Pizza. It's perhaps the most beloved food on our planet. I mean, what's not to love? Bread. Sauce. Cheese. Toppings. It's a universal food that everyone loves. And we all know why. Perhaps you have your favourite pizza joint that is your go-to for take-out nights or perhaps you are still on the lookout for that perfect, one-of-a kind pizzeria to satisfy your fussy tastebuds. Well don't worry, we have you covered with a list of the best pizza shops from around the world. After reading this list you may want to pack your bags and start travelling!
1. San Paolo, Brazil
Italians are the largest immigrant group in Sao Paolo and they opened the city's first pizzerias in the late 1800s. There are almost 9,000 pizzerias in Sao Paolo alone with leading pizza spots such as Margherita Pizzeria, Casa Braz and Camelo. Eating pizza in this city is like no other experience you've had. Pizza is served rodizio-style with waiters bringing around many different varieties with toppings ranging from corn, potato sticks and beef stroganoff. For dessert you can order the Nevada-style pizza topped with banana, cinnamon and meringue.
2. Melbourne, Australia
Johnny Di Francesco runs the city's 90 Secondi restaurant. One taste of his Neapolitan-style pizza will have you convinced that it's the best in the world. Melbourne is also full of other great pizza shops, including Scoozi, which is one of only three pizzerias in Australia to get the seal of approval from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. The wood-fired oven at La Svolta produces thin, crisp pizzas with toppings ranging from pumpkin, pancetta, gorgonzola and red onion.
3. New York, New York
New York City is by far the best pizza town in the world. In fact, it was here that pizza found its first foothold in the New World. And it was also here that the most popular form of pizza – the slice – was invented. The best slices can be found at the old-school spots like Patsy's, Totonno's, Grimaldi's and Lombardi’s.
4. Naples, Italy
The birthplace of pizza surely has some of the best shops in the world. The most famous pizzerias in Naples have been owned by the same families for generations and the quality has been consistent. While places all around the world may claim to serve Neapolitan pizza there is nothing like eating a slice in its birthplace. In Naples, pizza must be cooked at a super-high temperature in a domed, wood-fired brick oven. If you are in Naples try checking out places like Da Michele, Il Pizzaiolo del Presidente, Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba and Di Matteo.
5. Rome, Italy
The pizza scene in Rome has only recently taken off but it is proving quite popular. They serve pizza with super-high-quality ingredients and creative toppings all in a unique dining experience. While there are several old-style pizzerias serving traditional oblong pizzas, many newcomers are on scene, such as Sforno and La Gatta Mangiona, which serves pizza topped with potato, salmon, mozzarella and parsley along with more than 200 wines and 70 craft beers. Pizzarium and La Fucina, which allows diners to sample multiple varieties, such as one topped with flowers, shrimp mozzarella and lardo, are also impressive restaurants to visit for high-class meals.
6. Boston, Massachusetts
For a unique pizza experience you may want to visit the legendary Santarpio's, whose owners put sauce on the top of the cheese and toppings on the bottom. Regina Pizza serves one of the country's perfect plain slices. Many of the restaurants offer toppings that are all local, organic and homemade.
7. New Haven, Connecticut
This tiny city is home to America's best pizza. The white clam pie at the legendary Frank Pepe is one of the best ones to try according to those who have tasted it. Most of the pizza in this city is thin-crusted, oblong, coal-fired, deeply charred and chewier. Pepe's, Sally's or Modern Apizza, which have all been around since the '20s or '30s are among the favourites to visit.
8. San Francisco and Environs, California
The Bay area has some of the most delicious pizza joints around. The area restaurants are best known for their dedication to using the highest-quality seasonal produce and well-sourced meats and cheeses. Try visiting Una Pizza Neapoletana for Anthony Mangieri's perfect Neapolitan pie or Pizzeria Delfina and Little Star's. You can also travel outside the city limits to places like The Forge in Oakland and The Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley.
9. Nice, France
Just a short distance from Italy, pizza in Nice is delicious and worth the travel. Most notably, they've done away with mozzarella and replaced it with cheeses such as Emmental and Cantal. Pizza here is crisp, delicate and topped with high-quality, simple, local ingredients. The ovens are fired with local pine and oak and traditional local seasonings like Herbes de Provence, persillade and pistou are used. If you are in Nice you will want to pop into Le Safari, which has been opened since 1973 and Le Pizza Nice, which has been around since 1956.
10. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is a city full of Italian immigrants and they offer some of the most incredible pizza. You will find a pizzeria on almost every corner here with some of the best pizzas in the world. The curst is thick and the cheese plentiful. The tomato sauce is put on in a thin layer and toppings are added right before the pizza is served. Some of the best places to visit here to satisfy your tastebuds are El Cuartito, Guerrin, Filo and Siamo Nel Forno. Bakano also offers some of the area's best dessert pizzas, including one topped with Nutella and ice cream.