2021 Pizza Review Year in Review - Rating Nearly 100 Pizzas!

The List of Every Pizza I Reviewed and Scored in 2021!

NEPA Pizza Review presents 2021 Year in Review: A List of Every Pizza Rating!

Detailing Every Pizza Rating for the Year!

2021 was a crazy year, but one filled with great pizza.  I traveled all over Northeast Pennsylvania as I have done over the last decade as well as to some major cities and had some pizza shipped to me to evaluate at home!  

I've never published a list like this before, specifically because the inclination for people is to reduce my subjective rating score to a "this pizzeria is better than that pizzeria" based on a few bites of pizza during one visit.  A Rating score by anyone is not a factual piece of information, it's an opinion, a made up number, and an attempt to quantify a thoughtful analysis in a simple, numeric way.  My "score" on a pizza is essentially meaningless, unless of course you have the same criteria in scoring that I do, same pizza preferences, and ate the exact same pizza I did on that day!  I recommend clicking the link of each pizzeria to read and see how I arrived at a score to give you a better idea of if you will like the pizza or not.

The pizza ratings are presented in chronological order in which I reviewed them from January 2021 through December 2021:

Pizzeria

City

State

Pizza Ordered

Rating

Cheers Cafe

West Pittston

PA

Bar Pie

8.1

DeMuro's Pizza

Pittston

PA

Double Crust White

7.5

Rosario's Pizzeria

Clarks Summit

PA

Carbone Pizza

8

Teberio's Pizza

Luzerne

PA

Pan Fried Sicilian

8.6

Pizza Avenue

Scranton

PA

NY Style Pizza

7.7

Pizza Avenue

Scranton

PA

Fresh Tomato Pizza

7.6

Dino and Francesco's

Moosic

PA

Hot Wing Pizza

7.8

Dino and Francesco's

Moosic

PA

NY Style Pizza

7.5

Pizza by Pappas

Scranton

PA

Pan Pizza

7.4

Kidder Street Deli

Wilkes-Barre

PA

Red Wood Fired Pizza

8.4

Kidder Street Deli

Wilkes-Barre

PA

Chicken Marsala Pizza

8.1

Serpico Pizza

Wilkes-Barre

PA

New York Style

7.8

Serpico Pizza

Wilkes-Barre

PA

Hot Wing BBQ Pizza

7.5

Stage West

Scranton

PA

Detroit Style Pizza

8.4

Stage West

Scranton

PA

Detroit Style Buffalo Pizza

8.5

Bernie's Pizza

Dallas

PA

Round Pizza

8

Annarella Pizza and Pasta

Dallas

PA

Grandma Pizza

9.2

Burrito Loco Cantina & Grill

Dickson City

PA

Round Pizza

7.8

Carey's Pub

Kingston

PA

Bar Pie

7.6

Ringside Bar and Grill

Tafton

PA

Wood Fired Pizza

7.4

Drafts Bar and Grill

Lake Ariel

PA

New York Style

8.3

Reno's Pizzeria

Hawley

PA

New York Style

7.9

Biaggio Pizzeria

Allentown

PA

Pappas NY Slice

7.9

Biaggio Pizzeria

Allentown

PA

Stuffed BBQ Chicken Pizza

7.7

The Pizza Joint

Allentown

PA

Mac and Cheese Roman Pizza

7.6

The Pizza Joint

Allentown

PA

Roman Grandma Pizza

7.5

Two Guys From Italy

Honesdale

PA

New York Style Pizza

7.4

Waymart Hotel

Waymart

PA

Hotel Original (Old Forge) spicier

6.1

Waymart Hotel

Waymart

PA

Old Fashion (Old Forge)

5.9

Nardone Bros

Hanover

PA

Cold Boxed Pizza

6

Camelot

Clarks Summit

PA

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

7

Keeley's Alehouse

Kingston

PA

Round Pizza

7.4

Cesari's Pizzeria (Knobels)

Elysburg

PA

New York Style Pizza

7

Cesari's Pizzeria (Knobels)

Elysburg

PA

Sicilian Pizza

6.2

Union Craft House

Taylor

PA

Old Forge Fresh Tomato

7.8

Vesuvio's

Wilkes-Barre

PA

Detroit Style Pizza

7.9

New Columbus Pizza Co

Nesquehoning

PA

Sausage and Long Hots Pizza

9.2

Underground Pizza Co.

