Best Pizza in America from Pizza Masters

Get the best pizza recommendations from Pizza Masters stars Francis Garcia and Sal Basille, who know a thing or two about authentic pies.

Photo By: Claudio Beier ©2015, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Thea's, Miami

As the operators of a pizza chain called Artichoke Basille's Pizza, Sal and Francis know a good artichoke pie when they taste one, like the the arugula-artichoke version at Thea's.

Rock 'n Dough, Memphis

Turn up the volume at Rock 'n Dough Pizza, where you can get the pesto, pepperoni and jalapeno-topped Jalapestroni or build your own with ingredients like goat cheese, roasted bell peppers and smoked pork.

Roostica, Key West, Fla.

The doorway reads "In Crust We Trust," but Roostica gives good reason to trust in toppings, too, with a breakfast-inspired combination of Parma ham and eggs, and a classic margherita, all cooked in their 900-degree wood-fired ovens.

Slice Pizzeria, New Orleans

Settle down for some prime pizza in the Big Easy at Slice Pizzeria in New Orleans. Mixing and matching different slices — including a take on the muffuletta sandwich with pepperoni, ham, prosciutto, provolone and olive salad — is totally encouraged.

Al Forno, Providence

Al Forno is the birthplace of grilled pizza, and the cheesy, charred pie is worth the trip to Providence. They have only six different pies in rotation, but it will still be hard to choose among calamari, fresh local corn, pumpkin, pesto, pepperoni and classic margherita.

Tony Boloney's, Atlantic City, NJ

Take a gamble on Atlantic City, N.J., favorite Tony Baloney's. The inventive pizza joint serves up wacky dishes like the Uncle Jemima (fried chicken, homemade waffles, sharp cheddar and maple syrup) and the Mother. Italy. Proud. (cheese ravioli, spicy vodka sauce, smoked mozzarella, pecorino and basil).

The Urban Oven, Los Angeles

Follow your nose around Los Angeles, where roving food truck The Urban Oven serves dynamite wood-fired pizza. Sample the Prosciutto & Grape pie with rosemary and arugula or the spicy Thai Shrimp pizza topped with chiles, fresh mint and cilantro, fontina cheese, garlic shrimp and pineapple.

Tacconelli's Pizzeria, Philadelphia

Tacconelli's Pizzeria is a fifth-generation shop, so you'll feel like family in the City of Brotherly Love. Make sure to call in advance and reserve your dough at least a day ahead of time, and then chow down on their classic tomato pie with no cheese, a regular cheese pizza, a white pie or a margherita.

Lou Malnati's, Chicago

Lou Malnati's is arguably the birthplace of Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, so if you're in the Windy City, you have to stop there. There are plenty of different locations across Chicago, and you can go as tame or wild as you want with toppings.

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