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Plan Your Next Trip Around These Top 10 Pizzerias in the U.S.

2015-11-10



Jennifer Lawrence Giphy
Where's the pizza?

I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t like pizza, so I figured I’d do a public service by letting everyone know where the best slices are served. I checked out reviews on TripAdvisor and summarized everything you need to know so that you can plan the best pizza trip you’ll ever take (yes, it is acceptable to plan an entire trip around pizza).

John's Pizzeria Bleecker Street
TripAdvisor Top 10 Pizzerias in the US: #10

10. John’s Pizzeria–Bleecker St. (New York, New York)

If you’re visiting New York City for the first time, Times Square is a prime spot for taking photos, but not necessarily the best place to get a slice of pizza. If you want a “real” slice of New York pizza, head to the West Village and check out John’s. The pizzeria has been around since 1929 and still cooks its mouthwatering pies in the same, original hot-burning coal oven.

Things to do in the area:

Although the West Village doesn’t follow the traditional city grid layout, the neighborhood has its own style with 19th century architecture, narrow streets, and beautiful brownstones. Aside from the fantastic pizza, there are lots of cafes, quaint shops, and bars to visit. If you head to the western edge, you can also see magnificent waterfront views of the city.

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Nearby hotel recommendation:

The Jane is located right on the water, and it’s a great hotel for those traveling solo or on a budget.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
TripAdvisor Top 10 Pizzerias in the US: #9

9. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (New Haven, Connecticut)

Founded in 1925, this pizzeria originated the New Haven-style apizza–a thin, coal-fired crust topped with tomato sauce (without cheese), oregano, and a sprinkling of pecorino Romano. Frank Pepe is also responsible for coming up with the white clam pie, which is an exquisite choice for adventurous eaters.

Due to its popularity, you might notice some long lines outside of the restaurant, but don’t worry–they move pretty quickly, and it’s definitely worth the wait. Even Ronald Reagan couldn’t resist their delectable pies–there’s a picture of him hung up at the restaurant back from when he visited back in the 1980s.

Things to do in the area:

New Haven has been home to Yale University since 1701. The Beinecke Library is a magnificent marble cube which contains 600,000 rare volumes, including one of the only surviving Gutenberg Bibles. The Yale University Art Gallery is as famous for its collection as it is for its building. Throughout the town, you can find various collections ranging from historical specimens to antique musical instruments.

Nearby hotel recommendation:

The Study at Yale is the name of an actual hotel! It’s prime location makes it convenient to visit theaters, restaurants, and the Yale campus, but it’s still a quiet place to sleep at night.

Bill's Pizza
TripAdvisor Top 10 Pizzerias in the US: #8

8. Bill’s Pizza (Palm Springs, California)

Bill’s is the perfect eatery for pizza-goers who love lots of toppings on their pies. Located in the Coachella Valley, this restaurant is a hot spot for locals and travelers alike. On Mondays, they have amazing drink specials: you can get wine and beer for only $2 with your meal!

Things to do in the area:

Palm Springs is known for its warm weather, with 354 days of sunshine per year. There are tons of natural attractions and hiking trails, but the top-rated views are from the aerial tramway. On a clear day, you can see as far as Las Vegas!

If you’re looking to escape the sun for a bit, or you happened to visit during one of the 11 days of the year with gloomy weather, check out the historical aircraft at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

Nearby hotel recommendation:

The Best Western Plus Las Brisas Hotel is just a two minute walk from Bill’s Pizza, which is in the heart of the city. You can find bars nearby as well as gorgeous views of the mountains. Guests have raved about the hotel’s jungle-style theme along with its hot breakfasts and great pool.

Antico Pizza Napoletana
TripAdvisor Top 10 Pizzerias in the US: #7

7. Antico Pizza Napoletana (Atlanta, Georgia)

The pizzeria has a casual atmosphere that’s ideal for groups, with long tables and the option to bring your own beverages. Their must-try pie is the San Gennaro, which includes tangy blend of sausage, sweet red peppers, buffalo mozzarella, and Cipolline onions.

