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The 21 Hottest Pizzerias Across America Right Now

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Here is a list of the twenty-one hottest pizzerias across the Eater universe. This list comes nearly nine months after the last national pizza heatmap. Among the latest crop of newish pizzerias is an ode to Chicago pizza from master SF pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani (Capo's), two entries from Philly's recent pizza boom (Pizza Brain and Gennaro's), an instantly popular opening in San Diego with a serious Neapolitan pedigree (Buona Forchetta), an inventive and well-reviewed option in Brooklyn's Clinton Hill neighborhood (Speedy Romeo), a pizza project from Mineapolis chef and Beard Award-winner Isaac Becker (Burch), a Detroit-style pizza truck in Austin (Via 313), and a successful venture from two brothers that used to be involved with Atlanta's excellent Antico Pizzeria (Ammazza).

Many thanks to the Eater city editors for their nominations. And please remember, these are ordered geographically and not by any other ranking. To the map:


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1. Seattle: Italian Family Pizza

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1206 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 538-0040
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A new, no-frills spot that aims to provide the real deal. So far, the response has been positive, with local critic Betheny Jean Clement writing, "The crust, thin but not too-upscale-Neapolitan thin, is browned and blackened and bubbled in all the right ways. The crust has exactly the amount of salt, of chewiness, of plain old goodness, that makes every bite worth eating." [Photo Credit]

2. San Francisco: Capo's

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641 Vallejo St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 986-8998
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Pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani opens this retro pizza shop, modeled after the pizza houses of Chicago: red booths, brick walls, and thick pizza. Critic Michael Bauer recently gave the place an enthusiastic and very nostalgic review. [Photo Credit]

3. Oakland: Forge Pizza

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66 Franklin St.
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 268-3200
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This new pizzeria is part of the revamping of Jack London square. There are pies from Jeff Hayden and Jeff Krupman, "The PizzaHacker," which are made using a riff from the famed bakery Tartine for the pizza dough. [Photo Credit]

4. Los Angeles: Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza

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9725 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 815-8100
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This Culver City pizzeria opened just a week ago, but folks are already hoping it's a sign that pizza might become hot again in LA. The pizza menu is split into white pies (carbonara, clam and pork belly) and red (bacon and fontina, spicy sausage). Plenty of appetizers, panini, and vegetables round out the rest of the offerings. [Photo Credit]

5. Manhattan Beach: Pitfire Artisan Pizza

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401 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 359-9555
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This is the seventh outpost of Paul Hibler and David Sanfield's casual and very hip pizza mini-chain, which prides itself on giving each outpost a different vibe than the others. It's already slammed, with Manhattan Beach residents swarming the place for their wood-fired pies, cooked at 630˚F. [Photo Credit]

6. San Diego: Buona Forchetta

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3001 Beech Street
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 381-4844
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There are already lines out the door for this San Diego pizzeria, and for good reason: the project brings together a Northern Italian owner whose family is behind Farchioni olive oil, an oven by Stefano Ferrara, a three-time World Pizza Champion as consultant, and a pizzaiolo who trained at New York's popular and authentic pizzeria Keste. [Photo Credit]

7. Las Vegas: Novecento Pizzeria 900

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5605 Centennial Center Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89149
(702) 685-4900
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Eater Las Vegas editor Susan Stapleton singles out local Italian chef Marc Sgrizzi's Novecento as the hottest pizzeria in town: "This is a new Neapolitan pizza joint that uses wood-burning ovens, San Marzano tomatoes, Caputo flour and mozzarella from Campania, Italy, in 900-degree ovens that cook a pizza in 90 seconds." [Photo Credit]

8. Austin: Via 313

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8505 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78745
In 2011, two brothers opened a truck on East 6th and Waller focusing on the Detroit-style pizza they fell in love with as kids. It went so well that they've opened up a second location on South Congress Avenue. [Photo Credit]

