I had a great six-year run at The Daily Meal as executive editor and founding Eat/Dine editor. Along the way, I conceived and managed one of the country’s most authoritative pizza lists, consulting more than 100 pizza authorities from across America to determine the 101 Best Pizzas.
In the process, had the privilege of eating at, researching, and profiling some of America’s most delicious pizza spots (I’ve eaten at about half of the spots every year). So it’s fitting that my last piece at The Daily Meal be one about pizza, and this is perhaps one of my favorites — America’s 35 Favorite Pizzerias. After years of lists voted on by experts, I turned voting over to Americans to find out what they think are the best pizzerias.
After four years of being accused of New York City bias but naming New Haven, Connecticut, pizzeria Frank Pepe the best in the country, we were interested to discover that the voting public placed more New York pizzas in the top 35 than we did. Voters named 19 pizzerias in New York compared to the 15 in the top 35 in our most recent list. In fact, pizzerias from just six states made readers’ list of the 35 best (12 states placed in our top 35 of 101). Second place went to Connecticut with eight, followed by four from Illinois, two from New Jersey, and one from both Massachusetts and Ohio.
What was America’s no. one pizzeria? You’ll want to check out the slideshow (or check out the complete list at the bottom of the article.