You might not be able to hop a flight for the sole purpose of noshing on pizza, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a taste of New York, Chicago or elsewhere to your house. Just pick up the phone or connect to the Internet, whip out your credit card and wait a couple of days for the UPS or FedEx truck to arrive.
One word of caution: Don’t expect a shipped pizza, which will arrive frozen and packed in dry ice, to rival what you’d get in the restaurant itself. Still, here are four places (listed alphabetically) that are getting it right:
MANGIA CHICAGO STUFFED PIZZA, Austin, Texas
Live music and college football aren’t the only good things to come out of Austin, and Mangia’s shipped pizzas are proof.
MINEO’S PIZZA HOUSE, Pittsburgh
Mineo’s has been in business more than 50 years and is as old-school as a pizza shop gets, which explains why the parlor won’t accept credit card orders. To have a pizza shipped from Mineo’s, you’ll have to first send a cashier’s check or money order.
PAPPARDELLE’S PIZZA & PASTA, Bethpage, N.Y. The large, foldable New York slice is the name of the game here, though a variety of styles are available.
SHAKESPEARE’S PIZZA, Columbia, Mo. New to the shipping racket, Shakespeare’s puts together immaculate pizzas from the Midwest. It’s a part of the country that doesn’t have a finely honed pizza identity, but you’d never know it by tasting the offerings from Shakespeare’s.