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Nashville may not have the pizza acclaim of Chicago and New York, but the city sure made itself known this week when two local establishments landed on TripAdvisor’s 2018 list for America's Best Pizzerias.
At No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, Five Points Pizza and Joey’s House of Pizza are joined by pizza parlous in Boston, New York City and other cities across the U.S.
According to its methodology, TripAdvisor selected winners based on reviews and opinions of its users. They also took into account the quality and quantity of reviews, with more weight to those submitted in the past year.
Along with its ultra-thin slices, Five Points Pizza is known for its weekday lunch and happy hour specials. The restaurant opened its original outpost in 2011 at 1012 Woodland St., but you can now also enjoy it on the west side at its relatively new 4100 Charlotte Ave. location.
Joey's House of Pizza, located southwest of downtown at 897 Elm Hill Pike, began serving New York-style pies in 1999. But you have to be quick if you want to score a slice from Joey's, as the pizzeria is only open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays.
According to the travel review website, diners most enjoy Five Points’ Prosciutto and Basil slice and Joey’s Specialty Pie, the latter topped with meatballs, Italian sausage, chicken, spinach, artichokes, eggplant and tomatoes.
Here's what TripAdvisor said about Five Points Pizza, which came in at No. 7:
"This East Nashville location makes large, New York-style dough, made from scratch daily, aged in-house, hand-tossed, and topped with hand-crushed plum tomato sauce and house-shredded mozzarella. Pizzas are baked to order on two-inch bricks in old-school, gas-fired deck ovens."
What TripAdvisor diners say: "It was really low-key and staff were great! It was tasty and crust cooked to perfection. Great choices for everyone, even the picky eaters. Get a big one — it's even great when cold the next day!"
And here's what they said about the No. 8 ranking pizzeria, Joey's House of Pizza:
"Joey's is an authentic family-owned and operated New York-style pizzeria founded in 1999. With Brooklyn roots and Italian heritage, the staff makes hand-tossed pizza by the slice, from scratch, with fresh ingredients and Sicilian or double stuffed slices."
What TripAdvisor diners say: "The crust is so delicious and the sauce, OMG, it's the bomb. The pepperoni is so flavorful, you will wonder why every pizza place doesn't use the real thing! And the cheese blend melts perfectly with those little bits of fresh, salty, delicious fresh mozzarella will make you salivate just thinking about them!"
TripAdvisor also released its latest ranking of the top U.S. pizza cities to find the perfect slice, through the top two cities shouldn’t come as a surprise: New York and Chicago.
What they said
"Everyone wants to know where to get the best slice and after sinking our teeth into TripAdvisor data, we delivered the top pizzerias and cities for pizza across the country," said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. "A list with a lot of flavor, it's topped by some iconic destinations for pizza along with some surprising tastes in Nashville and Anchorage. The common ingredient in all of these spots is an exceptionally delicious slice."
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Top 10 U.S. pizza restaurants:
1. Regina Pizzeria—Boston, Massachusetts
2. Bleecker Street Pizza—New York City, New York
3. Modern Apizza—New Haven, Connecticut
4. Home Slice Pizza—Austin, Texas
5. Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria—Anchorage, Alaska
6. Juliana’s Pizza—Brooklyn, New York
7. Five Points Pizza—Nashville, Tennessee
8. Joey’s House of Pizza—Nashville, Tennessee
9. Andolini’s Pizzeria—Tulsa, Oklahoma
10. Duetto Pizza and Gelato—Key West, Florida
Top 10 U.S. pizza cities in 2018
1. New York City, New York
2. Chicago, Illinois
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
4. San Francisco, California
5. Orlando, Florida
6. Seattle, Washington
7. Boston, Massachusetts
8. San Diego, California
9. Atlanta, Georgia
10. Washington, DC
All restaurants featured have a minimum of 4.5 out of 5 bubbles, 500 reviews and 15 locations or fewer as of September.
Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.
She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.