When it comes to foods that America has reimagined, there are a few staples that we cannot ignore: Hot dogs, hamburgers, and other assorted sandwiches are likely atop that list, if for no other reason than their pure pop culture value.
But we can’t overlook pizza, despite its still-hearty roots in the old country.
You see, ‘za in America isn’t one particular pie. Pizza has evolved in its journey around the nation, with a number of distinct styles to explore.
There’s Chicago’s deep dish variety, which is a sauce-topped, girth-laden version of the meal, that resembles a piece of birthday cake in its sliced shape. There’s the Western New York pie, which is a thick, doughy pizza, often cooked in rectangle shapes and adorned with small, crispy pepperonis.
There’s even the “Vinnie Pie” – a messy and gluttonous homage to grease and cheese that you can only find in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but is worth the experience. (Just bring some Pepto Bismol with you).
After I’m gone, I just hope the kids remember me as the guy who always brought the Vinnie Pie home on Friday night. 🍕❣️ pic.twitter.com/McCazIEw5l
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) January 29, 2021
But, sitting atop the American pizza throne has long been New York City, where the pizza is hot, foldable, unavoidable, and delicious.
This year, however, there’s some serious controversy baking to the east of The Big Apple.
The Garden State just nabbed the title for the best pizza in the country.
New Jersey upstaged New York on Food & Wine’s list of best “pizza states” in America.
“New Jersey is the best place to eat pizza in the country right now. The state is one in an elite group remaining true to their heritage, through long periods of time when others were too busy crashing ahead into the future to care about theirs,” Food & Wine senior editor David Landsel reported in his ranking published earlier this week.
And you’re not going to guess who #2 was…
Nabbing the No. 2 spot on the list of doughy supremacy is Connecticut. New Haven, known for its coal-fired pizza, has become a tourist destination for its thin-crust, well-done, crispy pies with more sauce than cheese at institutions like Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and nearby Sally’s Apizza, founded in 1930.
The Empire State rounded out the top three, but you had better believe that New Yorkers won’t soon fuhgeddaboutit.