5. Di Fara
Domenico DeMarco — who has operated Di Fara since 1964 — is New York City’s pizza pope. For decades, he’s been cooking New York- and Sicilian-style pizzas for anyone willing to wait in the long lines that have formed since his legend has grown. Order a simple classic round, by all means, or the Di Fara Classic (mozzarella, parmigiano-reggiano, plum tomato sauce, basil, sausage, peppers, mushrooms, onions, and a drizzle of olive oil), but don’t miss the Sicilian square, widely regarded by many New York pizza nerds as the city’s best.
4. Apizza Scholls
> Portland, Oregon
Portland’s been called “America’s greatest pizza city” by international pizza consultant Anthony Falco. And amongst Portland’s pizzerias, Apizza Scholls is widely regarded as serving some of the city’s best pizza. There are specials to select from but you can also choose your own topping combos for the 18-inch pies. For the purpose of balance, though, the pizzeria limits toppings to three ingredients, including two meats per pie.
3. Via 313
> Austin, Texas
Via 313’s owners, brothers Zane and Brandon Hunt, were at the forefront of the Detroit pizza movement outside its native city, pioneering an appetite for it in Austin with their custom pizza trailer starting in 2011. The Hunts developed their passion for the style growing up in Michigan, but their own caramelized pies with the crisp cheesy edges have become icons of their own.
2. Razza Pizza Artigianale
> Jersey City, New Jersey
Razza opened in 2012, but its reputation exploded in 2017 after New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells wrote provocatively that this New Jersey pizzeria served the best pizza in New York City. The pies are a little larger than standard Neapolitan pizzas, but they have the crunchy texture you’d expect from fresh bread crusts, and they truly are worth the hype — and the wait.
1. Pizzeria Bianco
> Phoenix, Arizona
Bronx native Chris Bianco is a pizza celebrity. His Phoenix pizza spot has been topping best-of lists for decades. Bianco no longer makes the pies himself, but they’re still widely lauded, and fans still make the pilgrimage here for them. 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.