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The 21 Hottest Pizza Places Across the US Right Now

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Happy Pizza Week, here are the 21 hottest pizza restaurants in the country. Please note these are not necessarily pizzerias, but rather restaurants that serve pizza and have opened in the past year or so. By and large, these restaurants were recommended by local Eater editors, in addition to Eater National's Heatmap correspondents.

So what's hot in pizza? Almost every single pizzeria listed below serves wood-fired pizzas, much of it cooked up in massive, imported Italian ovens. Lots of places serve cocktails with their pies (Indaco in Charleston, Coltivare in Houston), and several run a side hustle in charcuterie (Pig Ate My Pizza outside Minneapolis, Ottava Via in Detroit). There are even a few pizzerias that grow produce for toppings onsite (Humble Pie in Seattle, Oak Oven outside of New Orleans).

And now, without further ado, the Eater Pizza Heatmap. Entries are listed in alphabetical order. Feel free to air your righteous grievances in the comments below.


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1. Bufalina

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1519 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-2523
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After a nearly-two year wait on the space, Bufalina opened in July serving Neapolitan-style pies in a minimalist space. The brussels sprouts pie — topped with ham, serrano chiles, mozzarella, scallion pesto, and the aforementioned sprouts — is a killer pizza. [Photo]

2. Coltivare

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3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 880-8463
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Revival Market owners Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber opened the hotly anticipated Coltivare in January. The pizzas are topped with goods from the restaurant's 3,000 square foot garden; the dough is fermented for three days and sweetened with sorghum molasses. [Photo]

3. DeSano Pizza Bakery

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4959 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(323) 913-7000
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A Nashville import, DeSano boasts not one but four massive wood burning pizza ovens. The pizzas are classic Neapolitan style. [Photo]

4. Emily

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919 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 844-9588
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Emily in Brooklyn's Clinton Hill neighborhood is a new Italian restaurant (read: not just pizza) from husband and wife team Matthew and Emily Hyland. 13-inch wood-fired pizzas are on offer with topping combinations both traditional and creative. [Photo]

5. Empire Slice House

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1734 NW 16th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 557-1760
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Dave Cathey, food editor of the Oklahoman, wrote in his January Eater Heatmap: "With a grunge aesthetic, Empire Slice House pumps out top-notch pizza that pushes the boundaries with unexpected toppings and pop culture-inspired names like Notorius P.I.G. and the Captain Planet. Owners Rachel Cope and Avery Cannon are vets of a number of OKC kitchens and it shows." [Photo]

6. Falora

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3000 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 325-9988
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Tucson food writer Adam Lehrman wrote in his July Eater Heatmap: "Venturing into full-on restaurant territory after a successful trifecta of smoothie shops (Xoom Juice) and a modern lofty downtown cafe (Sparkroot), restaurateur Ari Shapiro's take on authentic Neapolitan pizza does not disappoint. With a mostly vegetarian menu, an Italian pizza oven, and a clean, modern vibe, Falora has become a favorite spot for business lunches and romantic nights out." [Photo]

7. The Good Pie

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6665 Delmar Blvd
University City, MO 63130
Owner/head chef Mike Randolph just reopened the Good Pie after an almost 9-month hiatus. The new space is bigger, boasts a brand new imported pizza oven, and a respectable craft beer tap list. [Photo]

8. Grampa's Pizzeria

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1374 Williamson St
Madison, WI 53703
Isthmus food writer Kyle Nabilcy wrote in his December Eater Heatmap: "Fans of Madison institution Mickey’s Tavern will love Grampa’s, which was opened in the former Grampa’s Gun Shop by Gilbert Altschul, once a Mickey’s cook and designer of that bar’s menu. Pizzas here are modestly sized but inventively topped; think Calabrian chilis, ricotta, and honey. House-made and house-grown ingredients hold the spotlight." [Photo]

9. Humble Pie

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525 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 329-5133
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At Humble Pie, diners can get pizzas topped with eggs laid by the restaurant's very own chickens, who live out back. Seating is mostly outdoors, and the pizzas are, naturally, wood-fired. [Photo]

10. Humble Wine Bar

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15400 Detroit Ave
Lakewood, OH 44107
Cleveland Scene dining editor Douglas Trattner wrote in his November Eater Heatmap: "On the heels of his successful gastropub Deagan's, Dan Deagan added this urban wine bar to his portfolio. Gleaming white subway tile, warm woods, concrete floors, and a 500-bottle mahogany wine cellar offer an update to the classic mold. The fare is limited to meat and cheese boards, finger-friendly starters, and thin-crust pizzas, which exit the blistering stone oven hot and crisp." [Photo]

11. Indaco

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526 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403
In addition to all kinds of Italian treats — including large format plates, antipasti, pastas, and more — Indaco serves a selection of wood-fired pies. Try the octopus, topped with tomato, fontina, broccoli rabe, and Calabrian chili. [Photo]

12. Lucali

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1930 Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Opening just over a year ago, Lucali is still buzzing, serving up the same simple, classic pies they serve in Brooklyn. [Photo]

