And the world's best pizza is in... Australia?
How far would you travel for a slice of the world's best pizza? New York City? Rome? Your Grandma's house in Walnut Creek? Nope, guess again. According to last week's 23rd annual Pizza World Championship in Parma, Italy, the best Margherita pizza on the planet is made in… wait for it… Melbourne, Australia.
Yes, Australian pizzaiolo Johnny Di Francesco, who runs the small Brunswick pizzeria 400 Gradi, defeated 600 contestants from around the globe to snag the top prize in the prestigious event, which judged competing pies topped only with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, olive oil, garlic, and salt.
And what made Di Francesco's a slice above the rest? In addition to his top-notch buffalo mozzarella and homegrown basil, he credits the flour, which -- as you might've guessed -- is imported from Italy.
Now, which pizzerias do you think would give Di Francesco a run for his money? Tell us below.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Her favorite pizza's a Hawaiian, and her favorite pizza guy works at Jumbo's and doesn't judge. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.