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The Most Popular Pizza Shop in Every State

Indulgent Friday nights and midnight munchie runs are incomplete without your hometown's go-to pizzeria.

The Most Popular Pizza Shop in Every State

Indulgent Friday nights and midnight munchie runs are incomplete without your hometown's go-to pizzeria.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan of deep dish or zealous for thin-crust, everyone has a go-to best pizza place in their hometown. And most often, these premium pizza spots serve up more than just your average cheese pie—it’s the specialty slices that keep us coming back.

To find out which pizza shop is rated #1 across the U.S. coasts, we tapped our friends at Yelp who gladly supplied the data. To come to these findings, Yelp sorted through its “Pizza” category and strategically chose the best spot using an algorithm that takes into account both the number of reviews and star rating for each business. Find out which pizzeria reigns king in every state and then don’t miss our 18 Secrets for Eating Pizza Without Getting Fat before hitting up your local joint.

1

Alabama

The forge pizzeria The Forge Pizzeria/Yelp

The Forge Pizzeria

The Heart of the Dixie loves its comforting fare—but fried green tomatoes and country fried steak aren’t the only eats on their list. The Forge Pizzeria in Foley is notorious for loading its pies with thick sauce, piling on the fresh toppings, and then infusing it all with a subtle smokiness via a steamy brick oven.

2

Alaska

Little mermaid pizza Quyen R./Yelp

Little Mermaid

Homer is home to the quaint little blue shop stretching out deep into Kachemak Bay. Little Mermaid keeps Alaskans coming back with its innovative spins on pizza pies including the Thai Chicken with peanut satay and the Merman, which loads the dough with two types of barbecue sauce.

3

Arizona

Home slice pizza company barbecue chicken pizza Home Slice Pizza Company/Yelp

Home Slice Pizza Company

Yelper George C. deems this Prescott Valley shop’s pies the best pizza in town. “I’ve had pizza all over and starting from the first view, they care and know flavor. The crust is thin and perfectly baked (most thin crust pizzas get too dry and crunchy) and you enjoy every bite.”

4

Arkansas

Meld kitchen pizza Gary B./Yelp

MELD Kitchen + Sandwich Bar

The minimalist shop’s namesake may be sandwiches but consider their freshly baked pizza a hidden gem. When stopping at the Bentonville shop, choose between wholesome options such as the Grilled Vegetable pie with sauteed purple onions or splurge on the ultra-indulgent Grilled Steak 12-inch with an alfredo base and velvety goat cheese on top.

5

California

Oaktown cafe pizza Oaktown Cafe/Yelp

Oaktown Cafe

Oakland’s visitors and locals alike return to Oaktown Cafe for its fresh pies that never disappoint. “I took home a personal pizza that was very good,” Yelp user Mr. Fox E. recalls. “It tasted honest. What I mean is the ingredients and toppings didn’t taste canned or processed. This makes me feel better about what I am buying to eat.” And don’t we all need a little reassurance?

6

Colorado

The uptruck pickups pizza company Kevin L./Yelp

Pickup’s Pizza Company

Just a quick drive off the I-70, folks flock to this Pickup’s pizza joint en route to adventures on the state’s scenic mountains and hiking trails. And what better way to fuel up on the fly than with a lasagna-themed pie?

7

Connecticut

Big green truck mashed potato bacon pizza with caramelized onions Emily D./Yelp

Big Green Truck

Much like the food trucks that litter the streets of many northeastern metropolises, New Haven is home to an antique mobile pizzeria that’s uniquely clad with a brick oven for fresh pizzas on the spot. Talk about a tasty rest stop!

8

Delaware

Pomodoro pizzeria half cheese half margarita pizza Melissa L./Yelp

Pomodoro Pizzeria

Pomodoro is nestled on the Bethany Beach boardwalk, tempting both runners and strollers to stop in for cheesy fare. Reviewers often compare this beachside gem to its competitor, Grotto’s, but it’s pretty clear that the Pomodoro’s affordable, fresh-out-the-oven New York-style pies take the cake.