9. Houston: Provisions

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807 Taft
Houston, Tx 77015
(713) 628-9020
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This ambitious project, which consists of a high-end and more casual restaurant, does great pizzas. Per Eater's Eric Sandler: "Chefs Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan's commitment to making their restaurant The Pass and Provisions a place they'd want to hang out in if they weren't working the line extends to the restaurant's pizzas. For example, the burrata and burst tomato pizza comes as a crust with the toppings in a bowl; that means it stays as crispy as possible until the toppings are spread on it." [Courtesy Gary Wise]

10. Boston: Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

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425 West Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 765-8636
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This handsome new Southie tavern offers a menu of what tends to be called gastropub fare, so it's not a pizzeria, per se. But the six wood-fired pies on offer — which stick to simple toppings like pepperoni, vegetable, meatball — are getting nice buzz. [Photo Credit]

11. Miami: Serafina at the Dream South Beach

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1111 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-8455
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It's about time: Miami gets an outpost of the ever-expanding Serafina, which specializes in serviceable, occasionally quite good, thin crust pies popular with the bougie set. [Photo Credit]

12. Charleston: Crust Wood Fired Pizza

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1956 B Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 762-5500
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Chef Dusty Chorvat presides over this James Island pizzeria, which has nine pies. There are traditional toppings, as well as some more interesting choices, like butternut and caramelized onion or crustacean and crispy prosciutto. [Photo Credit]

13. Atlanta: Ammazza

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591 Edgewood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 228-1036
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Brothers Hugh and Jason Connerty, who used to be involved in celebrated local pizza spot Antico, have opened Ammazza, where they make their own mozzarella and offer Neapolitan pizza, including pizza fritta. Writer Brad Kaplan of Creative Loafing celebrated the place's ability to be both a "hip, intown drinking spot and a family-friendly pizza joint." [Photo Credit]

14. Louisville: Garage Bar

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700 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 749-7100
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Chef Michael Paley applies a painstaking attention to detail when making the Neapolitan pies at Garage Bar, a popular and hip pizzeria in, as its name suggests, a former garage. At the same time, Paley likes to play around a bit and reference the restaurant's Southern roots, as he does with a country ham and blue cheese pie. [Photo Credit]

15. Chicago: Flour & Stone

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355 E. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 822-8998
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A small pizzeria which the owners say specializes in Brooklyn-style pies that are slightly thicker than the "floppy" New York kind. The options are pretty simple, unless you want to customize from the 20 toppings on offer. [Photo Credit]

16. Chicago: Reno

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2607 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 691-4234
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The team behind Telegraph opens an "American osteria" that serves excellent wood-fired pizzas at night, including one with shaved beets, hazelnut, thyme, and whipped tofu. [Photo Credit]

17. Minneapolis: Burch Steak & Pizza Bar

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1942 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 843-1515
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Beard-winner Isaac Becker, who owns 112 Eater and Bar la Grassa, opened Burch last week. On the ground floor, there's a steak restaurant, and in the basement, a pizzeria doing inventive pies like an "aragosta" (lobster claw, baby artichokes, mint, chili flakes, and burrata). [Photo Credit]

18. Washington, DC: Wiseguy NY Pizza

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300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 408-7800
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The Slice blog recently praised this new DC pizzeria as being one of the best by-the-slice options in the area. The owner is Tony Erol, who's been doing this for over twenty years. Not only is he doing New York pizza in 2" deck ovens: he's brought along the garlic knots, too. [Photo Credit]

19. Philadelphia: Gennaro's Tomato Pies

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1429 Jackson St
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 463-5070
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Many bemoaned the shuttering of Lombardi's Pizzeria back in 2005, but the former owner, Mike Giammarino, has brought those popular tomato pies back to town in a 1940s-inspired dining room. [Photo Credit]

20. Philadelphia: Pizza Brain

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2313 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 291-2965
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Since opening half a year ago, Pizza Brain has gotten a ton of press thanks its solid pies and the fact that it's also the world's first museum dedicated to pizza. [Photo Credit]

