New York remains the nation’s pizza capital, according to a new ranking of America’s Top 50 Pizzerias by Italian experts.
The Big Apple is home to nine of the top 50 pizza places in the country, according to 50 Top Pizza, a pizza review site in Paestum, Italy, not far from Naples.
Winning first place: Una Pizza Napoletana, located on New York’s Lower East Side. Eight other pizzerias in Brooklyn and Manhattan made it into the top 50.
Portland and San Francisco each had five pizza places on the list. No. 2 pizzeria, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco, which was named top of America’s 50 Best Pizza list last year, slipped a spot to No. 2. But owner Tony Gemignani was named the best pizza maker in the United States this year. .
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50 Top Pizza claims to have more than 1,000 anonymous inspectors worldwide to help with its ranking, the first of which was published in 2018. Pizza places are rated based on the quality of pizza dough and topping ingredients, indicates the site. Customer service, as well as wine and beverage lists are also considered.
New York City actually landed 11 spots on America’s 50 Top Pizza list last year.
After snagging second place on last year’s list for his former location in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, which he closed in September 2021, Anthony Mangieri earned the No. 1 spot for Una Pizza Napoletana, which opened in March 2022. He opened his first pizzeria, also called Una Pizza Napoletana, in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, in 1996.
“It’s humbling and I’m filled with gratitude,” he said of the No. 1 ranking in a statement to USA TODAY. “Every day since Una Pizza opened in 1996, I have had a dream to continue this work without compromise. We have been so blessed to be able to do this and continue to learn and grow as a pizzeria and pizza maker .”
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The top 15 U.S. pizza places on the 50 Best Pizza list will also be included in the organization’s Top 100 Pizza Places in the World, which is expected to be announced on September 7.
Top Pizza’s 50 Best American Pizza Places
- A Neapolitan Pizza – New York
- Tony’s Pizza Napoletana – San Francisco
- Ribalta NYC – New York
- Razza Artigianal Pizza – Jersey City, New Jersey
- 0′ Munaciello – Miami
- Spacca Napoli Pizzeria – Chicago
- Song ‘E Napule – New York
- La Leggenda Pizzeria – Miami
- Pizzana – Los Angeles
- Keste Fulton – New York
- Ken’s Artisan Pizza – Portland, Oregon
- Pizzeria Bianco – Phoenix
- Jay’s Artisan Pizzeria – Kenmore, New York
- Operations – New York
- Double Zero – San Francisco
- Lovely’s Fifty Fifty – Portland, Oregon
- Partenope Restaurant – Dallas
- Apizza Scholls – Portland, Oregon
- Flour House – San Luis Obispo, CA
- Forcella – New York
- Pizza Mozza – Los Angeles
- Chez Roberta – New York
- Beddia Pizzeria – Philadelphia
- Mission Pizza Napoletana – Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana – Darnestown, Maryland
- A16 – San Fransisco
- San Matteo – Pizzeria and Gastronomy – New York
- Brick Fire Tavern – Honolulu, Hawaii
- Del Popolo – San Francisco
- Pasquale Jones – New York
- Red Oven – Chicago
- Il Forno – San Antonio, TX
- Pizzeria Pasquale – South Kingstown, Rhode Island
- Stanzione 87 – Miami
- Artisan Pizza Coals – Louisville, Kentucky
- Flour + Water Pizzeria – San Francisco
- Robert’s Pizza and Dough Company – Chicago
- Pomo – Scottsdale, Arizona
- Bufalina Due – Austin, TX
- Nostrana – Portland, Oregon
- Napoletana Basil and Barley Pizzeria – Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana – Irvine, CA
- Scottie’s Pizzeria – Portland, Oregon
- RiNo Cart Driver – Denver
- Bricco Charcoal Pizza – Haddon Township, New Jersey
- Roostica Wood-Fire Pizzeria – Key West, Florida
- Spark Pizza – Redmond, Washington
- Pizza Factory – Tampa, Florida
- Craft 64 – Scottsdale, Arizona
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