9

Florida

Magdalenas pizza florida olive pepper sausage Doug R./Yelp

Magdalena’s Pizzeria

Leave it to the Sunshine State’s favorite pizzeria to brighten up your day. From classic cheese to a chicken Florentine pie, Magdalena’s offers up both traditional red-and-white rounds to pies as colorful as the Wynwood Walls.

10

Georgia

Pi-bytes georgia Mara E./Yelp

Pi-bytes

Georgians are peachy keen for Pi-bytes’ homemade pizza dough and farm-fresh toppings. The dessert-loving state’s Stone Mountain location seals the meal with bite-sized turtle cheesecake and Bailey’s bourbon pies.

11

Hawaii

Live fire pizza hawaii goat cheese pesto Bronson Y./Yelp

Live Fire Pizza

The Aloha State wholeheartedly welcomes meaty Smokehouse and coal-fired White pizza pies at Live Fire. Whether you stop in for a post-surf bite or pregame a hike on Ho’opi’i Falls, the Kapaa-based shop wins the hearts of Hawaiians.

12

Idaho

Embers by the lake kids pizza cheese idaho S G./Yelp

Embers By The Lake

Hauser houses what sounds like Cinderella’s go-to restaurant—and the charming, woodsy exterior and coal-baked slices are nothing short of a fairytale.

13

Illinois

Stix n brix wood fired pizza illinois veggie pizza Stix n Brix Wood Fired Pizza/Yelp

Stix n Brix Wood Fired Pizza

Chicago’s Stix n Brix offers mouthwatering fare to both traditionalists and experimentalists. When visiting the brick and mortar, don’t step out without ordering the homemade tiramisu. And if you’re watching your waistline, you’ll be happy to know that the Chi-town shop doesn’t offer the notoriously uber-indulgent deep dish!

14

Indiana

Iechyd da brewing company indiana Justin K./Yelp

Iechyd Da Brewing Company

Elkhart’s go-to receives As across the food and ambiance boards. “Worth the trip every time. Probably my favorite pizza in the area, amazing beers, awesome salads and apps. This place is a loud, fun, exciting atmosphere. Great place to hang out and play a game (they have a bunch). Patio is great. Can’t say enough good things,” Meg L.  exclaims.

15

Iowa

Simon's pizzeria iowa Ashley B./Yelp

Simon’s

Praised for its intimate ambience and piping hot pizza, Simon’s reigns as the most popular pizza spot in the mountainous state.

16

Kansas

Mod pizzeria kansas MOD Pizzeria/Yelp

MOD Pizza

While the fast-casual was founded in Washington state, Olathe residents and newcomers frequent the shop for its customizable pies, gluten-free crusts and arguably the best toppings, which you can enjoy unlimited.

17

Kentucky

Old school ny pizza kentucky pepperoni Jonathon B./Yelp

Old School NY Pizza

As the birthplace of one of the most popular poultry chains in America, we’re quite surprised that fried chicken isn’t an available topping at Old School. Despite the discrepancy, you can still find delicious add-ons such as chunky artichokes, roasted red peppers and even potatoes on the menu.

18

Louisiana

Bistro italia louisiana Conley B./Yelp

Bistro Italia

Marked by French Creole landmarks and the Mississippi River, you can find Bistro Italia at the heart of Baton Rouge. Pair your pie with a chunk of focaccia or classic beignets.

19

Maine

Colletti's pizza factory maine cheese pizza Colletti's Pizza Factory/Yelp

Coletti’s Pizza Factory

This five-star rated restaurant adorns its pies with top-notch ingredients such as wild broccoli, organic onions, and homemade sausage. “Coletti’s is the real deal and the closest thing you will find in Maine to real Italian pizza,” Paul M. asserts.

