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5 Southern California pizza shops named best in the country, according to Yelp

Whether you prefer them thick and saucy, thin and crispy, loaded with toppings or simply covered in cheese, the definition of the perfect slice of pizza comes in all shapes and sizes.

To celebrate International Pizza Month, pie aficionados have spoken on Yelp to crown the Top 100 Places for Pizza in the U.S.

The winners in this list have perfected the art of slinging the beloved savory pies — from square-shaped Detroit-styles and thick Chicago deep dishes, to thin, crispy New York-styles and classic Neapolitans.

No matter what East Coasters like to say, it’s no secret the West Coast is home to some of the best pizza makers in nation.

Among the winner’s circle, five Southern California pizza shops have topped the list:

786 Degrees – Los Angeles, CA
With two locations in Pasadena and Sun Valley, 786 Degrees proudly declares that the place is “For Pizza Addicts Only!”

Unique creations include:

  • BumbleBee – Hot honey soppressata with Calabrian chilis
  • Bombay Tikka Masala – Tandoor baked chicken Kebab, mango chutney, paneer
  • Bulgogi Gangnam Style – 36-hour marinated beef seasoned with sesame, scallion, pears and apples
  • El Chapo “Flavor that is hard to capture ” – Mexican beef chorizo, grilled onions, cilantro
  • Plenty of vegan and vegetarian-friendly options as well

Fuoco Pizzeria Napoletana – Fullerton, CA
Nestled in the heart of downtown Fullerton, this family-owned pizzeria focuses on traditional Neapolitan-style pies. Their delicate slices are all baked in a hand-made oven fueled only by wood.

Hailing from a multi-generational family of “pizzaiolo” (Italian pizza makers), diners can enjoy delectable flavors featuring classic margherita, chicken pesto, black truffle, prosciutto crudo, salame piccante and more.

DeSano Pizza Bakery – Los Angeles, CA

Located in Tinsel Town, this pizzeria focuses on the craft of authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas. When creating their pies, the “strict guidelines of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana” are followed, according to the owners.

Diners can enjoy a laid-back atmosphere while chefs prepare pizzas using fresh ingredients sourced from Campania.

Popular topping include, scamorza, mozzarella di bufala, shrimp and pesto, prosciutto, pancetta, Calabrian peppers and more.

Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza Store – Newport Beach, CA

This beloved Orange County spot features not only some of the best pizzas around, but is also a love letter to the Beatles.

Fans adore its laid-back atmosphere decked out in Beatle decor while enjoying flavorful creations including the Hawaii Five-O, meatball ricotta, Buffalo chicken, vegan and a white pizza with a four-cheese blend using New York ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, romano, and garlic.

The shop has since expanded to three O.C. locations in Newport Beach, Irvine and Aliso Viejo.

Vegan Pizza – Garden Grove, CA

You don’t have to follow a plant-based diet to fall in love with Vegan Pizza in Garden Grove.

This quaint shop packs a punch with its flavors, offering vegan versions of classic pizzas and calzones. With a variety of vegan-friendly creations including Indian-style with a coconut curry sauce, a “Philly Cheez Steak” with vegan protein, Spicy Thai, Barbecue Chik’un and much more.

Other vegan goodies include pastas, Buffalo wings, chili cheese fries and a variety of desserts.

Check out Yelp’s full list of the Top 100 Places for Pizza in the U.S. to bookmark for your next culinary adventure.

Winning eateries were determined by ranking each businesses’ total volume of ratings and reviews.

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