How many of you guys love pizza? We’ll bet our bottom dollar dollar most of you do. Have you ever sat and wondered, perhaps when you were feeling particularly ravenous, where you could find the very best slice of ‘za? Well, our team of editors have done the research and we give you, the Top 25 Best Pizza Restaurants in America. Chances are, there’s one within driving distance of you. We’ve focused not on pizza that’s not just critically acclaimed, but beloved by customers. It’s highly recommended that you try one–immediately!
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Alabama – Davenport’s Pizza Palace
2837 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223, United States
Starting off strong with one of the best pizza places in America, Davenport’s Pizza Palace. It is a family-operated eatery named after a famous Baseball player, Jim Davenport, and its history goes back to the mid-1960s. Davenport’s is located in Mountain Brook, a few miles from Birmingham. We recommend this cafe since their ingredients are fresh and they have options galore!
Alaska – Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria
3300 Old Seward Highway | Anchorage, Alaska 99503, United States
Moose’s Tooth is your place if you are fed up with pies with the same old garnishes. The set of options is both creative and wide-ranging. For example, the cafe’s customers cherish their Spicy Thai Chicken pie, which features peanut sauce, roasted chicken, and mozzarella. Hence, if you find yourself in Alaska, we suggest you kindly make your way to Moose’s Tooth and get yourself the most delicious pizza.
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Arizona – Federal Pizza
5210 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012, United States
Federal Pizza is a drive-thru restaurant that serves magic in the form of pizza slices. With options like Manifesto and Casanova, you will find something that grabs your attention and delights all your senses. When you go past the drive-thru window of this spot, you are presented with a beer or wine recommendation that perfectly complements the type of pizza you ordered.
Arkansas – U.S. Pizza Company
2710 Kavanaugh Blvd Little Rock, AR, 72205-3862, United States
Due to the quality of its pizza, this restaurant in Arkansas has won many awards, and rightfully so. A classic option at the restaurant is the Supreme Pizza featuring beef, pepperoni, and mushrooms. They also offer multiple types of sandwiches in addition to pizza, which is always a popular choice as well.
California – La Gastronomia
760 S Auburn St UNIT G, Grass Valley, CA 95945
La Gastronomia offers super taste at a cheap price. This is also one of the most unique restaurants on this list. Part of the reason for that is they sell high quality meats and cheeses from Italy. The décor is all classic Italy, and it’s done well. And while the pizza will almost certainly hit the spot, the panini will probably be the best you have ever had. Also try the Tiramisu and the Meatball Sandwich, both of which are often raved about.
Colorado – SliceWorks
700 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203, United States
SliceWorks has a few different locations spread across Denver to ensure you can conveniently get a slice of their deliciousness; they also serve salad, wraps, and pasta. Their pizza preparation skills were refined in Long Island, and that tasty NY style pizza keeps customers coming back for more. For the best experience, stop by during Happy Hour to enjoy the perfect slice of pizza alongside discounted cocktails.
Connecticut – Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
157 Wooster St, New Haven, CT 06511
Don’t get the wrong idea. This is still incredible pizza, and the friendly service and atmosphere will add to the experience. If you choose to dine here, try the Root Beer Pie, Cannoli Pie, or Clam Pizza. The latter is the most popular. It has a garlicky taste to go along with a thin, chewy, and delicious crust.
Delaware – Wood Fired Pizza Shop
140 E Cleveland Ave. Newark, DE 19711, United States
If you seek a wood-fired pizza that is rich in taste, make your way to Wood Fired Pizza Shop. Although they do not have a wide range of choices, everything that they do serve is spot on. When you visit the Wood Fired Pizza Shop, we recommend trying the Fighting Blue Hen, which features buffalo sauce, grilled chicken, and some mozzarella cheese. You can also try the Mamma Mia which has hand-made meatballs with minced beef.
Florida – CRUST
668 NW 5th St, Miami, FL 33128
This is more of an Italian restaurant than a pizza shop. It’s a fashionable yet relaxing atmosphere, but you might need reservations. Don’t worry, it’s not pretentious at all. The service is exceptional and the people are friendly. If you opt for the Italian food, you will appreciate the huge portions. If you opt for pizza, consider the Margherita Pizza or Truffle Pizza.
