America may finally rest on the never-ending debate this year on who serves the best pizzas, according to a new study conducted by editors at The Daily Meal. A total of 78 experts tested 700 pizzas from restaurants around the U.S. and ranked each one in an attempt to discover the perfect slice for American taste buds.
The panel consisted of a geographically diverse bunch of American chefs, restaurant critics, bloggers, writers and "pizza authorities," according to the food-focused website. Also contributing to the panel was The Velvet Underground parody tribute band, The Pizza Underground, lead by actor Macaulay Culkin, strangely enough.
The results, however, may enrage some. Pizza Margherita is certainly the preferred style choice of pizza critics throughout the top 101 list, while Chicago deep-dish fans will be disappointed to learn that only a few made the list. Though, any argument over the best pizza is sure to leave at least some pizza aficionados unsatisfied.
Though the New England area dominates the top 101 list, the location of some of the top pizzerias may surprise you. Pizzeria Bianco out of Phoenix, for instance, is renown nationwide with its owner Chris Bianco being named by Zagat as one of the six chefs who changed pizza. Check out the top ten below.
The Top 10 Pizzas in America
10. Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco, CA (Margherita)
9. Paulie Gee's, Brooklyn, N.Y., NY (Regina)
8. Totonno's, Brooklyn, N.Y., NY (Margherita)
7. Flour + Water, San Francisco, CA (Margherita)
6. Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, CA (Squash blossoms, Tomato, Burrata Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce)
5. Sally's Apizza, New Haven, CT (Tomato Pie: Tomato Sauce, no cheese)
4. Roberta's, Brooklyn N.Y., NY (Margherita)
3. Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, AZ (Marinara)
2. Di Fara, Brooklyn, N.Y., NY (Di Fara Classic Pie)
1. Frank Pepe's, New Haven, CT (White Clam Pie)
For the full 101 list from The Daily Meal, click here.
This is the 2nd time Frank Pepe's topped The Daily Meal's list of best pizzas, winning the #1 slot last year as well.
One of the oldest pizzerias in the country, Pepe's, was founded in 1925 by Italian immigrant Frank Pepe. After working in factories and serving in World War I, Pepe soon began selling "tomato pies" in Wooster Square while working at a bakery. After he saved enough money, he invested in a wagon to sell his pizzas and eventually bought out his employer's business, which became the location of first Frank Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana.
Pepe's originated the famous New Haven thin crust pizza, reminiscent of a Neapolitan-style pizza. The famous white clam pizza is also believed to have originated with Pepe's after watching his business partner's nephew sell clams outside the store.
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The top 101 best pizzas in the U.S. revealed in a new study
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