Slideshow: The 12 Most Enticing Pizzas We've Eaten So Far This Year

The Brass Monkey at Little Star Pizza in San Francisco, CA
The Brass Monkey at Little Star Pizza in San Francisco, CA
A hearty combination of mushrooms, onions, garlic, spinach, and a mixture of ricotta and feta cheese that's just salty and tangy enough to occasionally tickle the tongue. It hits every note just about right. Read more here »

Litte Star Pizza: 400 Valencia Street, San Francisco; 415-551-7827

Fried Marinara at La Montanara in NYC
Fried Marinara at La Montanara in NYC
Yes, the crust is fried, adding a fluffy heft, and making this pizza "perfect drunk food." A sprinkle of Parmesan, dried herbs, and slivered garlic ride on top. Read more here »

La Montanara: 168 Ludlow Street, New York NY; 646-657-0730

Una Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco
Una Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco
The Apollonia arrives with a sparse handful of quarter-inch cubes of Italian salami. The pizzaiolo adds buffalo mozzarella, fresh garlic, basil, sea salt, black pepper, and a thin layer of beaten egg in places. Read more here »

Una Pizza Napoletana: 210 Eleventh Street, San Francisco; 415-861-3444

Federici's Pizza in Freehold, New Jersey
Federici's Pizza in Freehold, New Jersey
The sausage and onion pie is killer. Federici's uses great, juicy chunks nuggets of fennel-flecked pork.

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Federici's Pizza: 14 East Main Street, Freehold NJ 07728; 732-462-1312

Nino's Pizza in Brooklyn
Nino's Pizza in Brooklyn
Nino's Margherita is a round masterpiece made with cloud-white, fresh mozzarella, real-deal NYC crust (it chews, it crackles, it folds), and an ample supply of smooth tomato sauce—done in stripes, of course. Its basil component, requisite for any pizza called "Margherita," is basil oil.

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Nino's Pizza: 9110 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; 718-680-0222

Lombardi Pizza Co. Truck in Edison, NJ
Lombardi Pizza Co. Truck in Edison, NJ
The crust is tender and airy, and all the more impressive considering it was made-to-order from a truck. It's hard to look away from these. Read more here »

Lombardi Pizza Co.: 10 Parsonage Road, Edison NJ; 908-400-7989

The Girella at Don Antonio in NYC
The Girella at Don Antonio in NYC
As the cheese melts, the flavors of the ham and arugula get infused into the mozzarella. Add to that the tart acidity of halved grape tomatoes and creamy, buttery ricotta and all the bases are covered. Read more here »

Don Antonio: 309 West 50th Street, New York NY; 646-719-1043

Speedy Romeo in Brooklyn, NY
Speedy Romeo in Brooklyn, NY
This nacho-like pizza is covered in peppers and provel. Both sturdy and molten, it's pretty irresistible. Read more here »

Speedy Romeo: 376 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-230-0061

Obbie's Pizza in Chicago, IL
Obbie's Pizza in Chicago, IL
In a city known for its pizza, being deemed one of the best-looking is a serious coup. This thin crust sausage pizza is smothered with cheese and incredibly satisfying. Read more here »

Obbie's Pizza: 6654 W Archer Avenue, Chicago; 773-586-2828