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51 great pizza parlors from USA Today

The best pizza in the United States including the District of Columbia from USA Today

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When it comes to pizza, everyone has an opinion...

  • Nov 28, 2010
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Recently USA Today ran a story about 51 great pizza parlors. As USA Today explains in their article, they polled local experts in each state including the District of Columbia to come up with their top pizza.  This was an ambitious project.

Here is a link to the list:  51 great pizza parlors.

No matter where you're from you'll find great pizza. And you can easily discover that, everyone has their own opinion on pizza. Everyone.

Pizza fans are like sports fans, you'll always get arguments as to who makes the best pizza. Pizza fans are very loyal to the pizza made in their own area. Don't even start to tell them anyone else's pizza is better
And don't even get me started as to who makes the Best Pizza in the World. 
I've got my own opinons. And I'll happily share them with whoever asks.

As can be expected this list created a firestorm of disagreement and commendation by visitors to their website. Some of the local experts were right on the money with their picks while other local experts missed the mark.

For example, Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria in Anchorage Alaska was given top honors in that state. Their pizza is legendary. You will find a wide variety of specialty pies. Pepe’s pizzeria in Connecticut was chosen as the best pizza in that area. There are many who would argue otherwise.

V-Lounge in Honolulu was recommended as having some of the best pizza in that state.. What about J.J. Dolan's and Infernos Wood Fire Pizza?

 Flying pie Pizzaria in Boise, Idaho was another stellar pick

The biggest problem is that limiting your list to 51 great pizzas is an impossible task. The problem is not one of commission but rather omission. Many great pizzerias never made the cut.

Whatever happened to Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, Arizona? Chris Bianco is known as the most famous pizzaiolo in the country. He really is a pizzaiolo’s pizzaiolo. While some would not argue with American Flatbread in Waitsfield Vermont, Jay Vogler’s pizza on earth in Charlotte, was not even given a nod.

Many people love Lou Malnattis in Chicago however, that city boasts dozens of great pizzerias. No mention was made of Brian Spangler's Apizza  Shoals or the up-and-coming Tastebud in Oregon.

Tony Gemignani who is making some of the best pizza on the West Coast, did not receive any credit.

While I certainly commend USA Today for attempting to discover the 51 best pizzerias in America many incredible pizza restaurants were left off the list.

Like I said choosing great pizzerias can be difficult. There will always be disagreements.

 Ultimately, you are the one who decides who makes the best pizza in your own area.

And you know you are 100% completely correct.

You can discover some of the Best Pizza in the World at Pizza Therapy.
The Best Pizza in thje World amazing pizza Pizza at Lombardi's Pepe's pizza

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December 14, 2010
I'm with Bethany, let's do 'em all. I took your advice Albert and tried Totonno's in Coney Island and man was I not disappointed. What a great pie!!!! Thanks for the tip.
December 01, 2010
That is absolutely correct, Bethany. I've made my list and I'm checking off pizzerias one at a time! Thanks for your feedback.
November 29, 2010
Sounds like I'll just have to try them all and formulate my own opinion! That is a challenge I'm up for:) Thanks for sharing this!
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I'm a Pizza Promoter and Internet Marketer. I have a number of websites and blogs including   Pizza Therapy, Pasta Therapy, Legends of Pizzaand Albert Grande's Personal blog   … more
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According to Wikipedia:

Pizza (pronounced /ˈpiːtsə/ ( listen); Italian: [ˈpittsa]), in the US sometimes called pizza pie[citation needed], is an oven-baked, flat, disc-shaped bread typically topped with a tomato sauce, cheese (usually mozzarella) and various toppings depending on the culture. Since the original pizza, several other types of pizzas have evolved.

Originating in Neapolitan cuisine, the dish has become popular in many different parts of the world.[1] An establishment that primarily makes and sells pizzas is called a "pizzeria", sometimes misspelled as "pizzaria". The phrases "pizza parlor", "pizza place", "pizza house" and "pizza shop" are used in the United States. The term pizza pie is dialectal, and pie is used for simplicity in some contexts, such as among pizzeria staff.

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