The new best pizza place in the US isn't in New York or Chicago — here's where it is
Let's just say, Chicagoans are not thrilled with TripAdvisor's latest survey.
Ah, pizza. This tried-and-true comfort food is often the source of some of social media's biggest food fights.
Who would ever think that such a melty, cheesy delight could cause such viral misery? Between epic showdowns about how to eat it (put down the fork and knife!) to the rage ignited by the love for pineapple as a topping, is there even room for another heated debate smothered in tomato sauce?
There sure is, and TripAdvisor is the latest instigator.
The travel site just went there and has officially ranked the top pizza restaurants in the country. And the No. 1 spot is not in either of the country's typical pizza paradises: New York or Chicago. Uh oh.
While the two cities known for their signature pies maintained their positions as TripAdvisor's "Top U.S. Pizza Cities," TripAdvisor found that the nation's best pizzeria is actually in ... Boston!
Well, the Wahlbergs (who are more into burgers than pizza anyway) are probably stoked about this.
Regina's Pizza, located in Boston's Little Italy neighborhood, has been serving the area slices since 1926. The signature slice, according to the ranking, is "The Giambotta," which is topped with plenty of savory extras including pepperoni, salami, Regina sausage, mushrooms, peppers, onions, mozzarella and fresh basil.
But who is really behind the rankings? TripAdvisor noted that the list was created by examining "millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor diners." The site's team took into account the amount of reviews, the quality of comments and "great pizza reviews" to develop its top 10. Restaurants also had to have a minimum of 4.5 out of 5 "bubbles," 500 reviews and no more than 15 locations as of September.
Surprisingly, not one restaurant in Chicago even made the list for the country's best pizzerias, but the iconic New York City restaurant, Bleecker Street Pizza came in second place ... although some agitated food fighters said it should definitely be first.
Others grappled with what the best pizzeria in Boston really is and claimed another neighborhood pizzeria called Umberto's should have taken the title.
And then there were those who said TripAdvisor should not be trusted at all as a pizza-ranking source.
Using trip advisor to find good pizza is like calling the number on the public bathroom stall for a good time.
— Jeff Arrell (@jeffarrell) October 17, 2018
Other pizzerias (in order of top-ranked restaurants) included Modern Apizza in New Haven, Connecticut; Home Slice Pizza in Austin, Texas; Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria in Anchorage, Alaska; Juliana's Pizza in Brooklyn, New York; Five Points Pizza and Joey's House of Pizza in Nashville, Tennessee; Andolini's Pizzeria in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Duetto Pizza and Gelato in Key West, Florida.
The best cities for pizza were New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, San Diego, Atlanta and Washington D.C and Orlando, Florida.