Tri-state pizzas dominate list of America's best pies

September 27, 2018 - 4:47 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- You don’t have to search far to find the nation’s preeminent pizza pies.

Tri-state restaurants made up the vast majority of the best pizzas in the country, according to an annual ranking of the 101 best pizzas in America.

The Daily Meal declared it a “fantastic time for pizza in this country” when it released its 2018 list. According to the food news site, regional styles are gaining in popularity nationwide; closer to home, “energetic joints are even powering a renaissance in New York City slice culture.”  

Naturally, the list includes a plethora of Brooklyn and Manhattan mainstays like John’s and Grimaldi’s. But pizzerias across the tri-state, from Elizabeth to Stamford and Queens, were also praised.    

The top spot went to the White Clam pizza at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven. Daily Meal calls the pie, which features a mélange of littleneck clams, garlic, olive oil, oregano and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, “one of the most iconic dishes in America.”

The wood-fired Bufala pizza at Razza Pizza Artigianale in Jersey City claimed the second spot. With its water buffalo mozzarella and its tomato sauce akin to “fine wine,” “the pizza is damn near perfect,” according to the Daily Meal.

Among the other top pizzas: John’s of Bleecker Street in Manhattan at #4; Di Fara in Brooklyn at #5; Totonno’s in Brooklyn at #6; Joe’s in Manhattan at #7; Prince Street Pizza in Manhattan at #8; Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn at #9 and Lombardi’s in Manhattan at #10.

If you’re on Staten Island, make sure to check out Pat’s Pizzeria, which made #14. Louie and Ernie’s in the Bronx came in at #35, and New Park Pizza in Queens was #39.

See the full list here.