20

Maryland

Joe benny's sharini pizza maryland Laura P./Yelp

Joe Benny’s

A visit to Baltimore’s Little Italy is sure to invigorate all your senses from the picturesque hand-painted storefronts to freshly-baked focaccia aromas wafting through winding roads. Put the camera down to enjoy a slice at Joe Benny’s.

21

Massachusetts

Ciao pizza and pasta roasted chicken massachusetts pizza Donald S./Yelp

Ciao! Pizza & Pasta

Whether you’re grabbing a bite before a Red Sox game or walking the Freedom Trail, paying a visit to Ciao! should be at the top of your to-do list. Yelpers go crazy for the Neapolitan-style pizza, fig jam, and cappuccino.

22

Michigan

Detroit frankies wood fired brick oven michigan Detroit Frankie's Wood Fired Brick Oven/Yelp

Detroit Frankie’s Wood Fired Brick Oven

Since Michigan is shaped like an oven mitt, we can only expect the state to house some of the best pizza around. Lansing locals can’t get enough of the pizza and keep coming back for the specialty Jammer bread with red pepper jelly, cream cheese and mozzarella.

23

Minnesota

Zuppa cucina pizza flatbread Zuppa Cucina/Yelp

Zuppa Cucina

Hidden southwest of downtown Minneapolis, an epicenter for baked goods like bread, Zuppa Cucina is no exception to the city’s specialty.

24

Mississippi

Tribecca alley cafe white pizza blanca Mississippi Jeff D./Yelp

TriBecca Allie Cafe

The Magnolia State’s TriBecca Allie Cafe’s owners moved from New York to the south to serve up some of the best hand-tossed pies in the 50 states. You can’t go wrong with the Magnolia Rosa Insalata, which won second place in the American Pizza Championship.

25

Missouri

Melo's pizzeria missouri provel sausage pepperoni Andrew M./Yelp

Melo’s Pizzeria

“All Melo’s does is pizza, so it is focused on quality. Its beautiful, small blue-tiled pizza oven comes from Italy and provides a perfect wood-fired crust in just five minutes. My pizza’s white sauce had a great rich and garlicky flavor. The crust is hand stretched when you order, and it was nice and bubbly on the edges with a good chew,” Doug M. of the St. Louis spot.

26

Montana

Monte carlo pizza montana mediterranean veggie Julie C./Yelp

Monte Carlo Pizza

Monte Carlo’s chopped salads and the ethnic appetizers are ranked highly, but it’s the mouthwatering selection of crisp and generously-topped pizzas that’s the crown jewel in the Treasure State.

27

Nebraska

Tasty pizza nebraska Blayne Y./Yelp

Tasty Pizza

Omaha may be known for its juicy steaks, but the town’s Tasty Pizza can’t be beat. The hospitable staff allows diners to grate their own Parm straight from the wheel and even accommodated to one keto Yelper’s low-carb needs.

28

Nevada

Smiling with hope pizza nevada ny ricotta VeeVee N./Yelp

Smiling With Hope Pizza

“This place has really great pizza and I was happy to fork out some dough for some really good dough. Tasty pepperoni, sausage, and mushroom NY-style pizza is my new “go-to” pizza. Seriously, why would you go anywhere else?” says Paul P. of the best pizza place in Reno.

29

New Hampshire

Tilton house of pizza new hampshire white balsamic chicken pizza Tracy D./Yelp

Tilton House of Pizza

Take a lunch break while strolling historic downtown Tilton at this charming little gem. The slices sail beyond regular ol’ Margherita, featuring pies topped with charred steak, broccoli Alfredo, and briny feta.

30

New Jersey

Double zero margarita pizza new jersey Joe B./Yelp

Double Zero Pizza

Expect the most popular pizza shop in the Garden State to pack its veggie pie with earthy porcinis, chewy artichokes, and roasted red peppers. Are you salivating yet?

