Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pizza Power Players--The Undisputed Top 20

In honor of Official Pizza Month, and to placate my demanding friend @LCS (Louie CS, not the Mormons) I am presenting you eager readers out there with the undisputed list of Best Pizzas Ever. For the record, Official Pizza Month is in October, so I have a little time to get my pies in order. Until that time, let's just play it safe and regard this list as irrefutable, scientific law. If you think the following list is a little New York-heavy, well then you've clearly not spent enough time in The City. After all, there are at least 4 spots below that are not in the NY Metro Area. That's a generous concession right there. And only 4 out of the top 5 are from Brooklyn--so as for favoritism...fuggedaboutit!

1.) DiFara Pizzeria (1424 Avenue J Brooklyn, NY 11230)

Two Words: Domenic DeMarco

Cheese Baked Right into the Thin-Crust Dough

Crispy Simplicity--Basil and Fresh Parmesan

Thinner Crusted--Sauce on Top

Coal Oven Magic

6.) San Marzano Pizza (71 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002)
Napoletana, Naturally

Thin and Crisp--The Best Pizza Outside New York

Sausage in Every Bite--Best Deep Dish Ever

9.) South Brooklyn Pizza (63 4th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Fresh Neapolitan Pie at 4AM

The Best Sicilian Slice in the Country

Sausage and Broccoli Rabbe--West Coast Pizza At It's Best

Fresh Local Ingredients Change on the Daily

Batali's Best on the West

14.) Famous Joe's Pizza (7 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014)
Textbook NYC Pizza

15.) Frank Pepe's Pizza (157 Wooster Street, New Haven, CT 06511)
Home of the Sensational White Clam Pie

Authentic Italian-Style Pizza in the Heart of the West Village

17.) Lombardi's Pizza (32 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012)
The Birthplace of Coal Oven New York Style Pizza

Light, Full-Crusted New York/California Hybrid--Best of Both Coasts

A Unique Fried Dough That's Thin and Brittle

Great AND Gratuitously-Oversized: A Hometown Staple

Sweet Jesus, this is FAR AND AWAY the definitive collection of pizza on the planet today. If you disagree, not only are you a schmuck, but you probably find this satisfying.


  1. Lovely list and I'm grateful for it. But you've never been to Trenton NJ? I worship DiFara but they are my #2 pie. DeLorenzo's in Trenton (Hudson St) belongs in any Top Ten list. See my rankings at "Pizza Quixote" http://mainlinepizzaquest.blogspot.com

  2. I've been to Trenton recently actually and got some Hoagie Haven, which I was very grateful for! I really appreciate the suggestion and am anxious to try out DeLorenzo's the next time I find myself in Southern Jersey. Thanks for reading my list. Your site looks awesome, btw. Be sure to follow @Braphe on twitter and I'll be happy to follow you back!

    Thanks again!

  3. No Motorino anywhere on the list?

  4. Tommy's Brick Oven Pizza in Jacksonville Florida needs to be on this list.

  5. As a westchester native #20 Portofino takes the cake for me, mad props to Delfina and Cheese Board for making this list (bay area for 14 years). Well played whoever made this list!

  6. Tough to say if it makes the list, but it seems like you are eat coast in the Bay, so dig Rotten City Pizza in Emeryville. East coast styling meets West Coast bangin' ingredients.