13. Oak Oven

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6625 Jefferson Hwy
Harahan, LA 70123
Located just outside New Orleans in Harahen, Oak Oven was opened by chef Adam Superneau to serve farm-to-table pies. Some of the produce is even grown on-site. [Photo]

14. Ottava Via

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1480 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-5500
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Detroit's newest wood-fired pizzeria opened in an old bank in August. Ottava Via serves traditional Neapolitan pizzas alongside Italian fare including panini, porchetta, and a selection of charcuterie. [Photo]

15. Pig Ate My Pizza

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4154 W Broadway Ave
Robbinsdale, MN
(763) 537-7267
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The pizza place from the gang behind Travail and the Rookery opened in August. According to Eater Minneapolis, they specialize in "housemade charcuterie, pizza, and pizza topped with housemade charcuterie." [Photo]

16. Pizza Hacker

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3299 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 874-5585
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Formerly itinerant pizzaman Jeff Krupman has found a brick-and-mortar home for his so-called "Frankenweber," a modified weber grill pizza oven. And according to Eater SF, the pies in the new location are "even better than you remember." [Photo]

17. Pizza Man

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2597 N Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 272-1745
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Food writer Todd Lazarski wrote in his February Eater Heatmap: "Rising from the ashes of the 2010 5-alarmer that brought wine and food lovers to their knees, the Man now has bigger Downer Ave digs, but longer waits. The old school pizza-and-pasta purveyors have got some swagger back, and are once again one of the most fun places to spend a Friday night." [Photo]

18. Pizza Rock

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201 N 3rd St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 385-0838
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Tired of traditional, wood-fired Neapolitan pies? Pizza Rock has a wide selection to choose from: classic Italian, classic American, Sicilian, Roman, gluten-free pies, and, okay, Neapolitan. Bonus: they have a DJ booth inside of a truck. [Photo]

19. Pizzeria Vetri

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1939 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA
The latest from Philly chef/restaurateur Marc Vetri, Pizzeria Vetri is already garnering buzz. The restaurant made Alan Richman's 25 Best New Restaurants list this year, and Philly critic Craig LaBan called the pizza a "contender for the city's best." [Photo]

20. Rockstone Pizzeria & Pub

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11501 Allisonville Rd.
Fishers, IN 46038
(317) 288-9761
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Food writer Terry Kirts wrote in the February update of the Indianpolis heatmap , "Prolific local restaurateur Ed Sahm throws his hat into the artisan pizza ring. A custom wood-burning oven and crusty, handcrafted pies — like the Sassy Karl with chorizo, pepperoncini, and a drizzle of chili oil — help Rockstone stand out in a crowded pizza scene." [Photo]

21. Zoli's NY Pizza

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202 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 942-9654
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Zoli's is a New York-style pizzeria from the folks behind Cane Rosso. Armed with a sense of humor and a repertoire of Grandma slices, the restaurant boasts a unicorn head as decoration and runs a "Buy a Buddy a Slice" program. [Photo]

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1. Bufalina

1519 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
After a nearly-two year wait on the space, Bufalina opened in July serving Neapolitan-style pies in a minimalist space. The brussels sprouts pie — topped with ham, serrano chiles, mozzarella, scallion pesto, and the aforementioned sprouts — is a killer pizza. [Photo]
1519 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

2. Coltivare

3320 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Revival Market owners Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber opened the hotly anticipated Coltivare in January. The pizzas are topped with goods from the restaurant's 3,000 square foot garden; the dough is fermented for three days and sweetened with sorghum molasses. [Photo]
3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007

3. DeSano Pizza Bakery

4959 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90020
A Nashville import, DeSano boasts not one but four massive wood burning pizza ovens. The pizzas are classic Neapolitan style. [Photo]
4959 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90020

4. Emily

919 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Read Review |
Emily in Brooklyn's Clinton Hill neighborhood is a new Italian restaurant (read: not just pizza) from husband and wife team Matthew and Emily Hyland. 13-inch wood-fired pizzas are on offer with topping combinations both traditional and creative. [Photo]
919 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

5. Empire Slice House

1734 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Dave Cathey, food editor of the Oklahoman, wrote in his January Eater Heatmap: "With a grunge aesthetic, Empire Slice House pumps out top-notch pizza that pushes the boundaries with unexpected toppings and pop culture-inspired names like Notorius P.I.G. and the Captain Planet. Owners Rachel Cope and Avery Cannon are vets of a number of OKC kitchens and it shows." [Photo]
1734 NW 16th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

6. Falora

3000 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716
Tucson food writer Adam Lehrman wrote in his July Eater Heatmap: "Venturing into full-on restaurant territory after a successful trifecta of smoothie shops (Xoom Juice) and a modern lofty downtown cafe (Sparkroot), restaurateur Ari Shapiro's take on authentic Neapolitan pizza does not disappoint. With a mostly vegetarian menu, an Italian pizza oven, and a clean, modern vibe, Falora has become a favorite spot for business lunches and romantic nights out." [Photo]
3000 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716

