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Best pizza places in 25 major cities

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Best pizza places in 25 major cities

Cheesy slice of meaty deep dish pizza.

Pizza holds a special place in the heart of American cuisine, transcending regional and cultural boundaries to become a beloved staple across the nation. Its popularity is vast and undeniably widespread.

So just how much do we love our pizza? A study conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Amazon Fresh found that Americans could eat about five slices of pizza in one sitting by themselves. A quarter love pizza so much, they would even consider serving it at their weddings. This love for “za” racked up nearly $47 billion dollars in 2022 sales.

What truly sets pizza apart is its remarkable versatility, evidenced by the unique array of styles found in cities throughout the country. In California, for example, pizza takes on a distinctive flair, boasting a thin crust topped with fresh local ingredients like arugula and Fresno chilies reflecting the state’s farm-to-table gastronomy. On the opposite coast, New York-style pies reign supreme with large, foldable slices and a classic combination of tomato sauce and gooey mozzarella cheese. Meanwhile, Detroit-style pizza stands out with its square shape and thick, airy crust, crisped to perfection along the edges. And let’s not forget the iconic deep dish of Chicago, featuring a buttery thick crust filled to the brim with layers of cheese, a healthy variety of toppings, and chunky tomato sauce.

Amidst this diverse landscape, pizzerias have earned legendary status, drawing hungry visitors from far and wide. Places like Bestia in Los Angeles, famed for its wood-fired pizzas and standout dishes like slow-roasted lamb neck; Lombardi’s in New York’s Little Italy, supposedly responsible for the city’s distinctive style of pizza; and Pequod’s in Chicago, known for its carmelized crust, all serve as a testament to the influence pizza has had and continues to have in America.

So, where does one go for the best slice? To help you out, Stacker compiled a list of the best pizza restaurants in 25 major cities using data from Yelp. Businesses were selected using Yelp’s top 100 pizza spots list, which ranked restaurants using a number of factors, including the total volume and number of five-star reviews each business had by members of Yelp’s “Elite Squad.” The #1 restaurant in each city is included here, listed in alphabetical order.

Keep reading to see if your favorite spot made the list.

Note: The photos in this article are stock images and do not depict the specific restaurants listed or the dishes they serve.


Anchorage: Moose’s Tooth

Slice of pizza being pulled from a pan.

– Rating: 4.5 (3,387 reviews)
– Address: 3300 Old Seward Highway Anchorage, Alaska
Read more on Yelp


Austin: Home Slice Pizza

Clam gourmet pizza on tray.

– Rating: 4.4 (4,655 reviews)
– Address: 1415 South Congress Street Austin, Texas
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Boston: The Salty Pig

Pizza being pulled out of pizza oven.

– Rating: 4.2 (1,902 reviews)
– Address: 130 Dartmouth Street Boston, Massachusetts
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Chicago: Pequod’s Pizza

Closeup of Chicago-style deep dish pepperoni pizza.

– Rating: 3.9 (7,981 reviews)
– Address: 2207 North Clybourn Avenue Chicago, Illinois
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Denver: Osteria Marco

Margherita pizza being pulled out of pizza oven.

– Rating: 4.1 (1,815 reviews)
– Address: 1453 Larimer Street Denver, Colorado
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Honolulu: J. Dolan’s

Supreme pizza loaded with toppings.

– Rating: 4.2 (1,494 reviews)
– Address: 1147 Bethel Street Honolulu, Hawaii
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Houston: Luigi’s Pizzeria

Sausage and pepperoni pizza on wooden surface.

– Rating: 4.1 (1,216 reviews)
– Address: 3700 Almeda Road Houston, Texas
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Las Vegas: Secret Pizza

Four-cheese pizza slice being pulled from a pie.

– Rating: 4.2 (6,056 reviews)
– Address: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South Level 3 The Boulevard Tower Las Vegas, Nevada
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Los Angeles: Bestia

Veggie and pepperoni artisan pizza.

– Rating: 4.3 (7,710 reviews)
– Address: 2121 East 7th Plaza Los Angeles, California
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Miami: CRUST

Sausage pizza being pulled out of the oven.

– Rating: 4.6 (1,463 reviews)
– Address: 668 Northwest 5th Street Miami, Florida
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Minneapolis: Surly Brewing

Artisan Margherita pizza.

– Rating: 4.2 (1,358 reviews)
– Address: 520 Malcolm Avenue Southeast Minneapolis, Minnesota
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New Haven: Modern Apizza

Closeup of supreme pizza with toppings.

– Rating: 4.2 (1,683 reviews)
– Address: 874 State Street New Haven, CT
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New Orleans: Domenica

Crispy pepperoni pizza slice.

– Rating: 4.1 (2,167 reviews)
– Address: 123 Baronne Street New Orleans, Louisiana
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New York City: Lombardi’s Pizza

Margherita pizza on pizza tray.

– Rating: 3.8 (6,622 reviews)
– Address: 32 Spring Street New York, New York
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Orlando: Vivo Italian Kitchen

Chicken and onion pizza.

– Rating: 4.0 (1,271 reviews)
– Address: 6000 Universal Boulevard Orlando, Florida
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Philadelphia: Barbuzzo

Mushroom pizza on tray.

– Rating: 4.3 (3,269 reviews)
– Address: 110 S 13th Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Phoenix: Cibo

Pepperoni pizza closeup.

– Rating: 4.4 (2,804 reviews)
– Address: 603 North 5th Ave Phoenix, Arizona
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Portland: Apizza Scholls

Pizza with whole tomatoes.

– Rating: 4.2 (1,775 reviews)
– Address: 4741 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland, Oregon
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St. Louis: Anthonino’s Taverna

Pizza with slices of tomato.

– Rating: 4.4 (1,421 reviews)
– Address: 2225 Macklind Avenue St. Louis, Missouri
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San Antonio: Dough Pizzeria Napoletana

Truffle and salami artisan pizza.

– Rating: 4.1 (1,849 reviews)
– Address: 6989 Blanco Road San Antonio, Texas
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San Diego: CUCINA urbana

Slices of tomato on pizza.

– Rating: 4.4 (4,674 reviews)
– Address: 505 Laurel Street San Diego, California
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San Francisco: Golden Boy Pizza

Square slices of pizza with ham.

– Rating: 4.4 (4,393 reviews)
– Address: 542 Green Street San Francisco, California
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Seattle: Serious Pie Downtown

Oval pepperoni pizza on pan.

– Rating: 4.1 (4,609 reviews)
– Address: 2001 4th Avenue Seattle, Washington
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Tampa: Eddie & Sam’s NY Pizza

Chicken, mushroom, and bacon pizza.

– Rating: 4.3 (1,443 reviews)
– Address: 203 East Twiggs Street Tampa, Florida
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Washington DC: il Canale

Artisan pizza with spinach.

– Rating: 4.3 (4,634 reviews)
– Address: 1065 31st Street Washington D.C.
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Data reporting by Karim Noorani. Story editing by Carren Jao. Copy editing by Tim Bruns. Photo selection by Jaimie Etkin.

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