Best Wood-Fired Pizza 

Via Centro

Every time we think the wood-fired oven craze is starting to die down, we walk into a new restaurant and see another stone chimney with a pizza-peel-wielding cook in front. That's just fine. These thin-crust mini pies are becoming our contribution to American culture. Soon people will be opening up restaurants specializing in California-style pizza -- oh wait, that's already happened. Within the realm of the artisanal wood-fired-oven-cooked pizza, we have to tip our hats to Via Centro for making a memorable one. It's not the toppings, though they're grand -- the current pizza on offer sports pancetta, caramelized onions, fresh tomato, and basil chiffonade. It's the crust -- deceptively light and brushed with just enough oil so that the dough turns blistery, crisp, and golden during its short time near the flames.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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