Americans are famous for taking the cuisine of other cultures and transforming it into a diverse creation influenced by the culinary styles from many countries. No matter what foods immigrants bring with them, other influences have an effect over time – like the pizza, a product of Naples, Italy. After coming really to prominence in the United States in the wake of World War II, it seems the only limits to ingredient combinations are within the imagination of the person making the “tomato pie.”
Everywhere you go, you’ll find all sorts of interpretations, but – regardless of whether you prefer the thick, Chicago-style or thin, New York-style crust – make time to visit these shops next time you stop in (or near) their home cities:
Metro Pizza, Las Vegas
Founded by a pair of brothers from New York, you’ll find a wide selection of traditional and fresh combinations available. The Stockyard, a stuffed pizza overflowing with pepperoni, sausage and ground beef, is a favorite but there dozens of mouth-watering options.
Co., New York
The hometown of American pizza, it continues to be a center of innovation for the simple dinner. Stop in at this slightly-upscale spot in the Chelsea area for a pie with an interesting twist. The Ham and Cheese is a classic, but adventurous customers might turn towards the Shiitake – a mushroom, onion and walnut extravaganza.
One of the best spots to grab the Windy City’s classic deep-dish crust, the recipe is a tightly-guarded family secret. The pepperoni pizza is beloved by patrons, but coming in a close second is the flavorful Rudy’s Special – a concoction layered thick with cheese and overflowing with sausage, mushrooms, onion and green pepper.
Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles
If you’re looking for fashionable place to get a great pizza, this may be just the restaurant for you. Led by famous chef Mario Batali, the ingredients are farmed or caught locally as much as possible. The menu is different than you might expect at a corner diner, but the white anchovy, tomato and Fresno chile pie is a surprisingly delicious offering.
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, New Haven, CT
Founded in 1925, this Connecticut staple is still in the family more than eight decades after it first opened as The Spot. Using coal-fired ovens, this thin-crust offering remains as true as possible to those in Frank’s hometown on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Though the Original Tomato Pie is still on the menu, get your hands on a slice of the white spinach, mushroom and gorgonzola for a real treat.