Let’s face it, if it’s two things America is great at, it’s beer and pizza, so combining the two together is like a match made in heaven. America has a deep-rooted Italian heritage that spans back centuries upon centuries, and boy does it show when you sample some of the amazing pizzas and eat in some of the finest pizzerias in all of the US. Over the years, pizza in the US has evolved, and taken on a life of its own. If you want an example of this, just take a look at the now world-famous deep-dish Chicago style pizza pies, that are basically like an inside out pizza resembling a pie rather than a flat circular shape. “But what about the beer”? You’re probably thinking right about now, well, we haven’t forgotten that either as craft beer in the US is now incredibly popular all over the world, and was again influenced by immigrants from other countries, Ireland and Germany to name just two. If you’re now craving both pizza, and craft beer, here’s a look at 4 of the best craft beer and pizza restaurants in all of the U.S.
Al Forno’s pizzeria, R.I – Taking on distinct characteristics of both Italian, and Southern French cuisine, all re-crafted and re-branded using fresh and local produce of New England, Al Forno’s pizzeria is one of the finest pizza restaurants in all of the USA. For any pizza lover, the highlight of this restaurant simply has to be their trade-mark grilled pizzas. The crusts are delicately flavoured with fresh herbs, seasonings, and olive oil, with just a faint sweetness hiding in the background. All of the toppings are fresh, well-seasoned, and all of the food is cooked to order. The fully-stocked bar also serves a whole range of delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including, yes, you guessed it, a selection of fine craft beers.
The peasantry, Chicago – Well, we had to talk about Chicago now didn’t we? What you may be surprised to hear however, is that here you won’t find a deep-dish Chicago style pizza in sight, as the food served here is described as elevated street food, and it tastes simply divine. You often find delicious freshly made pizzas on their specials boards, with many other dishes, gnocchi for example, taking on a distinct Italian feel. Beer lovers however, will be in their element here as there are delicious artisan craft beers, pale ales, seasonal beers, and much more on offer.
Dough Pizzeria, Texas – They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and the selection of pizzas on offer here is most certainly no exception. These aren’t your usual, “stuffed crust” generic pizzas however, the pizzas here are authentic, fresh, unique, and incredibly delicious. The pizzas are cooked in an authentic wood-fired pizza oven which was made in Naples, Italy, and cooks the pizzas at a whopping 900 degrees. The fontina, mushroom, and caramelized onion pizza pie comes very highly recommended indeed.
Piece, Chicago – Piece is the perfect location if you love craft beer and pizza. Described as a brewery, and a pizzeria, piece is not your typical candlelit dinner, fine dining location, but it is a whole heap of fun and the food and drink on offer is out of this world. With new haven style pizza served with a selection of fresh toppings to choose from, including: feta cheese, roasted red peppers, bacon, clams, ricotta cheese, broccoli, artichoke hearts, and much more, it’s no wonder the restaurant is doing so well. As they describe themselves as a brewery, not surprisingly craft beer lovers will be in their element here as they serve a whole selection of multi-award winning brews.
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