Georgia – Pizza Jawn
1093 Hemphill Ave. NW Atlanta, GA 30318
This could be the most decorated pizza on the planet! But when you take pizza as seriously as owner Giovanni Di Palma does, you’re bound to win a few awards. Di Palma didn’t sacrifice one detail of his family’s age-old Pizza Napoletana recipe when he brought it to Atlanta: Fior di Latta and Mozzarella di Bufala cheeses are flown in fresh from Naples each week; San Marzano and Pomodorini tomatoes are hand-picked in Campania; three 10,000 lb. ovens were custom built from ancient Santa Maria brick and volcanic rock from Mt. Vesuvius…and get so hot that a pizza cooks to perfection in only about 60 seconds.
Hawaii – J.Dolan’s
1147 Bethel St, Honolulu, HI 96813, United States
This eatery brings New York style pie to Hawaii. The thin crust pizza does not disappoint. You can order one of their specialty pies or customize your own just the way you like. Because chances are, if you can dream it, there is an excellent chance that J. Dolan’s has the topping you wish for.
Idaho – The Wylder
501 W Broad St, Boise, ID 83702, United States
At The Wylder, you can select between the white and red pizzas. The red pizza is prepared using tomatoes, while the white is prepared using Parmesan cream. But we suggest you try out the Honey Badger, which features spicy honey, sausage, and caramelized onions.
Illinois – Bartoli’s
1955 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613
At Bartoli’s they’re serving up deep-dish, thin crust pizza with excellent crust and sauce. In addition to dynamite pizza, the salads are fresh and the wings are much better than you will find at the average pizza shop. Another added benefit is the outdoor seating and overall comfortable and relaxing ambiance.
Indiana – Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza
5646 E. Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46219, United States
The Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza joint lets its patrons select from different cheeses and toppings. The cheese catalog has a whopping dozens of cheeses, for example, smoked Gouda and pepper jack. They also have great carry out options so be sure to check them out.
Iowa – Wig and Pen Pizza Pub
1220 US-6 West, Iowa City, IA 52246, United States
We recommend you visit Wig and Pen Pizza Pub whenever you visit Iowa. This restaurant got its name from an old establishment, which withstood the Great Fire of London and the Second World War. Apart from its namesake, we all love this restaurant because of its Chicago style deep dish delicious pizza!
Kansas – AJ’s NY Pizzeria
1930 SW Westport Dr, Topeka, KS 66604, United States
A.J.’s Pizzeria is known by many as the most fabulous pizza joint in Kansas. As you may have guessed from the eatery’s name, it sells New York-style pizza, and the resemblance is uncanny. As a matter of fact, they strictly use ingredients shipped from N.Y.’s top pie joints. We recommend you try the Big Apple that features Canadian bacon, meatballs, ground beef, pepperoni, bacon and many more
Kentucky – Miguel’s Pizza
1890 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376, United States
Miguel’s is recognized as a famous station within the Red River Gorge for the individuals who visit the area for recreation purposes. The place has more than three decades of history, making it a must-stop station for anyone visiting Kentucky. Aside from the great pizza they’re serving up here, the joint is also famous for its pizza sandwiches.
Louisiana – Dean-O’s Pizza
305 Bertrand Dr, Lafayette, LA 70506, United States
Dean-O’s Pizza joint has been around for roughly five decades. If you love exceptionally spicy food, Dean-O’s Pizza is the place to be. Their Cajun Executioner pizza sure is hot and anyone who is a fan of heat will enjoy it. The pizza features hot shrimp, spicy sausage, pepperoni, and many jalapeno slices. If you are averse to spices but still want a taste of the famous Cajun, we suggest you try the Marie Leveaux pizza with mushrooms, crab, and onions.
