Travel + Leisure ranks best U.S. cities for pizza

March 5, 2013

Travel + Leisure has come up with its 20 best U.S. cities for pizza. Below is a summarization.

No. 20: Orlando, Fla., with a reference to Epcot's Via Napoli and Winter Park's Prato.

No. 19: Baltimore, where "two of the city's best pizzerias rely on coal-fired ovens," including Chazz: A Bronx Original, and Joe Squared.

No. 18: Los Angeles, with Mario Batali's Pizzeria Mozza, downtown's new Bestia and Angelenos.

No. 17: Memphis, Tenn., buoyed by Hog & Hominy and Aldo's Pizza Pies on Main Street.

No. 16: Houston, featuring Coppa and the food truck Pi Pizza.

No. 15: Austin, Texas, with House Pizzeria's Blue Pizza and Home Slice on South Congress.

No. 14: Portland, Ore., thanks to wood-fired Pyro Pizza and Oven & Shaker.

No. 13: San Antonio, with VPN-certified Dough Pizzeria Napoletana and Big Lou's Pizza that features a Texas-sized 42-inch pie.

No. 12: Portland, Maine, includes Leonardo's, which uses King Arthur flour, and a complementing strong microbrew scene.

No. 11: San Francisco boasts 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani's Tony's Pizza Napoletana, as well as SoMa's Zero Zero and the Geary.

No. 10: Kansas City, Mo., won the survey for affordability and includes Minsky's and Pizzabella.

No. 9: Nashville, Tenn., is home to DeSano Pizza Bakery, which has Verace Pizza Napoletana status, and Five Points Pizza.

No. 8: Savannah, Ga., includes Vinnie Van Go-Go and Screamin Mimi's.

No. 7: San Diego features Bronx Pizza and wood-fired Buona Forchetta.

No. 6: Minneapolis/St. Paul climbed nine spots on this year's list, with Punch Pizza (VPN certified), Pizza Luce and Pizzeria Lola.

No. 5: Boston earned points for Back Bay's Salty Pig, Scampo and its sports scene, which is always good for the pizza segment.

No. 4: Philadelphia includes Pizza Brain, a pizza museum with food and artifacts, as well as Nomad Pizza.

No. 3: New York City boasts Grimaldi's, Roberta's, Adrienne's Pizza Bar and more. Many of the classics are featured on the Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour.

No. 2: Providence, R.I. offers an "only-in Providence pie," a grilled pizza with the dough cooked on one side and then flipped before toppings are added. It can be sampled at Bacaro, while pizza strips are available at LaSalle Bakery.

No. 1: Chicago's deep dish scene tops the list again, with local establishments such as Pizano's, Pizzeria da Nella, Coalfire and Burt's Place, among others.

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