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7 2013

The Dish on America’s Top Pizza Cities

From Neapolitan to deep-dish and Margherita to supreme, pizzerias coast-to-coast serve up some seriously impressive slices. Today, TripAdvisor has named the top 10 U.S. cities for pizza, based on reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. Top spots were determined based on the highest average rating by city for all restaurants that serve pizza.


While the Northeast and Midwest are commonly praised for their pizzerias, TripAdvisor travelers have tossed the tradition by revealing that sunny San Diego is a top spot for the “za.”



1. San Diego, California

Filippi's in San Diego, California

Filippi’s in San Diego, California

Those traveling to seaside SoCal can enjoy authentic tastes of Italy just miles from the Mexican border. With more than 100 nearby pizzerias, those with an appetite can grab a slice at Bronx, Filippi’s, or Golden Hill’s Pizzeria Luigi where mouthwatering toppings include sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and homemade meatballs



2. Las Vegas, Nevada

Grimaldi's in Las Vegas, Nevada

Grimaldi’s in Las Vegas, Nevada

While visiting Vegas, travelers can step away from the slots to double down on some pie. Favorite shops include Secret Pizza located on the Strip, Nora’s where diners can devour the “Snow White” pizza featuring a medley of cheeses, and Grimaldi’s which boasts coal fired brick-oven pies made with “secret recipe” dough and the perfect combination of cheese and sauce. “Brooklyn pizza in the desert,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.



3. Boston, Massachusetts

Pizzeria Regina in Boston, Massachusetts

Pizzeria Regina in Boston, Massachusetts

Those visiting Beantown can enjoy Regina Pizzeria located in the Italian North End where the flavors and golden crusts are made from an 80-year-old family recipe. Diners can also indulge at famous Santarpio’s in East Boston, serving savory slices since 1903. Travelers rave about shrimp scampi pizza and “The Works,” which includes a variety of the freshest ingredients. “In Boston, the pizza is done the old fashioned way, the way it should be,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.



4. New York City, New York

Lombardi's in New York City, New York

Lombardi’s in New York City, New York

Travelers to New York City craving authentic, thin crust pizza will be in their glory as they bite into a scrumptious slice at one of New York’s famed pizzerias which include Lombardi’s, Di Fara’s, and Patsy’s. With outstanding pizzerias seemingly at every corner, diners will enjoy the city’s trademark thin crunchy crust, gooey cheese and savory toppings. “Home of the American pizza,” noted a TripAdvisor traveler.



5. Seattle, Washington

Serious Pie in Seattle, Washington

Serious Pie in Seattle, Washington

Pizza lovers visiting this Pacific Northwest hub will be thrilled to taste the city’s signature thick and hearty artisan pizza made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Downtown Seattle, locals frequent Serious Pie where guests can taste their homemade mozzarella and tomato creation, while the Flying Squirrel in Seward Park fixes its pizza with a fine selection of local meat. A TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Excellent pizza, high quality ingredients.”



6. Austin, Texas

Home Slice Pizza in Austin, Texas

Home Slice Pizza in Austin, Texas

Travelers visiting the “Live Music Capital of the World” can fill up on pizza before heading to a show. Renowned pizzerias include Frank & Angie’s, Giovanni’s Pizza Stand, and Roppolo’s where guests can try the “Italian Mex” pizza, which honors Austin’s Tex-Mex heritage with spicy flavors of jalapenos and red and gold peppers. One TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Best pizza outside of NYC.”



7. San Francisco, California

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco, California

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco, California

The bridge is not all that is golden in the “City by the Bay.” With over 200 pizzerias, each serving heavenly slices adorned with bubbling cheese, savory vine-ripened tomato sauce, and golden crust, travelers are sure to experience “la bella vita.” Famed pizza shops include Delfina’s, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, and Del Popolo’s, a mobile pizzeria housed in a 20-foot transatlantic shipping container that boasts a wood-fired oven. “Best pizza west of Italy,” said a TripAdvisor traveler.



8. Indianapolis, Indiana

Bazbeaux in Indianapolis, Indiana

Bazbeaux in Indianapolis, Indiana

Travelers to Indy can immerse themselves in a true culinary adventure tasting the tomato and cheese topped slices in this Midwest metropolis. Among the favorite pizzerias are Jockamo Upper Crust, Brozinni, and Bazbeaux. Located in the city’s Art District, Bazbeaux’s pizzas are carefully crafted using a blend of provolone, mozzarella, and Romano cheese and guests have the option of white or whole wheat crust—thick or thin. A TripAdvisor traveler said, “A pizza lover’s paradise.”



