February 9th is National Pizza Day, so if you’re craving pizza today (or any day, really), you should just go for it. But where to go, exactly? With the help of our Instagram followers, we rounded up some of the best places for pizza in the country—and the world! Keep scrolling and then get eating.
1. New York.
C’mon, like you didn’t know this was going to be on the list? We got tons of recommendations and votes for the classic New York slice (and, sorry Chicago—when we put it to a vote, New York won with 72% of the votes.)
With the hundreds of pizza places in NYC, though, how do you know if you’ve found a good one? Key things to look out for: good crust (thin is good for New York!), sauce to cheese ratio (gotta get it right), and type of oven at the pizza shop (brick oven is key). Of course, you could always take the guesswork out of it and go for a tried-and-true spot. Top recommendations? Roberta’s or Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn, or John’s of Bleeker St if you want to stay in Manhattan. (Bonus: Grimaldi’s is right by the Brooklyn Bridge with amazing views of the city!)
2. Chicago, IL.
Who could resist an enormous slice of deep-dish pizza filled with gooey cheese and stuffed with all the best toppings—er, fillings? Not us, that’s for sure. Giordano’s is THE place for deep dish in Chicago. Other hot spots for deep dish include Gino’s and any Lou Malnati’s. Pizza lore has it that the deep-dish pizza was invented at Pizzeria Uno (now mostly known just as Unos).
3. Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles.
This pizzeria is the real deal. They’re serving up wood-fired pizzas with a perfect balance between crispy and puffy and a mix of pizza toppings that blend traditional Italian pizza with local California flavors. If you’re anywhere near Los Angeles, it’s worth a trip.
4. East Side Pies, Austin, TX.
A go-to classic in Austin for thin crust pizza with local toppings: a recipe for success. Two extra bonuses? They deliver AND you can find them in several locations around town. Lucky for you, that means you’re never far from good pizza.
5. Serious Pie, Seattle
By now you’re probably noticing some key themes: wood-fired pizzas. Good balance between thin, crispy crusts and puffy crusts. Local toppings making for a unique and delicious pizza. Serious Pie (seriously) has it all, plus adds classic Seattle ambiance in their pizzeria. West-Coasters, this is a must-taste.
6. Antico Pizza, Atlanta
No pizza list would be complete without Antico in Atlanta—I mean, they ship in their ingredients and their pizza ovens from NAPLES. How could you go wrong? They’ve even been rated #1 Pizza in the US (take that, New York!) They’re open until they run out of their dough, so head in early and get ready for some of the best pizza of your life.
Bonus: Pizza ’round the World
If you’re not in the US on National Pizza Day, NO. WORRIES.
From classic (L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Naples, Italy) to super-unique (banana pizza in Sweden, anyone?), we’ve got pizza recommendations from basically everywhere. Try the Pizza Meine Liebe in Melbourne, Australia or try Croatian pizza (Pizzeria Fortuna in Split or Pape Pizzeria in Korcula are two top-notch spots).
Did we miss your favorite local pizza place? Let us know (and don’t forget to pay them a visit on National Pizza Day!) Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram so you won’t miss out on future polls!