Things to do in the area:

Atlanta is a cosmopolitan city, as it has been called everything from the “capital of the new South” to “the next international city” to “the best place to do business.” From nightlife to sporting events to historical centers, you can pretty much find a little bit of everything. Top attractions include the World of Coca-Cola museum, Piedmont Park, Turner Field, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

Nearby hotel recommendation:

The Artmore Hotel is a boutique, pet-friendly hotel that’s conveniently located in midtown Atlanta and right next to public transportation. The staff is friendly and there’s a nice courtyard to relax in as well.

Pizzeria Regina
TripAdvisor Top 10 Pizzerias in the US: #6

6. Pizzeria Regina (Boston, Massachusetts)

Since 1926, this small, family-run eatery in the North End has been blessing this world with delicious pizzas. Due to its popularity, there is often a line outside, but it’s well worth the wait and goes by quickly. Once seated, you can enjoy their amazing Giambotta, which has traditional toppings and weighs more than three pounds!

Things to do in the area:

Pizzeria Regina is located in Little Italy, which not only has a ton of great Italian restaurants and gelato bars, but also markets with homemade pasta and hard-to-find meats. Aside from food, there are also a bunch of historical sights, including Old North Church and the Paul Revere House.

Nearby hotel recommendation:

The Green Turtle Inn technically isn’t in Boston, but it is just across the bridge from Pizzeria Regina. It’s not your average bed and breakfast–it’s a floating one that is located right on the water in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard. There are a variety of vessels you can choose to stay in, each one comes with a peaceful, scenic, one-of-a-kind experience.

Tony's Pizza Napoletana
TripAdvisor Top 10 Pizzerias in the US: #5

5. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana (San Fransisco, California)

As one of the Top 25 Restaurants in all of San Fransisco, it’s been raved about by locals, tourists, Forbes, the Food Network, and famous chefs. They have a variety of toppings and dough bases to bring you delicious pizza styles such as Neapolitan, Sicilian, New York, St. Louis, and more. They also offer gluten-free pizzas that don’t sacrifice flavor. Indecisive patrons can place their bets on the shop’s premier pie–the Margherita–which was the first U.S. entry to win the coveted World Pizza Cup!

Things to do in the area:

If you’re visiting North Beach/Telegraph Hill, The Coit Tower offers great views of San Francisco and the Bay during the day, and the nightlife scene is active in North Beach at night. Keep your eyes open and you might even spot some wild parrots in the area!

Nearby hotel recommendation:

If you want to stay in a popular neighborhood but also need a quiet place to rest your head at night, the Marriott San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf is a smart choice. As you’d expect, the Marriott lives up to its reputation of friendly customer service and clean rooms. From the hotel, there are plenty of places to walk to as well as public transportation options.

Keste
TripAdvisor Top 10 Pizzerias in the US: #4

4. Kesté (New York, New York)

We’re back again to the West Village in Manhattan, now with Kesté, which is right across from John’s of Bleecker Street! At this pizzeria, you can get authentic Neapolitan pizza from their Italian chef-owner, tenderly topped with San Marzano tomato sauce and imported buffalo mozzarella and fired in a hand-built wood oven. This delicious spot even accommodates patrons with dietary restrictions, including vegan and gluten-free options. Believe it or not, even Italian visitors who grew up in Naples raved about the pizza here–it’s truly an authentic experience.

Things to do in the area:

As mentioned in #10 John’s Pizzeria–Bleecker Street, there are plenty of cafes, quaint shops, and bars to visit in this area.

