The Search for America's Best Pizzeria

Our team scouted 64 pizzerias in 25 U.S. cities before slicing down the competition to the Sweet Sixteen. See the entire bracket Find out the winner!
Pizza Bracket

Winner! Pizzeria Mozza
641 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles,
Margherita pizza $13
, serves 1
Mozza chef-partner Nancy Silverton was already legendary in L.A. for her work at La Brea Bakery. No wonder her crusts have all the chewiness and rich flavor of artisan bread. And when that base is topped with one of the inventive combinations of ingredients (the pizza with peppers, olives and oregano is especially good), you can't go wrong. Some pizza purists ding these pies for being too bready -- as if that's a bad thing. You won't leave a scrap behind.


Pizzeria Picco
316 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, CA,
Margherita pizza $11, serves 1


1415 N.W. 70th St., Seattle,
Margherita pizza $12, serves 1


Apizza Scholls
4741 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR, 503-233-1286
Apizza 'Margo'rita (cheese) pizza $10, serves 3 to 4


Winner! Motorino
319 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, NY; 349 E. 12th St., New York City,
Margherita pizza $13, serves 1
Belgian-born, classically trained chef Mathieu Palombino isn't your typical pizza flinger. Yet his neapolitan-inspired personal pies have a wonderfully puffy high lip (what the Neapolitans call cornicione) and beautifully put-together toppings like mozzarella di bufala, brussels sprouts, smoked pancetta, fresh garlic and pecorino cheese.


Picco Restaurant
513 Tremont St., Boston
Large margherita pizza $19, serves 2


Di Fara Pizza
1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY,
Margherita pie $24, serves 4; slice $5


Sally's Apizza
237 Wooster St., New Haven, CT, 203-624-5271
White fresh tomato pie $16.50, serves 3


Winner! Pizzeria Bianco
623 E. Adams, Phoenix,
Margherita pizza $11, serves 1

Chris Bianco imbues his pizza with more heart and soul and serious deliciousness than any other pizza I?ve had. Why? Because he knows what delicious is and cares deeply about every pie he makes. His crust is perfectly balanced between crispy and chewy, thick and thin, salty and savory. Chris is the real deal, a man who lives and dies with every pie.


Dough Pizzeria Napoletana
6989 Blanco Road, San Antonio,
Margherita pizza $12, serves 1


Mia's Pizzas Bethesda
4926 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD, 301-718-6427,
Margherita pizza $13, serves 1


Varasano's Pizzeria
2171 Peachtree Road, Atlanta,
Nana's (cheese) pizza $13, serves 1


Winner! Final Four: Great Lake
1477 W. Balmoral Ave., Chicago,
Margherita pizza $20, serves 2

You could end up waiting 30 minutes or more for your pizza to come to the table, but reader, the wait is worth it. The blistered, crisp crust is just chewy enough, and Great Lake's carefully thought-out toppings seem wild, but really work, as in the wonderfully balanced bacon, cream and corn pie.


Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria
500 S. El Portlal, Michiana Shores, IN, 219-879-8777,
Margherita pizza $13, serves 1


Burt's Place
8541 Ferris, Morton Grove, IL, 847-965-7997
Cheese pizza $17, serves 6

Maria's Pizza
5025 W. Forest Home Ave., Milwaukee, 414-543-4606
Large cheese pizza $15, serves 4