Rebecca Marx's Best Pizza New York 2010 - Pizza a Casa
Given that the city has of late been beset with a surplus of high-end pizzerias, it's easy to forget that the best pizzas don't necessarily require a wood-burning oven imported from Naples. And that's why the pies that Mark Bello teaches his students to make at Pizza a Casa are such a revelation. Bello doesn't use fancy ingredients—think Fleischmann's yeast and AP flour—or a fancy oven (it's set at an attainable 500 degrees Fahrenheit), but the crusts that he conjures up are as crisp, chewy, and delicately charred as anything served at a restaurant. The toppings are applied with expert balance and minimal fuss, and the best part is that you can easily make it at home. Power to the people.