The Most Beloved Pizza Joint in Every State (How Many Have You Been to?)

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Check out the most popular pizza place in every state — and find out if your favorite made the list.
Last updated June 2, 2023 | By Michelle Smith Edited By Michael Kurko
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Do you love pizza? Statistically speaking, the answer is a hard yes. Americans as a group consume 100 acres of pizza every day, which translates to an incredible 350 slices a second!

Even as people are trying to save money on groceries, there seems to be room in everyone’s budget for pizza.

You might be planning to snag a slice yourself this week — but out of thousands of pizza joints around the country, which is the best place to grab your next meal?

To answer that question, we’ve put together a list of the best pizza place in each state. Keep reading to find out if your favorite is on the list.

Alabama: Post Office Pies (Birmingham)

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As a neighborhood eatery, Post Office Pies has long prioritized fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Now that Post Office Pies has two locations — one in Birmingham and one in Mountain Brook — more Alabama residents can share a large Saw’s Soul Pie (a BBQ pork pizza) with a side of homemade tiramisu or a seasonal sweet pie to go.

Alaska: Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria (Anchorage)

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The Moose’s Tooth specials rotate throughout the month, and each gets its own paragraph-long description with a mouth-watering list of fresh ingredients.

If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to check out the cheesecake of the month: March’s special, a fruit loop cheesecake, is a vanilla cheesecake with a crunchy Froot Loop crust.

Arizona: Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix)

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Pizzeria Bianco was founded in Phoenix in 1988 and has been a fixture of the community ever since, eventually expanding to multiple brick-and-mortar locations across the country.

If you want to try a slice for yourself, Pizzeria Bianco delivers nationwide.


Arkansas: DeLuca's Pizzeria (Hot Springs)

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DeLuca’s Pizzeria has recently earned a spate of one-star Yelp reviews — not for the quality of its pizza, which is by all accounts outstanding, but because the restaurant is now popular enough that reservations have to be made at least a day in advance.

California: Pizzeria Mozza (Los Angeles)

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Pizzeria Mozza’s Los Angeles location is open from noon to midnight every day of the week. Even though its artisan pizzas aren’t cheap, you won’t regret a single penny you spend there.

The restaurant’s tasty offerings include a goat cheese pizza (goat cheese, scallions, garlic, bacon, and leeks) and butterscotch Budino, an Italian pudding with creme fraiche dripping with caramel sauce.

Colorado: Pizzeria Locale (Boulder)

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At Pizzeria Locale, you can start your meal with an order of polpettine (beef-and-pork meatballs with tomato-garlic sauce) and a limoncello spritz to drink.

From there, enjoy the restaurant’s fresh spin on authentic Italian pizzas, which include the broccolini finocchiona pizza (with broccolini anchovy pesto) and salsiccia pizza (roasted peppers, fennel sausage, and spring onion).

Connecticut: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (New Haven)

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Frank Pepe is now a franchise, but the original shop opened in Connecticut in 1925 — nearly a century ago.

Whether you visit the New Haven original or a location in Maryland, Virginia, New York, Florida, or a host of other states, you’ll enjoy authentic pizzas with a New England twist, such as the white spinach and gorgonzola pie.


Delaware: Grotto Pizza (Rehoboth Beach)

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The original Grotto Pizza was founded by a biology teacher who was also a second-generation immigrant.

The restaurant is now a franchise — apparently one even more popular in Delaware than in its home state.

You can order one of Grotto’s specials or build your own pizza with typical trimmings or more unique flavors, like marinated spinach.

Florida: Steve's Pizza (Miami)

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There’s no better place to find New York-style pizza in the Sunshine State than at Steve’s Pizza.

Whether you’re at the main Miami location or the express location in Cutler Bay, you can enjoy a traditional pepperoni pizza, a shrimp special, or a stuffed pizza slice, all made with deliciously thick New York crust.

Georgia: Antico Pizza Napoletana (Atlanta)

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Antico Pizza has only been around since 2009, but it’s made a big name for itself.

That’s in no small part because the Naples-born founder opened a series of restaurants in the neighborhood and dubbed the area Little Italia.

If pizza isn’t your thing, take a quick trip around the block to find delicious Italian chicken dishes and more.

Hawaii: J. Dolan's (Honolulu)

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J. Dolan’s doesn’t just have good food — it has good fun, too. You can doodle a picture directly on the restaurant’s website, then share it on social media with the restaurant’s name to be entered into a gift card drawing.


