Pizza is one of my, “if you were stuck on a desert island and you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life” foods.
However, I’m a bit picky about pizza. Most pizza chain pizza isn’t even worth eating to me. My current favorite pizza joint in Hot Springs is Rocky’s Corner.
For this list item, I would like to eat at, at least one of the top 20 pizza places in the United States. To determine which place(s) to try, I will be using this list from The Daily Meal.
I grew up with a mix of St. Louis and Chicago style pizza joints. I have only had a few “Chicago style” pizzas that I liked. There was a place in Raleigh, that I can’t remember the name of and Rocky’s Corner. Most places selling Chicago style pizza serve a pizza with far too much sauce and bread for my taste. Uno’s & Garcia’s pizzeria are both examples of this style.
St. Louis style is hit or miss for me. I like the oft maligned “cracker” style crust. The Provel cheese isn’t my favorite, but it works on some of the pizzas I have tried, like #92 on The Daily Meal’s list: Imo’s Pizza.
When I moved to North Carolina, the pizza places advertised pretty much exclusively “New York” style pizza. Much like Chicago style, I have not been a fan of many New York style pizzas I have tried, though I am hopeful that the New York style pizza in New York is better than places I have tried.
My overall favorite pizza chain I have tried is the Mellow Mushroom with the “Magical Mystery Tour” being my pizza of choice.
The front runners for top 20 pizza places to try are:
Frank Pepe’s which is ranked #1 on the list and located in CT.
Di Fara Pizza located in Brooklyn and billed as Zagat’s #1 New York Pizza
I chose these two because the pizzas looked tasty. Pepe’s offers a unique take on authentic pizza, while Di Fara’s seems like a good place to try to figure out what all the fuss about New York pizza is about. If I don’t like the “#1 New York pizza” then I reckon I just don’t like New York pizza.
I will update the blog when I’m ready to plan a trip.