Who among us doesn’t like pizza? Aside from pizza-haters, I mean. The correct answer: the rest of us! But did you know that some pizza is better than others? Sure, cardboard-flavored frozen pizza is perfectly good at 2:00am on a Saturday night when your mind is in another universe. Meanwhile, a slice of Wonderbread with a smear of ketchup is not okay. You need to aim higher than that! With that in mind, we’re going to treat you to a list of the 12 best pizzerias in the world.
1. Roberta’s (Brooklyn, NY)
This isn’t just the best pizzeria in the world, it is truly one of the most amazing restaurants you’ll ever encounter. Roberta’s has only been around since 2008, but it has already established itself as an important commune of Brooklyn culture. The patrons include everybody from middle-class soccer moms to weirdos covered from head to toe in tattoos and even wealthy, chauffeur-driven Manhattanites looking for a true culinary experience. They grow all of their herbs and many of their vegetables in their own garden. Their wood-cooked pizzas are simply the best.
2. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana (San Francisco, CA)
Named the best pizzeria in America in 2014 by Forbes, Tony’s offers several different pizza styles including Neapolitan, Sicilian, Californian, Roman and even New Haven, whatever that means. They even have gluten-free pizza if you’re one of those people whose measurement of a person’s superiority is determined by whether they eat gluten or not.
3. Saporè Downtown (Verona, Italy)
Everybody is familiar with Verona, right? It’s the place where Romeo and Juliet most definitely did not live since they are fictional characters, but people are willing to pay a lot of money to be photographed on Juliet’s balcony anyway. However, what is real is Saporè, the one of the best pizza places in the world. One thing that distinguishes them from the rest is their unique, experimental types of pizza including Aria di Pane®, Mozzarella di Pane®, Bagel Pizza, Pizza Crunch® and DoppioCrunch®. Yes, they are registered trademarks.
4. Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix, AZ)
Established in 1987, many critics regard owner/chef Chris Bianco as the best pizza maker in America. The crust on this wood-baked pizza has a delectably yeasty depth and the homemade cheese is smoked every morning with pecan wood, which just sounds so super fancy. Bianco also makes its sausage in-house and gets their fresh ingredients from local farmers. Keep in mind that temperatures in Phoenix often reach 115°F (46°C) in the summer. So as you plan the trip, make sure to put “industrial-sized fan” on your checklist.