Idaho: Guido's Original New York Style Pizza (Boise)

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At Guido’s, you can order a whole pizza to share or grab a slice for yourself for the extremely reasonable price of $3 to $3.25.

Choose a slice of tried-and-true favorites like pepperoni and cheese or get the full Guido’s experience by opting for a slice of basil or fully loaded vegetarian pizza.

Illinois: Lou Malnati's Pizzeria (Chicago)

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Winning the top spot out of hundreds of Chicago-style deep-dish pizzerias is no small accomplishment.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria has one distinct advantage over the rest: Its founder, Lou Malnati, worked at the first ever deep-dish Chicago pizzeria in the 1940s.

He opened his own shop in 1971, and the restaurant now ships its famous deep-dish pizza across the country.

Indiana: Bazbeaux Pizza (Indianapolis)

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This quirky pizzeria with a French-inspired name serves up Italian staples on your choice of crust: White, wheat, or gluten-free vegan.

Its specialty pizzas ensure the restaurant lives up to its multinational name, blending flavors to create fan favorites, including the Mediterranean pizza (house-made chorizo, spinach, red peppers, pepperoni, and feta).

Iowa: Fong's Pizza (Des Moines)

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If you’ve never considered blended Chinese cuisine with Italian-American pizza, now’s your chance.

Fong’s Pizza serves delicious fusion foods like its Chinese cheese sticks (mozzarella sticks in egg roll wrappers), crab rangoon pizza (topped with wontons), and street taco pizza (cajun corn, black beans, and jalapeno).

Kansas: Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza (Wichita)

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Wood-fired ovens cook pizzas faster, lock in their flavors better, and create a tasty texture you won’t find anywhere else.

Il Vicino’s proves that the traditional wood-fired oven really is the best way to cook the perfect pizza.

If you’re not in the mood for pizza, its authentic kinds of pasta, salads, and paninis are just as good.


Kentucky: Impellizzeri's Pizza (Louisville)

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Impellizzeri’s — aka Imp’s — bakes its pizzas with two layers of cheese and two layers of toppings.

Whether you order a chicken bacon ranch pizza or specialty hickory barbecue pie, you can look forward to savoring twice the amount of flavor you’d find anywhere else.

Louisiana: Pizza Delicious (New Orleans)

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Pizza Delicious was founded by two self-taught chefs who opened their first New York-inspired, New Orleans-original pizzeria in 2019.

The restaurant has everything from slices of vegan stuffed-artichoke pies to spinach and prosciutto pizzas with a vodka sauce base.

Maine: OTTO Pizza (Portland)

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If you’re looking for truly eclectic, deeply satisfying pizza, try OTTO.

Prime examples of the restaurant’s odd, appealing flavor combinations include its pulled pork and mango pizza, mashed potato pizza, and sriracha chicken and avocado pizza.

Maryland: Joe Squared Pizza (Baltimore)

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At Joe Squared Pizza, the pizzas are, in fact, square-shaped. The pizzeria’s signature sourdough crusts are made from a 200-year-old sourdough starter, and any pizza can be made vegan by request.


Massachusetts: Santarpio's Pizza (Boston)

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Santarpio’s Pizza was one of the first Boston pizzerias opened by and tailored toward the city’s Italian immigrant population.

While there are now multiple locations across the city (including at the airport), the original Santarpio’s in East Boston will give you the most authentic Boston experience.

Michigan: Buddy's Pizza (Detroit)

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Detroit-style pizza is square-shaped, loaded with Wisconsin brick cheese, and baked with a fluffy focaccia-style deep-dish crust — and it was invented right here at Buddy’s Pizza.

Decades after inventing Detroit-style pizza, Buddy’s is still going strong. The Food Network dubbed Buddy’s Pizza one of the top five best pizza joints in the country and Zaggat declared its pizza one of the 10 pies worth traveling to taste.

Minnesota: Pizzeria Lola (Minneapolis)

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Pizzeria Lola was founded by a Korean immigrant named Ann Kim who named her restaurant after her dog, Lola.

As if Pizzeria Lola weren’t popular enough already, Kim and her restaurant were featured on an episode of the Netflix series Chef’s Table, so you’ll want to make a reservation if you hope to eat there.

Mississippi: Soulshine Pizza Factory (Flowood)

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Soulshine Pizza Factory offers both pizzas and cozy, comforting dinner food.

