September 20 is National Pepperoni Pizza Day and what better way to celebrate then with a fresh hot slice of the best pizza in central New York.

Whether you want traditional, upside down or a specialty slice (chicken bacon ranch, Sicilian, lasagna, etc.), you can't go wrong with any mom and pop pizza joint in the area. Here's the 12 best in central New York.

Pizza Boys is a full service pizza parlor with tons of menu options. Perfect for National Pepperoni Pizza Day.

O'Scugnizzo Pizzeria is the second oldest pizzeria in the country, serving slices for more than 100 years and their famous 'upside down' pizza.

Mangia Macrina's specializes in gourmet thin crust pizza that is baked in their 800 degree wood fired oven. And it's delicious.

Slice - Utica

Slice is home to hand-tossed gourmet pies, and of course Purple Cow wings.

Lukin's delicious brick oven cooked pizza recipes are straight from the old country, and have every topping you can imagine.

Franco's - Whitesboro

From traditional to specialty, Franco's is a central New York 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 to create an amazing hand-tossed pizza.

Lombardo's Pizzeria Plus II is home to 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. Try the Philly Cheese-Steak pie.

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