Maine – Pizza by Alex
93 Alfred St, Biddeford, ME 04005, United States
Pizza by Alex is one of the most popular pizza joints in Maine, courtesy of its customizable personal pizza options with a crunchy crust. The eatery has been open for the last six decades, and the same kinfolk still manages it. A glance at the choices available to you and you will realize how devoted this eatery is to its artistry. Unlike other joints that sell multiple products, this joint has remained loyal to pizza.
Maryland – Joe Benny’s
313 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Joe Benny’s is located in Downtown Baltimore and is known for its Focaccia Pizza and Italian small plates. The Meatballs here are a specialty. Also try the Cream Puffs. The staff here is amazing and will truly treat you like family.
Massachusetts – Ciao! Pizza & Pasta
59 Williams St, Chelsea, MA 02150
Despite being nationally recognized and on this list, this remains a hidden gem locally. Not everyone reads about the best pizza in America. This is gourmet wood-fired pizza that you can dine on in a rustic patio setting. The staff here is also incredibly friendly.
Michigan – PizzaPapalis
3171 E Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48207, United States
Once you visit PizzaPapalis, we are confident you will become another one of their many satisfied customers. Diners rave about the quality of the food served at PizzaPapalis. The most loved and highly recommended pizza is their Papalis Gourmet with garlic, feta cheese, chicken breast, and olives.
Minnesota – Mama’s Pizza
961 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117, United States
We strongly recommend you make your way into Mama’s Pizza whenever you are in Minnesota. The joint has made immaculate pizzas for six decades. If you are a fan of pizza big in size and in flavor, Mama’s Pizza joint is the place to visit. If you’re not sure what to get, we suggest you try their Flavor Explosion pizza. Although people love to hate on pizza with pineapple on it, you are sure to love this particular one.
Mississippi – Pop’s Pizzeria
921 Cedar Lake Rd, Biloxi, MS 39532, United States
The home of the best pizza in Mississippi is Pop’s Pizzeria. The unforgettable pizza at this restaurant is powered up by a sumptuous coating, which has a perfect texture subsequent to its journey into the brick oven. The Carnivore is the real deal for those meat lovers since it is packed with ham, minced meat, pepperoni, sausages, and bacon.
Missouri – Melo’s Pizzeria
2438 McNair Ave Rear, St. Louis, MO 63104
This is Neapolitan-style brick oven pizza. Melo’s is famous for its White Pizza. However, all pizzas are usually seen as perfectly cooked. They use fresh ingredients and the crust is amazing. Basil and olive oil are the secrets to the taste here. Outdoor seating is available.
Montana – Biga Pizza
241 W. Main St. Missoula, MT. 59802, United States
Thanks to their stunning pies that resemble works of art, Biga Pizza is a state’s treasure in Montana. Apart from its external beauty, the pizza also tastes great. If you find yourself craving a pizza while in Montana, visit Biga Pizza and ask for the Caramelized Goat. We understand that the phrase is uninviting, but it is delightful. The name was coined because of the presence of caramelized onions and goat cheese. Apart from these two products, the pizza also features garlic oil, thyme, and the luxury of mozzarella cheese.
Nebraska – Isles Pub and Pizza
6232 Havelock Ave, Lincoln, NE 68507, United States
Isles Pub and Pizza, popularly known as The Isles, is an eatery in Nebraska with many decades of experience. We recommend the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza if you get to visit this pizza joint. The Chicken Bacon Ranch entails ranch dressing, bacon, green peppers, onions, cheese, among other tasty ingredients. The residents of Nebraska are massive fans of The Leaning Tower of Pizza, which features pepperoni, onions, and pepperoncini. As you may have thought, this pub has a great assortment of wines and beers.
Nevada – Monzu Italian Oven + Bar
6020 W Flamingo Rd #10, Las Vegas, NV 89103
This is one of the fancier restaurants on this list. It’s on Las Vegas Blvd, but it’s not on The Strip. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about massive crowds and long lines. This is a romantic setting so it’s recommended if you’re dining with a date or significant other. It’s easily the best Italian food in Las Vegas, and the same can be said for the pizza. You might also enjoy the Stuffed Chicken Wings and Arugula Salad. Even the bread here will impress you.
