Who Makes the Best Pizza in the World?
Pizza is a universal food. Most of us grow up with it. All of us have an opinion about it.
If you are from New York, it's New York pizza. If you are from Chicago, it's Chicago Deep Dish. The West Coast fans have their own traditional Italian pizza as well as New Wave.
Of course if you are from New Haven, Connecticut, you spend hours discussing who makes the best apizza: is it Sally's or Pepe's? Then there are those who favor Modern Apizza. New Haven fans are fanatics.
Woven across the US are small pockets of regional favorites. For example, on Long Island, New York, it's a type called Grandmother's. If you are from a certain area in Pennsylvania, you favor Old Forge.
There are types of pizza for every different taste: there is thin crust Neapolitan, and there is thick crust Scilian. Chicago deep dish, is a like an other. California pizza can be thin with unusual ingredients for unique tastes.
People do not argument about steakhouses or hamburgers or Chinese food, but this food hits a chord. It's a magical little disk that makes things happen. It does not matter if you're in Pennsylvania or Wisconsin, your own region makes the best pizza in the world. You tend to favor what you grow up with.
There are also, the master pizzaiolo, who defy any region and make the best possible putting their heart and soul into each one produced.
Here is a short list of pizzaiolo, who do it their way. Not for fame or glory but because they are dedicated to the craft of creating incredible pizza.
Pizzaiolo Chris Bianco, (Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, Arizona), is considered by some, the finast pizzaiolo in the US Ed LaDou, is another highly acclaimed pizza master. He created Wolfgang Pucks as well as California Pizza Kitchen's menu. He now makes his own at Caiote Pizza Cafe. Tony Gemignani (8 time World Champion and co-owner of Pyzano's) and Brian Spangler (Apizza Scholls, Portland, Oregon), each carry on the tradition of passion and pursuit for perfection. Gary Bimonte, grandson of Frank Pepe continues his grandfather's legacy at Pepe's in New Haven, Connecticut.
Another Legend is Peter Reinhart, author, baker and pizzaiolo. Peter told me once, there are only two types of pizza: good pizza and great pizza.
Peter went on a quest to find the best in the United States. His book, American Pie, chronicles his pizza adventures.
Who makes the best pizza?
You decide who makes the best. What kind do you like? The best pizza is definitely a personal choice. Your choice.
You can find an extensive listing of the Best Pizza in the World at this link: