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America’s 56 greatest old-school pizzerias

The Daily Meal Logo By Dan Myers of The Daily Meal | Slide 1 of 57: In an era of gourmet, high-end pizzas, crafted in the traditional Neapolitan style and exorbitantly expensive, sometimes all you really want is a classic, old-school slice just like the ones you remember from when you were a kid. Thankfully, plenty of old-school pizzerias still exist, and we tracked down the 56 best.There’s nothing wrong with an expensive “artisanal” pizza; heck, the reason they’re so expensive is usually because they’re made with high-end imported ingredients and cooked in an oven that cost as much as a new Honda Civic. But in the same way that a cheeseburger from Shake Shack can be just as satisfying as one from the Capital Grille, a perfect slice of cheap pizza can easily surpass the high-end stuff if you’re in the right mood.In order to be considered a great old-school pizzeria, however, the pizza itself needs to be just one part of the overall experience. A classic old-school pizzeria (like any great hole-in-the-wall) has a comfortable, lived-in feel, whether it’s been around for decades or not. Maybe it’s a narrow storefront with a long counter, fresh pies on display in clear cases, and only a few tables (or even just a ledge) to enjoy your slice at. Maybe it’s a classic bar serving legendary pies alongside cheap pints. Maybe it’s just a simple, no-frills dining room with some framed photos lining the walls. Time seems to stand still at these joints, and that’s a wonderful thing.

America’s 56 Greatest Old-School Pizzerias

In an era of gourmet, high-end pizzas, crafted in the traditional Neapolitan style and exorbitantly expensive, sometimes all you really want is a classic, old-school slice just like the ones you remember from when you were a kid. Thankfully, plenty of old-school pizzerias still exist, and we tracked down the 56 best.

There’s nothing wrong with an expensive “artisanal” pizza; heck, the reason they’re so expensive is usually because they’re made with high-end imported ingredients and cooked in an oven that cost as much as a new Honda Civic. But in the same way that a cheeseburger from Shake Shack can be just as satisfying as one from the Capital Grille, a perfect slice of cheap pizza can easily surpass the high-end stuff if you’re in the right mood.

In order to be considered a great old-school pizzeria, however, the pizza itself needs to be just one part of the overall experience. A classic old-school pizzeria (like any great hole-in-the-wall) has a comfortable, lived-in feel, whether it’s been around for decades or not. Maybe it’s a narrow storefront with a long counter, fresh pies on display in clear cases, and only a few tables (or even just a ledge) to enjoy your slice at. Maybe it’s a classic bar serving legendary pies alongside cheap pints. Maybe it’s just a simple, no-frills dining room with some framed photos lining the walls. Time seems to stand still at these joints, and that’s a wonderful thing.

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