Best pizza places in 25 major cities

Pizza holds a special place in the heart of American cuisine, transcending regional and cultural boundaries to become a beloved staple across the nation. Its popularity is vast and undeniably widespread.

So just how much do we love our pizza? A study conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Amazon Fresh found that Americans could eat about five slices of pizza in one sitting by themselves. A quarter love pizza so much, they would even consider serving it at their weddings. This love for “za” racked up nearly $47 billion dollars in 2022 sales.

What truly sets pizza apart is its remarkable versatility, evidenced by the unique array of styles found in cities throughout the country. In California, for example, pizza takes on a distinctive flair, boasting a thin crust topped with fresh local ingredients like arugula and Fresno chilies reflecting the state’s farm-to-table gastronomy. On the opposite coast, New York-style pies reign supreme with large, foldable slices and a classic combination of tomato sauce and gooey mozzarella cheese. Meanwhile, Detroit-style pizza stands out with its square shape and thick, airy crust, crisped to perfection along the edges. And let’s not forget the iconic deep dish of Chicago, featuring a buttery thick crust filled to the brim with layers of cheese, a healthy variety of toppings, and chunky tomato sauce.

Amidst this diverse landscape, pizzerias have earned legendary status, drawing hungry visitors from far and wide. Places like Bestia in Los Angeles, famed for its wood-fired pizzas and standout dishes like slow-roasted lamb neck; Lombardi’s in New York’s Little Italy, supposedly responsible for the city’s distinctive style of pizza; and Pequod’s in Chicago, known for its carmelized crust, all serve as a testament to the influence pizza has had and continues to have in America.

So, where does one go for the best slice? To help you out, Stacker compiled a list of the best pizza restaurants in 25 major cities using data from Yelp. Businesses were selected using Yelp’s top 100 pizza spots list, which ranked restaurants using a number of factors, including the total volume and number of five-star reviews each business had by members of Yelp’s “Elite Squad.” The #1 restaurant in each city is included here, listed in alphabetical order.

Keep reading to see if your favorite spot made the list.

Note: The photos in this article are stock images and do not depict the specific restaurants listed or the dishes they serve.

Slice of pizza being pulled from a pan.

Anchorage: Moose’s Tooth

– Rating: 4.5 (3,387 reviews)
– Address: 3300 Old Seward Highway Anchorage, Alaska
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Clam gourmet pizza on tray.

Austin: Home Slice Pizza

– Rating: 4.4 (4,655 reviews)
– Address: 1415 South Congress Street Austin, Texas
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Pizza being pulled out of pizza oven.

Boston: The Salty Pig

– Rating: 4.2 (1,902 reviews)
– Address: 130 Dartmouth Street Boston, Massachusetts
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Closeup of Chicago-style deep dish pepperoni pizza.

Chicago: Pequod’s Pizza

– Rating: 3.9 (7,981 reviews)
– Address: 2207 North Clybourn Avenue Chicago, Illinois
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Margherita pizza being pulled out of pizza oven.

Denver: Osteria Marco

– Rating: 4.1 (1,815 reviews)
– Address: 1453 Larimer Street Denver, Colorado
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Supreme pizza loaded with toppings.

Honolulu: J. Dolan’s

– Rating: 4.2 (1,494 reviews)
– Address: 1147 Bethel Street Honolulu, Hawaii
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Sausage and pepperoni pizza on wooden surface.

Houston: Luigi’s Pizzeria

– Rating: 4.1 (1,216 reviews)
– Address: 3700 Almeda Road Houston, Texas
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Four-cheese pizza slice being pulled from a pie.
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Las Vegas: Secret Pizza

– Rating: 4.2 (6,056 reviews)
– Address: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South Level 3 The Boulevard Tower Las Vegas, Nevada
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Veggie and pepperoni artisan pizza.

Los Angeles: Bestia

– Rating: 4.3 (7,710 reviews)
– Address: 2121 East 7th Plaza Los Angeles, California
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Sausage pizza being pulled out of the oven.

Miami: CRUST

– Rating: 4.6 (1,463 reviews)
– Address: 668 Northwest 5th Street Miami, Florida
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Artisan Margherita pizza.

Minneapolis: Surly Brewing

– Rating: 4.2 (1,358 reviews)
– Address: 520 Malcolm Avenue Southeast Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Closeup of supreme pizza with toppings.

New Haven: Modern Apizza

– Rating: 4.2 (1,683 reviews)
– Address: 874 State Street New Haven, CT
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Crispy pepperoni pizza slice.

New Orleans: Domenica

– Rating: 4.1 (2,167 reviews)
– Address: 123 Baronne Street New Orleans, Louisiana
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Margherita pizza on pizza tray.

New York City: Lombardi’s Pizza

– Rating: 3.8 (6,622 reviews)
– Address: 32 Spring Street New York, New York
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Chicken and onion pizza.

Orlando: Vivo Italian Kitchen

– Rating: 4.0 (1,271 reviews)
– Address: 6000 Universal Boulevard Orlando, Florida
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Mushroom pizza on tray.

Philadelphia: Barbuzzo

– Rating: 4.3 (3,269 reviews)
– Address: 110 S 13th Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Pepperoni pizza closeup.

Phoenix: Cibo

– Rating: 4.4 (2,804 reviews)
– Address: 603 North 5th Ave Phoenix, Arizona
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Pizza with whole tomatoes.

Portland: Apizza Scholls

– Rating: 4.2 (1,775 reviews)
– Address: 4741 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland, Oregon
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Pizza with slices of tomato.

St. Louis: Anthonino’s Taverna

– Rating: 4.4 (1,421 reviews)
– Address: 2225 Macklind Avenue St. Louis, Missouri
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Truffle and salami artisan pizza.

San Antonio: Dough Pizzeria Napoletana

– Rating: 4.1 (1,849 reviews)
– Address: 6989 Blanco Road San Antonio, Texas
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Slices of tomato on pizza.

San Diego: CUCINA urbana

– Rating: 4.4 (4,674 reviews)
– Address: 505 Laurel Street San Diego, California
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Square slices of pizza with ham.

San Francisco: Golden Boy Pizza

– Rating: 4.4 (4,393 reviews)
– Address: 542 Green Street San Francisco, California
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Oval pepperoni pizza on pan.

Seattle: Serious Pie Downtown

– Rating: 4.1 (4,609 reviews)
– Address: 2001 4th Avenue Seattle, Washington
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Chicken, mushroom, and bacon pizza.

Tampa: Eddie & Sam’s NY Pizza

– Rating: 4.3 (1,443 reviews)
– Address: 203 East Twiggs Street Tampa, Florida
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Artisan pizza with spinach.

Washington DC: il Canale

– Rating: 4.3 (4,634 reviews)
– Address: 1065 31st Street Washington D.C.
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Data reporting by Karim Noorani. Story editing by Carren Jao. Copy editing by Tim Bruns. Photo selection by Jaimie Etkin.

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