Many consider pizza as a complete meal having all the basic go, grow, and glow foods in every slice. A pizza slice has the proteins of cheese and various kinds of meat. It’s got the garnishing of all types of vegies that provide your daily minerals. And, all these are on top your carbohydrate, that crunchy, tasty baked pizza dough. Pizza is a complete meal, short of saying that for most people, a slice of pizza completes their day.
However, not all pizzas are created equal. There are those who stand out.
Every pizza lover focuses on different aspects of the pizza. There are the cheese lovers who base their best choices on the cheesiness of the pizza. They are those who have their eyes closed as they savor the creaminess of every bite. There are those who are looking at the meatiness. They ask the basic question of how many kinds of meat and how many kilos are piled on every pie.
There are those who focus on the sauciness, that secret formula that was handed down from generation to generation of pizza makers. Then, there’s the price, those who just really love pizzas and would like to have the most slices for their dollar. Not All Pizzas are Created Equal Here is a bucket list of pizza restaurants that have all these, plus a little more.
1. Al Forno Restaurant
Al Forno’s captures the taste of the regional cuisines of Italy and Southern France. Al Forno is popular for their much applauded grilled pizzas. Their crusts are on the sweet side and always finished with fresh, well-seasoned toppings.
2. Apizza Scholls
One would be surprised how basic Apizza Scholls’ pizza dough is. They only use four ingredients; flour, water, salt and yeast. Fermented daily for 24 hours, they top it off with mozzarella, cured Italian meats, hot peppers and a secret family own sauce that is applied sparingly between toppings and crust.
One may ask, “How do they make them so good if the formulation is so basic?” I’d say it’s about the fermentation process, top quality grade ingredient, the secret sauce and the combination of these.
3. Cici’s Pizza
Cici’s Pizza is based in Texas with nearly 500 restaurants in 34 states. Cici’s is known for its endless pizza, pasta, salad, soup and dessert buffet, Cici’s is considered to be the best kid-friendly, quick service restaurant and a top family-friendly restaurant.
4. Flour + Water
Flour + Water’s Neapolitan-style pizzas are given a two-minute dip in a wood-burning oven set to 427 degrees centigrade. Most pizza makers would consider this practice to be a bit too much as the temperature is way beyond normal but the results speak for themselves. Flour + Water consistently make chewy crusts. Every customer says that their orders are always perfectly charred.
Marta is located inside the Martha Washington hotel. Marta is best known for its Roman style pizzeria, their cracker thin crust, topnotch ingredients and very tangy tomato sauce.
Piece serves New Haven style pizza pies on thin crusts. Whether it be on red or white sauce, Piece’s applies a very generous amount of mozzarella and high piles of Italian sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, broccoli, mashed potatoes and more.
7. Pizza Rock
Pizza rock is located in Las Vegas. It is a pizzeria that caters to all tastes because it represents all the flavors and styles; Classic Italian, Californian, Chicago Style, Roman, Classic American, Sicilian and Napoletana. Pizza Rock is a pizzeria that’s out to satisfy every craving and every taste.
8. Virgilio’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar
Virgilio’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar is located in Littleton, Colorado. They serve crunchy charred thin crust pizzas. It is the best place to find that best combination of wine with your pizza. Virgilio’s provides that complete Italian experience; cheesy, meaty toppings on crunchy thin crust pie with the best wine to go along with it.
9. Varuni Napoli
Varuni Napoli is famous for their Bastardo with its spicy pork sausages. All Varuni Napoli pizzas are baked in a wood-burning oven to make the crust slightly charred for very distinct and crunchy chews. All ingredients are top grade with the use of that special mozzarella di buffala.
10. Pizzeria Mozza
The main attractions at Pizzeria Mozza are their crisp pizzas, which can be served with thin layers of the most unusual ingredients such as squash blossoms, fingerling potatoes leeks or clams. This makes every Pizzeria experience unique. One simply can’t get tired of coming back to Pizzeria Mozza.
There’s more out There
There is nothing like travelling around the U.S. in search for that perfect pizza. Pizza making is actually very simple. It’s about whipping up that unique style, blend and combination that creates the different between good and great.
No single creative blend is able to satisfy everybody. But, it will satisfy someone. One thing is for sure. You can’t go wrong with pizza. So when in doubt, go for pizza.