The Best Pizza Pies In America

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Top chefs and legendary bakers are among the new breed of pizzaiolo who are just as fanatical about the temperature of their ovens as they are about the provenance of their ingredients.See the best pizza places in America >

Here, F&W names the best places for pizza around the country from these new guard spots—including a Bay Area pizzeria that uses locally-milled flour—to century old East Coast institutions.

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Louisville, KY: Garage Bar

Chef Michael Paley, owner of local favourite Proof on Main, serves Italian-meets-Southern pizzas--like Margherita topped with country ham--inside a renovated auto-repair garage.

garageonmarket.com

Ann Arbor, MI: Mani Osteria

Adam Baru worked under restaurateur Danny Meyer before returning to his hometown to open his first restaurant. Wood-fired ovens turn out pies like the Farmers' Market, loaded with local vegetables.

maniosteria.com

Yountville, CA: Redd Wood

Providence, RI: Al Forno

In 1980, Johanne Killeen and George Germon launched a new era of ambitious cooking in Providence with their thin-crusted grilled pizzas topped with superfresh ingredients. Their signature margarita pizza is topped with house-made pomodoro, fresh herbs, two cheeses and extra virgin olive oil.

alforno.com

Larkspur, CA: Pizzeria Picco

Pizzeria Picco's wood-fired Neopolitan pies, like the margherita with house-pulled mozzarella, are rumoured to be super star chef Mario Batali's favourite. Another draw: the quirky olive-oil-and-sea-salt-topped soft serve ice cream.

pizzeriapicco.com

St. Louis, MO: Pastaria

St. Louis-style pizza is usually characterised by the use of Velveeta-like Provel cheese on crispy, thin-crusted square slices. At this brand-new spot, Gerard Craft, an F&W Best New Chef 2008, serves Neapolitan-style pies and makes toppings such as pepperoni in-house.

Craft spent time in Italy before opening the restaurant and incorporates seasonal ingredients, as in one fall pizza topped with caramelized brussels sprouts, mozzarella, creamy béchamel and lardo (a.k.a. pork fat).

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Phoenix, AZ: Pizzeria Bianco

The pizzas here are arguably America's best, with beautiful, wood-fired crusts made with organic flour, fresh mozzarella and house-smoked mozzarella. Star pizzaiolo Chris Bianco's favourite pie is his marinara pizza and there's almost always a line out the door.

pizzeriabianco.com

St. Paul: Punch Pizza

Detroit, MI: Supino

Located in the beautifully restored public Eastern Market, this cozy checkerboard-floored pizza shop serves terrific pies at long wooden tables with metal stools. The signature Supino pie is toppedwith roasted garlic, black olives, creamy ricotta, mozzarella and finished with a drizzle of chile oil.

supinopizzeria.com

Port Chester, NY: Tarry Lodge

Located in the beautifully restored public Eastern Market, this cozy checkerboard-floored pizza shop serves terrific pies at long wooden tables with metal stools. The signature Supino pie is toppedwith roasted garlic, black olives, creamy ricotta, mozzarella and finished with a drizzle of chile oil.

supinopizzeria.com

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