31

New Mexico

Straight up pizza new mexico olives Monica S./Yelp

Straight Up Pizza

The little shop in New Mexico’s largest city is busting with spot-on slices and calzones fit to feed a tiny village. Diners go nuts for the pull-apart dough and toppings so abundant they overflow past the crust’s thick edge.

32

New York

Paladar brazilian bbq and pizzeria new york Juliana C./Yelp

Paladar Brazilian BBQ & Pizzeria

Right off the FDR in East Harlem, the Brazilian pizzeria has become a staple for hungry festival goers trekking home from Randall’s Island to the locals who spend their lunch breaks here with the friendly staff.

33

North Carolina

Maggie valley sandwich shop north carolina Brindley F./Yelp

Maggie Valley Sandwich Shop

Spot doesn’t have to sit this one in: This Maggie Valley trattoria is praised for its dog-friendly outdoor seating as well as the baked flatbread pizza crafted with favorites such as crispy pepperoni and oodles of cheese.

34

North Dakota

Fireflour pizza and coffee bar north dakota daisy bianca americano pizzas Fireflour Pizza+Coffee Bar/Yelp

Fireflour Pizza + Coffee Bar

Whether you stop in for a bite or a sip, leave it to Fireflour to spruce up your lunch and coffee breaks. The owners specially imported the one-stop shop’s dome-shaped oven from Naples, hand-stretches its own mozzarella in-house, and serves up simple Americanos as well as lattes via its handcrafted espresso machines.

35

Ohio

Cozzeria pizzeria ohio Cozzeria Pizzeria/Yelp

Cozzeria Pizzeria

“One of the best pizza places around, and ran by great people! Always friendly service! One of the rare treasures of Elyria!” Jeremy S. promises, adding that the pierogi pizza is a must.

36

Oklahoma

Giorgios pizzeria oklahoma Matt P./Yelp

Giorgio’s Pizzeria

This pizza joint in Shawnee, OK is always packed, but Yelp customers swear their hand-thrown crust is worth the wait. Their signature Greek slice is a fan favorite, piled high with mozzarella, spinach, chicken, artichoke, bell peppers, onions, tomato, kalamata olives, bacon, and feta cheese—now that’s a mouthful!

37

Oregon

Oregon wood fired pizza Julie G./Yelp

Oregon Wood Fired Pizza

Check out this spot in Eugene for thin crust served up with a smile! Yelp customers rave about owner Gary, and highly recommend using Oregon Wood Fired Pizza to cater your next special occasion—from family reunions to weddings.

38

Pennsylvania

Luna rosa pizzeria pennsylvania Chris K./Yelp

Luna Rossa

Luna Rossa in Milford, PA is known for their great prices and five-dollar lunch special steals. Try the Luna Rossa specialty pie for a flavor blast of ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, and roasted peppers.

39

Rhode Island

Lanna thai and speederia pizza rhoda island green pepper pepperoni onion Lanna Thai & Speederia Pizza/Yelp

Lanna Thai & Speederia Pie

Mixing pizza and Thai in one restaurant is hard concept to grasp for some skeptical foodies, but Yelp reviewers have confirmed that this Pawtucket restaurant pulls off the duo. Their NY style pizza comes in huge slices and features specialities like the big apple pizza, which is topped with mozzarella, bacon, and pineapple.

40

South Carolina

Tato's pizzeria south carolina Richard F./Yelp

Tato’s Pizzeria

Check out Tato’s in Mauldin for a Columbia-style pizza topped with chorizo, sweet corn, chicharron, sweet plantain, mozzarella, and condensed milk. A pro-tip from Yelp fans: Treat yourself midweek and order in on Wednesdays for 30 percent off your pizza.

