August 16, 2013 – Visitors heading to the Jersey Shore this weekend will likely dine at one of the many pizza restaurants located in the resort towns or on the boardwalks. Along with soft serve ice cream, French fries cooked in peanut oil, and funnel cake, pizza is classic seashore cuisine.
If you visit Wildwood, N.J., for example, you may have debated whether Mack’s or Sam’s serves the best slice on the boardwalk. In Ocean City, N.J., the place to visit is Manco and Manco (formerly Mack and Manco before a feud caused the Mack family to exit Ocean city and concentrate on their business in Wildwood, and the Mancos to change the name), although a few might argue Prep’s Pizza rules there.
No matter what pizza or shore point you choose, some of the best in the country is available at the Jersey Shore. Yet, no cities or towns in North or South New Jersey made it onto “TripAdvisor’s 2013 Top 10 Cities for Pizza”. Chicago, home of the famous deep-dish pizza, doesn’t make the list, either.
Boston, New York, and Philly do appear and deservedly so; there’s something about the water and the altitude on the east coast that makes for the best pizza dough, rolls and bagels, and it can’t be duplicated anywhere else in the country.
So, what’s the #1 best city for pizza? Oddly, San Diego claims the top spot. When I think of San Diego, Mexican cuisine comes to mind, or seafood, but pizza, not so much. I’ve never had pizza in San Diego, yet I’m fairly certain no pizzeria in Southern California can top those on the east coast.
Here’s the full top 10 list for the best pizza cities in America:
- San Diego
- Las Vegas
- New York City
- Austin, Texas
- San Francisco
Philadelphia and New York belong higher up on the list, and just to make sense of this, I’ll believe the creators included North Jersey pizza restaurants in with New York City’s stats, and South Jersey restaurants with Philadelphia’s. It’s the only way this list can be somewhat credible.