Who doesn’t love a slice of pizza? The gooey cheese, crisp veggies and charred meats coming together on one giant slab of dough and tomato sauce—it’s no wonder why Americans eat around 100 acres of pizza a day.
The modern pizza that we’ve come to know and love originated in Naples, Italy in the form of a Neapolitan flatbread. Today though, different cheeses, crusts and toppings make pizza in America a truly culinary delight.
Here’s a small slice of some of the best pizzas throughout the country.
NYC: Lombardi’s Pizza—While there are thousands (around 1,600 to be exact) of pizza joints in NYC, it’s hard to argue with the original. Gennaro Lombardi is credited as having brought pizza to the U.S. in 1905 and Lombardi’s Pizza has been slinging pies ever since. A student tour to New York City wouldn’t be complete without a slice of NYC pizza.
Chicago: Pequod’s – Everything that comes to your mind when you hear the words “Chicago Deep Dish,” are true if it comes from Pequod’s Pizzeria. The thick, golden crust that’s charred on the edge; the gobs and gobs of cheese that will make any lactose intolerant person shudder; and the array of toppings from sausage to green peppers.
Boston: Galleria Umberto – A traditional Sicilian slice of pizza, this North End pizza place offers their slices of ‘za from 11:00 AM until there’s no more left (which is usually by mid-afternoon.) Your choices are either plain cheese, er, well plain, and they’re always fresh from the oven.
Philadelphia: Osteria – Having only opened in 2007, Osteria has quickly made a name for itself. Offering rustic, thin crust pizzas with a unique set of toppings including octopus, a pistachio pesto spread or a baked egg, it’s been a local favorite since day one.
Washington, D.C: 2Amys –Offering a traditional Neapolitan-style pizza is no small feat considering that in 1998 the Italian government formally recognized Neapolitan pizza as a food worthy of preservation. That means, any authentic Neapolitan pizza must follow a set of rules that 2Amys abides by, and fans of the place couldn’t be happier.
Flour+Water in San Francisco, Frank Pepe’s in New Haven, Buddy’s Pizza in Detroit and Al Forno in Rhode Island.
- 93% of Americans have at least one pizza per month.
- The least favorite pizza topping is anchovies.
- 36% of all pizzas in the U.S. will have pepperoni on them.