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The World's Best Cities for Pizza

Updated May 15, 2019 20.9k votes 3.1k voters 44.5k views17 items

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The best cities for pizza in the world are not all the standard American and Italian locations you would think hold the title of the top pizza in the world. On top of the best cities for pizza in the US, there are a number of cities worldwide that boast their own inventive or classic takes on the pizza pie. Whatever your favorite pizza topping and preference for crust, there is a pie somewhere in the world that will satisfy your hunger for the greatest pizza in the world.

Though pizza's origins are Italian, the US has become a pizza powerhouse in recent years with intense debates over which city has the best pizza style, New York or Chicago. Other cities in the US, like San Diego and New Haven, fly under the pizza radar but still rank as some of the top pizza places in the world.

What city has the best pizza in the world? Where is the best pizza made? From New York to Sao Paulo to Osaka, there are myriad good pizza places for you to try out the best pizza spots on an international pizza tasting tour. If your pick for greatest city for pizza isn't on the list of top cities for pizza worldwide, make sure to add it.
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    Pizza is available on every corner in Rome, and not just in restaurants and traditional eateries. On many corners, especially in the tourist-heavy areas, you can grab a slice from a street vendor whose cart is piled high with pie. The crust on these slices (served al taglio, or "by the slice") is thin and the toppings are far more exotic than standard American fare (think eggplant, zucchini, and asparagus). 
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  • What you really need to know about Amsterdam's pizza is that it's available in a city where marijuana is legal and the munchies are rampant. That said, you'll find shops whose windows are lined with all manor of cheese covered food products including what would best be described as a New York style pie. The dough is rolled thicker than in the Big Apple, and the cheese is heaped heavier as well. Not that the lactose intolerant are eating a bunch of pizza to begin with, but these pies are heavy on the cheese to the point where the thick crust becomes doughy beneath.
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    Pizzas in this Brazilian city are notable for having very little sauce and heaps and heaps of mozzarella. Toppings include Brazilian staples like ham and Calabrese sausage as well as hard boiled eggs, black olives, and the like. The citizens of Sao Paulo are so serious about pizza that it's become a ritual Sunday meal as well as a cause for celebration every July 10th on National Pizza Day.
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