Everybody has a favorite pizza place. Is your favorite the best in your state?
Pizza is one of those ubiquitous food items in the US. It’s usually inexpensive, great for groups, and quick to deliver. And with the numerous options of toppings in combination, there’s always something for everyone.
Locally, pizza becomes a matter of pride. States and cities say they have the best pizza and every other option isn’t worth having (looking at you, New York). Since we don’t all live in NYC, or wherever else thinks they have the best pizza, it’s good to know where the most popular pizza restaurant is in every state.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best pizza restaurant in each US state, based on Google and Google Maps search results. Note that we haven’t tried every one of these, even if that would be a worthwhile goal and/or road trip idea…
Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria in Anchorage is known for creative toppings like reindeer sausage.
Pizzeria Bianco has been making the best pizza in Phoenix since 1988.
ZAZA Fine Salad & Wood-Oven Pizza Co in Little Rock offers classic pizzas cooked in a wood oven.
Pizza Antica evokes a Roman pizzeria but only uses fresh, local ingredients from local farmers at their three locations: San Jose, Mill Valley, and Laffayette.
Joy Hill uses naturally leavened sourdough crust to create their popular pizzas in Denver.
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana was started by an immigrant from Naples in New Haven but now has locations all over Connecticut and one in New York and a few in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Grotto Pizza has been the Delaware favorite for pizza with a super-secret dough recipe since 1960, with locations all over the state but first opened in Rehoboth Beach.
Mister 01 is Miami’s best pizza, opened by a chef raised and trained in Italy before being granted the 01 visa for those with “Extraordinary Artistic Ability”.
Pizzeria Vittoria offers Neapolitan pizzas made in a surprising location in a surprising city: a shipping container in Savannah.
Brick Fire Tavern uses local wood in a Naples-built brick oven for delicious pizza in Honolulu.
Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria in Boise (and other cities) has pizzas certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) of Naples.
Burt’s Place in Morton Grove, a suburb of Chicago, might be the best pan pizza in the whole country.
Stop 50 has been using a 20-year-old sourdough starter for their crusts in Michigan Shores.
Zipp’s Pizzaria in Adair might be the best pizza in the smallest city, with a population of 781.
Pizza Hut started in Wichita and now has the most locations in the world of any pizza chain so this might be the opportunity to check out the original.
Spinelli’s Pizza is popular with Louisville’s late-night crowd, serving an impressive Breakfast Pizza.
Pizza Delicious in New Orleans was started by New Yorkers as a pop-up and now has a physical store for all to enjoy.
Pizza by Alex has been serving Greek-style personal pizzas in Biddeford for over 50 years.
Napoli’s Pizzeria in Waldorf is a local favorite with their famous pizza sauce, a family secret recipe passed down through the generations.
Santarpio’s Pizza has two locations, East Boston and Peabody, and has delicious house-made sausage that is a must on any pizza.
Buddy’s Pizza (on Contant St.) is considered the birthplace of Detroit-style pizza, which is gaining popularity around the country as the best version of pizza.
Pizzeria Lola was opened by Ann Kim, a Korean American actress, in 2010 and has been providing Minneapolis with deliciously creative pizzas ever since.
Tribecca Allie Café came in second place in the American Pizza Championship and if you visit the small town of Sardis and taste their pizza, you’ll know why.
Imo’s Pizza can be found all over the state and is one of the original purveyors of St. Louis-style pizza, with Provel cheese and all.
Biga Pizza in Missoula has been serving pizzas from a huge brick oven since the 1990s.
MōMō Pizzeria & Ristorante either use local ingredients or fresh ingredients imported from Italy for their Neapolitan pizzas served in Lincoln.
Smiling with Hope Pizza is a local favorite in Reno, serving NY-style pies and hiring those with learning disabilities to train them for careers.
Alley Cat Pizzeria serves super-sized pizzas with extra-crispy crust to the pizza-lovers of Manchester.
Razza is considered to be the best pizza in New Jersey and many consider New Jersey to be the best state for pizza so it might be time for a trip to Jersey City.
Golden Crown Panaderia is an old-fashioned, neighborhood bakery in Albuquerque that also happens to make uniquely local and irresistible pizza as well.
Joe’s Pizza in Greenwich Village, NYC, is considered to have the most authentic, NY-style, pizza by the slice.
Pizzeria Omaggio makes Roman-style pizza with traditional and seasonally fresh ingredients for their Charlotte restaurant.
Rhombus Guys, with locations in Fargo and Grand Forks, is worth visiting, even if just for the smores dessert pizza.
Geraci’s Restaurant has three locations around Cleveland and uses recipes passed down from their ancestors in Sicily.
Andolini’s Pizzeria started in Tulsa but now has locations all over the state and is considered one of the best pizzerias in the country.
Apizza Scholls is loved by the locals in Portland and national food journalists alike.
Pizzeria Beddia in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia has been causing long lines and happy stomachs for years.
Nice Slice provides creative toppings, whole-wheat crusts, and many gluten-free and vegan options at their Providence pizzeria.
EVO is a wood-fired pizzeria and craft bakery in North Charleston that got its start as a mobile wood-fired oven used for catering.
R-Pizza in downtown Vermillion makes great fresh pizzas with homemade sauce and crust and freshly grated cheese.
Big Ed’s Pizza, a local favorite in Oak Ridge, is an old-school pizzeria with NY-style pies.
Coltivare Pizza & Garden in Houston deserves “garden” in its name since it uses ingredients straight from the garden guests are sitting in.
Antica Forma offers gourmet pizza in two locations: Vernal and Moab.
American Flatbread, with three locations in Vermont, bakes their pizza in a primitive wood-fired earthen oven.
Bottoms Up Pizza in downtown Richmond is a local favorite both for the pizza and the atmosphere.
Via Rosa 11 is hidden away on Bainbridge Island, making delicious artisanal pizzas.
Pies & Pints started in Fayetteville but now has locations in multiple states and offers creative options like the grape pie.
Luigi’s Pizza Kitchen in Kenosha makes a lovely, cracker-thin crust that is popular in Wisconsin.
Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana in the small town of Casper is where Mark Dym, trained in Italy, is passionately making pizza.