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Best Cities around the World Every Pizza Lover Should Visit

Written by Chris Osburn

This blog post was updated on August 22, 2019.

Because who doesn’t love pizza…?

Dating back to ancient times, this culinary favorite has always topped the list! From those cheesy regular slices to designer gourmet thin crusts, we love them all! Chicago has its deep dish, California has its toppings, and don’t forget the Sicilian, hey— there’s even one for Grandma!

But where you ask, can the ultimate pizza be found? Well—we’ve scoured the globe and here are some of our favorites.

Mangia in Naples 


Pizza’s ancestral home is still the best place on the planet for a taste of the best. Simple top quality ingredients like sun-kissed San Marzano tomatoes grown in the fertile volcanic soil around Mount Vesuvius, locally produced cheese, and the right flour are all you need. You’ll find plenty of mom and pop shops, big name establishments, and historic pizzerias all serving some of the best pizza imaginable. When in Naples, we recommend you visit L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele. It’s located in the heart of the city and claims to be the oldest pizzeria in town. Plenty of locals and visitors from around the world, reckon it’s the best in the world!

The Famous Chicago Deep Dish


The Windy City is widely regarded as having some of the best pizza in the US. Many foodies reckon it far exceeds New York with respect to quality, variety, and overall yumminess. And it’s not just deep dish either. However you slice it—and however deep your desire, Chicago is a pizza lover’s dream destination. We recommend you head to Pequod’s Pizza for the classic deep dish and Armitage Pizzeria for something more along the lines of a New York slice.

Eat as the Romans Do


Naples nearest rival with respect to proximity and quality of pizza is Rome. Here you’re more likely to be served a rectangular slice than a full pie for yourself, but as go-go-go as the capital of Italy can be, to eat and run can add to the fun, and make your sightseeing in the Eternal City more manageable. Iconic pizzerias like SfornoForno Campo de’ FioriAntico Forno Roscioli, La Focaccina di Serafina, and dozens of other pizzerias vie for the lead position among Rome’s best pizzas.

New York, It’s Simply The Best 


No brainer, right?  The hard part is deciding which borough does the best slice. Do you go with traditionalists, or just look for the longest line? Is the best pizza the nearest to you, the one that’s delivered fastest and hottest, or the one all the guidebooks rave about? Yep, it’s a tough choice. And the more time for research the better! But you can’t go wrong with award-winning Di Fara, owned and operated by Domenico DeMarco, in Midwood, Brooklyn since 1964. Upstate New York vies with NYC for awesome pizza parlors, and some say the best slice is actually across the Hudson in New Jersey.

There are towns and villages all over Italy—and much of Europe—that should probably be on any reputable list. Even London in recent years has upped its game to produce a more than respectable, and definitely crave-worthy pie. It’s worth wandering the globe and sampling as many slices as possible!

Where do you think the world’s best pizza can be found? Let us know below in the comments!

About the author

Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn is a freelance writer, photographer, consultant, and curator and the driving force behind the long running and award winning blog, Originally from the American Deep South, Chris has lived and worked all over the world and has called London home since 2001.

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