41

South Dakota

Independent ale house pizza south dakota three pigs pizza Chad F./Yelp

Independent Ale House

If you ever find yourself in Rapid City, stopping by the Independent Ale House for its Three Little Pigs pie is an absolute must. The indie favorite comes with tomato sauce, blended cheeses, pepperoni, sausage, and of course, a generous serving of bacon.

42

Tennessee

Skyking pizza tennessee Rachel M./Yelp

Skyking Pizza

This Kingston Springs spot boasts the best fresh Margherita pie around, and it’s modern decor makes for the perfect Instagram opportunity. Save room in your stomach and camera roll, though, because Yelp users say the restaurant’s signature dessert—a decadent chocolate chip cookie skillet oozing with hot fudge and topped with two heaping scoops of vanilla ice cream—is an absolute must-try.

43

Texas

Ashay's pizza texas Ashay's Pizza/Yelp

Ashay’s Pizza

Texas embodies BBQ’ed meats while this Houston pizza joint is, unsurprisingly, most famous for its chicken barbecue slice. Piled high with a cheese blend, chicken, bacon, and onions and slathered in housemade smokey BBQ sauce, it’s no wonder this pizza is a house favorite.

44

Utah

Dixie pizza wagon pizza utah hawaiian pineapple mushroom Sharla N./Yelp

Dixie Pizza Wagon

These pizza pies are served up in Hurricane, Utah and are cooked in a stone oven on wheels! Try the Italian Cowboy for a barbecue flavor blast of mozzarella, red onion, and barbecue bacon that will have you salivating and your tummy rumbling the whole trip home.

45

Virginia

Brothers pizza and grill virginia hand tossed pizza Brothers Pizza & Grill/Yelp

Brothers Pizza & Grill

The meat lovers pie at this Lynchburg Italian and Greek grill piles on ham, sausage, pepperoni, bacon, and beef. These may not be on our list for best cuts of meat for weight loss, but they are perfect for a protein-packed treat!

46

Vermont

Williamsville eatery vermont cheese pizza Jeff K./Yelp

Williamsville Eatery

Located in an old general store in Williamsville, this eatery has a history as rich as it’s farm fresh cuisine. Yelp customers recommend the Fe-Fi-Fo Fig pizza (a mouthful, we know), a white pie with wine-poached organic figs, Jasper Hill Bayley Hazen Blue, wood-fire caramelized onions, Vermont nitrate-free bacon, fresh spinach, and Parmesan.

47

Washington

The strait slice pizza washington pepporini bacon Lavanya N./Yelp

The Strait Slice Pizza

Another bargain pizza, this Port Angeles restaurant gives pizza lovers more bang for their buck with colossal slices and generous topping portions. With traditional red sauce, mozzarella, spinach, kalamata olives, house-roasted garlic, and a dollop of ricotta, the club med is a fan favorite.

48

Wisconsin

Dolce vita wisconsin mac n cheese pizza Carol D./Yelp

Dolce Vita

Self proclaimed “pizza snobs” boast about this Kenosha pizza parlor’s thin crust slice. If you go in to grab some, the proud staff will convince you to try your slice on the spot because “hot fresh pizza is the best!,” says Russ R.

49

West Virginia

Pies and pints pizzera Scott C./Yelp

Pies & Pints Pizzeria

If you are looking for a craft beer and great piece of pizza, look no further. Pies & Pints—the best pizza shop in Fayetteville, West Virginia—offers the best of both with specialties like Grape and Gorgonzola, Chicken Gouda, Thai, and Mediterranean Shrimp.

50

Wyoming

Pizza carrello the dazzle berry zorba the greek Alana T./Yelp

Pizza Carrello

Forget about a greasy pizza slice! This parlor in Gillette, Wyoming offers only the freshest slices with ingredients hailing straight from the farm. Menu favorites include the Dazzle Berry, which is topped with house-made ricotta, smoked ham, and a spicy raspberry compote as well as the Late Breakfast pie complete with a cage-free egg. Next, find out what’s The Most Popular Pizza Topping in Every State.

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