(NEXSTAR) – New Yorkers might not be happy with Food & Wine’s opinion of its pizza.
The editors of Food & Wine recently published their own list of America’s best “pizzerias”, and New York – while still getting a favorable review – didn’t finish in first place. Instead, the top honors went to New York’s neighbors in the tri-state area, with New Jersey and Connecticut coming in first and second, respectively.
“Long before the pandemic, New York’s aggressive belief in its own pizza had started to look a bit outdated,” Food & Wine editor David Landsel wrote in his long ranking, released Tuesday.
That’s not to say that Landsel – a native New Yorker who compiled the list with only “some collaboration” from other Food & Wine editors – still doesn’t like New York pizza. “New York’s overwhelming availability of decent to exceptional tranches” sets the state “far apart from the rest,” he says. But, especially in New York City, he argues that some of New York’s best-known pizza names have become “untrustworthy.”
New Jersey, meanwhile, is currently the best “pizza state” in the country, according to publisher Food & Wine, which particularly noted Jersey City’s Razza and Bread & Salt restaurants for their “glorious showcase.” of pizzas.
“The state is one of an elite group that remains true to its heritage, through long periods of time when others were too busy rushing into the future to care about their own.
Connecticut is also ahead of New York on the Food & Wine list, with Landsel nodding to the “concentrated pool” of pizza talent in New Haven, demonstrated in mainstays such as Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and Sally’s Apizza.
Illinois followed New York in fourth place, earning its ranking not only for deep dish pizzas but also for its thin crust varieties, and Michigan, the land of Detroit-style thick and square pies, s’ is ranked fifth.
California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Ohio and Missouri completed Food & Wine’s Top Ten “Pizza States” list.
The rest of the county, however, was not completely excluded from the fun. In a way a consolation prize, Food & Wine has included the assessment of its editors on the best pizza options in every other state, for people who are not afraid to eat 11e-Rate (or less) pizza.
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