21. New York: Speedy Romeo

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376 Classon Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 230-0061
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There's a lot of energy building around this Clinton Hill pizzeria, which is co-owned by a guy who's worked at Jean-Georges. Pizza expert Adam Kuban recently gave the place a try and said their Saint Louis style pie might end up one of the best he has all year. Of their grilled namesake pie, Kuban says, "it might be the best grilled pizza I've had in NYC." [Photo Credit]

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1. Seattle: Italian Family Pizza

1206 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
A new, no-frills spot that aims to provide the real deal. So far, the response has been positive, with local critic Betheny Jean Clement writing, "The crust, thin but not too-upscale-Neapolitan thin, is browned and blackened and bubbled in all the right ways. The crust has exactly the amount of salt, of chewiness, of plain old goodness, that makes every bite worth eating." [Photo Credit]
1206 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

2. San Francisco: Capo's

641 Vallejo St., San Francisco, CA 94133
Pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani opens this retro pizza shop, modeled after the pizza houses of Chicago: red booths, brick walls, and thick pizza. Critic Michael Bauer recently gave the place an enthusiastic and very nostalgic review. [Photo Credit]
641 Vallejo St.
San Francisco, CA 94133

3. Oakland: Forge Pizza

66 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94607
This new pizzeria is part of the revamping of Jack London square. There are pies from Jeff Hayden and Jeff Krupman, "The PizzaHacker," which are made using a riff from the famed bakery Tartine for the pizza dough. [Photo Credit]
66 Franklin St.
Oakland, CA 94607

4. Los Angeles: Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza

9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
This Culver City pizzeria opened just a week ago, but folks are already hoping it's a sign that pizza might become hot again in LA. The pizza menu is split into white pies (carbonara, clam and pork belly) and red (bacon and fontina, spicy sausage). Plenty of appetizers, panini, and vegetables round out the rest of the offerings. [Photo Credit]
9725 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

5. Manhattan Beach: Pitfire Artisan Pizza

401 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
This is the seventh outpost of Paul Hibler and David Sanfield's casual and very hip pizza mini-chain, which prides itself on giving each outpost a different vibe than the others. It's already slammed, with Manhattan Beach residents swarming the place for their wood-fired pies, cooked at 630˚F. [Photo Credit]
401 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

6. San Diego: Buona Forchetta

3001 Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92102
There are already lines out the door for this San Diego pizzeria, and for good reason: the project brings together a Northern Italian owner whose family is behind Farchioni olive oil, an oven by Stefano Ferrara, a three-time World Pizza Champion as consultant, and a pizzaiolo who trained at New York's popular and authentic pizzeria Keste. [Photo Credit]
3001 Beech Street
San Diego, CA 92102

7. Las Vegas: Novecento Pizzeria 900

5605 Centennial Center Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89149
Eater Las Vegas editor Susan Stapleton singles out local Italian chef Marc Sgrizzi's Novecento as the hottest pizzeria in town: "This is a new Neapolitan pizza joint that uses wood-burning ovens, San Marzano tomatoes, Caputo flour and mozzarella from Campania, Italy, in 900-degree ovens that cook a pizza in 90 seconds." [Photo Credit]
5605 Centennial Center Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89149

8. Austin: Via 313

8505 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78745
In 2011, two brothers opened a truck on East 6th and Waller focusing on the Detroit-style pizza they fell in love with as kids. It went so well that they've opened up a second location on South Congress Avenue. [Photo Credit]
8505 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78745

9. Houston: Provisions

807 Taft, Houston, Tx 77015
This ambitious project, which consists of a high-end and more casual restaurant, does great pizzas. Per Eater's Eric Sandler: "Chefs Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan's commitment to making their restaurant The Pass and Provisions a place they'd want to hang out in if they weren't working the line extends to the restaurant's pizzas. For example, the burrata and burst tomato pizza comes as a crust with the toppings in a bowl; that means it stays as crispy as possible until the toppings are spread on it." [Courtesy Gary Wise]
807 Taft
Houston, Tx 77015

