Northeast Pizza Throwdown

225 MILES | 5 hr 33 min | by Michael Stern

Connecticut, New York, New Jersey: all can lay claim to the best pizza in America, maybe in the world. You be the judge. Take this tri-state tour of cream of the crop pizzerias in each venue.


Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana

The granddaddy of New Haven pizzerias, Pepe's is best known for its coal oven's chewy, full-flavored thin crust. And for superb, simple white clam pies.


Roseland Apizza

Roseland is a family-run restaurant in Derby, Connecticut, famous for huge portions of Italian-American food, including superb New Haven-style pizza.


Modern Apizza

Modern is one of New Haven's great pizzerias, its coal-fired oven turning out pies with chewy, full-flavored crust & first-rate toppings. Try the Italian Bomb!


Di Fara Pizza

There's always a long wait at Di Fara, where thin-crust pizza is made with imported mozzarella & daily-made sauce. Fans consider it the best on earth.

Must Eats

John’s Pizzeria

Cooked in a vintage coal-fired oven, John's pizza has a perfect chewy-crunchy crust. It's a New York City Greenwich Village landmark.

Must Eats

De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies

Some of the best pizza anywhere is made in New Jersey at De Lorenzo's, where the crust is thin and crisp and the toppings are perfectly balanced.


Maruca’s Tomato Pies

A Seaside, New Jersey boardwalk legend, Maruca's is known for pizza made with a hypnotic spiral of unctuous cheese and red sauce.

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