50 Top Pizza Releases 2017 International Pizza Rankings

50 Top Pizza Releases 2017 International Pizza Rankings

There’s a new online pizza guide that is setting out to rank the world’s best pizzerias and while Italy is the dominant part of the guide so far, 50 Top Pizza representatives gathered today at Neapolitan pizzeria Ribalta in Manhattan to announce the top 50 winners across five different continents outside of pizza’s birthplace.

“This is the first online guide for pizzerias, not pizzas, we’re talking about the pizzerias,” announced Maria Rosaria Galletta, who translated the event’s announcements from Italian.

Parse that as you will. There’s a trove of pizza listicles writers out there who may beg to differ, but you’ll probably be hard-pressed to find any who will disagree that 50 Top Pizza may be the most thorough online ranking of Italian pizzerias. In attendance were 50 Top Pizza’s curators, wine journalist Luciano Pignataro (LucianoPignataro WineBlog), long-time sommelier Barbara Guerra, master taster of cheeses and olive oil, Albert Sapere. The list was published by Formamentis and financed by a number of sponsors including Caputo Flour, Olitalia, Così Com’è and Consorzio Tutela Mozzarella di Bufala Campana.

While most of the awards will be doled out to pizzerias in Italy, it was the international (outside of Italy) results that were shared at the event, some of which are bound to set at least some American pizza experts, specifically New Yorkers and Chicagoans, talking.

Before the list’s methodology was explained, the event began with the curators offering a reminder that pizza was born in Italy, noting many actually don’t know that (it was unclear through the translation if this was tongue-in-cheek or they really felt it needed to be said).

“There are other pizza guides in Italy, but this one is different because it’s online and it’s completely free” asserted Mr. Sapere. “And there is a geolocation system that can bring you all the way to the door of the pizzeria.”

The curators reached out through their personal networks to pizza experts and passionates to create a panel of 107 people from all over Italy. Each was asked to submit up to 20 favorite pizzerias in Italy. All told, 900 pizzerias were nominated. The top 500 are being featured in their guide and were all reviewed anonymously by the panelists. While Neapolitan pizza may be the most famous Italian pizza style, Roman-style pizzerias, “gourmet pizza” (which they defined as pizza mostly served in Italy’s northern regions), and the pizzerias of Tramonti were also included.

“We had inspectors visit every one of these pizzerias and they paid for their pizzas, which in Italy is actually quite rare,” explained Ms. Guerra.

Anonymous inspectors weren’t used for this year’s international guide, though they hope next year to have inspectors visit the international locations the same way they’re reviewing the pizzerias in Italy. Instead, they interviewed 95 people (a small portion of this group were noted as being Italians) who were part of the initial survey, “experts in the field, people who are passionate pizza and who live in the areas they were voting on.” They were allowed to each name their five favorite places, and could (but weren’t obligated to) include a Neapolitan pizzeria as well as local pizzerias serving non-Neapolitan styles.

While most of the awards will be doled out to pizzerias in Italy, it was the international (outside of Italy) results that were shared at the event, some of which are bound to set at least some American pizza experts, specifically New Yorkers and Chicagoans, talking.

Postino, 97 Whitehorse Rd., Balwyn, Boroondara, Victoria, Australia
Ombra, 76 Bourke St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
La Disfida, 109 Ramsay St., Haberfield, Ashfield, Australia
Rosso Pomodoro, 24 Buchanan St., Shop 90-91, Balmain, Sydney, Australia
Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta, 3/75-79 Hall Street, Bondi, Nuovo Galles Meridionale, Australia

Rosso Pomodoro, Sydney, Australia

Agli Amici di Michele & Jimmy, 40/24 Moo 9, Soi Sukee 39, Chalong, Phuket, Thailand
Pizzeria Mozza, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
208 Duecento Otto, 208 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong, China
Fire and Ice Pizzeria, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kanak Building, 41, Kolkata, India
Peppina, 27/1 Sukhumvit 33, Bangkok, Thailand

Fire and Ice Pizzeria, Kolkata, India

Baest, Guldbergsgade 29, Copenhagen, Denmark
Villa Paradiso Forgner, Sommerrgata 17, 0255 Oslo, Norway
Giro Pizzeria Napoletana, 46 Sveavaegen, Stockholm, Sweden
Villa Borghese, Laan Nieuwer-Amstel 25 Amstelveen, Netherlands
Pomodorino, Straßmannstraße 21, 10249 Berlin-Friedrichshain, Germany

Baest, Copenhagen, Denmark

Pizzakaya Roppongi, 3-1-19 Nishiazabu, Minato, Tokyo
Da Isa, 1-28-9 Aobadai, Meguro 153-0042, Tokyo
I Love Pizza, 2-7-30, Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Goichi Pizza, 498 Tsuzurayacho Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Slices, Yoshimoto Building 1F, Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka

I Love Pizza, Osaka

Bráz Pizzaria, R. Maria Angélica, 129 – Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pizzería Güerrin, AV. Corrientes 1368, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tasende, Ciudadela 1300, Montevideo 11108, Uruguay
Julia Pizzeria, Calle 85 #12-81, Bogota, Colombia
Bráz Pizzaria, Av. Érico Veríssimo, 46 – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Bráz Pizzaria, Brazil

NY Pizza Suprema, 413 8th Ave., New York
Lombardi’s, 32 Spring St., New York
Rubirosa, 235 Mulberry St., New York
Posto Thin Crust Pizza, 310 2nd Ave., New York
Di Fara Pizza, 1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, New York

Di Fara Pizza, New York

Pizzeria Due, 619 Wabash Ave., Chicago
Pequod’s, 2207 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago
The Art of Pizza, 3033 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago
Pizzeria Uno, 29 E. Ohio St., Chicago
Emmett’s, 50 Macdougal St., New York

The Art of Pizza, 3033 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago

While the curators didn’t participate in overall voting, they did announce their own special award for Innovation and Sustainability, giving the nod to Matthew Kenney’s Vegan Pizzeria 00 + Co. in New York City.

There are those who might quibble, but naming NY Pizza Suprema, Rubirosa, and Di Fara as three of the best representatives of New York-style pizzerias probably won’t get anyone’s hackles too far up. And you can’t knock a Lombardi’s nod given its place in history. But the dark horse here is Posto. Along with its sister restaurants Gruppo, Spunto, Tappo, and Vezzo, this super thin-crust pizzeria mini-chain has finally started getting some long-deserved love (see ex-Slicer and Margot’s mastermind Adam Kuban’s 2013 post). Kudos to the Gruppo group and owner Antonio Gomez for the nod.

Slightly more controversial (and ironic) is the naming of a New York pizzeria making Chicago-style pizza (albeit by native Chicagoan Emmett Burke), as one of America’s best representatives of the genre. No Lou Malnati’s, no Tano’s, Pizano’s, Bartoli’s, Nino’s, Bella Bacino’sLabriola, or Nancy’s, but Emmett’s in SoHo. Not to say Emmett’s isn’t any good, but… ouch, Chicago.

As of today, 350 pizzerias have been made public. On July 20th, Top 50 Pizza will be announcing their list of Italy’s 50 best pizzas at Castel Nuovo in Naples, Italy. You can watch the announcement live on FineDiningLovers.com.Top 50 Pizza also plans to soon release a free app.

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