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Aug 16, 2007 02:02 PM


can I have your top 3 pizza rest.thin crust,thick crust or sicilian Thanks vacationing from new jersey.

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  1. 1. Pizza Antica
    2. Paulines Pizza
    3. Arinells (mostly take-out)

    All thin crust.

    Pauline's Pizza
    260 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Pizza Antica
    3600 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

    Arinell Pizza
    509 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Fussy Foodie

      My friends from Long Island (who live in SF) tried Arinell's this week after I have bugged them for at least a year to try it. They LOVED it and said it was very much like Long Island pizza and that the crust was even better.

      1. Pizzetta 211 on California and 23rd Ave.

        There's nothing much like it on the East Coat (I grew up in New Haven): thin-crusted pizza (as good as one can get from a deck oven), daily-changing menu, and innovative toppings from the farmer's market. Delicious and special.

        It's tiny, however, so I'd only go at an "off" time- say, 2pm on a Sunday!

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        1. re: scenicrec

          Pizzetta is good but too many "rules". Kids are hardly welcome, no take out on weekends, cannot put two tables together outside, etc. I have simply given up on the place. The vibe is not very welcoming - too many choices to put up with the attitude.

          1. re: poulet_roti

            Plus, Pizzetta is soooo sloooooooow. Even if you are the only person there, it takes forever to get your food.

            1. re: poulet_roti

              In response to poulet, I agree with you that in the past the attitude of the staff was off-putting. However, the last time I was there (three weeks ago), it was an entirely new crew fom the one I was used to (including a long-time cook from Quince). They were speedy, proffessional, and polite.

              1. re: scenicrec

                Well I'll give it another shot sometime as the pizza is good. The experiences that I refer to above are only a few months old so the changes that you are referring to must be very recent. I have never attempted to give my money to a restaurant or business that put so many rules and conditions on their customers.

                On a more favorable note, I have recently become a big fan of Piccino over in Dogpatch. Excellent pizza, very thin, cracker like crust - not that dissimilar to Pizzetta, all served with a welcoming attitude.

          2. ditto A16 for upscale.

            For a true 'pizza restaurant' I'd go to L'Osteria del Forno

            1. Lots of people love Cheeseboard out in Berkeley. I'm not a huge fan since they always put onions on the pie and I hate onions. But it's very popular among locals.


              Cheese Board Pizza
              1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709