Special Report

The Best Pizzerias in the World

Source: Courtesy of Brent C. via Yelp

25. Le Safari
> Location: Nice, France

A great favorite of locals and tourists alike, this indoor-outdoor restaurant on the Cours Saleya, site of Nice’s flower and produce markets, serves Niçoise specialties, pastas, and simply grilled fish and meat dishes – but what it’s know for most of all are its charred-crust wood-oven pizzas, ranging from a classic Margherita to the Napolitaine (tomato, mozzarella, anchovies, olives, and oregano) and the Catalane (tomato, mozzarella, chorizo, and sweet peppers).

Source: Courtesy of Frank F. via Yelp

24. Pizzeria Bianco
> Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Pizzeria Bianco originated in 1988 and soon became an essential destination for pizza-lovers in the American West. Pies come from both a wood-fired oven (among them a version with house-smoked mozzarella, wood-roasted onions, and fennel sausage, with options that include San Daniele prosciutto and Gaeta olives) and a classic New York pizzeria-style deck oven (producing classic New York-style pizzas). Founder Chris Bianco was the first pizzaiolo to win a James Beard Best Chef award. He has a second Phoenix location and three other restaurants.

Source: Courtesy of Bottega via Facebook

23. Bottega
> Location: Beijing, China

Paolo and Daniele Salvo, who operate Bottega, are carrying on the family pizza-making tradition that began in 1928. They are the sons of pizza master Ciro Salvo, who has two other establishments on this list (No. 14 and No. 2). They brought their Neapolitan pizza techniques to Beijing three years ago – shipping their handcrafted oven to the Chinese city from Naples – and immersed themselves in the city’s food and beverage scene. The brothers import all their ingredients from their homeland – Stagioni “00” flour, crushed San Marzano tomatoes, creamy bufala mozzarella, and an assortment of Italian cured meats.

Source: Courtesy of Kate L. via Yelp

22. Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
> Location: Chicago, Illinois

Jonathan Goldsmith learned his pizza-making craft from the Neapolitan masters and brought that knowledge to deep-dish-pizza Chicago. Besides the classic Margherita choices, Spacca Napoli Pizzeria offers Funghi e Salsiccia (blended San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte cheese, mushrooms, sausage, basil, pecorino gran cru); Cinque Formaggi (five cheeses – fior di latte, gorgonzola, fontina, caciocavallo, and pecorino); and the Salsiccia e Broccoletti (smoked mozzarella, sausage, rapini, and chile flakes). A Yelp reviewer enjoyed the Capricciosa with prosciutto, artichokes, olives, fior di latte, mushrooms, and San Marzano tomatoes, and a “perfectly chewy, bubbled crust.”

Source: Courtesy of Fratelli Figurato via Yelp

21. Fratelli Figurato
> Location: Madrid, Spain

This standard-bearer for Madrid pizzerias is usually on the short list of the best pizzerias in Europe. Founded by Neapolitan expats Riccardo and Vittorio Figurato, Fratelli Figurato thinks outside the pizza box, fusing traditional with the avant-garde. Pizzas combine ingredients such as mozzarella, bacon, pesto oil, and black pepper. Recommendations from those writing on tasteatlas were for the Mangia Milano with mozzarella, gorgonzola, Alto Adige speck, truffle oil, walnuts, and basil. Other gourmet pizzas cited were pumpkin and crunchy bacon, mortadella and pistachio, and squash and pancetta.

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