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The pizza at Ann's makes Rick's top 10 list.

Rick's Picks: Top 10 pizzas in Milwaukee

I'm often asked "who makes the best pizza?" or "who makes your favorite pizza?" The latter is a difficult question to answer, and the former is nearly impossible to answer.

The person asking might be a deep-dish fanatic who doesn't care for a pizzeria that I suggest for a thin and crispy crust, which is my preference. I always answer the question with at least one other question –"what kind of crust do you prefer?" Even with differences in sauces and toppings, I find that a person's preference usually starts with the crust.

For Dining Month, OnMilwaukee asked me to compile a list of my top 10 pizzerias. Since this article is about my crust preferences, I thought I would answer with a list of thin crust and Neapolitan-style thin crust pizzerias that fall in my top 10 pizzerias, so far. I cheated a bit and listed my favorite Neapolitan-style pizzerias separate from my 10 favorite thin crust pizzerias. Don't worry, I've already forgiven myself.

If the Big Ten conference can have 14 schools, then I can have 13 pizzerias in my list. They are listed in alphabetical order, so everyone just relax, read this, and go get a pie.

Thin Crust

1. Alphonso's
1119 S. 108th St., (414) 755-0341
alphonsostheoriginal.com

Photo: Alphonso's Facebook

2. Ann's Italian Restaurant
5969 S. 108th Pl., Hales Corners (414) 425-5040
annsitalian.com

3. Balistreri's Ristorante
812 N. 68th St., (414) 475-1414
balistreris.com

4. Calderone Club
842 N. Old World Third St., (414) 273-3236
calderoneclub.net

5. Caradaro Club
1417 S. 70th St., (414) 475-1080
caradaroclubpizza.com

6. Hup's Pizza
5400 W. Hampton Ave., (414) 461-7510

7. Lisa's Pizza
2961 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 332-6360
pizzabylisa.com

8. Pizza Man
2597 N. Downer Ave., (414) 272-1745
pizzamanmke.com

9. Pizzeria Scotty!
9809 W. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 543-1300
pizzeriascotty.com

10. Wells Brothers
2148 Mead St., (262) 632-4408
wellsbrosracine.com

Neapolitan Favorites

11. Il Ritrovo
515 S. 8th St., Sheboygan (920) 803-7516
ilritrovopizza.com

12. Zarletti Mequon
1515 W. Mequon Rd.
salottozarletti.com

13. Mozzaluna
17700 W. Capitol Dr., (262) 790-1077
mozzaluna.com

Photo: Mozzaluna Facebook

Talkbacks

MilwaukeeHustler | Sept. 22, 2016 at 7:41 p.m. (report)

You cannot have a conversation about the best pizza in Milwaukee or any city for that matter , without breaking it out into at minimum Thick Crust and Thin Crust. The Best Pizza under one flag is totally Irresponsible :) Best Thick Crust- Filippo's Pizza on 69th and Lincoln Best Thin Crust - Balistreri's - 68th and Wells Best Flavor Pizza - Barbiere's - 59th and Bluemound

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