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9 Piping-Hot Pizza Places with Terrific Wine Lists

These restaurants win no matter how you slice it
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Pizza and wine: a match made in heaven.

Posted: June 14, 2016

Updated: September 14, 2016

For many, there’s nothing more fundamentally delicious than a fresh, hot slice of pizza. Whether topped with gooey cheese, pepperoni, ham, roasted veggies—or "everything"—this versatile dish offers something for everybody. And perfect pairings for this classic favorite abound, from a glass of a fruity red to a rich white to a crisp Champagne.

Here are nine Wine Spectator Restaurant Award–winning restaurants from around the United States whose pizzas are a formidable match for their wine lists. To check out more great wine dining spots across the globe, see Wine Spectator’s more than 3,500 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including our 89 Grand Award recipients.

This is only a partial guide to pizza and wine restaurants. Do you have a favorite you’d like to see on this list? Send your recommendations to restaurantawards@mshanken.com. We want to hear from you!


A16

2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, Calif.
Telephone (415) 771-2216
Website www.a16pizza.com
Open Dinner, daily; lunch, Wednesday to Sunday
Best of Award of Excellence

Owner and wine director Shelley Lindgren also runs the program at Award of Excellence winner SPQR.

Just off the Presidio in San Francisco’s Marina District, A16 draws its inspiration from southern Italy in both its wine list and cuisine. Owner and wine director Shelley Lindgren’s list has earned the restaurant a Best of Award of Excellence since 2011 for its moderately priced 535 selections, almost all of which are Italian. Authentic Neapolitan pizza takes center stage on chef Rocky Maselli’s menu, ranging from classic marinara, Margherita and Romana options to a pie topped with pancetta, pecorino and potato.


La Pizza Fresca Ristorante

31 E. 20th St., New York, N.Y.
Telephone (212) 598-0141
Website www.lapizzafresca.com
Open Dinner, daily; lunch, Monday to Friday
Best of Award of Excellence

Tucked between Union Square and Madison Square Park, La Pizza Fresca Ristorante is a haven for Italian comfort food and wine in bustling Manhattan. Owner and wine director Massimo Vitino’s 1,590-selection list has earned a Best of Award of Excellence since 2004 for its strengths in Piedmont and Tuscany, as well as its impressive vintage depth. The restaurant’s namesake wood-fired brick-oven pizzas are dressed with San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh imported bufala mozzarella and a variety of toppings from soppressata to broccoli rabe.


Oenotri

1425 First St., Napa, Calif.
Telephone (707) 252-1022
Website www.oenotri.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Alex Farnum
Enjoy hidden gems of the Italian wine world alongside the signature pizzas at Oenotri.

In the heart of Napa, Oenotri attracts winemakers and tourists alike with its Italian-focused, Best of Award of Excellence–winning list. Wine director Daniel McCullough makes a point to champion lesser-known Italian wines from Vernaccia Nera to Sangiovese Bianco on his moderately priced, 450-selection list. “For me, pairing is mostly about texture,” advises McCullough on matching pizza and wine. Chef Tyler Rodde’s menu offers plenty of choices on that front, and though the menu changes daily, highlights have included a classic Margherita pie to one with cream, cambola cheese and rosemary.


Undici Taverna Rustica

11 W. River Road, Rumson, N.J.
Telephone (732) 842-3880
Website www.undicirestaurant.com
Open Dinner, daily; Lunch, Saturday and Sunday
Best of Award of Excellence

At New Jersey favorite Undici Taverna Rustica, owner and wine director Victor Rallo's list will transport you to Italy.

Not far from the banks of the Navesink River, you’ll find Undici Taverna Rustica, a recreated Tuscan farmhouse in Rumson, N.J. The Italian influence carries over to the Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list, overseen by owner and wine director Victor Rallo, offering 800 selections and focusing on Tuscany and Piedmont. In addition to roasted fish dishes, meats and house-made pastas, chef Giovanni Atzori’s menu features handmade pizzas with classic toppings, all wood-fired at 800˚ F.


Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria and Cucina

MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third St., Detroit, Mich.
Telephone (313) 465-1646
Website www.mgmgranddetroit.com
Open Dinner, Wednesday to Sunday
Best of Award of Excellence

MGM Grand Detroit
Wine director Shaun Page oversees the lists at Restaurant Award winners Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria and Cucina and Wolfgang Puck Steak at the MGM Grand Detroit.

In downtown Detroit at the MGM Grand Hotel, Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria and Cucina brings the celebrity chef’s signature pizzas and a Restaurant Award–winning wine list to Michigan. From a traditional Margherita to a pizza with wild mushroom, goat cheese and leeks, chef Joel Neirynck-Coon’s menu explores the many possibilities of the dish. Wine director Shaun Page’s 350-selection list highlights bottles from California and Italy, as well as several options of Oregon Pinot and Champagne.


360 Uno Pizzeria, Espresso, Vino

3801 N. Capital of Texas Highway, Suite G-100, Austin, Texas
Telephone (512) 327-5505
Website www.360uno.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

In Austin, Texas, the family-owned 360 Uno Pizzeria, Espresso, Vino has earned an Award of Excellence every year since 2005. Wine director Chris Hightower’s list offers 280 selections, with strengths in Italy and California, a handful of which are available on tap. Choose from 20 different pizza options with a variety of toppings, all available on gluten-free crust by request.


Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana

600 Pine St., Suite 132, Seattle, Wash.
Telephone (206) 264-0994
Website www.ilfornaio.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

With 11 Award of Excellence–winning locations along the West Coast, Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana is proof that pizza and wine make for a winning pair. The Seattle location’s 175-selection, modestly-priced list is managed by wine director Don McNerney and has good representation from Italy and California. Those looking for local offerings will also find several Washington options on the list to sip with Il Fornaio’s signature thin-crust pies made with mozzarella.


Marta

29 E. 29th St., New York, N.Y.
Telephone (212) 651-3800
Website www.martamanhattan.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Liz Clayman
At Marta, wine director and master sommelier Jack Mason's list highlights bottles from Champagne and Italy.

Opened by restaurateur Danny Meyer in 2014 just north of Manhattan’s Madison Square Park, Marta earned its first Award of Excellence the following year. Wine director Jack Mason of TV show Uncorked fame guides the 250-selection list, with strengths in Champagne and Italy, and featuring many options in the $50-and-under range. Pair your pick with one of chef Nick Anderer’s traditional Roman-style, crackly-crust pizzas.


Otto Enoteca and Pizzeria

The Venetian Resort, Hotel and Casino, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, Nev.
Telephone (702) 677-3390
Website www.ottopizzeria.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Overlooking the Piazza San Marco at Las Vegas’ iconic Venetian Resort, Hotel and Casino, Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali’s Otto Enoteca and Pizzeria has earned an Award of Excellence since 2008. At the helm of the program is wine director Kirk Peterson, whose 140-selection list is rich in choices from regions across Italy. Over two dozen options are available by the glass, and there are several choices for grappa, amaro and homemade Italian sodas. The restaurant offers a number of variations of its Neapolitan pizza, including a truffle, potato and Fontina cheese pie and one with pancetta, goat cheese and caramelized onions.

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