The restaurant reviews guide Zagat has named Michael’s Pizzeria in Long Beach, California as the Best Pizzeria in the U.S. The review guide included the thousands of customers input into a point system to make the decision.
Owner Michael Dene is a New York native and son of Italian parents. The title was previously held by Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco.
Michael’s Pizzeria was also named the Los Angeles “Best Pizzeria” for a second year.
“Michael’s Pizzeria was born out of necessity,” Dene told Patch.com. “I wanted real Italian pizza, not the take-out, cardboard variety we’re accustomed to eating in the United States.
“What an honor.”