Anything thin-crust, quality cheese, flavorful but not too complicated toppings, often from very hot wood-fired oven. It might be expected, but the most memorable were in Italy (in smaller regions where the locals eat also, not the ones catering to tourists in Rome…) and maybe, oddly, in France. Generally smaller size intended for one person or to share along with something else. Often eaten with fork and knife.
There are some places that emulate this in the US, and some of them are pretty good. But honestly, I “don’t get out much” especially lately (for obvious reasons), so have not really seen what is going on the last few years. I know some places I knew closed. I saw there is a new one near me that is combined with a small brewery (as many of them are) and I might actually get motivated to try it now.
@hscottk Somehow I remembered that a bunch of us had lunch at a pizza place after attending an event somewhere in NJ, and there was supposed to be something locally distinctive about the pizza there. My Gmail still had the directions for the event, which turned out to be in 2014 in Willingboro, NJ. Yelp tells me there are several purveyors of tomato pies in town. Sadly, I don’t remember loving the pizza all that much.
Now, New Haven – we love the pizza there enough to make a detour on our way home to NYC whenever we reasonably can, even after a full day of driving home from Maine. Having tried a couple of places, we favor Modern.
@hscottk Another style of pizza we made a detour for was Scranton-style (and that’s no malarkey!) I think we were driving to Ottawa that time, and picked the route to take us through a new-to-us pizza territory. I just remember getting stuck in horrible traffic due to construction, and the pizza being disappointing. (I got so many great tips from Chowhound back in the day, but this one, not so much.)