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It’s official: these are the world’s best cities for pizza

A handful of cities dominated the latest rankings from Italy’s pizza connoisseurs

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

Some Italians may disagree, but these days, not all the good pizza is to be found in Italy. In fact pizzerias around the world, from Bangkok to São Paulo, are showing that a delicious slice has no borders.

Don’t believe us? Check out the latest ranking of the world’s greatest pizzerias from Italian pizza connoisseurs 50 Top Pizza. The top spot on year’s list went jointly to Una Pizza Napoletana in New York and I Masanielli in Caserta, Italy. But the placings of the rest of the list varied enormously, with pizza makers as far-flung as Cairo, Helsinki, Auckland and Beijing all placed in the list’s top 100.

Which got us thinking: what’s the best city in the world for pizza? To find out, we looked at 50 Top Pizza’s list and counted up which cities around the world featured the most heavily. And the results are at least somewhat surprising.

The best city for pizza in 2022 is… another tie! Both New York and Rome had five restaurants feature in the ranking – more than any other cities.

Next comes Naples tied with London and Tokyo, all of which had four restaurants feature in the list. However Naples – the undisputed birthplace of pizza – edges out the competition by virtue of having four restaurants in the overall top ten: the most of any city.

CasertaParisMilanCopenhagenHong Kong and São Paulo each had three pizzerias featured.

It’s worth mentioning that Naples and Caserta are rather close – it’s less than 45 minutes between them by train, in fact. In other words, a pizza pilgrimage to no fewer than seven of the world’s finest pizzerias is extremely doable.

Here’s the rundown of which top-notch pizzerias made the cut in each city, along with the ranking of each restaurant.

New York, USA

Rome, Italy 

  • Seu Pizza Illuminati (8)
  • 180g Pizzeria Romana (17)
  • Qvinto (25)
  • Sbanco (60)
  • Sant’Isidoro – Pizza & Bolle (93)

Naples, Italy

  • 50 Kalò (4)
  • 10 Diego Vitagliano Pizzeria (5)
  • Francesco & Salvatore Salvo (7)
  • La Notizia 94 (9)

London, UK

Tokyo, Japan

Caserta, Italy

  • I Masanielli – Francesco Martucci (1)
  • Cambia-Menti di Ciccio Vitiello (19)
  • I Masanielli – Sasà Martucci (22)

Paris, France

  • Peppe Pizzeria (3)
  • 400° Laboratorio (70)
  • Guillaume Grasso (88)

Milan, Italy

  • Dry Milano (18)
  • Crosta (38)
  • Denis (48)

Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Bæst (20)
  • Pizzeria Lucca (68)
  • Surt (95)

Hong Kong, China

  • Fiata by Salvatore Fiata (62)
  • BACI Trattoria and Bar (90)
  • CIAK In the Kitchen (92)

São Paulo, Brazil

  • A Pizza Da Mooca (77)
  • Leggera Pizza Nepoletana (83)
  • QT Pizza Bar (99)

Other cities with at least one pizzeria on the list include San Francisco, Madrid, Melbourne, Barcelona and Jersey City.

Check out the full top 100 pizzerias in the world for yourself here – and get planning a pizza-packed global tour!

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