Guide to the 2023 Best Pizza Lists
See who’s making Best Pizza Lists so far in 2024. We scoured the Internet in search of this year’s leading national best pizza lists. Did your pizzeria make one of this year’s top pizza lists? Making best pizza in the US, state, region or even world can be a game changer for pizzerias. Be sure to bookmark this guide and visit it often. As new best pizza lists publish, we’ll update this guide.
Check out who drew national attention for their pies this year. Each “best pizza” list is based on its own criteria using expert panels, audience votes, reviews or other factors. Here are the biggest pizza lists of 2023:
Pizza Today Names Pizzeria of the Year 2023
BREAKING: Pizza Today has named Modern Apizza in New Haven, Connecticut, the 2023 Pizzeria of the Year. Congrats to owner Bill Pustari, family and his amazing team! The New Haven Style pizza place is the no. 1 pizzeria in U.S. Read more about Modern Apizza and its place in pizza history.
Reader’s Digest names the Best Pizza in Every State
For this list, its editors say, “We’ve done the detective work to find the best pizza in every state, using a combination of local knowledge, sales figures, rave reviews, and simply following our noses.” The selection for each state includes details about the pizzeria and what it’s known for. While some selections follow other popular best pizza in the state lists, for states for like Florida, Steve’s Pizza made the cut and in Iowa, Great Plains Sauce & Dough Co. made the list. Check out the complete list of the Best Pizza in Every State by the Reader’s Digest.
Top 50 Pizzerias in the World Announced
Top 50 Pizza released its newest pizza list naming the Top 50 Pizzerias in the World. Two Italian pizzerias tied for first place: 10 Diego Vitagliano Pizzeria in Naples and IMasanielli – Francesco Martucci in Caserta. Una Pizza Napoletana in NYC placed 2nd on the list and the only American pizzeria to make the Top 10. Razza Pizza Artigianale in Jersey City, NJ, came in at No. 11. Portland, Oregon-based Ken’s Artisan at No. 18 and Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco at No. 19 round out the other American pizzerias in the Top 20 Best Pizzerias in the World. Go to the complete Top 50 list.
Yahoo releases its Top Black-Owned Pizza Spots Around the Country
Yahoo spotlights black entrepreneurs making their mark in the pizza industry. There are some familiar faces on their list of Top Black-Owned Pizza Spots Around the Country including Nashville-based Slim & Husky’s and Last Dragon Pizza in Queens. Also making the list are Down North Pizza in Philadelphia and Tank’s Pizza in San Antonio, Texas. Check out Yahoo’s Top Black-Owned Pizza Spots Around the Country.
The Washington Post names best pizza in America — region by region
The Washington Post just released its Best Pizza in America and the major daily is breaking it down region by region. This list was created based on experts, historians and pizza professionals and highlights all of the major pizza styles including New York, Chicago, Detroit, New Haven and Neapolitan. Check out The Washington Post’s best pizza picks.
Top 50 Pizza rates 50 Top Pizza USA 2023
Top 50 Pizza released its newest pizza list at the end of June. Top 50 Pizza debuted a few years ago and has built a reputation of having a solid best pizza list. The Italian Guide ranks American pizza and international pizza. There is even an awards ceremony held in Naples, Italy to recognize the winners and hand out special recognition like its Pizza Maker of the Year — Ferrarelle Award, which went to Dan Richer of Razza Pizza Artigianale in Jersey City, USA. Razza is a previous Pizza Today Pizzeria of the Year honoree.
The Top 5 Pizzas in the U.S. from Top 50 Pizza include:
- Una Pizza Napoletana – New York, New York
- Razza Pizza Artigianale – Jersey City, NJ
- Ken’s Artisan Pizza – Portland, OR
- Tony’s Pizza Napoletana – San Francisco, CA
- Pizzeria Bianco – Phoenix, AZ
Food & Wine names 28 of the Best Pizza Places in the U.S.
In June the epicurean magazine looked at 28 of the best pizzas in America. This list is highly concentrated on Neapolitan and artisanal pizza. You’ll notice a few newcomers on this best pizza lists like the San Francisco-based food truck Casey’s, alongside pizza royalty like Pizza Bianco in Phoenix, Pizzeria Mozza in L.A. and Paulie Gee’s in Brooklyn. Other New York spots made the list, like Sottocasa, Motorino, Di Fara and Keste.
Yelp names its top pizza spots in the U.S. and Canada
Yelp’s list typically come up with pizzerias not listed on some of the other national lists. The reason is Yelp is using its reviews, ratings and algorithm to generate top pizza spots. What’s Yelp’s criteria? The review platform “identified businesses in the pizza category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews.”
A few pizzerias making the Top 10 pizza spots are:
Sapori Di 786 Degrees, Pasadena, California
- Zeneli Pizzeria & Cucina Napoletana, New Haven, Connecticut
- Park Street Pizza, Sugarcreek, Ohio
- Dixie Pizza Wagon, Hurricane, Utah
- Toni’s Detroit Style Pizza, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Taste Alas identifies 50 Most Popular Pizzas in the World
Taste Alas typically has an international focus with its pizza lists. This pizza list is fun because it’s outlining best pizza styles and sharing best places to try the pizza. Browsing the ranking, you’ll discover pizza styles you’ve never heard of. Several American pizza styles made the ranking.
A few of the highlights in the 50 Most Popular Pizzas include:
- St. Louis at No. 50
- Tomato Pie at No. 44
- Grandma Pie at No. 42
See how many other U.S. pizza styles made the list. But did any American pizza styles break into the Top 10? New York was the only pizzeria to make the Top 10. See where NY style ranked.
Big7 Enjoy Travel names The 50 Best Pizzas In The United States
This best pizza list is factoring in tourism. Pizzerias can see a bump in tourist traffic when it makes a list like Big7. While Big7 did not list its criteria for their pizza selections, its pizza list includes pizzerias not commonly seen on other major Top Pizza lists.
On The 50 Best Pizzas In The United States, you’ll find:
- Dough Trader, Spearfish, South Dakota
- Alley Cat – Manchester, New Hampshire
- D’Allesandro’s Pizza – Charleston, South Carolina
- Transfer Pizzeria Café – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- MōMō Pizzeria & Ristorante – Lincoln, Nebraska
- Spark Pizza – Redmond, Washington
Our 2022 Pizzeria of the Year ranked No. 1 on Big7’s list. Congrats Tony’s Pizzeria Napoletana in San Francisco, California.
Pizza Today names 25 Pizzerias to Watch
Saving the best for last! Pizza Today, known for our Top 100 Pizza Companies and Hot 100 Independent Pizzerias lists has embarked on a new way of recognizing pizzerias’ efforts with our Pizzerias to Watch list. Pizzerias to Watch feature looks at the total operation, from sales and employee programs to community outreach and marketing. We present to you 25 pizzerias to watch as they continue to thrive and grow.
Here are 8 pizzerias appearing on the 25 Pizzerias to Watch list:
Pizzeria Tascio, North Kansas City, MO
- Dempseys, Watertown, SD
- Righteous Slice, Rexburg, Idaho
- State of Mind, Los Altos, California
- Verde, Baltimore, MD
- Old Town Pizza, Auburn, CA
- Thunderbird Pies, Dallas, TX
- Wooden Paddle, Lemont, IL
How can my pizzeria make a best pizza list?
Want to learn more about how to get your pizzeria in the spotlight? We have a few how-to and advice articles to help you get listed: