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Minneapolis

Mesa
Normally we would recommend that people stay away from novelty pizza flavors. That said, the penne pesto pizza at Mesa is actually pretty good. But if consuming pizza with penne pasta bits worked into the cheese isn’t your thing, Mesa has other less adventurous but still mighty tasty pies, such…More >>

Jay’s Café (Best Gourmet Pizza)
A great pizza is maybe 30 percent context. This is science. And Jay’s Café gets the context just right: a small box of a room; cracked linoleum floors; small, square tables with an aged black-lacquer finish; IBC root beer in the cooler. That they’ve captured the essence of the great…More >>

New York

Roberta’s and Luigi’s
Robert Sietsema: While this distinction is usually awarded to one of the more venerable parlors in town–Lombardi’s or Di Fara, say–I was blown away by the wood-oven pies at newcomer Roberta’s, located so obscurely that you’ll be Googling as you go. Made with dough that rises high but doesn’t…More >>

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Pizza at New York’s Roberta’s

Orange County

First Class Pizza
These joints spare few ingredients on their pies, even when it comes to their cheese slices. Beneath a bed of thick, stretchy cheese is a spread of sweet tomato sauce. Their specialty pizzas have an abundance of toppings, but none overpowers the essence of the holy trinity: quality cheese, dough…More >>

Phoenix

Pizzeria Bianco
The menu is modest: half a dozen pizzas and a handful of starters. The ingredients are humble, and mostly local, with a few standout imports lhttps://dailyfork.com/files/2009/02/ike mortadella from modena, italy. the atmosphere’s low-key, too, with a blazing wood-fired oven as the main focal point in a rustic, brick-walled dining…more >>

Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria
All right, we get it. Jimmy & Joe’s calls its pizza slices “serious slices” for a very good reason. These things are seriously huge, and seriously delicious. Cut from what must be a three-foot pie, and served on a wide metal pizza pan, each piping hot piece is big enough to require two hands…More >>

San Francisco

Arinell Pizza
Sometimes you’re not in the mood for fancy, exquisite, artisanal pizza made with organic flour, topped with bufala mozzarella, baked in a wood-burning oven. Sometimes what you crave is a cheap, down-and-dirty N.Y.-style slice, or maybe two, slapped down on waxed paper hot and greasy-good from…More >>

Seattle

Veraci Pizza
The pizza truck’s here! The pizza truck’s here! You will never see adults transformed so quickly into slobbering children than when the brigade from Veraci Pizza pulls up to your house to feed your partygoers. In this age of rising food costs, it’s all too easy to drop a grand on a mediocre meal…More >>

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Wood Fired Pizza from Veraci in Seattle

St. Louis

Dewey’s Pizza
Sorry, St. Louis-style fans. Cincinnati is the place to be. That’s where Andrew DeWitt — yes, yes, of those DeWitts — opened the first Dewey’s Pizza. Since then the small chain has spread throughout Ohio and, thankfully, to St. Louis as well. There’s no great secret to Dewey’s…More >>

Pi
When Chris Sommers and Frank Uible decided to open a pizzeria in St. Louis, they didn’t look to the usual suspects for inspiration. No New York thin crust or Chicago deep-dish for them. And certainly no St. Louis-style pie. Instead they purchased the rights to the crust recipe from a San…More >>

Pantera’s Pizza
There are no stuffed-crust options, no cheesy breadsticks, no be-fudged monstrosity at Pantera’s Pizza. There is a deep wooden bench the length of the front window where you wait for your order, right near the charity gumball machine. For entertainment you can read the current Cardinals…More >>

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