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Old School Pizza in the City

crach May 20, 2007 01:22 PM

Are there any old institutions with good pizza left anywhere?

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    Deeg67 May 20, 2007 11:46 PM

    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
      sfoperalover May 22, 2007 08:43 PM

      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
        Atomica May 23, 2007 09:18 AM

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

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          virtualguthrie May 23, 2007 10:34 AM

          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
            crach May 23, 2007 03:09 PM

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

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        JECJimmy May 20, 2007 11:28 PM

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

        1. intomeat May 20, 2007 08:49 PM

          Sausage Factory on Castro

          1. Atomica May 20, 2007 05:45 PM

            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
              ML8000 May 20, 2007 09:15 PM

              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
                Robert Lauriston May 21, 2007 08:36 AM

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

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                  rworange May 21, 2007 10:53 AM

                  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
                    Robert Lauriston May 21, 2007 11:14 AM

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

              2. re: Atomica
                tyler k May 23, 2007 01:51 PM

                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)

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                  Robert Lauriston May 23, 2007 01:53 PM

                  Giorgio's is usually packed when I walk by.

              3. Robert Lauriston May 20, 2007 01:28 PM

                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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                  virtualguthrie May 20, 2007 04:16 PM

                  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.

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                    Gary Soup May 20, 2007 05:03 PM

                    Ditto Victors on Polk.

                  2. re: Robert Lauriston
                    Euonymous May 20, 2007 05:05 PM

                    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.

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                      Dan Wodarcyk May 22, 2007 10:19 PM

                      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.

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                        lexdevil May 23, 2007 12:43 AM

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

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                          Robert Lauriston May 23, 2007 08:50 AM

                          The cold vegetable appetizers are good.

                          The pastas are overcooked and mushy.

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