February 9 is National Pizza Day and what better way to celebrate then with a fresh hot slice of the best pizza you'll find anywhere in the world. After all, Central New York pizza is the absolute best.

Whether you want a traditional slice, an upside down slice or a specialty slice(chicken bacon ranch, Sicilian, lasagna, etc.), you can't go wrong with any independent pizza joint in the area, but just for fun we decided to give you our picks for 12 best.

In no particular order here they are:

A full service pizza parlor with tons of other menu options. Perfect for National Pizza Day.

The second oldest pizzeria in the U.S. is over 100 years old and home to the famous 'upside down' pizza.

Specializing in gourmet thin crust pizza that is baked in their 800 degree wood fired oven.

Slice - Utica

Home of hand-tossed gourmet pies, and of course Purple Cow wings.

Delicious brick oven cooked pizza recipes straight from the old country, with every topping you can imagine.

Franco's - Whitesboro

From traditional to specialty, Franco's is a CNY classic when it comes to pizza.

Over 30 years old, Sorrento's hand-tossed pizza is what everyone thinks of when you imagine a pizza. Try dipping your slice in their original ultra-popular mild sauce.

Tony's - Herkimer

A favorite of Valley residents. Tony's offers a fantastic deep dish crust and multiple specialty pizza variations.

Vinny's - Herkimer

Another Valley staple for over 30 years, now located in the old TP Drive-In building, Vinny's has fresh, homemade pizza that rivals any other pizzeria in Central New York. Don't forget to take home a bottle of their famous sauce.

Yetty's - Herkimer

Another local pizza place that offers their own spin on 'upside down' pizza, Yetty's will also ship their pies all over the country.

For more than 20 years, Paesano's has served the valley with their hand made dough and house made sauce that combines to create an amazing hand-tossed pizza.

Home of the biggest portions in the area. Order one slice and then ask for a few napkins and some other people to help you finish. Lombardo's also offers delicious specialty pizzas too. Try the Philly Cheese-Steak pie.


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