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Yelp launches search for its first ever Chief Pizza Officer 🍕



In celebration of National Pizza Day on February 9, Yelp is launching a search for its first-ever Chief Pizza Officer, who will serve as the authority on all things pizza, from deep dish to Detroit style, pizza cones to personal pan. 

During their six-month engagement, the Chief Pizza Officer will be responsible for spreading their love for pizza and sharing the latest pizza trends with the Yelp community. To apply, pizza pundits should submit a 30-60 second video explaining why they’re qualified to take on the role, at ChiefPizzaOfficer.Yelp.com. Participants will be judged based on their love for local businesses, pizza pride, geography and social media presence.* 

So far this year, pizza is one of the top five most searched items on Yelp and pizza variations are regularly a top trend for Yelpers. In 2021, Detroit-style pizza was a must-order dish with review mentions up 52% and in 2022, we expect blonde pizza, often referred to as white pizza, to reign supreme. Searches for the tomato-less pizza were up a whooping 953%. The winning pizza connoisseur will be awarded $25,000 to continue their pizza education across the U.S. and help us stay abreast of what’s next in the world of pizza.

When it comes to the state of the slice in the U.S., we wanted to know where the best spots are for a slice right now. That’s why Yelp is also releasing a list of the Top 100 Places for Pizza to commemorate the holiday. Topping this year’s list is Cheese Board Pizza in Berkeley, CA, where Yelpers love to try out new toppings with the daily pizza menu. Whether you’re in the mood for classic Sicilian square (try no. 2 Prince Street Pizza) or creative toppings (no. 37’s Sixty Vines in Plano, TX) – there’s something to satisfy every pizza craving.  

