The ultimate Italian-American hybrid is high on the list of favourite foods all over the world. As much as we love the UK versions of Pizza Hut, Dominoes and Papa John’s over here, we all know that pizza is bigger and better on the other side of the pond. If you’re planning on heading to the United States at any point in the near future, you should try and visit any of these establishments for the ultimate pizza. As part of your travel plans remember to fill out your ESTA application at least 72 hours before you are due to travel. The only issue then is that no pizza in the UK may ever compare again.
If you fancy a change from the traditional classics like pepperoni or ham and pineapple, why not venture to Massachussetts and see how clam and bacon takes your fancy. That’s right, clam, bacon, clam sauce, pecorino, hot pepper and parsley on a base of dough that’s been fermented for more than 30 hours, this pizza is the signature dish of Area Four.
Providence, Rhode Island
The Pepperoni Pie has been a staple of Caserta Pizzeria since they first opened in the area in 1953. With pizza bases that are thick and fluffy, and even with generous amounts of cheese and tomato sauce, they are strong enough to support their own weight when you pick them up. You may feel a little naughty when you eat one of these, but they are guaranteed heaven with every bite.
New York City
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Big Apple is one of the best places to go for pizza in the entire United States. Ralph Cuomo was long considered the Godfather of pizza in NYC after he opened Ray’s Pizza in 1959. As his empire grew, Ralph opened a number of other shops throughout the city, but following his death in 2008, the final store closed its doors in 2011. The spot of the original Ray’s is now occupied by Prince Street Pizza who do their very best to honour Ralph’s legacy. Since Frank Morano bought the spot, he’s refurbished the establishment with a new gas-fire oven that is brick-lined, and makes a number of traditional square pizzas that are true to his Sicilian roots.
If ever you visit the Windy City, you should make a beeline for Pequod’s which is famous for its deep-dish pizzas with a caramelised crust that is deliciously chewy and crunchy. This shop was first opened in 1989 (then known as Burt’s Place) by Burt Katz who sadly passed away earlier this year. The good news is that Burt’s legacy is certain to live on as customers for years to come will order a pizza and toast a slice to Burt.