The list is out, but it's not official. We're referring to the unofficial list of places that make the best pizza pies in the USA according to the bloggers over at the Lonely Planet Blog. The Lonely Planet's Robert Reid recently published the site's top picks as to which pizzerias make the best pizzas in the USA and the five cities they come from.
Not surprisingly, the top city for pizza on the Lonely Planet list was New York, where the site gave shout-outs to Joe's in the West Village, John's in the West Village or Midtown, Patsy's uptown, Grimaldi's under the Brooklyn Bridge, Di Fara on Avenue J, Franny's in Prospect Heights, Totonno's near Coney Island and Lucali's in Carroll Gardens.
Next up was Chicago where the deep-pan rules and the Lonely Planet says Giordano's north of the Loop is the place to get your fix. California is a state not a city, but that's OK as third on the LP list goes to the Oakland eatery, Pizzaiolo in the Golden State.
The surprise winners on the list occupy the forth and fifth spots, with New Haven, Connecticut just edging out St. Louis, Missouri. In New Haven, the Lonely Planet's picks were Frank Pepe's in Wooster Square, the Bar in downtown New Haven and Sally's Apizza, also on Wooster. The pick of St. Louis pizzerias s was Imo's with multiple locations around the city.
There you have it. Although there has never been any true consensus as to "best pizza" in the United States, it is fun to see what other chose as their favorites.