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pizza_tasty_meal_lunchI had planned on doing a post about McDonald’s after having watched a documentary on the company a few days ago along with some recent news but not feeling well today I am going to postpone that post until I feel better and my mind is not clogged.

So with that being said I am going to provide you with a list of 20 Pizza Shops around the country that Food Republic has marked as their favorite.  You can use this as a reference for when you wake up January 1st at 11am and start thinking that you need something to get rid of the hangover.  Pizza is a magical elixir and you don’t want to eat cardboard with ketchup on it.  You want a good slice or 3 coupled with a glass of water and an electrolyte drink (just not Gatorade – thank you Red)

  1. The guys at Brooklyn’s Forcella came up with a genius idea. Why not take a perfectly good disk of pizza dough and deep fry it? before covering it with toppings and throwing it in the oven? Maybe they were inspired by Paula Deen. Whatever it was, the result is a puffy, pillowy funnel cake-like dough that will have you wishing every other pizza got the same treatment.
  2. Putting pistachios on pizza is perfectly normal, isn’t it? Well, maybe not. It is a little nuts, but absolutely delicious. Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix whips up a nutty pie, the Rosa Pizza, which is a must-try.
  3. How about a pizza with elk, mushrooms and rainbows? Inspired by the state’s ecosystem — Idaho has 11 national forests — Pizzalchik’s Chef Brad Breakell creates fresh, thin-crust pizzas that have potatoes looking a little jealous.
  4. Pizza Otto in Portland, Maine is so good that this guy got them to cater his booze cruise wedding celebration.
  5. Across the country in Portland, Oregon, Hot Lips Pizza is just about as green as pizza gets (it’s in Portland, duh!) All the ingredients are local, most of the delivery methods are electric or pedal-powered, the cutlery is compostable, and the waste heat from the pizza ovens is used to heat not only the water for dishwashing, but also helps heat the entire Ecotrust building in the Pearl District. They also make their own soda. Oh yeah, and the pizza is phenomenal.
  6. Ha Ha Pizza in Yellow Springs, Ohio is a hippie pizza joint with an unusual array of toppings. Water chestnuts, falafel and tempeh are some of our favorites, but their time-tested cheese is just as great.
  7. Pici Enoteca, a New York-style Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills, has a dining room inspired by The Godfather — crimson booths and black and white-tiled floor — but a menu full of light, inspired creations. The lemongrass pizza — lemongrass, ginger, caramelized onion and butternut squash — is the star of the show.
  8. What do you get when you put chicken, apple, corn, Vidalia onion, crushed red pepper flakes, and three cheeses on a thin crust dough? The most American pizza ever made, courtesy of Baltimore’s Joe Squared. Thanks, Joe.
  9. The aptly named Jumbo Slice Pizza in the nation’s capital is just what it sounds like. One ginormous slice of pizza that will carry you through a night of belligerence. Don’t even think about ordering two.
  10. If a half-pound slab of cheesy molten goop happens to be your thing, head over to Lou Malnati’s in Chi-town for an authentic slice of slice of deep dish pizza. Although not as famous as other Chicago big names, the buttery crust and sweet tomato sauce make Lou’s an all-time favorite.
  11. New Haven favorite Sally’s Apizza is the classic: a coal-fired crust that’s crispy, chewy and slightly puffy all at once. With just the right amount of tangy tomato sauce, cheese, a little garlic and fresh herbs, this pie is perfect for all the pizza purists out there.
  12. Hot oil pizza is popular in the south of France and other parts of Europe. Hot oil is olive oil infused with red pepper flakes or chili peppers, a much better option than the lackluster loose red pepper flakes offered at so many pizza joints. Stamford CT’s Colony Grill does it best.
  13. LA Market will relieve you of the taunting decision between sushi or pizza, thanks to their sushi pizza. The crust is topped with cucumber, celery leaves, fresh crab, raw sashimi-grade tuna and creamy avocado, resulting in a delectable Japanese-inspired pie.
  14. Minneapolis’ Punch’s Neapolitan Pizza employs pizzaiolis, Italian for pizza maker, crank up the wood oven, or forno, to create oven-charred pies with fresh mozzarella flown in from water buffalo farms near Naples every week. And yes, you will taste the difference.
  15. The pizza at this Trenton spot can be compared to an authentic NY slice. That by itself says a lot about the Jersey favorite: the upside-down tomato pie.
  16. Atlanta is home to a delicious meaty, leafy pizza called the Nucci, which features capicola, arugula and Emmentaler cheese. Head to Varasano’s Pizzeria for a slice of the real deal.
  17. In many cases, pizzas inspired by authentic NY slices are sold out of dingy hole in the walls and strip malls all over America. In this case, it’s the opposite. San Francisco pizza kings Bruno Di Fabio and Tony Gemiganani of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana crossed over to the East Side and are showing New Yorkers how West Side pizza is done.
  18. Another Connecticut favorite is Roseland Apizza. Tucked away on a residential street in the suburbs, you might mistake this spot for an ordinary house; however, the kitchen behind this humble façade puts out some of the most decadent seafood pizzas you can find. Go for the shrimp, and thank us later.
  19. West Virginia knows how to stand out…when it comes to pizza. As far as small round red pizza embellishments go, at Pies ‘n Pints in Fayetteville takes the cake…uh, pie with sliced sweet grapes and gorgonzola. Sorry, pepperoni.
  20. Nothing is ever as good as homemade — why not take a shot at making your own pizza at home? The process is not as complicated as it may seem (you’ll definitely need one of these), and the end result may reveal your alter ego: Pepe from Napoli.

