It’s National Pizza Month! These Are America's 25 Best Pizzerias

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Not all pizza is created equal, but many people would argue that just about all of it is pretty darn good. While purists might still consider an old-school Neapolitan pie a cut above the rest, the growing diversity in the world of pizza is definitely a good thing for our taste buds.

In honor of National Pizza Month, The Daily Meal combed every corner of the country to find out which pizzerias are serving the most delicious slices of pie. The team researched the newest and best pizzerias across the nation, created a survey that included almost 1000 of them, and then sent that survey to chefs, restaurant critics, bloggers, writers, and other culinary authorities.

The survey asked panelists to vote for their favorite pizzerias based on a rather open-ended definition of “the perfect pie,” which The Daily Meal explains must have a “neither too sweet nor too salty” sauce, “well-distributed cheese,” “sensibly combined toppings,” a “flavorful, savory crust,” and “a judicious, well-balanced and pleasing ratio” of ingredients that “maintains a structural integrity no matter the style.”

Based on that definition, it seems like voters were pretty much asked to follow their hearts. Did their hearts (and other senses) lead them to New York, pizza’s biggest braggart? For many of them, yes: Out of the top 25 pizzerias, 12 of them are located in New York.

Having said that, the list was not without its surprises. The legendary Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, Connecticut, took the top spot, trailed by Brooklyn-based Lucali and Razza Pizza Artigianale in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Though the East Coast undoubtedly dominated, Arizona, Oregon, and California each made the list once, and Illinois claimed a respectable three spots.

The pies themselves ranged from Sicilian-style to Chicago’s polarizing deep dish, and each one is its own unique thing of beauty.

Take a look at the top 25 below, and see The Daily Meal’s comprehensive list of the 101 best pizzerias here.

  1. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (New Haven, Connecticut)

  1. Lucali (Brooklyn, New York)

  1. Razza Pizza Artigianale (Jersey City, New Jersey)

  1. Pequod’s (Chicago, Illinois)

  1. Buddy’s Pizza (Detroit, Michigan)

  1. Totonno’s (Brooklyn, New York)

  1. Sally’s Apizza (New Haven, Connecticut)

  1. Patsy’s (New York, New York)

  1. Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria (Chicago, Illinois)

  1. John’s of Bleecker Street (New York, New York)

  1. Joe’s (New York, New York)

  1. Santarpio’s (Boston, Massachusetts)

  1. Una Pizza Napoletana (New York, New York)

  1. Prince St. Pizza (New York, New York)

  1. Pizzeria Beddia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

  1. Di Fara (Brooklyn, New York)

  1. Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix, Arizona)

  1. Grimaldi’s (Brooklyn, New York)

  1. Lombardi’s (New York, New York)

  1. Modern Apizza (New Haven, Connecticut)

  1. Piece (Chicago, Illinois)

  1. Pizzeria Delfina (San Francisco, California)

  1. Lovely’s Fifty Fifty (Portland, Oregon)

  1. Motorino (New York, New York)

  1. Roberta’s (Brooklyn, New York)

By the way: Did you know that the word pizza dates all the way back to 997 CE? Find out more mouthwatering pizza facts here.

[h/t The Daily Meal]

Hurry—Starbucks Is Giving Away Free Coffee Today!

Starbucks
Starbucks

If Daylight Saving Time's cruel theft of those precious autumn sunlight hours is making you crave more caffeine than usual, you’re in luck: Starbucks is blessing us with a buy-one-get-one-free deal this afternoon.

Thrillist reports that you can claim your free drink with the purchase of any handcrafted coffee beverage, grande-sized or larger, between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m today. You’ll have to download the Starbucks app in order to access the deal, but you don’t have to be a member of the rewards program. If you’re planning on nabbing your two coffees today, however, now might be a good time to register—it’s free, and you’ll earn stars on your purchase that’ll count towards another eventual free beverage or food item.

Though Starbucks holds these “Happy Hour” opportunities every so often, the deals themselves vary. Sometimes, for example, all handcrafted beverages are half off, and other times the offer only applies to blended Frappuccino beverages.

According to the terms listed in the app, today’s BOGO bargain doesn’t include regular hot coffee, hot tea, ready-to-drink beverages (like juices or other bottled drinks), or Starbucks Reserve drinks.

It does, however, include the internationally esteemed pumpkin spice latte, as well as the recently returned lineup of irresistible holiday drinks: peppermint mocha, toasted white chocolate mocha, caramel brulée latte, chestnut praline latte, and eggnog latte.

starbucks holiday drinks
Starbucks

If you happen to have a child in tow (or you’re just not hooked on caffeine), hot chocolate makes an ideal after-school treat, and Starbucks has an impressive five flavors to choose from: traditional, peppermint, toasted white chocolate, regular white chocolate, and salted caramel.

And when you do visit the café today or any other day, remember to be kind to the barista … or else they might swap out your drink for a decaffeinated one. Here are 11 other secrets from Starbucks employees.

[h/t Thrillist]

The Great Tryptophan Lie: Eating Turkey Does Not Make You Tired

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H. Armstrong Roberts/iStock via Getty Images

While you’re battling your cousins for the best napping spot after Thanksgiving dinner, feel free to use this as a diversion tactic: It’s a myth that eating turkey makes you tired.

It’s true that turkey contains L-Tryptophan, an amino acid involved in sleep. Your body uses it to produce a B vitamin called niacin, which generates the neurotransmitter serotonin, which yields the hormone melatonin, which helps regulate your sleeping patterns. However, plenty of other common foods contain comparable levels of tryptophan, including other poultry, meat, cheese, yogurt, fish, and eggs.

Furthermore, in order for tryptophan to produce serotonin in your brain, it first has to make it across the blood-brain barrier, which many other amino acids are also trying to do. To give tryptophan a leg up in the competition, it needs the help of carbohydrates. Registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer tells WebMD that the best way to boost serotonin is to eat a small, all-carbohydrate snack a little while after you’ve eaten something that contains tryptophan, and the carbs will help ferry the tryptophan from your bloodstream to your brain.

But Thanksgiving isn’t exactly about eating small, well-timed snacks. It’s more about heaps of potatoes, mountains of stuffing, and generous globs of gravy—and that, along with alcohol, is more likely the reason you collapse into a spectacular food coma after your meal. Overeating (especially of foods high in fat) means your body has to work extra hard to digest everything. To get the job done, it redirects blood to the digestive system, leaving little energy for anything else. And since alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, it also slows down your brain and other organs.

In short, you can still hold turkey responsible for your Thanksgiving exhaustion, but you should make sure it knows it can share the blame with the homestyle mac and cheese, spiked apple cider, and second piece of pumpkin pie.

[h/t WebMD]

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