Baltimore

MD

Detroit Style Pizza

7.7

Burrito Loco Cantina & Grill

Dickson City

PA

Round Taco Pizza

7.4

Legend's Saloon

Dickson City

PA

Old Forge Hot Wing Pizza

7.7

Legend's Saloon

Dickson City

PA

Old Forge Fresh White Tomato

7.6

Sbarro

Orlando

FL

NY Style Pizza

3.9

Sbarro

Orlando

FL

NY Style Pizza with spinach and mushroom

4

Blaze Pizza

Lake Buena Vista

FL

Round Cheese Pizza

7.2

Reggio's Pizza

Chicago

IL

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

6.4

John's Pizza of Bleecker Street

New York

NY

NY Style Cheese

9.4

John's Pizza of Bleecker Street

New York

NY

NY Style Pepperoni

9.6

Siena Pizza and Canoli

New York

NY

Sicilian With Pepperoni

7.5

Scarr's Pizza

New York

NY

Sicilian with Pepperoni

8.5

Scarr's Pizza

New York

NY

NY Style Pizza

9.2

Grimaldi's Pizzeria

Brooklyn

NY

Traditional NY Style Pizza

7.4

Wegmans

Dickson City

PA

Round Sweet Sauce Pizza

6.5

Wegmans

Dickson City

PA

Round Hot Wing Pizza

6.9

Tony's Pizzeria

Pittston

PA

Round Pizza

7.9

Vince's Pizza Express

Pittston

PA

NY Style Pizza

7

Lions Tigers and Squares Detroit Pizza

New York

NY

Detroit Style Pizza Red Top

8

Lions Tigers and Squares Detroit Pizza

New York

NY

Detroit Style Pizza Red Top w/pepperoni

7.8

Lions Tigers and Squares Detroit Pizza

New York

NY

Detroit Style Pizza With Vodka Sauce

8.2

Lions Tigers and Squares Detroit Pizza

New York

NY

Detroit Style Pizza White w/ ricotta

7.2

Joe's Pizza

New York

NY

NY Slice

7.3

Joe's Pizza

New York

NY

NY Margherita Slice

7.2

Villian's Hideout

Brooklyn

NY

NY Style Pizza

6.9

L&B Spumoni Gardens

Brooklyn

NY

Sicilian Pizza

7

L&B Spumoni Gardens

Brooklyn

NY

NY Style Pizza

7.2

Villabate Alba

Brooklyn

NY

Focciacia Pizza w/Diced tomatoes

7.3

Chinchilla Hose Co

Chinchilla

PA

Old Forge Red

7.1

Chinchilla Hose Co

Chinchilla

PA

Old Forge White w/Onions

7

Brian James Pizza

Pittston

PA

Old Forge Red

7.9

Brian James Pizza

Pittston

PA

Old Forge Red with Sausage

7.9

Pesos Pizza and Southwest Grill

Tunkhannock

PA

Round Pizza

7.4

Teberio's Pizza and Pub

Wilkes-Barre

PA

Sweet Sauce Bar Pie

7.9

Lighthouse Inn

West Wyoming

PA

Old Forge Red

5.2

Piazza Sorrento

Hershey

PA

Old World Style Round

7.7

LaRocca Pizza and Pasta

Scranton

PA

NY Style

6.8

LaRocca Pizza and Pasta

Scranton

PA

Hot Wing

6.9

Gin's Tavern

Factoryville

PA

Old Forge Pizzza

6.9

Gin's Tavern

Factoryville

PA

Old Forge Pizza With Pepperoni

6.9

Nina's Wing Bites and Pizza

South Abington Township

PA

Old Forge Pizza

7

Nina's Wing Bites and Pizza

South Abington Twp

PA

Old Forge Pizza With Pepperoni

7

Nina's Wing Bites and Pizza

South Abington Twp

PA

Old Forge Pizza With Mushrooms

7

Pizza Rock

Las Vegas

NV

New York Style Pizza

7.2

Pizza Rock

Las Vegas

NV

New York Style - New Yorker Pizza

7.5

Pizza Rock

Las Vegas

NV

New York Style California Pizza

7.3

Arcaro's the Next Generation

Pittston

PA

Double Crust White

8.5

Wicked Mushroom

Scranton

PA

Round Pizza

7.4

Mamma Mia Pizza

Scranton

PA

Old Forge Pizza

7.2

Mamma Mia Pizza

Scranton

PA

Round Pizza

7.5

Basile's Italian Delight Restaurant

Tamaqua

PA

New York Style Pizza

5.7

Two Guys From Italy Express

Factoryville

PA

New York Style Pizza

7.2

Two Guys From Italy Express

Factoryville

PA

New York Style Pizza w/Pepperoni

7.3

Rosario's Pizzeria

Clarks Summit

PA

Grandma Pizza

8.7

New Columbus Pizza Co

Nesquehoning

PA

Sicilian Pizza

8.4

Lizza's Mezzo Mezzo

Pittston

PA

Round NY Style Pizza

7.6

Unida Pizza

Bloomsburg

PA

New York Style Pizza

7.8


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Q and A

Q. Why do you have the same pizzerias listed multiple times?