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  1. I used to eat Twinkies the morning after. Just writing that makes me feel sick to my stomach.

    There is a brick oven on wheels around here – I don’t remember what they call themselves – that hands down makes the best pizza I’ve ever tasted. You find them rotating around 3-4 local farmers markets week to week…
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  2. Brenda says:

    Favorite—out of the pizza oven we built in our back yard a few years ago. 1100 degrees, 2-3 minutes…perfecto. If it has to come from an American restaurant, I’d say it would have to come from Pizzeria Paradiso in DC. Still try to get back up there once every year or two.

  3. Kovas says:

    I’m a big fan of pizza with alfredo instead of red sauce. Minimal toppings, maybe mushrooms, onions, and giardiniera.
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  4. katie says:

    pizza with butternut squash! it’s the new delicious.
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  5. Bob says:

    Giordana stuffed pizza based in Chicago but branched out to other cities (including my Tampa)
    Order a small and feed two to three people…
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  6. The Rockstar says:

    You can tell this wasnt written by a NewYorker since if it was 1-20 would all be from NYC. I can’t believe they listed places “inspired” by or “compared” to a NY slice. Sigh.

    I wonder if these are the same folks who believe pizza is a vegetable or the folks who believe that the instructions on the box when you take it out of the freezer are wrong if they say not to microwave the pieces of pizza.

    A true test, besides taste, is that you need to be able to eat a slice in one hand without getting any on you as you walk to the subway. That’s real pizza.
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  7. emz says:

    huge freaking pizza fan.

    we have the best – yes the BEST pizza place here in Phoenix!!


    holy. yum.
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  8. Favorite pizza = Old Chicago.

    Hangover food = anything that does not make me throw up. toast usually.
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  9. Sorry it’s not called “Old New York.” I’m sure that pizza would be better.

  10. misszippy1 says:

    Oh man do those joints sound good! All of them, for all different reasons! I have to say, we are lacking any good pizza places around here. It’s all chains–blech. I miss good pizza!
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  11. Dr. St. Onge says:

    Gino’s Pizza in Coppell, TX has some of the best pizza that I have had around here.

  12. Matt Oravec says:

    I honestly get worried when I read a post by you that says ” I am here to help ” haha… I assumed it would be a rampage against pizza shops ;)

    As of Jan 1st we will be making gluten free pizzas from home BOOYAH! … well as long as my dang bread maker arrives at some point!
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    • CTER says:

      Haha! I love pizza and it will never get removed from the ‘diet’ but I won’t be eating Domino’s or Pizza Hut. Same as I wasn’t eating McD’s or Burger King when I was eating hamburgers.

      I used to have a bread maker but never made pizza dough in it. Now you have me intrigued to get another one and give that a go.

  13. kathy says:

    Zachary’s in the SF Bay area of CA. Stuffed with chicken, spinach and crushed/sliced tomatoes instead of sauce. Oh and cheese too.

    • CTER says:

      Kathy – I did not thank you on the previous comment and I apologize. I want to thank you for visiting and I hope you’ll come back again and join in on the conversation.

      I had a great time in SF a couple of years ago and now I have another reason to return.

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