As appeared on Blog October 20, 2014

Pizza is the ultimate equalizer. Doesn’t matter if you land in the 1% or have $1 to your name – the way three simple, staple ingredients blend together is enjoyed by all. Not only is it feasted upon by all types of people, at all hours of the day, it is an altogether easy dish to create. It seems like every corner on every city has a pizza shop, chain, or restaurant trying their hand at a memorable pie. Some are topped with just cheese, others plop on meats or veggies, and others make you stop in your tracks and think “I don’t know what I’m looking at, but I just HAVE TO try it.”

The best part about pizza – wherever you go, there it is. Global demand coupled with global supply and endless creative options equals full stomachs all around. By now you’re sure to have a hometown favorite for those lazy Friday nights or bulk order for the big game – but what about when you’re on the road? Well, at FlipKey, ravenous pizza eaters ourselves, we had the same question. Therefore we compiled a definite list of the top pizza joint in each state worth traveling for. Since we’ve done the leg work for you, all you have to do is show up hungry.

Alabama (Birmingham): Bottega Cafe
Alaska (Anchorage): Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria
Arizona (Tucson): Falora
Arkansas (Little Rock & Others): U.S. Pizza Company
California (San Francisco): Del Popolo
Colorado (Denver): Hops & Pie
Connecticut (Stamford): Colony Grill
Delaware (Greenville): Pizza by Elizabeths
Florida (Delray Beach): Scuola Vecchia
Georgia (Atlanta): Varasano’s Pizzeria
Hawaii (Honolulu): J.J. Dolan’s
Idaho (Boise): Flatbread
Illinois (Chicago): Coalfire

Indiana (Indianapolis): Puccini’s Smiling Teeth

Iowa (Des Moines): Gusto
Kansas (Lawrence): Morningstar NY Pizza
Kentucky (Louisville): Coal’s Artisan Pizza
Louisiana (New Orleans): Domenica
Maine (Kennebunk): Abondante Trattoria & Bar
Maryland (Baltimore): Verde Pizza
Massachusetts (East Boston): Santarpio’s
Michigan (Farmington Hills): Buddy’s Pizza
Minnesota (St. Paul, Minneapolis & Others): Punch
Mississippi (Gulfport): Tony’s Brick Oven Pizza
Missouri (St. Louis): Imo’s Pizza
Montana (Missoula): Biga Pizza
Nebraska (Omaha): Dante Pizzeria
Nevada (Las Vegas): Pizza Rock
New Hampshire (Manchester): 9000 Degrees
New Jersey (Robinsville): De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies
New Mexico (Santa Fe): Back Road Pizza
New York (Brooklyn): Pizza Loves Emily
North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham): Lilly’s Pizza
North Dakota (Grand Forks, Fargo): Rhombus Guys
Ohio (Worthington): Natalie’s Cole Fired Pizza
Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, Tulsa): Hideaway Pizza
Oregon (Portland): Life of Pie
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia): Pizza Brain
Rhode Island (Providence): Al Forno
South Carolina (North Charleston): Evo Pizza
South Dakota (Sioux Falls): RedRossa
Tennessee (Memphis): Hog & Hominy
Texas (Austin): Via313
Utah (Salt Lake City, Park City): Vinto
Vermont (Stowe): Piecasso
Virginia (Arlington): Pupatella
Washington (Seattle): Pagliacci Pizza
West Virginia (Fayetteville): Pies & Pints
Wisconsin (Madison): Glass Nickel Pizza Co.
Wyoming (Jackson): Pizzeria Caldera