Slideshow: 8 Pizzas That Haunt My Dreams, 2011

Umberto's Pizzeria & Restaurant (New Hyde Park NY)
Umberto's Pizzeria & Restaurant (New Hyde Park NY)
I don't know how much I really have to say about Umberto's Pizzeria and Restaurant, so let's see if I can't just wrap it up with one sentence: The grandma pizza here is phenomenal. That's about all you need to know. Read more here »
Star Tavern (Orange NJ)
Star Tavern (Orange NJ)
Star Tavern makes an amazingly great thin-crust pizza. I'm craving the stuff as I type this, and not just because I haven't had breakfast yet. If you don't already live in Orange, New Jersey, or in Essex County (because if you do, you already know this), Star is worth a detour — and even a trip. I really like the plain pie (even though it's not pictured here), but it's worth exploring some of the other options on the menu once you've tried plain perfection. Read more here »
Adrienne's Pizzabar (NYC)
Adrienne's Pizzabar (NYC)
The pizza style at Adrienne's sort of defies any of the traditional ones we normally talk about—it's just a really great, puffy, thin-crust grandmaesque pie. Not only good for the Financial District, which, let's face it, is not difficult—but great for anywhere. Destination pizza, folks. Read more here » 54 Stone Street, New York NY 10005 (map); 212-248-3838; adriennespizzabar.com
The Cherry Jones at Paulie Gee's (Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NYC)
The Cherry Jones at Paulie Gee's (Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NYC)
I was going to name the Monte Cristo at Paulie Gee's as a dream-haunter (and it is), but that was until I had the Cherry Jones for the first time a couple weeks ago. It's in that same sweet-savory pocket, with dried Bing cherries and orange blossom honey played against mozzarella, gorgonzola, and prosciutto. It's a rich pizza, though, one that's built for sharing, and that's something I think makes it extra sweet. All Paulie Gee's intel here »
Bee Sting at Roberta's Pizza Cart
Bee Sting at Roberta's Pizza Cart
"The sweetness of the honey cuts both the saltiness and spice of the oven-crisped soppressata, all with a fresh-tasting sauce of minimally messed-with crushed tomatoes. The cheese is creamy, and there's just enough of it to satisfy folks who look for a balance of elements on their pies." Read more here »
The White Clam Pie at Pizzetteria Brunetti (Westhampton Beach NY)
The White Clam Pie at Pizzetteria Brunetti (Westhampton Beach NY)
You HAVE to get this pizza if you visit Brunetti. I mean, this is Long Island. Where else are you going to get clams this fresh. Jason Brunetti says they come from a local clammer. No surprise there. Ours were meaty, just briny enough, and without a hint of that rubbery texture that can ruin a clam pie. If you like seafood and/or clam pies, it would be a crime to skip this pizza. Read more here »