Nearby hotel recommendation:

If you’re not staying at The Jane, and you’re willing to spend a little bit for the experience, you can stay at the chic Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC. Technically it’s not located in the West Village, but the Meatpacking District is also a trendy area that’s just a quick walk or subway ride away. During the warm summer months, you can visit their pool and rooftop bar for great views of the city. Located by the A, C, E, and L trains, you can also commute to Times Square, the Empire State Building, or even head over to the “hipster capital” of Brooklyn: Williamsburg.

Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria
TripAdvisor Top 10 Pizzerias in the US: #3

3. Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria (Anchorage, Alaska)

This restaurant is ranked the #1 place to eat in all of Anchorage! Pizza isn’t the only star in this place–they have a great selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, as well over 40 local draft beers made from their sister brewery. If you want to try a pie that’s truly out-of-this-world, order the “Amazing Apricot”, which is made with apricot sauce, cream cheese, carrots, and chicken.

Things to do in the area:

If you want to follow the #1 pizza place with the #1 attraction in Anchorage, check out the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Additionally, you can find lots of beautiful mountain trails and natural scenery nearby.

Nearby hotel recommendation:

Finish off your #1 Anchorage experience by staying in the #1 rated hotel in town: Homewood Suites by Hilton Anchorage. Unlike many hotel breakfasts, this one has a great selection which switches around constantly, so you can start your morning right with something a little bit different every day. Guests have gushed about the hotel’s great location, as well as its friendly staff and comfortable rooms.

 Pizza Time of Saint Augustine
TripAdvisor Top 10 Pizzerias in the US: #2

2. Pizza Time of St. Augustine (St. Augustine, Florida)

Large slices and fresh ingredients are just two of the many reasons why people love this pizzeria. Even the biggest pizza snobs couldn’t find anything bad to say about this place.

Things to do in the area:

If you’re an animal lover, this town is the place to be. You can visit the St. Augustine Alligator Farm to pet and feed alligators or go to the St. Augustine Wild Reserve for an up-close and personal experience of lions, tigers, and other endangered species. St. Augustine is also filled with a ton of history, so you can check out different museums throughout the area.

Nearby hotel recommendation:

The Edgewater Inn is located at the base of the Bridge of Lions, you can easily cross over to get downtown without worrying about parking your car. Best of all, they have stunning waterfront rooms where you can relax on the porch and watch the sun set as boats ride on by.

Juliana's Pizza
TripAdvisor Top 10 Pizzerias in the US: #1

1. Juliana’s Pizza (Brooklyn, New York)

Juliana’s Pizza was opened in 2012 by legendary Brooklyn pizza maker, Patsy Grimaldi. He and his wife, Carol, were the original founders of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, but they severed their affiliation over a decade ago when they sold their business. They decided to open a new restaurant in honor of Pat’s mother, Maria ‘Juliana’ Lancieri.

Unlike the traditional pizza joint, Juliana’s pies are very light and don’t contain a ton of oil. Even the small pies at Juliana’s are large, but you’ll still probably want to order a couple of different pizzas so that you can try as many as you can!

Things to do in the area:

Walk off those pizza calories by wandering through the DUMBO neighborhood. It’s filled with plenty of shops, cafes, bars, and people walking their dogs. Or, for some of the best views of Manhattan, you can head over to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Nearby hotel recommendation:

Juliana’s is only an 8 minute walk from the A and C trains, but I would just suggest that tourists stay in a nearby Brooklyn hotel if they’re worried about getting lost. Hotel Indigo isn’t too far from the pizza place or Brooklyn Bridge Park, so it’s a clean, comfortable place to rest your head at a reasonable price.

If you want to know how these 10 pizzerias were picked out, click here. All images are taken from user submitted reviews (other than the J-Law image from Giphy).

Jessica Dolnick sets up many of the merchants that you see on We-Care.com, and through extensive research and personal experiences, writes about them in the We-Care blog. Jessica has always been passionate about the nonprofit sector–before working at We-Care.com, she organized benefit concerts, volunteered at her local hospital, and raised over $50,000 for her alma mater. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in psychology and communication and a minor in education from the University at Albany.