Behold, Rockford's ultimate pizza list.

I started my trek to find the best Rockford pizza in September of 2015. Since then I have traveled all over the city and surrounding areas in my attempt to find the ultimate slice.

Matter of fact, I've had pizza or something very close to pizza at over 80 different places. I guess you could say I know a thing or two about pizza in the Rockford area after my experiences.

However, the "Top This" quest continues because I still haven't been able to figure out which pizza is the best. So I devised a plan.

Over the next year, I'm going to eat at 40 of the places (listed below) I thought tasted best the first time around and rate them on a scale of 1 to 10 in three different categories, cheese, crust, and sauce/ingredients.

From there, I'll add them all up and give each pizza a score with 30 being the highest. I'll then cut down the list to 20, then the top 10, and 5 and then 1.

Here are the 40 Rockford area pizza places I'll be hitting up in 2018.

In no particular order:

  • Pino's On Main - 2511 North Main Street.
  • Vinny's Pizza - 4190 Newburg Road.
  • Sam's Pizza - 2134 Charles Street.
  • Nunzio's PIzza - 5800 North Second Street, Loves Park.
  • Jo-Jo's Pizza & Pub - 3110 South Alpine Road.
  • John's Restaurant & Pizzeria - 2914 11th Street
  • Gerry's Pizza - 7403 Argus Drive.
  • Napoli's Pizza - 6560 North Alpine Road, Loves Park.
  • Itzza Pizza - 3863 North Perryville Road.
  • Sam's Ristorante -  1031 Harlem Road, Machesney Park.
  • Alchemy - 610 North Bell School Road.
  • Maciano's Pizza - 5801 Columbia Parkway #101.
  • Capri Restaurant & Pizza - 313 East State Street.
  • Salamone's Italian Restaurant & Bar - 103 South Cherry Street, Cherry Valley.
  • Opsahl's Tavern - 3301 11th Street.
  • Deli Italia - 507 East State Street.
  • Pietro's Pizzeria - 5724 Elevator Road, Roscoe.
  • Lino's Restaurant - 5611 East State Street.
  • Anna's Pizza - 3505 North Main Street.
  • Giuseppe's Pizza - 950 Halset Road.
  • Marie's Pizza - 1513 Charles Street.
  • Casey's General Store - 700 West Blackhawk Drive, Byron.
  • Luichi's Hot Dogs - 603 Montague Street.
  • Rosati's PIzza - 6107 East Riverside Boulevard.
  • Franchesco's Ristorante - 7128 Spring Creek Road.
  • Primo's Pizza - 1710 Rural Street.
  • Take Outz - 5851 Forest Hills Road.
  • Toni's Pizza - 6941 North Second Street.
  • Giordano's - 333 Executive Parkway.
  • Dough Bros Pizza - 4415 Harrison Avenue D3.
  • Stewart Square Pizza - 308 West State Street.
  • Schiro's Restaurant - 1201 North Springfield Avenue.
  • Gulotta's Pizza - 1002 11th Street.
  • Ciao Bella - 6500 East Riverside Boulevard.
  • Marco's Pizza - 6108 North Second Street.
  • Mamma Mia's - 1139 North Alpine Road.
  • Mama C's at Rock-A-Bago Hall - 4303 West State Street.
  • LaRosa's Pizza - 402 West Roosevelt Street.
  • Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza - 408 East State Street.
  • NMT Drink - 2233 South Perryville Road.

Did I miss your favorite place? Let me know!

Please Teach Me

Sweet Lenny is the brand manager of 97ZOK and Operations Manager for Townsquare Media Rockford. Catch him afternoons 3 to 7 on 97ZOK. Follow him on TwitterInstagram and like his page on Facebook.