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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Praised for its intimate ambience and piping hot pizza, Simon’s reigns as the most popular pizza spot in the mountainous state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hidden southwest of downtown Minneapolis, an epicenter for baked goods like bread, Zuppa Cucina is no exception to the city’s specialty.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.