authentic Neapolitan pizza. In 2007, owner Tony Gemignani became the first American ever to win the World Pizza Cup in Naples, and if that's not enough of an accolade, he's also the US Ambassador of Neapolitan Pizza, as awarded by Naples. So yeah, his pizza is legit. The ingredients are shipped direct from Naples, and the pies are made in a 900-degree wood-fired oven. Aside from traditional Neapolitan pies, Tony's nails New York and Detroit styles too.