01/07/2015 07:43 am ET Updated Jan 07, 2015

The Best Pizza Styles, Ranked


One of the most difficult things we've ever had to do is look at pizza with a critical eye. Pizza is pizza, after all. Whether it has just come fresh out of the oven or has been reheated after a couple of days, pizza is always wholly satisfying. It is the food equivalent of a bear hug -- it feels good and we never want it to end. Despite our undying love for this food, the truth is that some are better than others.

A quick look at the many types of pizza highlights the fact that we are a nation of pizza lovers. But it also means that we must rank these pies, in a completely subjective ordering from worst to best pizza style because.

Despite the fact that we assigned this task to ourselves, you should know that this was really, really hard. Sure, there are pizza styles enjoyed in this country that just aren't that great -- no matter how much we love them -- so they were easy to rank poorly on the list. But many of our nation's pizzas are delightfully delicious in their own unique ways, and it was challenging to say one was better than the next. But we gave it our best shot.

You should know right off the bat that not every single pizza style in the nation is represented here -- there are just too many. But the ones that are part of the list were considered and judged with great respect and love.

Here it is, the best pizza styles ranked in order from worst to absolute best:

Pizza Styles, In Order

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