Order a tasty house pizza like the Boss Hawg, which includes pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and pineapple, or you can opt for a bowl of red beans and rice, served with smoked sausage and toasted garlic bread.


Missouri: Imo's Pizza (St. Louis)

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The original Imo’s Pizza invented the St. Louis pizza style back in 1964.

Like Detroit-style pizzas, St. Louis-style pizzas are square-shaped and loaded with local cheese — in this case, Pavel cheese, which is a blend of swiss, provolone, and cheddar cheeses.

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Montana: MacKenzie River Pizza (Bozeman)

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MacKenzie River Pizza has multiple locations across eight states, but the Bozeman location was the original.

Whichever location you end up at, you can enjoy food as varied as Thai chicken pizza with peanut sauce and Bavarian soft pretzels with spicy queso.

Nebraska: La Casa Pizzeria (Omaha)

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La Casa Pizzeria has been around since the mid-1950s. Its Sicilian-style thin-crust pizza is also available on the go thanks to the La Casa Pizzeria food truck, now an Omaha staple.

Nevada: Secret Pizza (Las Vegas)

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As the name suggests, Secret Pizza doesn’t have any signage indicating its name or location.

Would-be diners have to find their way to the third floor of Vegas’s Cosmopolitan hotel and casino, then follow the savory smells and line of eager guests to arrive at the pizzeria.

New Hampshire: 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria (Manchester)

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Traditional wood-fired ovens can reach temperatures up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit, which explains this New Hampshire favorite’s name.

Whether you order a Granny Smith pizza (complete with apples and maple drizzle) or a mac and cheese pizza, it’ll be cooked at 900 degrees in one of the restaurant’s brick ovens.

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New Jersey: Star Tavern Pizzeria (Orange)

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Star Tavern Pizzeria has been an Orange fixture since 1945.

Along with massive thin-crust pizzas, the Star serves traditional Italian-American entrees like eggplant parmigiana, East Coast favorites like linguine with white clam sauce, and savory appetizers like marinara mussels.

New Mexico: Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza (Albuquerque)

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The first Il Vicino — Kansas’s favorite pizzeria — actually originated in Albuquerque in the ‘90s.

From there, the restaurant spread to Santa Fe, Colorado Springs, and eventually Wichita, Kansas, where it became the state’s favorite.

New York: Di Fara Pizza (Brooklyn)

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Di Fara Pizza’s 82-year-old founder and owner is its heart and soul.

As a first-generation Italian immigrant, Domenico De Marco opened the shop in 1965 and has been cooking there ever since, using fresh ingredients imported from Italy whenever possible.

North Carolina: Benny's Big Time Pizzeria (Wilmington)

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Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria is the brainchild of chef, author, and TV host Vivian Howard.

As a blend of Southern comfort food and Italian staples, Benny’s serves Southern-fried chicken parmesan served with pickled peppers and hot honey alongside pizzas like the Green Monster topped with green tomatoes.

North Dakota: Rhombus Guys Pizza (Fargo)

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Believe it or not, Rhombus Guys Pizza started as a small, rhombus-shaped smoothie stand.

Eventually, the stand morphed into a restaurant, and the owners switched from serving smoothies to serving the best Detroit-style pizza west of Michigan.

Ohio: Dewey's Pizza (Cincinnati)

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Looking for New York-style pizza in the heart of the Midwest? Come to Dewey’s Pizza.

Now a franchise with 25 locations across Missouri, Ohio, Kansas, Illinois, and Kentucky, Dewey’s serves everything from classic pepperoni pizza to specialties like the Edgar Allan Poe: whole-roasted garlic, goat cheese, and Kalamata olives topped with tomatoes and parsley.

Oklahoma: Andolini's Pizzeria (Tulsa)

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Andolini’s Pizzeria serves massive 20-inch pizzas in a variety of styles — from the Manhattan-style Spring Street pizza to a very Tulsan take on the Hawaiian pizza (featuring salami and jalapenos on top of typical Hawaiian pizza trimmings).

Oregon: Apizza Scholls (Portland)

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Apizza Scholls opens at 5 p.m. and closes at either 9 p.m. or once the pizza sells out — whichever comes first.

The restaurant has a variety of $0.25 classic games for patrons to play, ranging from Donkey Kong to Galaga.

