Based on this list, I'll bet any amount of money that Adam Kuban was part of this. Not that that's bad (I don't think anyone is better qualified), but some of these have his name written all over them. In fact, some of them are places that only he's written about (such as Santillos).
Late to the party here but wanted to respond.
Nope. They never asked me to contribute to/advise on this list. I don't think the folks at the The Daily Meal like me very much. HAHAHAHA. I have that effect on people.
I don't often participate in these kinds of panels/lists -- if I do, like when Eater.com did one -- then I want to know the methodology and whether it's a ranked list or not. With Eater, the list was "Essential 38 Pizzas." It's splitting hairs, I suppose, but I took that to be "essential" rather than BEST. To me, I know that many Pizzamaking members hate Di Fara. I like it, I don't think it's THE BEST, but do I think it's ESSENTIAL? At this point, YES, absolutely. If only to be able to converse about it, etc. So that is why I participated on the Eater.com list but why I would shy away from a ranked list a la The Daily Meal list (even if I were
As for some of the places having "my name written all over them," well, that might be explained by Slice. It tends to come up high in Google searches for pizza, and for better or worse it is well-read among the editors of websites such as The Daily Meal, Eater, etc. If I wrote about it on Slice, I am not surprised to see it turn up elsewhere. I do not claim to have "discovered" any of the places—as Mal points out, Alan Richman was writing about Santillo's long before I was, and someone may have written about it before he did. I am like many a lazy journalist. I get a tip, I check it out, sometimes I'm disappointed, sometimes I'm surprised. But I am under no illusion I'm discovering anything new, particularly a place that's been around for half a century or more.