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The 16 Breakouts Pizzas of 2016

It is a wonderful dilemma that the ongoing pizza renaissance continues to yield more terrific pies than I have time or capacity to experience. Is certainly is fun trying, and 2016 turned out as yet another banner year in discovering “pizza worth the calories.”

Shears for slicing the Neapolitan pie at Ghibellina, Washington DC

We found great pizza in all sorts of styles: Neapolitan (still trending), old-school, Detroit, NY style, New Haven apizza, and even a Chicago deep dish. If there was a theme to the standouts of 2016, it was the emergence of the pan-baked thick crust, be it the traditional Sicilian or the even better Detroit style.

Insanely oversized slices at Lorenzo & Sons, West Chester Pa

This is not a “Best 16 Pizzas in America” list – these are the best ones I discovered in 2016. And some are truly spectacular! Click on any pizzeria for the full review and more pictures.


Honorable Mentions. These pies didn’t quite make the top 16, but were too good to leave out.

SNAP Custom Pizza, Exton PA. A trend we saw expanding in 2016 was the “build-your-own” Neapolitan pie chains, such as Blaze and MOD. One of the better attempts at this is the West Chester PA based SNAP Custom Pizza, now expanding into Philly. It won’t change your life, but you won’t get a soggy center the way we did at some more established Neapolitan pie joints.

The “Good Egg” pie at Snap Custom Pizza, Exton PA

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