Pennsylvania: Pizzeria Beddia (Philadelphia)

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Pizzeria Beddia is a high-end pizza joint with a menu that alternates five or so artisan pizzas at a time.

If you want to bring a slice of Philadelphia pizza home no matter where in the States you live, check out the founder’s cookbook, “Pizza Camp.”

Rhode Island: Al Forno (Providence)

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Al Forno’s menu showcases a distinctly East Coast take on the pizza joint, featuring items like pizza with asparagus pesto and a side of clams with habanero sausage.

Along with a recipe book, Al Forno sells merchandise, including an adorable beaded holder that keeps your face mask handy while you eat your favorite slice of pizza.

South Carolina: EVO Pizzeria (North Charleston)

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EVO — which stands for Extra Virgin Oven — is both a pizzeria and craft bakery, though a recently opened second location is home to a brewery as well.

The restaurant posts multiple specials throughout the week on its Facebook page. A recent Friday pizza special included wilted arugula, jalapenos, roasted corn, Aleppo pepper, bacon, and garlic cream.

South Dakota: Marco's Pizza (Rapid City)

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The first Marco’s Pizza opened in the city of Oregon, Ohio. Today it’s a franchise with more than 1,000 different locations in 33 states — South Dakota included.

Tennessee: DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana (Nashville)

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DeSano Pizzeria is completely committed to creating only the finest, most authentic Neapolitan pizzas.

In fact, the restaurant adheres to the internationally standardized rules set by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (True Neapolitan Pizza Association), which certifies that the restaurant’s pizza is truly authentic.

Texas: Home Slice Pizza (Austin)

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Home Slice Pizza sells New York-style pizza by the slice in Austin and Houston. You can also order full pizzas, including house favorites like the eggplant pie (no substitutions allowed) or fully customizable red or white pizzas.

Utah: The Pie Pizzeria (Salt Lake City)

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The Pie Pizzeria now sells pizza by the slice in locations across the state, but the original Pie was a hole-in-the-wall hangout for college students, who still enjoy sharing massive, flavorful pizzas after class until the restaurant closes at 11 p.m.

More accurately, the original Pie is a hole-under-the-wall hangout — it’s located underground, directly beneath the University of Utah’s student pharmacy.

Vermont: American Flatbread (Burlington)

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Technically, American Flatbread isn’t a pizza joint. It’s, well… an American flatbread joint.

But if you don’t mind overlooking that minor detail, you’ll enjoy all-American flatbread favorites like the Mr. Potato Bread (potatoes, garlic, spinach, and spicy pickles) or Vermont Sausage (fennel-and-maple sausage from local pigs).

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Virginia: Pupatella (Arlington)

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Like Nashville’s DeSano Pizzeria, Arlington’s Pupatella creates only authentic Neapolitan pizza as certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana.

Popular menu items include the tomato artichoke red pizza and the white Burrata pizza with pine nuts and cherry tomatoes.

Washington: Serious Pie (Seattle)

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Serious Pie makes pizza the homegrown Pacific Northwestern way: With fresh ingredients that combine to create truly unique flavor experiences.

In Serious Pie’s case, those fresh ingredients include clams, lemon thyme, coal-roasted onions, and crimini mushrooms.

You can add a side of ranch dressing flavored with Serious Pie’s pizza spice to any pizza for $1.

West Virginia: Lola's Pizza (Charleston)

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Lola’s Pizza — not to be confused with Pizzeria Lola in Minnesota — serves Neapolitan pizzas baked fresh in a stone-hearth oven.

Uniquely southern flavors include the spicy shrimp and sausage pie, fig jam and rosemary pie, and Monroe County beef pie.

Lola’s Pizza will also bake a pizza halfway for you to pick up and finish cooking at home.

Wisconsin: Ian's Pizza (Madison)

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Ian’s Pizza is best known for its mac n’ cheese pizza, which is made with a white creme sauce, macaroni noodles, and cheddar cheese.

If you want more pasta-on-pizza options, try the drunken ravioli pizza, which features cheese ravioli and vodka sauce.

Wyoming: Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana (Casper)

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Racca’s Pizzeria brings authentic Neapolitan pizza to the base of Yellowstone.

Guests can create their own pizzas from scratch, order a specialty pizza (like the pistachio pizza, made with Italian sausage and pistachio pesto), or grab a pick-up bundle of pre-made pizzas and pastas to serve a crowd at home.

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