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Food & Ingredients

New Best-Pizza-by-State List Explodes With Culinary Creativity

From a fried rice pizza to a pie topped with Persian beef and harissa, there's no shortage of unusual toppings on Taste of Home's list.

There are plenty of lists that rank the best pizzerias in the U.S., with some breaking it down by state. But how many lists have ranked the best specific pizza sold in each state? That’s exactly what a new one from Taste of Home sets out to do, while also calling attention to the explosion of culinary creativity that has rocked the pizza industry in recent years.

There are some usual suspects: Frank Pepe Pizza Napoletana’s White Clam Pizza took the top spot in Connecticut; Giordano’s Deep-Dish Cheese Pizza was ranked No. 1 in Illinois; and Bleecker Street Pizza’s Nonna Maria Pizza claimed best pizza in New York.

There are also some under-the-radar and even downright quirky selections that will raise eyebrows: a Tater-Tot Pizza from Rhombus Guys in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and a Sriracha Shrimp Pizza from Pies & Pints in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Meanwhile, the wildly original Fried Rice Pizza at Honolulu’s Proof Public House almost certainly turns heads with toppings like char siu pork, kimchi, pocho sausage and oyster sauce.

Let’s not forget the Tuna Melt pizza at Flying Pie Pizzaria in Boise or the Cold Picked Lobster Pizza from Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza & Craft Beer in Ogunquit, Maine. And next time you’re in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region, you’ll want to try Black Sheep Pizza’s pie topped with Persian beef, tomatoes, feta and harissa (pictured below).

This photo shows a pie from Black Sheep Pizza topped with Persian beef, tomatoes, feta and harissa.
(Black Sheep Pizza / Instagram)

In the Sunshine State, Satchel’s Pizza, a funky-cool Gainesville shop spotlighted by PMQ back in 2012, earned top honors for owner Satchel Raye’s Custom Pie, which can be made with a variety of unusual toppings like chorizo tempeh, broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes. And Hideaway Pizza, an Oklahoma City favorite, offers the Hideaway Special, with a different topping on every slice.

Related: Publication Names 6 Best New York-Style Pizzerias in Chicago

Here’s a look at Taste of Home’s complete list—is your pizzeria on it?

Alabama

Post Office Pies (Birmingham): “Make Your Own”

Alaska

Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria (Anchorage): “B.L.T. Pizza”

Arizona

Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix): “Rosa Pizza”

Arkansas

Damgoode Pies (Little Rock): “Underdog Pizza”

California

Pizzeria Mozza (Los Angeles): “Goat Cheese, Leeks, Scallions, Garlic and Bacon Pizza”

Colorado

Ian’s Pizza* (Denver): “Macaroni and Cheese Pizza” (pictured below)

(*Ian’s Pizza appears to be temporarily closed after flooding in April 2023.)

A Macaroni and Cheese Pizza.
(Ian’s Pizza / Instagram)

Connecticut

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (New Haven): “White Clam Pizza”

Delaware

Pizza by Elizabeth (Greenville): “Saint Pizza”

Florida

Satchel’s Pizza (Gainesville): “Custom Pie”

Georgia

Antico (Atlanta): “Diavola”

Hawaii

Proof Public House (Honolulu):  “Fried Rice Pizza”

Idaho

Flying Pie Pizzeria (Boise): “Tuna Melt Pizza”

Illinois

Giordano’s (Chicago): “Cheese Deep Dish”

Deep-dish cheese pizza from Giordano's in Chicago.
Giordano’s

Indiana 

Bazbeaux Pizza (Indianapolis): “Neptune Pizza”

Iowa

A&A Pagliai’s Pizza (Iowa City): “Palace Special”

Kansas

Topp’d (Kansas City): “Thai Peanut Pizza”

Kentucky

Joe Bologna’s (Lexington): “Sfingione Pizza”

Louisiana

Pizza Delicious (New Orleans): “Cheese Pizza”

Maine

Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza & Craft Beer (Ogunquit): “Cold Picked Lobster Pizza” (pictured below)

A lobster pizza from a pizza shop in Maine.
(Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza & Craft Beer / Instagram)

Maryland

Inferno Pizza (Darnestown): “D.O.C. Margherita Pizza”

Massachusetts

Regina Pizzeria (Boston): “Giambotta Pizza”

Michigan

Belle Isle Pizza (Detroit): “Corktown Pizza”

Minnesota

Black Sheep Pizza (St. Paul): “Persian Beef, Tomato, Feta & Harissa Pizza”

Mississippi

Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (Jackson and Madison): “Meat Packing District Pizza”

Missouri

Il Lazzarone (Kansas City): “Margherita Pizza”

Marghertia pizzas before entering the oven.
(Il Lazzarone / Instagram)

Montana

Biga Pizza (Missoula): “Caramelized Goat Pizza”

Nebraska

Yia Yia’s (Lincoln): “The Francais Pizza”

Nevada

Settebello (Henderson): “Pizza Carbonara”

New Hampshire

900 Degrees Wood Fired Pizzeria (Manchester): “900 Degrees House Pie”

New Jersey

Bevacqua’s Reservoir Tavern (Boonton): “Bar Pizza”

New Mexico

Giovanni’s Pizzeria (Albuquerque): “New Mexican Pizza”

New York

Bleecker Street Pizza (New York): “Nonna Maria Pizza”

North Carolina

Pure Pizza (Charlotte): “She-Rex Pizza”

North Dakota

Rhombus Guys (Grand Forks): “Tater-Tot Pizza”

Ohio

Angelo’s of Lakewood (Lakewood): “Super Deluxe Pizza”

Oklahoma

Hideaway Pizza (Oklahoma City): “The Hideaway Special” (pictured below)

A pizza with various toppings on each slice.
(Hideaway Pizza / Instagram)

Oregon

Apizza Scholls Pizza (Portland): “Apizza Amore”

Pennsylvania

Pizza Brain (Philadelphia): “Tom Pie”

Rhode Island

Al Forno (Providence): “Calamari Pizza”

South Carolina

EVO Pizza (North Charleston): “Potato & Corn Pizza”

South Dakota

Monks House of Ale Repute (Sioux Falls): “Dub’s Thai Pizza”

Tennessee

Hog & Hominy (Memphis): “Red Eye Pizza”

Texas

Big Lou’s Pizza (San Antonio): “BBQ Pizza”

Utah

Este Pizza (Park City): “Terra”

Vermont

American Flatbread (Waitsfield): “Sun-Dried Tomato and Mushroom Pizza” (pictured below)

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A pizza from American Flatbread in Vermont.
(American Flatbread / Instagram)

Virginia

Pupatella (Arlington): “Calabrese Pizza”

Washington

Serious Pizza (Seattle): “Yukon Gold Potato, Rosemary, Pecorino Romano”

West Virginia

Pies & Pints (Fayetteville): “Sriracha Shrimp Pizza”

Wisconsin

Pizza Brutta (Madison): “Miele Pizza”

Wyoming

Pinky G’s Pizzeria (Jackson Hole): “Funky Chicken Pizza”