Skip to comments.World's Best Pizza Not in Italy
Posted on 04/15/2014 2:22:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Australian pizza is now officially the best in the world. Well, sort of.
Judges at last weekend's Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza (Pizza World Championship) held in Parma, Italy, awarded the world's top margherita pizza title to Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco, owner of the 400 Gradi restaurant in Brunswick, a Melbourne suburb.
Di Francesco, 36, beat more than 600 competitors from 35 countries to take home the Specialita Traditionale Garantita pizza prize in the annual competition.
The win and subsequent publicity has made the small restaurant he owns in his hometown an overnight sensation.
"It's been an amazing reaction," Di Francesco tells CNN. "Honestly, I just went to Naples to do what I love. I didn't think it was going to make such a stir."
"A lot of people think it is easy to produce a margherita but it is one of the hardest (pizzas) to produce," Di Francesco told Australian website Good Food.
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Nope. Leonardo’s in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Wonder where somebody had the best pizza they’ve ever had. Should start a pizza thread.
(People get banned for that kind of trolling...)
Village Inn Pizza.
Atlantic Beach area of Florida mid 1970s.
Pepe’s, Sal’s, or Modern Apizza on Wooster Street in New Haven, Connecticut is my favorite place.
They had the best pizza, ever!!!
Umberto's in Tulsa ain't bad........
The Pizza Place in Bartlesville, OK...is awesome. You come to B'ville....I will take you there. A young lady owns the place...and she rocks.
When you live in the sticks...Papa Murphy's is pretty good too!!!
Doesn’t count unless you go into the details of ingredients, preparation, how it’s cooked, and why it’s your favorite.
I had pizza in Venice once and it was crap - just dough and sauce with some onions and peppers. But it wasn’t served as a main dish, more like bread with your dinner - there probably is another version of Italian pizza that is more like what we would expect.
Walking through Venice one night. Couldn’t find a restaurant. Out of seson, cold. Turned the corner smack dab into a pizza place. Walk in walk out. Eat on the street. Thick crust, they folded the square over like a sandwich..
Maybe we were hungry.
I like the deep dish pizza at Zelda’s in Sacramento. A little greasy though.
One last one. In the 70s they opened a pizza hut across from our office. They had an individual pan and guaranteed a five-minute cooking time. When the pizza came, the crust smelled just like my noni’s homemade bread.
Maybe Anna’s in Manchester, CT?
Back during the early 1980s, some Italian folks in their 80’s told me that pizza was certainly not an Italian food. Spaghetti, rice and beans, yes. Pizza, no.
Too many “best pizza” ratings. The best pizza is the one “I LIKE”.
American versions of old country food sometimes is better than the original.
Yonkers had the best pizza.
My-a pete-za is-a-betta than yours-a!
True enough. My favorite in the Norfolk VA area (not known for fabulous food anyway) was the wood-fired caramelized onion and BBQ’s chicken pizza at Backer’s Crust. In Prescott AZ, also a limited area, our favorite is Bill’s Pizza.
What’s your favorite there?
Are they still making pizza on Bisquik with Velveeta and tomato sauce where you live?
Modern is actually on State St. In case anyone gets inspired enough to go to New Haven. Which I’m not suggesting. Except for a pizza. Quickly.
Heathen! Fricano's in Grand Haven, Michigan is the best.
I was going to show you a picture, but it was too big:
BTW, haven’t been there in many moons. Live in Texas now. Never actually lived in Cedar Rapids, but my first wife had people there so when we’d drive over from Des Moines I’d go get pizza for family get-togethers. Never had anything even close.
Tomato sauce is a trendy abomination. We use ketchup.
No! New York and New Jersey!
BTW, I’ve had some really bad pizza in Italy - particularly Rome.
Trail Rider Pizza in Tijeras, also known as the "Best Smelling Singlewide in the World".
In Indiana, I was once served pizza cut into tiny pieces to avoid those nasty, sloppy slices. Horrifying.
New Yorkers always salt their pizzas - well, some of us do.
I agree with you one hundred percent. Although the only pizza I’ve ever had in NYC is at John’s. How touristy is that for someone born there?
I may be in the minority here but I think Lou Malnati’s is way over rated here in Chicagoland. All crust which I don’t care for.
“Australian pizza is now officially the best in the world”
Bull. If it isnt new york city pizza, it isn’t pizza.
Those look like good pizzas. Reminds me of a great place in Larkspur, Marin County, CA, a place called Pizzeria Picco. For dessert, they have a soft serve ice cream from a local dairy topped with with olive oil and sea salt - really good. Next door is Picco Restaurant of the same owner - excellent food there as well. Optional outside eating amongst the redwoods - pretty cool
If you’d said barbecue sauce, I’d have suspected you were Californian.
Sounds very similar to the "Oh Boy" brand frozen pizzas I used to buy at the grocery store in the late 1960s and early '70s. First pizza I ever had. It was good.
That looks like your own picture. Dang, I’m getting hungry.
Just cover the sucker with ketchup. Yum.
Casanova’s in Boise. Great thin crust brick oven.
There is a midwestern restaurant, Arni’s, that serves barbecue pizza Saint Louis-style. I prefer Chicago style pizza, but their BBQ pizza is very, very good.
Crust must be perfect. My local makes a terrible crust - overinflated, floury and tough. Yuck! My dog chews it for hours before giving up.
I’m going with another local - Brothers’ Pizza in Red Bank, NJ.
Sounds interesting. What all do they put on it?
John’s is considered one of the best if not the best. I’ve never been there - too crowded!
Here's a thread from 2006. There are probably others before and since.
It looks like it's time to start a new thread! :)
Sausage, onion, cheese, and BBQ sauce. Simple and delicious.
I’ve tried to make it at home, and it turns out terribly. I am obviously not using the right type of sauce. I’ve not ever had another one that tastes anywhere close to as good.
And here I've been thinking that Chef Boyardee was French...
BTW, I recently saw some of those ChefB "pizza kits" on the shelf at Aldi's. I haven't had one of those since the early '80s. Hey, isn't Aldi's a German company? Hmm.
Never been to that particular place. Last pizza I had in Marin was in Tiburon, probably 40 years ago. Lived in Mill Valley, San Anselmo, Kentfield and several other places for short periods. It may be under occupation, but it will always be home.
I've always liked Strictly-To-Go in Contra Costa. Skipolini's in Clayton was good, too.
The Garlic Knot in Lakewood CO on Wadsworth is pretty good. Order the Chelsea. Yum.
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