Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs Pizzerias In Nation’s Top 101

The 2020 list of the 101 best pizza restaurants in the United States by The Daily Meal includes three in Colorado.

The national food and drink website included restaurants in 17 states and the District of Columbia, with New York claiming the most spots on the list with 21.

But for the fourth straight year, Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, Connecticut, has the No. 1 pizza in America, according to The Daily Meal.

In Colorado, the following pizza places were ranked:

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Outside of New York, Illinois led the pack with six pizza shops on the list, all in Chicago. California and Nevada both had five places on the list.

Here’s a look at the top 10 nationally:

  1. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (New Haven, Connecticut)
  2. Pequod’s (Chicago, Illinois)
  3. John’s of Bleecker Street (New York City, New York)
  4. Razza Pizza Artigianale (Jersey City, New Jersey)
  5. Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria (Nashville, Tennessee)
  6. Buddy’s Pizza (Detroit, Michigan)
  7. Santarpio’s (Boston, Massachusetts)
  8. Lucali (Brooklyn, New York)
  9. Sally’s Apizza (New Haven, Connecticut)
  10. Piece (Chicago, Illinois)

Since 2012, The Daily Meal has ranked America’s best pizzas, noting that “It can sometimes feel like there is a pizzeria around every corner, but there’s just something about a great pizza.”

This year, the editors said they took “special care to highlight pizzerias from all parts of the country, as well as female- and Black-owned businesses,” and focused on smaller establishments and local favorites that had been successful branching out to a few locations.

As varied as the pies on The Daily Meal’s list are, there is some common ground, according to the magazine’s editors

“All have many of the qualities you’d expect in an above-standard pie: saucy, cheesy slices of heaven with a doughy-yet-crispy crust and a nice flop; along with a respectable amount of grease — just enough to get the job done,” the editors wrote. “Some have basic-but-essential ingredients like pepperoni and house-made sausage, while others venture outside the box with creative-yet-functional toppings.”

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