A. Many times I'll order multiple pizzas during a visit. Certain pizzerias you'll see I eat at frequently because of personal preference and proximity to home.  I still score the pizzas even though you aren't seeing videos and reviews of them!

Q. Why don't you sort this list by rating?
A. See my views on ratings above.  Where some people place values on ratings, they are simply numerical opinions.  If you're into data and are curious, feel free to copy the table, paste into excel, and sort and analyze!

Q. How do you select the pizzerias you review?
A. I have a long list of about 200 places I want to get to. The list is populated by user suggestions, and prioritized by the volume of suggestions I receive, who makes the suggestions (certain readers have proven over time that they have a high pizza IQ and know where the best spots are  over the years).  I then generally make stops at pizzerias on the list when I'm running personal errands or taking trips with my family or friends as opportunities present themselves.  NEPA Pizza Review isn't my job, it's a hobby and I stop at places as time and travel allow.

Q. You're NEPA (Northeastern Pennsylvania) Pizza Review, why are you going outside the area?
A. I try pizza wherever I travel.  There is tremendous value in gaining perspective from many styles of pizza around the country to gain perspective and knowledge about what great pizza is and looks like.  Just the same way I'd want a person who reviews pizza to know how to make pizza themselves, I'd also want the reviewer to have broad pizza experiences inside and out of the area.  There are also a ton of my readers who also travel to nearby Northeast USA metropolitan areas who want to know where to go.  I believe the content is relevant to my readers, and comparing local pizza to pizza outside the area is interesting and powerful - it's also reinforced to me that I would not trade local NEPA Pizza for any other scene in the country!

Q. Is this a list of every pizza that you ate this year?
A. Regrettably, no.  This is the list of pizzas I formally reviewed, or simply scored because I had already provided a full review in the past.  It does not include pizzas that I made at home, pizzas which were not able to be fairly scored (sat in a box for a long time, delivery, not indicative of what a customer would normally expect to receive, etc), or pizzas I simply forgot to score.  

Q. Why are all of the scores pretty good?
A. There are a few reasons for this.  First, I was raised with the belief that if you don't have something nice to say, don't say it at all.  Yes, there were some pizzas I tried during the year that I didn't care for during the year (they will remain unnamed and do not appear on the list above), trashing a local business who might have had an off day doesn't seem like a responsible thing to do and it isn't aligned with what this page is about - connecting people and pizza (not disconnecting people from certain pizzerias).  I also get thousands of suggestions from reliable readers on where the best pizza in NEPA is, so I generally have an idea that a pizzeria I'm about to try has a high chance of being at least decent before I arrive.  See "Q. How do you select the pizzerias you review?" above for more on that.  For those that will inevitably say, "you have to tell us where the bad pizza is to so we can avoid that" - NO I DON'T.  If you want to read negative reviews that trash local businesses, there are plenty of websites where you can consume that type of content.  Please unfollow my page and hop on Yelp or Google to find that perspective if that is the type of information you seek.  We've carefully cultivated a positive conversation around the local pizza scene in the 570, and I'm very proud of and grateful to my readers for that.

Article by Jim Mirabelli, Chief Pizza Officer of NEPA Pizza Review

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