7. The Good Pie

6665 Delmar Blvd, University City, MO 63130
Owner/head chef Mike Randolph just reopened the Good Pie after an almost 9-month hiatus. The new space is bigger, boasts a brand new imported pizza oven, and a respectable craft beer tap list. [Photo]
6665 Delmar Blvd
University City, MO 63130

8. Grampa's Pizzeria

1374 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703
Isthmus food writer Kyle Nabilcy wrote in his December Eater Heatmap: "Fans of Madison institution Mickey’s Tavern will love Grampa’s, which was opened in the former Grampa’s Gun Shop by Gilbert Altschul, once a Mickey’s cook and designer of that bar’s menu. Pizzas here are modestly sized but inventively topped; think Calabrian chilis, ricotta, and honey. House-made and house-grown ingredients hold the spotlight." [Photo]
1374 Williamson St
Madison, WI 53703

9. Humble Pie

525 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
At Humble Pie, diners can get pizzas topped with eggs laid by the restaurant's very own chickens, who live out back. Seating is mostly outdoors, and the pizzas are, naturally, wood-fired. [Photo]
525 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

10. Humble Wine Bar

15400 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107
Cleveland Scene dining editor Douglas Trattner wrote in his November Eater Heatmap: "On the heels of his successful gastropub Deagan's, Dan Deagan added this urban wine bar to his portfolio. Gleaming white subway tile, warm woods, concrete floors, and a 500-bottle mahogany wine cellar offer an update to the classic mold. The fare is limited to meat and cheese boards, finger-friendly starters, and thin-crust pizzas, which exit the blistering stone oven hot and crisp." [Photo]
15400 Detroit Ave
Lakewood, OH 44107

11. Indaco

526 King St., Charleston, SC 29403
In addition to all kinds of Italian treats — including large format plates, antipasti, pastas, and more — Indaco serves a selection of wood-fired pies. Try the octopus, topped with tomato, fontina, broccoli rabe, and Calabrian chili. [Photo]
526 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403

12. Lucali

1930 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Opening just over a year ago, Lucali is still buzzing, serving up the same simple, classic pies they serve in Brooklyn. [Photo]
1930 Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. Oak Oven

6625 Jefferson Hwy, Harahan, LA 70123
Located just outside New Orleans in Harahen, Oak Oven was opened by chef Adam Superneau to serve farm-to-table pies. Some of the produce is even grown on-site. [Photo]
6625 Jefferson Hwy
Harahan, LA 70123

14. Ottava Via

1480 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Detroit's newest wood-fired pizzeria opened in an old bank in August. Ottava Via serves traditional Neapolitan pizzas alongside Italian fare including panini, porchetta, and a selection of charcuterie. [Photo]
1480 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

15. Pig Ate My Pizza

4154 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN
The pizza place from the gang behind Travail and the Rookery opened in August. According to Eater Minneapolis, they specialize in "housemade charcuterie, pizza, and pizza topped with housemade charcuterie." [Photo]
4154 W Broadway Ave
Robbinsdale, MN

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16. Pizza Hacker

3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Formerly itinerant pizzaman Jeff Krupman has found a brick-and-mortar home for his so-called "Frankenweber," a modified weber grill pizza oven. And according to Eater SF, the pies in the new location are "even better than you remember." [Photo]
3299 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

17. Pizza Man

2597 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Food writer Todd Lazarski wrote in his February Eater Heatmap: "Rising from the ashes of the 2010 5-alarmer that brought wine and food lovers to their knees, the Man now has bigger Downer Ave digs, but longer waits. The old school pizza-and-pasta purveyors have got some swagger back, and are once again one of the most fun places to spend a Friday night." [Photo]
2597 N Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211

18. Pizza Rock

201 N 3rd St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Tired of traditional, wood-fired Neapolitan pies? Pizza Rock has a wide selection to choose from: classic Italian, classic American, Sicilian, Roman, gluten-free pies, and, okay, Neapolitan. Bonus: they have a DJ booth inside of a truck. [Photo]
201 N 3rd St
Las Vegas, NV 89101

19. Pizzeria Vetri

1939 Callowhill St., Philadelphia, PA
The latest from Philly chef/restaurateur Marc Vetri, Pizzeria Vetri is already garnering buzz. The restaurant made Alan Richman's 25 Best New Restaurants list this year, and Philly critic Craig LaBan called the pizza a "contender for the city's best." [Photo]
1939 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA

20. Rockstone Pizzeria & Pub

11501 Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038
Food writer Terry Kirts wrote in the February update of the Indianpolis heatmap , "Prolific local restaurateur Ed Sahm throws his hat into the artisan pizza ring. A custom wood-burning oven and crusty, handcrafted pies — like the Sassy Karl with chorizo, pepperoncini, and a drizzle of chili oil — help Rockstone stand out in a crowded pizza scene." [Photo]
11501 Allisonville Rd.
Fishers, IN 46038

21. Zoli's NY Pizza

202 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
Zoli's is a New York-style pizzeria from the folks behind Cane Rosso. Armed with a sense of humor and a repertoire of Grandma slices, the restaurant boasts a unicorn head as decoration and runs a "Buy a Buddy a Slice" program. [Photo]
202 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

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