10. Boston: Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

425 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127
This handsome new Southie tavern offers a menu of what tends to be called gastropub fare, so it's not a pizzeria, per se. But the six wood-fired pies on offer — which stick to simple toppings like pepperoni, vegetable, meatball — are getting nice buzz. [Photo Credit]
425 West Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127

11. Miami: Serafina at the Dream South Beach

1111 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
It's about time: Miami gets an outpost of the ever-expanding Serafina, which specializes in serviceable, occasionally quite good, thin crust pies popular with the bougie set. [Photo Credit]
1111 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Charleston: Crust Wood Fired Pizza

1956 B Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412
Chef Dusty Chorvat presides over this James Island pizzeria, which has nine pies. There are traditional toppings, as well as some more interesting choices, like butternut and caramelized onion or crustacean and crispy prosciutto. [Photo Credit]
1956 B Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412

13. Atlanta: Ammazza

591 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312
Brothers Hugh and Jason Connerty, who used to be involved in celebrated local pizza spot Antico, have opened Ammazza, where they make their own mozzarella and offer Neapolitan pizza, including pizza fritta. Writer Brad Kaplan of Creative Loafing celebrated the place's ability to be both a "hip, intown drinking spot and a family-friendly pizza joint." [Photo Credit]
591 Edgewood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30312

14. Louisville: Garage Bar

700 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202
Chef Michael Paley applies a painstaking attention to detail when making the Neapolitan pies at Garage Bar, a popular and hip pizzeria in, as its name suggests, a former garage. At the same time, Paley likes to play around a bit and reference the restaurant's Southern roots, as he does with a country ham and blue cheese pie. [Photo Credit]
700 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40202

15. Chicago: Flour & Stone

355 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611
A small pizzeria which the owners say specializes in Brooklyn-style pies that are slightly thicker than the "floppy" New York kind. The options are pretty simple, unless you want to customize from the 20 toppings on offer. [Photo Credit]
355 E. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60611

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16. Chicago: Reno

2607 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The team behind Telegraph opens an "American osteria" that serves excellent wood-fired pizzas at night, including one with shaved beets, hazelnut, thyme, and whipped tofu. [Photo Credit]
2607 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

17. Minneapolis: Burch Steak & Pizza Bar

1942 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Beard-winner Isaac Becker, who owns 112 Eater and Bar la Grassa, opened Burch last week. On the ground floor, there's a steak restaurant, and in the basement, a pizzeria doing inventive pies like an "aragosta" (lobster claw, baby artichokes, mint, chili flakes, and burrata). [Photo Credit]
1942 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403

18. Washington, DC: Wiseguy NY Pizza

300 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Slice blog recently praised this new DC pizzeria as being one of the best by-the-slice options in the area. The owner is Tony Erol, who's been doing this for over twenty years. Not only is he doing New York pizza in 2" deck ovens: he's brought along the garlic knots, too. [Photo Credit]
300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

19. Philadelphia: Gennaro's Tomato Pies

1429 Jackson St, Philadelphia, PA 19145
Many bemoaned the shuttering of Lombardi's Pizzeria back in 2005, but the former owner, Mike Giammarino, has brought those popular tomato pies back to town in a 1940s-inspired dining room. [Photo Credit]
1429 Jackson St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

20. Philadelphia: Pizza Brain

2313 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Since opening half a year ago, Pizza Brain has gotten a ton of press thanks its solid pies and the fact that it's also the world's first museum dedicated to pizza. [Photo Credit]
2313 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

21. New York: Speedy Romeo

376 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238
There's a lot of energy building around this Clinton Hill pizzeria, which is co-owned by a guy who's worked at Jean-Georges. Pizza expert Adam Kuban recently gave the place a try and said their Saint Louis style pie might end up one of the best he has all year. Of their grilled namesake pie, Kuban says, "it might be the best grilled pizza I've had in NYC." [Photo Credit]
376 Classon Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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