Best Pizza Place in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Post Office Pies via Facebook

Alabama: Post Office Pies
> Locations: Birmingham & Mountain Brook

Chef John Hall worked in several esteemed New York City restaurants before coming to Birmingham to open a pizzeria with a friend in an old post office. Pies are topped with house-made mozzarella and cooked in a handmade wood-fired brick oven, which yields crisp, thin, char-edged pies.

Source: Courtesy of Moose's Tooth via Facebook

Alaska: Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria
> Location: Anchorage

Fellow rock climbers Rod Hancock and Matt Jones had little restaurant experience when they started serving draft beer and stone-baked pizzas in the mid-1990s, but their pies have drawn lines ever since then. The menu features some 35 variations, but the Avalanche is the best known. It’s loaded with pepperoni, blackened chicken, bacon, red onion, cheddar, mozzarella, provolone, and barbecue sauce.

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Arizona: Pizzeria Bianco
> Location: Phoenix

From its origins in the back of a grocery store in 1988, this pizzeria has grown into an essential destination for pizza-lovers in the West. Pies come from both a wood-fired oven (among them a version with house-smoked mozzarella, wood-roasted onions, and fennel sausage, with optional add-ons including San Daniele prosciutto and Gaeta olives) and a classic New York pizzeria-style deck oven (producing New York-style pizzas, not surprisingly, including one with three cheeses — aged provolone, montasio, and local Rovey Farms sheep’s cheese). Founder Chris Bianco was the first pizzaiolo to win a James Beard Best Chef award. Order a signature Margherita by all means, but the Rosa, with red onions, parmigiano-reggiano, rosemary, and Arizona pistachios, is a delicious specialty you shouldn’t miss.

Source: Courtesy of DeLuca's Pizzeria via Facebook

Arkansas: DeLuca’s Pizzeria
> Location: Hot Springs

“The South’s Best Pizza,” according to Southern Living Magazine, DeLuca’s was founded by former New York City trader Anthony Valinoti. The place specializes in wood-fired brick-oven pizza, created with handmade dough and a variety of Italian-inspired ingredients like calabrese, prosciutto, and homemade mozzarella.

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California: Pizzeria Mozza
> Location: Los Angeles & Newport Beach

Award-winning baker and chef Nancy Silverton’s Los Angeles. hotspot Osteria Mozza also happens to be home to one of the city’s best pizzerias. Pizzeria Mozza, attached to the restaurant, turns out a wide range of pies topped with some of the finest seasonal ingredients you’ll ever see on a pizza, including corn, Fresno chiles, Meyer lemon, and squash blossoms.

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