Food Network Magazine names Joe Squared's Flag Pizza one of top 50 in US

August 02, 2011|By Richard Gorelick

Food Network Magazine’s editors set out six months ago to find the best pizzas in America and now, in the September issue, they reveal the winners. Among the 50 best pies in the country: the Flag Pizza from Baltimore’s Joe Squared.

The winning picks in Food Network Magazine’s “50 States, 50 Pizzas” challenge were crowned after a six-month search for the must-try pie in every state. For the full story, pick up the magazine’s September issue, on newsstands Aug. 9.

Back in April 2009, when Food Network Magazine did the same thing with burgers, Elizabeth Large found out that Baltimore Magazine's Suzanne Loudermilk helped narrow the editor's choices down to five semifinalists. I wonder who it was this time. Joe Squared's owner Joe Edwardsen says that a Food Network Magazine photographer came in about a month ago, but he was told only that the magazine was doing a story on interesting pizzas.

Update: It was Loudermilk, all right! Read her post on In Good Taste about how the Flag Pizza came to be Maryland's best

Here's the Joe Squared entry:

"Eating at this alterna-pizzeria is a full-blown sensory experience, with live music, art exhibitions and the main attraction: square, thin-crust sourdough pizza, often topped with ingredients from a nearby greenhouse. The best pie is this tricolor pizza, a tribute to the Italian flag, with three cheese-and-sauce combos: red sauce with five cheeses; white garlic sauce with mozzarella, cheddar and ricotta; and green pesto with fresh mozzarella. $15 to $23."

Here's a link to the "50 States, 50 Pizzas" feature on the Food Network Magazine website.

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