Pagliai’s named best pizzeria in Missouri

Let’s talk pizza. We’d argue a slice of heaven makes life worth living.

Whether you agree or not, it’s at least safe to say pizza is a staple of the American diet.

Thanks to TripAdvisor we now know where you should get your next pie.

The travel website named Pagliai’s Pizza and Pasta in Cape Girardeau as the top-rated pizzeria in the state of Missouri.



Visitors seem to agree. Here’s what they had to say online:

“Their pizzas are excellent and one of a kind. Made with fresh ingredients and unique combinations. This place is almost historic.”

“…the only place to go for pizza. All prepped in an open kitchen and it is off the charts !!!! “

“Have been eating here since the 1970s. Love the pizza and I love the tradition and I love that they still make the pizzas the same way.”

No surprise: Pagliai’s has a 4.5 rating on TripAdvisor with more than 125 reviews.

The pizza joint even has a Certificate of Excellence for consistently earning great reviews from travelers.

Pagliai’s Pizza opened in 1968.

Owner Eric Bergmann said tradition is what sets them apart.

“The way we do things, it started over 50 years ago,” Bergmann said. “Now everybody is going back to the trend of making everything fresh, or no preservatives, or getting more simple, we just never changed.”

TripAdvisor used these reviews to create its list of best pizzerias in each state.

It considered the ratio and quality of the reviews compared to the overall ratings, along with the quality and quantity of reviews pizzerias received in the last year.

The list includes restaurants that have a minimum of 4 out of 5 bubbles, 100 reviews, and 10 locations or less as of September.

Using the reviews, TripAdvisor also highlighted the pizzerias that are among the top 10 in the country overall.

Here’s a closer look:

  • Alaska, Anchorage: Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria
  • Connecticut, New Haven: Modern Apizza
  • Florida, Key West: Duetto Pizza and Gelato
  • Massachusetts, Boston: Regina Pizzeria
  • New York, New York City: Bleecker Street Pizza
  • Oklahoma, Tulsa: Andolini’s Pizzeria
  • Tennessee, Nashville: Five Points Pizza
  • Texas, Austin: Home Slice Pizza

Plan your visit to Pagliai’s Pizza and Pasta



  • Tuesday – Thursday: 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday: 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 4 to 9 p.m.


1129 Broadway St, Cape Girardeau, MO

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