Special Report

25 Best Pizza Places in America

5. Di Fara Pizza
> Location: Brooklyn, New York

Variously known as “the Joe DiMaggio” and “the godfather” of pizza in Brooklyn, 84-year-old Domenico DeMarco opened this pizzeria in 1965 and has been making pizzas himself, by hand (and with the help of his children), ever since. Numerous publications have rated his the finest pizza in New York, and the late food writer and globetrotting TV personality Anthony Bourdain was a fan. The Di Fara 50th Anniversary Pie is made with sausage, semi-dried cherry tomatoes, meatballs, wild onions, and garlic. The Louisa is a square pie with sun-dried roasted peppers and kalamata olives. Unlike most of the pizzerias on this list, Di Fara — with two Brooklyn locations — also sells slices, either regular or square. (There is an outpost of Di Fara in Las Vegas, Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar.)

Source: Photo by Martine K. via Yelp

4. Sally’s Apizza
> Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Aficionados who don’t think Frank Pepe’s (see No. 1) makes quite the best pizza in Connecticut (or in the country) opt for Sally’s instead. The pies are similar — the place was owned for almost 80 years by relatives of Frank Pepe himself — but Sally’s also offers some different choices, including a Garden Special with fresh tomatoes, zucchini, and basil, and a White Potato Pie with thin-sliced spuds, onions, mozzarella, and parmesan. (Sally’s is about to open a second location, in Stamford, Connecticut.)

3. John’s of Bleecker Street
> Location: New York City, New York

This 92-year-old classic serves 14- and 16-inch medium-thin-crust New York-style pizzas from a coal-fired oven. Some 15 toppings are available, and specialty pies range from The Sasso (aged mozzarella and tomato sauce) to The “Fifty” (meatballs, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and olives in addition to the sauce and cheese).

Source: Courtesy of Razza Pizza Artigianale

2. Razza Pizza Artigianale
> Location: Jersey City, New Jersey

In 2018, New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells dubbed Razza’s “the best pizza in New York” even as he admitted that it wasn’t really in New York at all (but just across the river). In addition to the usual toppings, the possibilities on these superior pizzas might include fermented chile paste, pine nuts, Pennsylvania cream, or New Jersey summer squash.

Source: Photo by Mike P. via Yelp

1. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
> Location: New Haven, Connecticut

The pizza by which all others must be judged, according to many fans — coal-fired, with a thin, charred, blistered crust. Its signature is the white clam pizza (with fresh shelled clams, garlic, oregano, and pecorino romano); another favorite is the fresh tomato pizza (in summer only). There are now a dozen locations around Connecticut and in New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, but the New Haven original remains the best.