15. Moose’s Tooth
> Yelp rating: 4.4 (1,951 reviews)
> Location: Anchorage, AK
Part of a group that also includes Bear Tooth Grill, Bear Tooth Theatrepub, and Broken Tooth Brewery, Moose’s Tooth offers pub grub (nachos, Caesar salad, Philly cheesesteak, etc.) along with a lengthy pizza menu. The more than 30 choices, available in three sizes, include chicken and vegetable options as well as 15 meat-based creations. The most elaborate of these is the Call of the Wild, made with reindeer sausage, steak, bacon, portabella and cremini mushrooms, red peppers, green onions, garlic cream sauce, mozzarella, provolone, and garlic oil.
14. Juliana’s Pizza
> Yelp rating: 4.4 (1,973 reviews)
> Location: Brooklyn, NY
Though it opened only in 2012, Juliana’s has deep roots in the pizza community. The proprietor is the legendary Patsy Grimaldi, founder of the revered Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Grimaldi sold that operation, along with the name, to a former customer in 2001, but came out of retirement to launch this place, named in honor of his mother. Though there are a few special pizzas (one with mozzarella, smoked scamorza, pancetta, scallions, and Oregon white truffles), the focus is on four varieties with “classics only” toppings — a limit of two per pie.
> Yelp rating: 4.4 (2,089 reviews)
> Location: Phoenix, AZ
This “urban pizzeria” serves salads and antipasti plus a couple of pasta dishes, but the focus is on some 22 pizzas (and one calzone), with toppings ranging from tomato sauce with mozzarella and mushrooms to mozzarella, prosciutto, Asian pears, arugula, and goat cheese.
12. A Slice of New York
> Yelp rating: 4.4 (2,617 reviews)
> Location: San Jose, CA
This worker-owned cooperative gives many of its pizzas, available in two round sizes and a 17-inch Sicilian-style square, names inspired by its eponymous city. The Rockefeller Center is all meat — pepperoni, Italian sausage, meatballs, and salami — plus chopped fresh garlic. The Times Square goes vegetarian, with bell peppers, mushrooms, sliced onions, black olives, and more of that garlic. Some 24 toppings (including vegan cheese) are available for those who want a custom pie.
11. Prince Street Pizza
> Yelp rating: 4.4 (2,797 reviews)
> Location: New York, NY
This downtown Manhattan pizzeria was in the news early this year when owner Frank Morano accused a former employee of stealing a confidential recipe for use in his own restaurant. (No resolution of the conflict has been reported.) The Original Prince Pizza is topped simply with marinara sauce and grated mozzarella, while the version whose recipe is in contention is the Spicy Spring, a square pizza made with Fra Diavolo sauce, spicy pepperoni, and mozzarella.