Mmm-mmm…sometimes nothing hits the spot like a cheesy slice of pizza from a favorite pizza joint. And, how lucky are we to live in a state with so many delicious pizzerias that whittling the best down to a select few is nearly impossible? It wasn’t easy, but here are 11 of the best pizzerias that comprise the ultimate bucket list in Pennsylvania.
1. Arcaro & Genell – 443 S Main Street, Old Forge, PA 18518
Arcaro & Genell tops the pizza bucket list for a few reasons. It just happens to be among the oldest pizza shops in the town of Old Forge. And, Old Forge sells itself as "The Pizza Capital of the World." Opt for a traditional cheese pizza or go bold with a spinach white pizza, a pizza with everything on top, or a peasant style pizza.
2. Laska’s – 405 N Main Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767
A Punxsutawney staple for nearly three decades, Laska's Pizza earns accolades from its loyal customers. The popular pizzeria features a breakfast menu as well as a variety of pizzas topped with a sweet sauce. Unlike most pizza joints, Laska's Pizza buries their pepperoni under the cheese.
3. Vinnie’s Pizza – 2 Canton Street, Troy, PA 16947
Pizza lovers have been flocking to Vinnie's Pizza in Troy for more than 30 year. The pizzeria features an array of pizzas, including Sicilian and garlic. Pair your pizza with a fresh salad or mayonnaise bread.
4. Mineo’s Pizza – 2128 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Mineo's Pizza has been one of Pittsburghers' favorite pizzerias since it opened way back in 1958. The quaint pizza shop offers pizza by the slices or by the pie and features traditional hand tossed, white hand tossed, Sicilian, buffalo chicken, and breakfast pizza.
5. Victory Pig Pizza – 905 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, PA 18644
Victory Pig Pizza, a mom-and-pop pizza shop, has been a staple in the Wyoming community since the early 1940s. The pizzeria has used the same recipe for 71 years and, because of its popularity, offers shipping to pizza lovers all over the United States.
6. Roma Pizzeria – 116 W Market Street, Pottsville, PA 17901
Wood fired pizza awaits at Roma Pizzeria. A staple in the community since 1969, Roma Pizzeria serves a variety of pizzas, including classic margherita, meat lovers, chicken sriracha, and Rocco's veggie pizza. You can also create your own wood fired pizza.
7. Polock’s BBQ & Pizza – 3rd St at Oak Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635
Call several hours in advance when you order a scrumptious pizza from Polock's BBQ & Pizza, a tiny take-out pizza shop. Polock's is only open on weekends from November through May but pizza lovers can find the popular pizza at fairs throughout the state during the summer.
8. Nino’s Pizza – 721 E Main Street, Lansdale, PA 19446
Nino's Pizza - led by Nino himself - has been satisfying pizza cravings in Lansdale since 1966. The family-owed pizzeria serves traditional pizza and pizza fries.
9. Vince’s Pizzeria – 2550 Grant Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19115
Treat yourself to a pizza pie, with its crispy thin crust, from Vinnie's Pizzeria. The longstanding pizza shop, which only accepts cash, makes a wide range of pizzas, including white pizza with spinach, mushroom and pepper pizza, and white pizza with broccoli.
10. A Little Pizza Heaven – 2015 Boulevard Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509
An authentic Italian restaurant, A Little Pizza Heaven's menu boasts such popular Italian dishes as gnocchi, penne pasta, and chicken Napoli. But, the real attraction of A Little Pizza Heaven is the scrumptious pizza, such as traditional and gourmet pizzas. You can also build your own pizza.
11. V&S Pizzeria – 415 S Oxford Valley Road, Fairless Hills, PA 19030
Opt for traditional pizza or go for the Sicilian pizza when you try V&S Pizzeria. Add your favorite toppings - grilled chicken, steak, or breaded chicken breast, for example - to your pizza for the perfect lunch or dinner.
Okay, fellow Pennsylvanians, what other pizza places would you put on a second part of the ultimate pizza bucket list in Pennsylvania? Do you think any of
these pizza shops belong on the bucket list?