Metro Pizza [four locations, Las Vegas NV; metropizza.com] "The pizza menu at this gourmet oasis in the desert reads like a map of regional flavors. With grilled shrimp on the New Orleans, barbecued chicken atop the Memphis and pineapple on the Honolulu, there's something for everybody...."
The Cheese Board Pizza Collective [1512 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94709; map] " 'The Cheese Board is a collective, owned by its members, that brings sustainable agriculture to the pizza table,' Ruby says. Each day the menu, featuring a single sourdough vegetarian pizza, is decided collectively by the group...."
Wells Brothers Italian Restaurant [2148 Mead Street, Racine WI 53403; map] "...'They use an old bakery roller for the dough. The result is an impossibly thin, an impossibly crunchy crust. It's delicious. I get cravings just talking about it,' Ruby says."
Pizzeria Bianco [623 East Adams Street, Phoenix AZ 85004; map] "...Proprietor Chris Bianco is a purist who makes pizza his way, no exceptions. The mozzarella is homemade, and the sweet onions are wood-roasted...."
Sally's Apizza [237 Wooster Street, New Haven CT 06511; map] "...When Frank Sinatra couldn't go himself, he'd send his driver on the two-hour trip from New York. 'The coal-burning oven is fired up early in the morning, and it produces a crisp-chewy crust that makes people brag about how far they've traveled to get there,' Ruby says."
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana [157 Wooster Street, New Haven CT 06511; map] "...The owners of this New Haven pizzeria and Sally's Apizza share the same family tree and a friendly rivalry."
Punch Neapolitan Pizza [704 Cleveland Avenue South, Saint Paul MN 55116; map] "...You never know where you're going to find a great pizza place. This one happens to be at a strip mall. 'It's soccer jerseys, wood-fired oven and an owner who comes from Italy. He makes a perfect Margherita'... Ruby says...."
Una Pizza Napoletana [349 East 12th Street, New York NY 10003; map] "...The owner is very serious about pizza and his menu, which only lists four varieties, features a 2,000-word essay on the topic."
De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies [530 Hudson Street, Trenton NJ 08611; map] "... 'It's defined as much about what it doesn't have (no menu, no booze, no credit cards, no public restroom) as what it does. De Lorenzo's makes a crust that is just the right combination of thinness-flexible without being crackery,' Ruby says."
Pizano's [Chicago, three locations; pizanoschicago.com] "... 'The buttery crust tastes like pastry. The dough recipe, used for both the deep-dish and thin-crust pizza, is so carefully guarded that it's made by the owner's mother downstairs in the privacy of the basement,' Ruby says...."
10 great places to moon over a big pizza pie [USA Today]