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May 20, 2007 01:22 PM

Old School Pizza in the City

Are there any old institutions with good pizza left anywhere?

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  1. Tommaso's, formerly Lupo's, is the oldest pizzeria on the West Coast and still makes one of the best pies in town. I recommend the sausage and mushroom.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Second Tommaso's, it's the real deal. Beef Ravioli is home-made and also amazing.
      Gasparre's on 20th & Geary is also good, not on Tomasso's level but it's an old school Italian place w/ an east coast feel to it.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Third Tommaso's. Their pizza is terrific and their marinated vegetables and coo-coo clams are delicious, too.

        Get there at 5:00, though, or the wait can be formidable.

        1. re: Euonymous

          4th on Tommaso's! Perfectly done pizzas. And, on paper, the chilled broccoli in olive oil and lemon doesn't sound so great but it's a perfect starter.

          1. re: Dan Wodarcyk

            The zucchini is even better, and the green beans are ace as well.

            1. re: Dan Wodarcyk

              The cold vegetable appetizers are good.

              The pastas are overcooked and mushy.

        2. Giorgio's on Clement & 3rd is GREAT. It's by far the best old-fashioned pizza I've had in SF.

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          1. re: Atomica

            Giorgio's is great and has been around forever. There's also Gaspare's at Geary and 19th that's just as good and has been around for a long time too. You know, these two probably get over looked because they're out in the Richmond.

            1. re: ML8000

              Despite what you might think from the decor, Gaspare's opened in 1985.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                It was previously Vinces. I was treated to my first dinner there by someone who had been a customer for over 40 years. Her parents who where long-time customers would take her. I would say that pretty much qualifies as old-school.

                Whoever opened Gaspares had some sort of connection with Vince's, though I forget the deal. As is so often the case, while she was a fan of Gaspare's ... it was not as good as Vince's.

                From my understanding at that dinner a few years ago, the only thing that has changed decor-wise was the waitresses. She was quite disappointed that the old girls with the beehives had retired.

                My own opinion is that some old-school dishes like iceberg salad with canned black olives should have retired too. Not everything was good about the good old days. Soup or salad ... get the ministrone.

                1. re: rworange

                  That explains the decor, kind of figured. Most likely the food got better, since Gaspare is from Sicily.

            2. re: Atomica

              Third Giorgio's. I can't seem to walk down that side of Clement without "accidently" turning into the front door. It probably does get overlooked because it is not only out in the Richmond, but also on the "empty" blocks of Inner Clement (compared to the blocks between 5th and 12th)

              1. re: tyler k

                Giorgio's is usually packed when I walk by.

            3. Sausage Factory on Castro

              1. I love pizza, but I'm familiar with the term "Old School" pizza...

                1. It doesn't get any more old-school than Tommasso's, and the pizza is darn good to boot.

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                  1. re: Deeg67

                    yes, tomasso's is indeed the real deal, at least from where i sit being from Brooklyn. The only other place I can add aside from the suggestions here is Milano's on 9th between Judah and Irving.

                    1. re: sfoperalover

                      I really didn't like the pizza at Milano's at all.

                      1. re: sfoperalover

                        I like Milano's for delivery when I just want a decent pizza. It's not a destination but if you're in the area or within their delivery zone it's worth a shot. I really like the sauce there, I always order extra.

                        1. re: virtualguthrie

                          Big thanks to all! Now I'll expand my post to other old school spots!