Italian Delite- Lansdale, PA
Italian Delite’s pizza is a pizza’s pizza. You want leeks or capers or goat cheese? Tough. A BYOB this is not. This is the standard stuff from an unassuming neighborhood pizzeria flanked on either side by a nail place and Game Stop. So maybe not the best place for a date, but definitely the go-to for take-out before settling in to watch a Friday night Sixers game (they’re on the rise, folks!). Is it greasy? Sure. But more of a sheen than a puddle, which is just about perfect. Everyone’s entitled to their gourmet sensibilities – I like an artichoke topping as much as the next guy – but when it comes to pizza cravings, just cut through the bullshit and gimme the goods. And there are no better goods than a large Italian Delite pepperoni and onion. A piece of which I am eating. Right now. Damn these food articles. – Stacey Pavlick
Mississippi Pizza Pub- Portland, OR
The hip, rapidly gentrified neighborhood surrounding North Portland’s Mississippi Pizza Pub is just the place to score a vintage tee and a miniature terrarium plant or a hipster bauble and an ironic art print, but the strip’s eateries also happen to be among the best in the city. The pub itself is no exception. Although nearly all pizza joints in town carry some form of vegan pie, Mississippi Pizza’s are far and away the tastiest – near-gourmet but reasonably priced, never greasy and never lacking fresh veg.
Grab a slice to go at the counter just inside (last week’s taste, a soft-crusted and spicy olive, green bell pepper, pineapple and jalapeno piece purchased during Portland’s yearly snowstorm, was especially delectable), or tromp back into the secluded Atlantis Lounge and grab a pitcher of Ninkasi Total Domination IPA or Hopworks lager to go with your flavor-packed Garden Party pie (kalamata olives, red onion, mushrooms, roasted red bell pepper, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes on a vegan pesto base). Though it’s unfortunate they recently stopped offering whole wheat dough, Mississippi Pizza Pub remains one of the essential places to visit on the West Coast for those desiring something more than just your average pie. They even have karaoke. - Joe Clinkenbeard
Carmine’s Pizzeria- Brooklyn, NY
Carmine’s gets my vote for best pizzeria not only for the stunning quality of their pizza – there are dozens of places with a great cheese slice, and it’s hard to quantify the best in that category – but for their awe-inspiring versatility. Despite their status as a mom-and-pop, old-school locals’ hangout, the topping selection strays far off the beaten path, into variations I would never try if I didn’t trust their judgment so completely. This is a pizzeria that induced me into eating a slice based on a deconstructed taco, covered in ground beef, cheddar cheese and jalapenos, and somehow ensured that decision did not result in stomach-churning regret later on. The entire staff also runs like a finely oiled machine, which is key in a place that always seems to be packed. - Jesse Cataldo