Top 100 Places for Pizza in the U.S: ​​

  1. Cheese Board Pizza – Berkeley, CA 
  2. Prince Street Pizza – New York, NY 
  3. Smiling With Hope Pizza – Reno, NV 
  4. Home Slice Pizza – Austin, TX 
  5. Ciao! Pizza & Pasta – Chelsea, MA
  6. Juliana’s – Brooklyn, NY
  7. Bronx Pizza – San Diego, CA
  8. Joe Benny’s – Baltimore, MD
  9. Coalfire Pizza – Chicago, IL
  10. 786 Degrees – Los Angeles, CA
  11. L’industrie Pizzeria – Brooklyn, NY
  12. The Gypsy Poet – Houston, TX
  13. Crust Brothers Pizza – Scottsdale, AZ
  14. Golden Boy Pizza – San Francisco, CA
  15. Zachary’s Chicago Pizza – Oakland, CA
  16. Saverio’s Authentic Pizza Napoletana – Massapequa, NY
  17. Fahrenheit Pizza & Brewhouse – Asheville, NC 
  18. Pinky’s Pizza – Portland, OR 
  19. Little Star Pizza Divisadero – San Francisco, CA
  20. Zeneli Pizzeria & Cucina Napoletana – New Haven, CT
  21. Moose’s Tooth – Anchorage, AK
  22. Rubirosa – New York, NY
  23. Dixie Pizza Wagon – Hurricane, UT
  24. Domenick & Pia Pizzeria – Waterbury, CT
  25. Toni’s Detroit Style Pizza – Mount Pleasant, SC
  26. My Slice of the Pie Pizzeria – Phoenix, AZ
  27. A Slice of New York – San Jose, CA
  28. Zachary’s Chicago Pizza – Berkeley, CA
  29. Marsigliano’s Pizzeria – Las Vegas, NV
  30. Song E Napule – New York, NY
  31. The StopAlong – Chicago, IL
  32. The Parlor – Phoenix, AZ 
  33. Mangia & Bevi Pizzeria Napoletana – Cocoa Beach, FL
  34. Fuoco Pizzeria Napoletana – Fullerton, CA
  35. Melo’s Pizzeria – Saint Louis, MO
  36. Sliver Pizzeria – Berkeley, CA
  37. Sixty Vines – Plano, TX
  38. A Dopo Sourdough Pizza – Knoxville, TN
  39. DeSano Pizza Bakery – Los Angeles, CA
  40. Little Pops NY Pizzeria – Naperville, IL
  41. Fat Olives – Flagstaff, AZ
  42. Galleria Umberto – Boston, MA
  43. Pomodoro E Mozzarella – Saint Charles, IL
  44. Liberty Pizza – Marietta, GA
  45. Il Casaro Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar – San Francisco, CA 
  46. In Forno Pizza – Avon, OH
  47. Pizzetta 211 – San Francisco, CA
  48. BackDraft Pizzeria – Austin, TX
  49. Lucino’s Pizza – Las Vegas, NV
  50. Bob’s Pizza – Chicago, IL
  51. Five Points Pizza – Nashville, TN
  52. Lombardo’s of Bay Ridge – Brooklyn, NY
  53. Pizzoco – Winchester, VA
  54. Little Deli & Pizzeria – Austin, TX
  55. Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana – Henderson, NV
  56. Noble Crust – St. Petersburg, FL
  57. Federal Pizza – Phoenix, AZ
  58. Square MFG Co – Natick, MA
  59. Arturo’s – Maplewood, NJ
  60. Sgt Pepperoni’s Pizza Store – Newport Beach, CA
  61. Napoli Wood Fired Pizza & Bakery – Cliffside Park, NJ
  62. B Side Pizza & Wine Bar – New York, NY 
  63. Eddie & Sam’s NY Pizza – Tampa, FL
  64. Tasty Pizza – Omaha, NE
  65. Rawa – New Haven, CT 
  66. Holy Tomato Pies – Gloucester Township, NJ
  67. Empire Slice House – Oklahoma City, OK
  68. Vegan Pizza – Garden Grove, CA 
  69. Gelso & Grand – New York, NY
  70. Louie’s Pizza – Elmhurst, NY
  71. CRUST – Miami, FL
  72. Wiseguy Pizza – Washington, D.C. 
  73. Centro Woodfired Pizzeria – Cedar City, UT 
  74. Slice City Pizza – Fort Worth, TX
  75. Evel Pie – Las Vegas, NV
  76. Biggie’s Pizza – Jacksonville Beach, FL
  77. Pizzeria Lola – Minneapolis, MN
  78. Pizzeria Lui – Lakewood, CO
  79. Ashay’s Pizza – Houston, TX 
  80. Carmines Pie House – Jacksonville, FL
  81. Luna Pizzeria – Houston, TX 
  82. Kaleidoscope Pizzeria & Pub – Medford, OR
  83. Freddy’s Pizza – Cicero, IL
  84. Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room – Pittsburgh, PA
  85. DeSano Pizza Bakery – Nashville, TN
  86. Serial Grillers – Tucson, AZ
  87. Pizzeria Bocce – Cottonwood, AZ 
  88. Craft Pizza – Chicago, IL
  89. Hops & Pie – Denver, CO 
  90. Pomo – Phoenix, AZ 
  91. Woody’s Woodfired Pizza & Watering Hole – Golden, CO
  92. Old School Pizzeria – North Las Vegas
  93. High Mountain Pies – Leadville, CO 
  94. The Brick Oven Bistro – Sandusky, OH
  95. Plant Based Pizzeria – Atlanta, GA 
  96. Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza – Clearwater, FL
  97. Cugino Forno – Greensboro, NC
  98. Moto – Seattle, WA
  99. Crescent City Pizza Works – New Orleans, LA
  100. Joey’s House of Pizza – Nashville, TN

*To enter this contest, participants can visit ChiefPizzaOfficer.Yelp.com to apply for the role from February 9 to February 28. One winner will be selected on or about March 15. Winner must enter into an independent contractor agreement with Yelp to serve as Chief Pizza Officer for a six month term. Please see the official rules here.

**Searches on Yelp during the month January 2022