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The Best Pizza In Unexpected Places

Posted: 01/02/2013 1:11 pm

Some of the country's best pies can be found in surprising places, including an old auto-repair garage in Kentucky and a restaurant in Phoenix that uses organic flour and has a line out the door. Here, Food & Wine reveals America's best pizza found in unexpected places.

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  • Port Chester, NY: Tarry Lodge

    Superstar chef Mario Batali usually opens his famous restaurants in major cities, but this terrific enoteca-pizzeria is located in a quiet suburb about 50 minutes outside New York City. Unexpected toppings include meatballs with jalapenos and Fontina cheese, and burrata with pancetta and chile oil, as well as luxe combinations like the guanciale pie with black truffles and an oozing egg. Plus:<a href=""> America's Best Bacon Burgers</a>

  • Ann Arbor, MI: Mani Osteria

    Adam Baru worked under restaurateur Danny Meyer before returning to his hometown to open his first restaurant. Wood-fired ovens turn out pies like the Farmers’ Market, loaded with local vegetables. Plus: <a href="">Best Sandwiches in the U.S.</a>

  • Yountville, CA: Redd Wood

    Richard Reddington, who runs the elegant Redd down the street, goes casual at this industrial-chic Napa trattoria. The focus is on salumi, antipasti, well-priced wines and rustic pizzas with crispy, ultra-thin crusts. “It’s a place for an impromptu meal or a reprieve from wine tasting,” says Reddington. Plus: <a href="">Best Burgers in the U.S.</a>

  • Providence, RI: Al Forno

    In 1980, Johanne Killeen and George Germon launched a new era of ambitious cooking in Providence with their thin-crusted grilled pizzas topped with superfresh ingredients. Their signature margarita pizza is topped with house-made pomodoro, fresh herbs, two cheeses and extra virgin olive oil. Plus: <a href="">America’s Best Doughnuts</a>

  • Larkspur, CA: Pizzeria Picco

    Pizzeria Picco’s wood-fired Neopolitan pies, like the margherita with house-pulled mozzarella, are rumored to be super star chef Mario Batali’s favorite. Another draw: the quirky olive-oil-and-sea-salt-topped soft serve ice cream. Plus: <a href="">Best Pie Spots in the U.S.</a>

  • Minneapolis: Pizzeria Lola

    “Yes, it’s true, Minnesota has the best pizza in America,” says TV star and chef Andrew Zimmern. “Better than New York City and Chicago put together.” The Minnesota resident might be a bit biased, but his favorite order makes a case for thinking outside those major pizzaiola hubs: The Sunnyside is topped with guanciale and leeks that have been caramelized in the cured pork fat and finished with a hint of cream. A sprinkle of Pecorino Romano cheese and two fresh sunny-side up eggs complete the recipe. “Pizza perfection,” says Zimmern. Plus: <a href="">America’s Best Bars</a>

  • Phoenix, AZ: Pizzeria Bianco

    The pizzas here are arguably America’s best, with beautiful, wood-fired crusts made with organic flour, fresh mozzarella and house-smoked mozzarella. Star pizzaiolo Chris Bianco’s favorite pie is his marinara pizza and there’s almost always a line out the door. <a href="">Click Here for More of the Best Pizza in Unexpected Places</a>


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