You can’t walk more than 10 feet in San Francisco without running into some new, trendy restaurant that claims to serve the best pizza you’ve ever tasted (even though they all use the same ingredients). To help you sift through the choices, here are our top 10 picks for the best pizza restaurants in San Francisco.
Capo’s Pizza, Pasta & Cocktails
Capo’s is all about mixing a great time with great pizza. The atmosphere of their restaurant in North Beach, which is open until 2:00 am daily, makes it clear that they are catering to those who want to let loose after a long day or enjoy a fun night out with friends. They also offer an outdoor patio that’s perfect for kicking back in warm weather and enjoying your food, as well as some cocktails. Their menu features such options as barbecued chicken wings, fries with beer cheese and mustard drizzle, and calamari fritti (fried squid). Plus, be sure to try their traditional or deep-dish Chicago-style pies if you’re feeling hungry!
Casaro Pizzeria and Mozzarella Bar
The Bay Area is a wonderful place for pizza fans and cheese connoisseurs. Casaro Pizzeria and Mozzarella Bar offer inventive combinations of all of these, pairing tasty pizzas with exciting cheeses from local dairies. Mozzarella fans will love Casaro’s buffalo mozzarella, which is soft and fresh but still holds its shape when melted. The Bufalina (prosciutto-ricotta-buffalo mozzarella) was excellent—but don’t miss out on other favorites like the Spicy Mozarrella or Melanzane e Prosciutto pies, too.
Little Star Pizza
While you may have never heard of Little Star Pizza, chances are you’ve eaten there. After opening in 1998, it quickly expanded to locations all over town, including a delivery-only restaurant on Castro and 18th streets. With a huge variety of pies at low prices, it remains one of our top picks for pizza lovers. For those looking for something a little fancier (and pricier), Delfina serves up some of our favorite pies in town. Are you looking for something less expensive? Pizzetta 211 has been voted one of SF’s best by several publications and boasts multiple locations in San Francisco proper.
Don’t worry: no matter where you go, they all offer more than enough options to keep your taste buds happy!
There are many great pizza restaurants in San Francisco, but Pizzeria Picco is one of my favorites. This restaurant has built a reputation on serving up traditional Neapolitan pizzas and creative gourmet pies that use unusual ingredients such as prosciutto and fresh figs. Pizzeria Picco is always my first choice when I want great Italian food. With plenty of options for vegetarians and people with gluten allergies, everyone can find something they love at Pizzeria Picco. It’s a little pricier than other pizza restaurants in SF, but it’s worth every penny!
When any list of San Francisco’s best pizza restaurants is compiled, one name almost always appears at or near to top: Pizzaiolo. That’s because it has a lot going for it, whether you’re looking for a tasty pizza pie to grab and go on your way home from work or a meal you’ll remember. It also happens to be located in Oakland, makes deliveries throughout both cities, and will soon open an outpost in Berkeley. You’ll pay dearly—$15 for a plain slice—but your wallet will thank you once you taste what is probably some of the city’s finest pizza.
This place has been voted one of America’s best pizza restaurants, and it’s easy to see why. Located in a small building on an ordinary street in Downtown, pizzeria Delfina feels like a hidden gem. Despite its small size and lack of ambience, there is something oddly romantic about eating pizza inside that historic brick oven. And let’s not forget about their handmade pasta! This restaurant is truly a slice of Italy in North Beach.
There’s nothing better than a good thin-crust slice of cheese for many pizza lovers. Fortunately, Pizzeria Picco serves up just that, and some of it is pretty fancy. While you’ll find traditional pies here, you might also opt for something like Lucky Number 5: tomato sauce, chicken and bacon with mozzarella and Parmesan on a whole wheat crust. And if you aren’t in the mood for pizza but still want to take advantage of its wood-fired ovens, check out one of its rotisserie chickens or roasted meats. As is usually true when it comes to restaurants in SF: expect crowds at peak hours (think lunch). Also, note that Picco only accepts cash.
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
If you’re looking for a classic slice, head to Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. This restaurant was founded by legendary pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani and quickly became one of the best places in San Francisco to get a pie. The pizza here is cooked at a blazing 800 degrees—the oven is designed to gradually increase its temperature over time, which ensures that each customer gets their pizza made as close to perfection as possible. The wait can be long, but Yelp reviewers consistently rave about every single aspect of their experience: from beer selection to service to crust quality—Tony’s Pizza Napoletana is considered one of if not THE best pizzeria in San Francisco.
Zachary’s Chicago Pizza
An oldie but a goodie, Zachary’s has been around since 1975 and was recently voted the best pizza in America by AOL. This classic offers more than just a great pie; it also boasts amazing appetizers, desserts, and salads. Zachary’s isn’t fancy—you order at the counter, and your food is delivered to you—but that doesn’t take away from its charm. If you’re looking for one of The City’s most iconic pizza places, look no further than Zachary’s!
This is a San Francisco institution that isn’t much to look at. It’s hole-in-the-wall with linoleum tables, vending machine drinks and a few booths inside. It lacks in ambience, though it makes up for in taste. This tiny spot serves some of the best pizza you’ll find in all of San Francisco. Every pie is made from scratch with just enough cheese to keep things balanced but not so much that you can’t get through a slice or two without feeling like you need to hit an elliptical machine for an hour or two. Zero Zero has French fries on its menu if you feel like having your pizza accompanied by something savory.
Although there are many excellent places to find pizza in San Francisco, these 10 are among my favorites. If you’re looking for a little slice of classic New York in California, try one of these. For those who want more than just great pizza, try someplace like Del Popolo, where you can also get fantastic antipasti and desserts. Or hit up Pizzeria Delfina to get an excellent meal beyond your basic pie. There is something for everyone!