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18 Pizza Joints You Must Try Before You Die


Every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard and believe in yourself.

1. Di Fara Pizza — Brooklyn

Why you should try it: Dom DeMarco is a living legend in pizza, who hand crafts each pie that is served in the restaurant. Getting to watch him work — from hand-stretching the dough to sprinkling the parmesan cheese on top — is worth the (sometimes very long) wait. Plus, many of the ingredients (like the canned tomatoes) are specially imported from Italy.

2. Pepe’s — New Haven, Conn.

Why you should try it: Frank Pepe’s is a New Haven institution, credited with the invention of the New Haven-style white clam pizza pie, which is delicious in its simplicity: no mozzarella, just plain pie, with a few fresh ingredients (white clams, garlic, oregano, olive oil, and some grated cheese).

3. Goodfellas Pizzeria — Staten Island

Why you should try it: For their award-winning Tequila Pizza, which won “World’s Best Pizza” at the International Pizza Expo in 2012. It’s not hard to see why: This pizza combines basically every amazing flavor you love about summer and adds bacon to it, which makes it immune to boringness.

4. Pizzeria Mozza — Los Angeles

Why you should try it: Pizzeria Mozza was not only co-founded by famed crocs-wearer Mario Batali, but it is home to a beautiful Squash Blossom Pizza, which takes something ordinary like the flowers that grow on squash vines and turns them into crispy, fried, tasty little containers for cheese — and that’s even before they go on a beautiful pizza.

18. Ian’s Pizza — Madison, Wis.; Milwaukee; Denver

Why you should try it: For the mac ‘n’ cheese pizza, DUH. It’s mac ‘n’ cheese. ON PIZZA. From the state that does cheese better than any other. This is basically what you’ve been hoping for your entire life.

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