9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tony's Place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tony’s Place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cheesesteak and soft pretzels are not all travelers will find on the menu in Philly. With a rich Italian heritage, this East Coast city offers over 200 pizza eateries that add to the flavorful restaurant scene. Among the notable shops are The Tomato Bistro, Tacconelli’s, and Tony’s Place which specializes in the “Original” thin-crust tomato pie. One TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Some of the best pizza anywhere.”



10. Phoenix, Arizona

Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, Arizona

Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, Arizona

Even in the desert travelers can enjoy a piece of the pie. Those visiting the “Valley of the Sun” will find scrumptious slices of airy, bubbling crust and savory cheese, paired with the perfect amount of fresh tomato sauce. On the menu at Pizzeria Bianco guests will find unique varieties including the “Sonny Boy,” and “Wiseguy,” homemade dough topped with wood-roasted onion, house smoked mozzarella and fennel sausage. “My favorite pizza in the world,” said one TripAdvisor traveler.

Categories: Top 10 Lists, Travel Inspiration

25 thoughts on “The Dish on America’s Top Pizza Cities

  1. Sorry Tripadvisor, but you missed the top pizza town on this incomplete list-Chicago. Hello, we invented deep dish Chicago style pizza. I was recently in Sweden and they listed a pizza as Chicago style. Come on now, if you can go to a country half way around the world and be recognize for a style of pizza, then you should be mentioned on some silly list about best pizza towns. You really missed the boat with this list. And yes, I live in Chicago so this may be a little bias, but Phoenix made the list and Chicago, land of the deep dish pizza didn’t….REALLY? Apparently whoever compiled this list knows nothing about pizza.

  2. So where is Chicago on this list?? You know, one of the cities that has its own style of pizza. Where people who visit the city go out of their way to try the local pizza.

  3. This list is an abomination. Indianapolis, are you joking?

    New Haven and Chicago get skipped?

    Half the list makes reference to pizza “as good as you’ll find [somewhere else]” … which should invalidate it from being eligible to be on the list to begin with.

  4. Let me get this straight; You left Chicago out of the Top Ten? Ha, ha, ha. This list should go like this: NYC, Chicago, Detroit, SF, Boston, St.Louis, Philly, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, then maybe LA, San Diego. Get real folks.

  5. A top-ten list for best pizza cities in the country which doesn’t include Chicago, a world-class pizza city, is not only a joke but enlightens pizza (and food) lovers everywhere to the dreadful quality of TripAdvisor polls.

  6. God what’s that city I’m thinking of.. you know that one bordering lake Michigan, the recent recipient of the Stanley cup, home of the best pizza in america (deepdish).. god it’s on the tip of my tongue.. oh yeah, CHICAGO. Trip Advisor, this is the worst advice I’ve ever seen. Please tell me this list is a joke.

  7. Sorry to disagree but New Haven deserves to be in the top five if not #1. Not only was pizza invented in New Haven, it also boasts the likes of Sally’s and Frank Pepe’s, two places no pizza lover should miss!

  8. This is the most inaccurate list I have ever seen. No Chicago? No NYC? Are you guys high? How the heck does San Diego have the best pizza? And Indiana is on there? Cmon son.

  9. Top 10 pizza cities in the US, huh? But no New Haven and… WTF: no mention of Chicago? You know, the Chicago which has been named one of the top food destinations in the world, the Chicago that focuses on making humble foods amazing? Phoenix, but not Chicago?

    Have you tasted the incredible thin crust pizzas coming from Chicago lately? Clearly not if the offerings of Seattle and Austin sounded great. Sure, *someone* said it was the best. Every day, many people say that of pizza in Chicago.

    Trip Advisor: You may have created some publicity with this list, but you also just lost major credibility.

  10. austin, tx? lived there for 4 years. there is only ONE halfway decent pie in this 6 toed yokle berg and they mostly serve Mediterranean (pretty good):

    Arpeggio Grill

  11. You have to be kidding me. I can’t believe someone actually got the number one spot right. Never been to Chicago, but have been to Italy and New York. The New York inspired, Chicago inspired and Italian inspired pizza here in San Diego is amazing. On mission the have the best pizza I have ever had, I tried several places New York including Bleecker street pizza and could not find anything as good as Regents Pizza, Bronx Pizza, or Basic Pizza here in San Diego. What are the places in Chicago that are so good? I would like to try them.

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