30. The Pie Pizzeria
> Salt Lake City, Utah
This old-school Salt Lake City institution occupies a brick-walled basement under a pharmacy. The basement used to house a church, and the pasta and pizza place that preceded the Pie here kept the pews as seating. These days, the place is a student hang that serves pizzas in three styles: thin crust, “ApocalyptDough” (where spices in the dough create a “creeping, unique burn that slowly approaches and has an undetermined lingering effect”), and standard golden crust.
29. Cane Rosso
Jay Jerrier’s small Cane Rosso chain has become synonymous with good pizza in and around Houston, Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth. You’ll find authentic wood-burning pies, with the option to top them with ingredients like candied jalapeÃ±os, bacon marmalade, and brisket â this is Texas, after all.
28. Pizza Rock
> Las Vegas
If there’s a pizza style that California pie king Tony Gemignani doesn’t know how to make, it’s hard to believe he won’t figure it out. Gemiginani’s colorful, bustling Vegas joint serves no fewer than 10 different styles, including Roman, classic Italian, deep dish, thin crust, New York, and New Haven — and he does them all admirably well.
27. Vito & Nick’s
Chicago has long been known as a deep-dish city to out-of-towners, but everyone living there knows it’s really a thin crust town. This family-owned spot has been serving thin crust pies since 1946. If it’s your first time, you’ll want to order a sausage pizza. Its generous cheesiness and sauce will tell you why.
> Portland, Maine
Located in Portland’s old Public Market building, Slab advertises its “Sicilian street food” — which includes what the pizzeria describes as Old World-style dough, formed into thick square, well, slabs. The basic offering includes tomato sauce, mozzarella, provolone, and oregano, with pepperoni optional, and there’s a Spicy Meat pie with red pepper sauce, pepperoni, pepperoncini, mozzarella, provolone, and blue cheese dip. Thin crust pies are also available.