New Hampshire – Tilton House of Pizza
298 Main St, Tilton, NH 03276, United States
This joint is located in Tilton City, a half an hour drive from Concord. Apart from offering some of the best pizza in the state, they also serve other great options including spaghetti, gyros, and seafood.
New Jersey – Razza Pizza Artigianale
275-277 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, United States
Try out the pizzas at Razza Pizza Artigianale, and you will rethink everything you know regarding pies. This cafe seeks to create the greatest possible pizza, and many people believe they are doing precisely that. While their menu tends to change based on the season, the pepperoni pizza is an all-time classic choice here.
New Mexico – Trail Rider Pizza
12165 NM-14 b2, Cedar Crest, NM 87008, United States
The Trail Rider Pizza is located a few miles from Albuquerque, and its patrons universally adore it. Their unique New Mexican pizzas are causing a buzz among the residents of New Mexico. We recommend you try out the Tijeras pizza that has spinach, yellow squash, mozzarella, and ricotta if you are a first-timer. The joint has been around for more than a decade, and it is a cozy spot to eat, drink, and hang with friends.
New York – Saverio’s Authentic Pizza Napoletana
929 N Broadway, North Massapequa, NY 11758
This is easily the best pizza on Long Island. It’s authentic with unique flavor. Everything is fresh, the thin crust is slightly crispy on the inside and moist on the inside, and many customers say it’s the best pizza they have ever had. If you want a special treat, try the La Vodka Pizza With Meatballs.
North Carolina – Salud Beer Shop
3306 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205
The name can be deceiving. It’s somewhat humorous that many people come here for the beer without even knowing the pizza is some of the best in the country. If you happen to be in the Noda District of Charlotte and want to give it a shot, try the Thai Chicken Pizza. The sauce and cheese are both impressive. Another plus to eating here is the old school Hip Hop music and friendly atmosphere. As far as the beer goes, they sell local and international bottles as well as homemade beer via tap. If you don’t want beer, try the Bourbon Pecan Latte.
North Dakota – Fireflour Pizza
111 N 5th St, Bismarck, ND 58501, United States
This eatery is well-known for its gourmet pizzas. Offering red and white pizza options, tasty starters, desserts and more, there is something for everyone to love here. Plus, their mozzarella is hand-stretched, and their sauce has big chunks of diced tomato.
Ohio – Harvest Pizzeria
2885 N High St. Columbus, OH 43202, United States
This pizza joint is popular in Ohio because it serves some awesome pies. Their sauce is crafted in-house which is why it always tastes so fresh and delicious. The wood-fired ovens give a crispy crust to their pizzas that is also airy and bubbly.
Oklahoma – Hideaway Pizza
230 S Knoblock St, Stillwater, OK 74074, United States
Hideaway Pizza served its first happy customer some sixty-five years ago. With many years of experience and a dedicated team, this joint has become a perfect spot for the residents of Oklahoma to hide away and enjoy pizza. There is an assortment of specialty pizzas to select from, and you are even at liberty to create one.
Oregon – Dove Vivi
2727 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232, United States
Dove Vivi is a family-run and owned eatery, famous for its crust, made of cornmeal. The cornmeal gives a solid bottom while lending the pizza a crispy edge. Everything here is prepared in house every morning to ensure the freshest and most delicious quality!
Pennsylvania – Pizza Jawn
4330 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
This is one of the pricier locations on this list, but it’s well worth it. For instance, it’s tied for the second-highest rated pizza joint on this list based on customer reviews. All ingredients are high-end. If you can get here, go with the White Pizza or Grandma Style Pizza. If you’re a vegan, the Vegan Pepperoni is going to blow your mind and likely be the best vegan pizza you have ever eaten.
Rhode Island – Al Forno
577 S Water St, Providence, RI 02903, United States
Al Forno deploys ingredients from New England ranches to prepare Italian meals. The restaurant is popular in Rhode Island because of the wood-grilled pizzas that are immaculately cooked and possess a light, airy outer layer.
