Today is National Pizza Day and over at PGP, we spend too much fucking time on the topic of pizza. “How much?” you may ask. Well, thirty-one pages worth of pizza-related content and the dad bodies to show for it. We’ve compiled a list of the best pizza spots around the nation, and we give you permission to take a month-long sabbatical from work to tour the country and try them all. Just let your bosses know that we say it’s okay for you to take off. They’ll understand.
Favorite Pizza Place: L&B Spumoni Gardens
Location: Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Pizza Style: Sicilian/square pizza.
What To Get: Square slice. That’s it. Do yourself a favor and order a full pie, even if it’s just for yourself. If you order one, you’re just gonna want more, so instead of waiting in line like an asshole, just order a pie in advance. You’ll be glad you did.
Where To Go: Lou Malnati’s
Pizza Style: Chicago-style deep dish.
What To Get: Malnati’s Chicago Classic and a pair of stretch-waisted pants, because this place is like a strip club — you won’t get your money’s worth if you wear jeans.
Where To Go: Woody’s
What To Get: Four cheese.
Why It’s The Best: Hidden in a residential neighborhood by Fenway Park, Woody’s features wood-fired pizza with all kinds of toppings (including one with almost a whole salad on top), a beer and wine menu, and freshly made desserts.
Where To Go: Mafiaoza’s
What To Get: Custom pizza by the slice. They have two-for-one on Tuesdays, so basically, get two for yourself on Tuesdays. Get peppadews, house-made mozzarella, and truffle salt.
Why It’s The Best: It’s a family-owned Italian restaurant with enormous thin crust pies loaded with toppings. You can get custom pizza by the slice and there are more than one hundred toppings to choose from, including house-made mozzarella, goat cheese, peppadews, and truffle salt.
Bowling Green, KY
Where To Go: Hilligans
What To Get: Chicken, bacon, and ranch on a thin crust.
Contributor’s Note: I will promote this pizza until I die, and even then, I will ask Hilligans to sponsor my funeral with multitudes of delicious, sixteen-inch CBRs.
Where To Go: Antonio’s
What To Get: Potato bacon.
Why It’s The Best: For anyone who goes to one of the five colleges in Amherst, Antonio’s is a late-night staple. In addition to the 1 a.m. “Hot Cheese Up Front,” you can look over and order a slice of specialty pizza at the counter. You better know how to work the ordering system, because if you don’t, the locals will give you the evil eye.
Kansas City, MO
Where To Go: Waldo Pizza
What To Get: Choice cut (thin crust with pork sausage).
Why It’s The Best: The best St. Louis-style pizza isn’t found in St. Louis. You’ll pay top dollar for pie here, but it’s well worth it. Be sure to hit up the salad bar and make sure there’s enough garlic ranch dressing left over to sop up with the pizza.
Where To Go: Antico Pizza
What To Get: San Gennaro
Why It’s The Best: It’s loaded with Italian sausage, sweet red peppers, buffalo mozzarella, and cipolline. Get it with extra sauce, because if you don’t like extra sauce, you can get the fuck out.
Where To Go: Buddy’s Pizza (6 Mile location)
What To Get: Detroit-style deep dish. Sauce on top, people.
Why It’s The Best: Detroit-style pizza is in another league. Baked in old, greased-up, industrial pans straight off the assembly lines, and with an extra slab of tomato sauce throw on top for good measure, you can feel the cardiac arrest coming on faster than you can say “white flight.” While Greektown is home to some of the best pan pizza in the state, Detroit-style pizza will always be synonymous with the original Buddy’s Pizza on 6 Mile.
Los Angeles, CA
Where To Go: The Slice
What To Get: A sixteen-inch stuffed pizza with double crust, double cheese, sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers, and mushrooms.
Where To Go: The Flying Goat
What To Get: G Street.
Why It’s The Best: A thin crust with not too much sauce served in an industrial space with a fire pit may be kind of fancy, but it’s delicious. Service is kind of slow, but order an app and wait it out — it’s worth it.
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