In a country crazy for pizza (Americans consume 350 slices every second), the New York versus Chicago pizza debate may never be resolved. “The words ‘love’ and ‘hate’ were tossed around a lot-young and old, people were hilariously passionate about it,” says Ruby, who honed his obsession as a pizza deliverer during grad school in Kansas. “We’ve learned never to say, ‘Jeez, it’s just pizza!’”
After consulting an army of experts, Pollack and Ruby picked the 546 best pizzerias in the nation, as well as eating their way from New York to California to compile the definitive top ten list. From Chicago, Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta (with locations in the Loop, the Gold Coast, and Wrigleyville) ranked number four. Which pizzeria came in first? Buy the book and find out.