Slideshow: Staff Picks: The Real Deal Pizza in College

Yale: Bar
Yale: Bar
"My favorite legitimate pizza in New Haven is the red pie with mozzarella and basil from BAR (they don't call it a Margherita). Like all their pies, it's got a super thin crust with great flavor, chew, and char. The toppings are always fresh tasting and, on this pie, lightly applied. When I want something heartier, the mashed potato pizza is pretty great too." Carrie Vasios

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

MIT: Pinocchio's
MIT: Pinocchio's
"I love the Sicilian slices at Pinocchio's in Harvard Square (reviewed here). They're what a good square slice should be: soft and doughy center, crisp bottom crust, and wonderfully charred and burnt edges (for the best experience, ask for a corner piece). And for god's sake, call it 'Noch's if you don't want to be branded as a tourist or freshman." J.Kenji Lopez-Alt

[Photographs: Meredith Smith]

UCLA: 800 Degrees
UCLA: 800 Degrees
"While Lamonica's is decent for New York-style pizza, the best pizza in the village is the made-to-order Neapolitan pizzas at 800 Degrees. If you play it simple and don't pile on the ingredients, the price is reasonable and the quality is high. Assembly line production means you don't wait forever for your pizza. The list of ingredients is long, though you can never go wrong with broccolini and a farm fresh egg." Sarah Woo

[Photograph: Sarah Woo ]

UC Berkeley: The Cheese Board
UC Berkeley: The Cheese Board
"The college slice I still dream about is whatever is being served at The Cheese Board. Innovative topping such as corn/lime/feta/chilies and pears/walnuts/caramelized onions/sage, keep the queue winding down the street all afternoon. (Featured in this Top This!)" Kelly Bone

[Photograph: Kelly Bone]

USC: Urbano Pizza Bar
USC: Urbano Pizza Bar
"If you're looking for real deal deliciousness, take the Expo Line into downtown and find your way to Urbano Pizza Bar on 6th (reviewed here). There, the Cali-Neapolitan pies are served up by a deft hand with inventive toppings and fantastic old standbys. For the best example of a well-executed pizza, try the Selvatica, a pesto-Burrata take that will instantly make you glad you came." Farley Elliott

[Photograph: Kelly Bone]

Georgetown: Pizzeria Paradiso or 2 Amy's
Georgetown: Pizzeria Paradiso or 2 Amy's
"A quick walk away from the front gates, Pizzeria Paradiso on M Street was where you'd go for a civilized pizza experience (e.g. no Ranch for dipping here). The wood-fired oven pops out reliably tasty pies plus they have a nice craft beer list, especially by college standards, at the downstairs Birreria Paradiso. That was my favorite seat in the house: in the basement, where you could order an 8-inch personal pizza and beer in a cavernous corner. Happy hour was the best: cheaper pies and beers. Now, if you have a car or aren't afraid to hop on one of the 30 buses, head up Wisconsin to 2 Amys, which, at least when I was living in D.C., was the best pizzeria in town. You know it's serious because they have a VPN seal of approval, which basically means some pizza theologian from Naples blessed this as real-deal Neapolitan, following all the pizza rules and manifestos. The puffy edged-crust is soft and chewy with a smoky char and an almost soupy center of fresh tomato sauce. You can't go wrong with the simple Margherita with mozzarella di bufala. Or the suppli (fried risotto balls) to start." Erin Zimmer

[Photograph: Flickr Kent Wang]

University of Iowa: Pagliai's Pizza
University of Iowa: Pagliai's Pizza
"Consistently voted Iowa City's best pizza, they've been doing it since 1962. It's all thin crust at this old-fashioned family-run joint, with house-made ingredients and toppings sliced and diced on-site daily. It's the first stop for many an undergrad when the parents are in town for a visit, but they also pride themselves on having any carryout order ready in 15 minutes... even on Hawkeye football weekends. It's been longer than I care to admit since I've been back on campus, but I still reserve a spot in my All-Time Personal Top 5 for Pagliai's." Todd Brock

[Photograph: Yelp by Kerry S.]