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USA TODAY 51 great pizza parlors

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  1. oh lord. no Pizzeria Bianco, not a single NYC or BKLN joint, no mention of any SF-area favorites...let the yelling begin :)

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    1. they got VA right though. crozet pizza is AMAZING!! totally worth the drive on an exploration through the beautiful mountains and charlottesville. seriously.

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      1. re: AMFM

        hate to disappoint you, it ain't what it used to be. not one bit. not nearly that great anymore.

        1. re: monpetitescargot

          i was there this summer and it was awesome. maybe it's not consistent or something. who knows. but it was fabulous that day. all foodies in the party agreed.

          1. re: AMFM

            i was there this summer, also and was not impressed. especially after having had dr. ho's pizza out in north garden numerous times. puts crozet to shame.

            and the gentleman in my party who had lived and operated a restaurant in crozet and, in fact, lived in the flat above crozet pizza for a couple years said it was not anything replicable of what it once was.

            1. re: monpetitescargot

              fair enough. maybe i hit a good day. bummer.

      2. Before the overreaction, note that atmosphere is just as big of a factor as the pizza itself. Also, it seems like only about half of the people they asked are really into food/pizza. Still, each one seems like a solid pick, since they do (or try to) represent their states.

        All that said, I really don't know how Za'Za' became the NY representative. Great pizza or not, it really doesn't say "New York." I don't understand the thinking behind picking a place for "seriously authentic Italian cuisine" while most of the others seem to get a locally flavored place.

        1. there may be disagreement (me included) on the Pepes choice for CT, but is is a safe pick that many would heartily agree with. It is top-5 in my book, but number 1 it is not.

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          1. re: jfood

            CT was one of the first states i checked - i knew that if they didn't at least mention Frank Pepe or Sally's, there might be a revolt on the New England board ;)

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              yeah, we are very fortunate...sallys, pepes, colony, joes (NC), fat cat, strada 18, lots to choose from.

          2. Motor City Brewing Works for Detroit? Wha WHAT?

            1. Relax people. It's just a survey of favorite places by certain individuals ... not a "best of" or "Top 51" list.

              Heck, not even USA Today would try to pick just one ultimate or best pizza place in a state like California or New York. You'd probably have a hard time just picking one best pizza joint in the southern part of the 415 area code or the 917 for Brooklyn.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                <the 917 for Brooklyn.>

                Allow me to be super-annoying for a second. 917 is not a Brooklyn area code. It's primarily a cell phone area code. I know this 'cause it's *my* cell phone area code, and I don't live in Brooklyn. I will now cease to be super-annoying (temporarily).

                1. re: small h

                  It's also a Google Talk area code, and I know one business in NYC that uses Google Talk as their primary phone number.

                  But, still, by all means, be super annoying. You wouldn't be the same if you weren't!

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I shall, as I'm nothing if not foolishly consistent. A walking, talking hobgoblin of little minds. (I have no idea what that even means.)

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  Exactly. It's called 51 great pizza parlors - as in one "great one" from every state. Of course you can't have more that one from NYC in that case.

                  1. re: cackalackie

                    Right, I was thinking, Fargo gets a mention, but none from Chicago or New York City?

                3. I guess I don't get out enough. 5 of them I have never even been to.