South Carolina – Pizza Kovachi
905 N Lake Dr, Lexington, SC 29072, United States
Even a licensed pizza aficionado will fall in love with the pizzas served at Pizza Kovachi. The joint is located in Lexington, South Carolina, and it has a massive catalog of specialty pizzas, which we recommend you work through as time goes by. The most popular pizza we propose you try first is the Italia pizza.
South Dakota – Lintz Bros Pizza
14287 SD-36, Hermosa, SD 57744, United States
Outside of New York, South Dakota takes the crown as the home to several of the most fabulous pizza spots. And to understand this, you have to travel to Hermosa, just like we did. If your heart yearns for something delicious yet different, we suggest you try out the Flaming German Samoan.
Tennessee – Five Points Pizza
1012 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206, United States
Tennessee’s finest pizza joint, Five Points Pizza, is well-known for its New York-style pizzas. We suggest you try Dave’s pie topped with basil and prosciutto. Aclassic combination that always hits the spot.
Texas – The Gypsy Poet
2404 Austin St, Houston, TX 77004
The Gypsy Poet is known for having the perfect pizza sauce. This is wood-fired artisan pizza that you can eat in a laidback atmosphere, including picnic benches in the back. All ingredients are so fresh. Try the Pepperoni Madness or Fancy Backpack Pizza.
Utah – Curry Pizza
2927 State Highway 172 D, S 5600 W, West Valley City, UT 84120
As the name indicates, the pizza here comes with an Indian flair. The pizza is topped with curry and other Indian staples. Everything here is always hot and fresh. The Lean Green Curry Pizza is very popular. Curry Pizza was intriguing enough for Guy Fieri to visit.
Vermont – The Parker Pie Co.
161 County Rd, West Glover, VT 05875, United States
This pizza joint is located right at the heart of West Glover’s Lake Parker Country Store. Make sure you drop by for the freshest elements and the best assortment of Vermont craft brews. Aside from the awesome pizza they’re serving up, they also offer nachos, wings, calzones, and more.
Virginia – Pupatella
5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205
Pupatella is a popular franchise in Virginia with a handful of locations spread out around Virginia and Washington, DC. The pizza joints offer a list with 25 different pizzas so the options truly feel endless, although we prefer the red pepper and eggplant pizza garnished with roasted peppers, tomato sauce, provola cheese, and eggplant.
Washington – Proletariat Pizza
9622-A 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106, United States
Pizza lovers agree that Proletariat Pizza warrants credit as the most fabulous pizza joint in Washington. Here, the employees understand how to create a great thin crust pizza. When you land your eyes on the menu, you will understand why Washington residents cherish this restaurant.
West Virginia – Vito’s Pizza and Restaurant
104 Park Blvd, Clarksburg, WV 26301, United States
Vito’s Pizza has blessed the residents of West Virginia with magnificent pizza for more than thirty years now. The joint is family-operated, and it prides itself on offering original Italian pizza. They offer outstanding service, and the pizza crust here is definitely a highlight. If you are a first-timer at Vito’s Pizza, we suggest you try the Neapolitan round pizza. You’ll thank us.
Wisconsin – Dells Pizza Lab
332 State Hwy 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, United States
According to the many online reviews, Dells Pizza Lab assumes the title of the most fabulous pizza joint in Wisconsin. The beauty of this restaurant is that they prepare the pie right in front of your eyes using the freshest ingredients. It is not only a fun experience but the food is delicious too!
Wyoming – Grandpa’s Downtown Pizzeria
1611 Central Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001, United States
In Wyoming, you will never hear anything negative regarding this pizzeria. All its customers complement the place because of its delicious pizza and excellent services. Grandpa’s Downtown Pizzeria has multiple pizza choices, but the Meat Lovers Pizza has created a buzz around itself.
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Now you have all the pizza information you need. Don’t just sit there, go experience it. It will be interesting to see if the pizza restaurant you choose lives up to the hype. Most people think that won’t be the case, but with the pizza restaurants listed above, the experience almost always does live up to the hype.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on March 21, 2021 and last updated on May 25, 2022. Please refer to restaurant websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.