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Best slice of pizza in SF?

Angie Feb 22, 2006 06:13 PM

Where can I get a great slice of pizza in the city?

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    Robert Lauriston Feb 22, 2006 07:11 PM

    With the caveat that most of SF's best pizza places sell whole pies only, contenders for best slice include:

    - porcini at L'Osteria del Forno.
    - Indian vegetarian (pictured) or not at Zante.
    - vegetarian California at Arizmendi.


    I suppose you have to try Arinell but if you ask me its popularity results from replicating a particular kind of New York mediocrity.

    Image: http://studiotrans.com/tc_images/zant...

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      Jeff Greenberg Feb 22, 2006 10:44 PM

      ZA Pizza on Hyde street

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        David Feb 23, 2006 01:16 AM

        White star pizza....cant remember the cross streets or Front room pizza on California is pretty good too

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          Foodrat Feb 23, 2006 02:51 AM

          I used to go to Goldenboy in North Beach... Is it still there? I loved that place! I think it was on Green St. Traditional square pizzas sitting at the window for the hungry eyes to see. They reheat it in their little (toaster?) ovens for you. Cheap too, or rather, they used to be.

          Also enjoy Goat Hill Pizza.

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            Robert Lauriston Feb 23, 2006 01:19 PM

            I wouldn't call Golden Boy traditional, at least I've never seen pizza like that anywhere else. Very soft, yeasty dough, like very thick focaccia. I used to eat there all the time, have gone maybe once since I discovered L'Osteria del Forno's porcini pizza.

            The owners also took over Green Valley a few years ago, and recently Bertolucci's in South SF.

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              Foodrat Feb 23, 2006 04:37 PM

              I meant "traditional" in the Italian sense - square pizza slices...

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                Joe Feb 23, 2006 06:52 PM

                Traditional or not, it is damn good pizza. I get a slice whenever I'm in the neighborhood.

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                  ChowFun_derek Mar 5, 2007 11:17 AM

                  You mean "Sicilian" slices??!!!
                  I haven't seen that here....and I have looked...at least not like NY or NJ style

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                    Robert Lauriston Mar 5, 2007 11:24 AM

                    Lanesplitter sells rectangular "Sicilian" slices, dough's maybe an inch and a half thick. I'm sure they're supposed to be NY-style. Never had that in NY so I can't say how close they are.

                    Marcello's used to have those, too.

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                      ChowFun_derek Mar 6, 2007 06:51 AM

                      I have had Lanesplitter's regular pie and was unimpressed..(especially compared to the East Bays embarassment of pizza riches!) haven't seen a "Sicilian" at Marcello's I don't think...next time I'm there, I'll focus a little better and look for it...

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              Louise Feb 23, 2006 01:31 PM

              So that you know, pizza is the politics or religion of the SFBay chowhound page. Along with bbq, chili, and Chez Panisse, it is a subject that provokes implacable opinions.

              My preference is Arinell's. A certain style that tastes like home to this Jersey Girl.

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                Jupiter Feb 23, 2006 06:46 PM

                what i want to know is this:
                of all these recomendations,
                how many of them actually sell slices?
                i know golden boy does, and arinell's and l'osteria, but it seems like some of these recomendations are for whole pies.
                is that true?
                or am i mistaken?

                does little star and za and front room supply slices?

                i personally love arinell's, but i also think that l'osteria's pizza is amazing, and i love that they sell slices, but unfortunately, i am no longer in that hood enough.
                so sad....

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                  Robert Lauriston Feb 23, 2006 06:54 PM

                  All the places I recommended sell slices.

                  Za Gourmet Pizza does.
                  Front Room does.

                  Little Star doesn't.

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                    Jupiter Feb 23, 2006 07:49 PM

                    thank you.

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                      Melanie Wong Feb 24, 2006 02:39 AM

                      I like the slices at Za, will also throw Victor's into the running.

                      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                  katya Feb 24, 2006 08:34 PM

                  Arinell is a fave. They're one of the few places that really get the tomato/cheese taste right.

                  Escape from New York has a great potato/pesto/garlic pizza you can get by the slice. A typical slice has about 15 garlic cloves - not for the faint of heart. With the coupon in SF Weekly or the Guardian, a substantial slice and a soda come to $2.99.

                  I remember slices at Pomodoro (Kearny & Bush)to be pretty good, but it's been awhile.

                  I can think of some good individual-sized pizzas around (Wolfgang Puck Express Cafe, Mediterraneo), but I guess they're no longer in the category of "slice."

                  1. Robert Lauriston Mar 5, 2007 07:36 AM

                    A friend in the neighborhood tells me that the new Escape from New York on Polk (former Nicky's Pizza Rustica) is a joint venture with Za and the crust is different from at the other locations. I tried a slice of pepperoni fresh out of the oven and it didn't seem that different to me, but it was so cheese-laden that it was hard to judge the crust. My friend recommends getting either the potato or pesto and having them reheat it to crisp the crust a bit.

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                      DavidT Mar 5, 2007 08:02 AM

                      I think the pizza at Pomodoro Pizza (240 Kearny and not to be confused with Pasta Pomodoro) is pretty darn good. It has a thin crust. You can buy slices to go or eat in. Highly recommended.

                      1. Carrie 218 Mar 5, 2007 08:12 AM

                        I'm a fan of Mozzarella di Buffula. When you buy a single slice, you can load it with whatever you want which is an obvious first plus, but moreso because they are one of the few that have capers available which is a bigger plus.

                        1. MBShapiro Mar 5, 2007 08:14 AM

                          Cheeseboard in Berkeley! Or is that too far out of the city??

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                            Robert Lauriston Mar 5, 2007 08:23 AM

                            Arizmendi in the Sunset is a Cheese Board spinoff and does the same kind of pizza.


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                            cathyt Mar 5, 2007 08:25 AM

                            I second Pizza Pomodoro on Kearney, they have this really good pizza with thin slice of red potato. Definitely worth trying.
                            Also I don't know if it's still open but Pizzetta 211 on California way out in the avenues (I think like 22nd or so) has really good, more gourmet type pizza.
                            I also enjoy a quick down and dirty slice at Nizarios on Geary and 2nd.

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                              Robert Lauriston Mar 5, 2007 08:31 AM

                              Pizzetta 211 is great but they do small whole pizzas only, around $10-15 each. Might be the thinnest crust in town.

                            2. ChowFun_derek Mar 5, 2007 10:47 AM

                              Marcello's Pizza on Castro St. across from the Castro Theater, at Market does slices..


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                                Robert Lauriston Mar 5, 2007 10:55 AM

                                I go to Marcello's if I'm in the neighborhood and want a slice, but I wouldn't go out of my way.

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                                  ChowFun_derek Mar 5, 2007 11:09 AM

                                  Since My standard for "really good pizza" is authentic New York Style, I wouldn't go out of my way for ANY of the pizza places mentioned, ..not one....

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