The subject of where to find the best pizza produces a heated debate — especially if you're talking to a Chicago deep-dish devotee or a New York thin slice supporter.
However, we think our top 10 pizza restaurants list in the United States proves that superior pies can be found all over this great country, from Seattle to Atlanta, and not just in cities with types of pizza named after them.
Antico Pizza Napoletana 1093 Hemphill Ave. NW Atlanta, GA 30318 404-724-2333 Three round-bellied wood-burning stoves stay busy all night turning out the huge, full-flavored, rustic-styled pies at Antico Pizza Napoletana in Atlanta.
Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca 500 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77006 713-520-8222 Order the innovative Taleggio cheese, arugula, pear and truffle oil-drizzled pizza and you'll begin to understand why Houston's Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca makes this list of where to find the best pizza in America.
Great Lake 1477 W. Balmoral Ave. Chicago, IL 60640 773-334-9270 Aged sheep's milk cheese and apple wood-smoked bacon are just a few of the toppings that may grace any given pie at Great Lake in Chicago.
Keste Pizza & Vino 271 Bleecker St. New York, NY 10014 212-243-1500 Kesté Pizza & Vino in New York specializes in simple but impressive thick-crust pies fired in an oven that was handmade from the lava clay of Mount Vesuvius.
Pizzeria Bianco 623 E. Adams St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 602-258-8300 At Pizzeria Bianco, Chris Bianco crafts pristine pies with farmer's market produce at his modest Phoenix digs.
Regina Pizzeria 11 1/2 Thacher St. Boston, MA 02113 617-227-0765 At 86 years and counting, Boston's Regina Pizzeria is a genuinely old-school joint, filled with wooden booths, photos of local luminaries and tough-as-nails waitresses who serve nothing but pizza, soda, beer and wine.
Serious Pie 316 Virginia St. Seattle, WA 98101 206-838-7388 Serious Pie in Seattle raises the bar with sophisticated toppings like foraged mushrooms and truffled cheese.
Stella Rossa Pizza Bar 2000 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-396-9250 Chef Jeff Mahin put a lot of work into creating the dough at Stella Rossa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica. After dozens of trials, he came up with a recipe that will keep this place busy for a long time.
Tony's Pizza Napoletana 1570 Stockton St. San Francisco, CA 94133 415-835-9888 Tony's Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco is more than a pizzeria — it's an International School of Pizza, and owner Tony Gemignani is more than a pizzaiolo — he's a champion at the craft.
2 Amys 3715 Macomb St. NW Washington, DC 20016 202-885-5700 The cheery, white-tiled restaurant 2 Amys in Washington, D.C., offers several pies that qualify for D.O.C. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) status, meaning the pizza maker has followed the traditional Neapolitan method for making pies: the right flour, water, yeast, salt and toppings.