Local pizzeria ranks third in nation

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This story was originally written for The Northern Light.


Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria in Anchorage claimed the bronze medal on Trip Advisor’s top 10 pizza restaurants. The business ranks at a 4.5/5 based on roughly 1,700 reviews from the site.
America’s top 10 best pizzerias go as follows:

1. Juliana’s Pizza, Brooklyn, New York
2. Pizza Time of St Augustine, St. Augustine, Florida
3. Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, Anchorage, Alaska
4. Keste, New York, New York
5. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco
6. Regina Pizzeria, Boston, Massachusetts
7. Antico Pizza Napoletana, Atlanta, Georgia
8. Bill’s Pizza, Palm Springs, California
9. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, New Haven, Connecticut
10. John’s of Bleecker Street, New York, New York

Daniel Clyde, Anchorage resident believed that the establishment was worthy of such high ranking.
“They have delicious pizza and a wonderful menu. I’ve never had a problem when going there, besides maybe a wait because hundreds of people want that pizza,” Clyde said.
Owner Rod Hancock started the establishment with partner Matt Jones on June 15, 1996. Hancock was pleasantly surprised to hear the ranking of the business.

“Part of understanding your business is monitoring comment cards and social media sites like Trip Advisor, Urban Spoon and Yelp. You can learn a lot about what you are doing right and wrong through these public input channels. We knew our average rating was fairly high on Trip Advisor, but we had no idea that it would rank us nationally. It is a great honor to be named as a top three pizza restaurant,” Hancock said.

Sydney Peterson, nursing major at UAA expressed her excitement for her previous employer.

“I worked at Moose’s Tooth for almost a year; so many people from around the world came just to have pizza. One family from India told me that they had a 14 hour flight to Alaska and had just landed, and they waited 2 hours just to get a table because they had heard about the pizza and Moose’s Tooth was one of their top to-do’s in Alaska,” Peterson said.

Hancock discussed his work ethic and the challenges every business faces.

“Our success has challenged many systems through the years and we are constantly putting money back into the business to improve infrastructure, staffing, and the customer experience. Additionally, we love working and living in Alaska. When you feel connected to a community, you try harder,” Hancock said.

The Author

Hi! My name is Sam Davenport. I am a freelance writer and lifelong Alaskan who loves reporting on the state’s history, food and culture. I am a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage, where I received bachelors degrees in journalism and political science. I was the executive editor of The Northern Light — UAA’s student-run newspaper — for 2.5 years During my time at UAA, I completed internships at the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska Public Media. I am the managing editor of The Spenardian, an award-winning hyper-local news blog and magazine for the neighborhood of Spenard. I have been published in Vice, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch News, The Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska Magazine, Alaska Business, The Northern Light, The Anchorage Press, The Frontiersman, Alaska’s Energy Desk, KSKA, KTOO, Last Frontier Magazine, Crude Magazine, Mountain View Post, The Spenardian, Alaska Contractor Magazine, Wildheart Magazine and True North Magazine. For freelancing rates or a copy of my resume, please email me at samanthabdavenport@gmail.com.

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