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8 Best Pizzerias in the Country


Sunday, Dec 2, 2007 from Baraga, Michigan

These are, in my opinion, the must try pizzerias in the country. Some thin crust, some thick, and everything in between. They don’t get better than these, most of them are in the midwest, but surprisingly not in Chicago. Feel free to give your input.

Mother Bear’s Bloomington, IN I’ve never had a pizza that was cooked so perfectly. The crust is not too doughy or too crispy. It’s got great thickness and a perfect dough-to-ingredients ratio. What’s best is this place has atmosphere, great location, and they give you BIG glasses of beverages. Not those wimpy ones. Mother Bear’s has my vote for the #1 pizzeria in the country. Lots of great choices, I suggest the Divine Swine or the Deluxe.

Pizza House East Lansing, MI There is also one in Ann Arbor, but naturally I have to favor the one in East Lansing. This is the best deep dish pizza in the country. The only thing that they lose a point to compared to my #1 Mother Bear’s pizza is that Pizza House doesn’t have as much atmosphere. Me and the college roomies would come here as a tradition every Sunday before finals. I recommend their deep dish sausage and green pepper pizza.

The Ambassador Houghton, MI Like unique pizza? If you want pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, or any of that you can go to any pizza place. But if you want something unique go to the Ambassador. The ambassador also scores #1 in terms of best atmosphere. The interior is magnificent and unique, with plenty to look at. I suggest going on a busy night before or after a Michigan Tech hockey game. Order either the Chicken Garlic or Tostada pizza, and they cut the pizza into square slices.

The Pie Hole Boise, ID I recommend their tomato and and pesto pizza. Delicious. They’re big thin, cheesy, and full of flavor.

Cassano’s Dayton, OH What Cassano’s lacks in atmosphere, they make up for in history. Lots of history at this place. If you’re a thin-crust lover this is the place to go. Probably my top for for thin crust pizza. They have very unique sausage that comes out of a grinder. Go with the sausage. They could do a better job with their cheese however. They also feature square pieces. It’s their ingredients that add so much to this fine thin crust.

Partners Peachtree City, GA Great atmosphere and great variety on the menu. I recommend going with a bunch of crazy teenagers like I did, also roll up in a golf cart (dont’ worry, it won’t be strange in Peachtree City). Like unique pizzas? You have to try their potato pizza, delicious.

Mellow Mushroom Knoxville, TN Although originating in Atlanta, I ate at the one in Knoxville. They one of the best selections of unique pizzas. If you’re a fan of white sauce, this is the place to get it.

Irene’s Pizza Baraga, MI This doesn’t make the list because it’s in my hometown. It really is great pizza. I’ve never seen pizza quite like it before. They also cut their pizza into square slices. The packaging is great, you have to love the air bubble in the white paper bag. But if you don’t like greasy pizza, this isn’t the place for you, this is the greasiest pizza on the list. If you’re going through Baraga, make a stop, you’ve gotta try their House Special.

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Blog Date Posted: Dec 2, 2007 | 573 words | comments 5 Comments
Comment by Stacy
From Chicago, IL

This list completely failed. I got to #2 and stopped reading. Anyone who would rank Pizza House above ANY place in Chicago has no idea what they are talking about. Pizza House is a knock off of chicago stlyed food. Hello!?!?1

Comment by Bugsy
From Baraga, MI

I did try Lou Malnati's when I was in Chicago, which is supposed to be some of the best pizza in the country by many reviews. However, in my opinion, it wasn't that good of pizza. Maybe Pizza House is a knock off, but that doesn't mean they can't up the ante. These are just my personal favorites Stacy, clearly I haven't eaten at every pizza place in the country.

Comment by Jen
From Chicago, AKA Pizza City, IL

Ohhhh this list hurts my heart. Dear dear Justin, I am guessing you did not make it to Gino's East (THE best deep dish) or Uno's, the Original deep dish, or Giordano's, just to name of few. Next time you are here you're getting some sausage deep dish at Gino's East and signing one of the walls/furniture. (It's just what they do). Hmmph!

Comment by Andrew
From Helena, MT

Bugsy - Irene's should be #1, goddamnit, if these are in any particular order...and for the Chicago crowd, Giordano's is the best I've had in Chicago. Other than that, bleh.

Comment by Paula
From Dumont, NJ

you need to come East again - we definitely have better pizza!