“Fake” Pizza or American Staple? The Best Pizza Chains, ranked.

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In Italy, pizza doesn’t usually have cheese on it. Instead, real Italian pizza focuses on the tomato and tomato-based sauce.

But in America, we love our cheese! From New York to Chicago, cheesy American-style pizza has become its own national dish.

Of course, many Americans are most familiar with the national chains. Even if their products wouldn’t pass muster in Italy, American chains make billions of dollars each year, feeding countless happy mouths. Here’s a list of the best American-style pizzas. Which one is your favorite?

Domino’s

Domino’s stepped up during the coronavirus pandemic and hired more people to deliver to those stuck inside. With the most franchises in the United States, you can always count on a Domino’s being somewhere nearby. What makes this pizza the best seller? Perhaps it is the soft dough and mouth-watering cheese smell that seems to always waft up from the box. Or maybe it’s all the childhood memories that come rushing back when you see the iconic red and blue logo.

Pizza Hut

When cooking dinner just doesn’t seem worth the effort, many families turn to Pizza Hut for an easy fix. The breadsticks are a popular companion dish, that may be just as famous as the pizza itself! These perfect-for-dipping sticks are so delicious, replicating the recipe has become a popular challenge among YouTubers. Still, nothing can replace the experience of walking into a Pizza Hut and being bombarded with the aroma of wings, garlic, and cheesy pizza. 

Little Caesars

Don’t want to pay Pizza Hut and Domino’s prices? Then head to Little Caesars. Their pizzas are great if you’re looking to save a few bucks, and the taste isn’t too different. Of course, if you’re an American pizza connoisseur, you might disagree. But to the untrained palate, Little Caesars is a great discount alternative for a quick, cheesy meal.

Papa John’s

Papa John’s is synonymous with football Sunday and banana peppers. While company founder John Schnatter has waded in and out of the news for his controversial opinions, there’s little controversy over whether their pizza is delicious. Built on the concept of “better ingredients, better pizza,” you’ll have few complaints about the taste or texture of their pie. And if you ask for extra peppers, Papa John’s will always throw them in, no questions asked.

Sbarro

If you’re a frequent traveler without any dairy problems, then you’re probably very familiar with Sbarro. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if most of your traveling diet is composed of Sbarro. This chain restaurant aims to sell New York-style pizza all around the US. Their website even teaches people how to eat the single slice on the go—you fold it! No napkins, no forks, no knives, no problem! Sbarro is perfect for those that are always on the go.

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