We all have our favorite hometown pizza spots, but if you ever find yourself in a new city or even country, this list can be used to curb your pizza-related hanger issues.
It may be too hot during the day for pizza in these tropical locales but that shouldn’t stop a die hard fan from a sunset pizza party! Bathing suit-clad dinners can be had at Oaxaca’s Puerto Escondido spot, Mundaka in Punta Zicatela. This cozy restaurant with sand-covered floors covered by a thatch roof provides no nonsense pies and handmade pasta. Share a pie and some of their lasagna and you will be refueled for another day of surfing and sun, or just all the sun.
If you finally made it to the Philippines for a boat ride (or multiple) around the most beautiful islands and clear blue lagoons you have ever seen, you are in for yet another treat. Trattoria Altrove has three locations, in El Nido, Coron, and Parañaque. All are exceptionally delicious and cheap (about $8 USD for a well-sized pie)! Be sure to get to these gems early as they do not take reservations and after 7pm the endless line begins to form. The usual no shoes, no shirt, no service rule does not apply here as following in Filipino tradition both restaurants are enjoyed barefoot. The wood fired brick oven dispenses some of the most delicious and perfectly crisp crusted pizzas in all the land(s). Do not skip the pastas which are all imported from Italy with sauces to mix and match made in-house. This will easily become one of your favorite meals had in the Philippines…or anywhere.
Pizza in Argentina is more than slightly different than any other you have ever tried. If one person can finish an entire pie themselves, it would be quite the feat. El Cuartito in Buenos Aires’ Retiro neighborhood has consistently served the most filling pizzas and empanadas since 1934. Light on the sauce but heavy on the cheese, these pies are enjoyed in a no-thrills but always packed space that is worth the usually short wait. You can also go halfsies if a pound of mozzarella melted around all the onions you can imagine (the Fugazetta) is not your dream. Order half fugazetta and half anything else for a true taste of Argentinian-style ‘za.
Finding yourself with an aquarium for a belly while in Tokyo and looking to switch it up with something different, head over to the Azabu Juban neighborhood and hit up Savoy. The intimate space with only ten bar seats and one high-top table houses a massive and hot-as-hell wood fired oven that cooks up delicate but flavor-packed pizzas in one minute. A simple menu offers a Margherita and Marinara, taking the pressure out of which to get - both!
Trying to narrow down the best pizza spots in NYC or Brooklyn is far too mammoth a task, so I won’t qualify the following as “the best” but rather “a favorite.” Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint has a slice shop and a sit down restaurant. The two crank out slightly different styles of pizza but both are equally delicious. Their sweet sauce is where it’s at in both locations and the restaurant’s Hellboy is the best hot honey’d pie you will ever have.
Pizza in Italy isn’t exactly hard to find and bad pizza isn’t really a thing there; however, the best pizza is definitely a thing. L’Antica Pizzeria de Michele in Naples has been the pizza joint since 1870 and little has changed in what can only be referred to as their art form. The thin slightly chargrilled crust cradles light sauce and just a bit of cheese, as is the Neapolitan way. It may not seem like it in the moment, but you will leave sufficiently full. You will most likely make plans to return the next day. The newest location in Los Angeles has a very different ambience but the pizza remains excellent.
Start booking your flights or at least booking time to check out your city’s pizza offerings to create your very own pizza flight!
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