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Jan 24, 2008 08:54 PM

Ciro's Pizzeria Gaslamp San Diego

I have heard some good things about Ciro's pizzeria but is it really worth trying? And I know this is a stupid question but how would you compare it to the pizza at California Pizza Kitchen. I really enjoy the pizza at CPK especially the thai chicken pizza because it has a fresh, healthy, and light taste.

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  1. Ciro's is more of a traditional pizzeria than CPK. They don't have Thai chicken, or any other frou-frou pizza. The closest nod they give to that style is a BBQ chicken pizza. It's not a sit-down place, you order at the counter, they give you the slices on paper plates, you eat and get out. It's certainly worth trying if you're in the Gaslamp, but I wouldn't go out of my way. If I'm going to drive somewhere for that style of pizza, I prefer Pizzeria Luigi in Golden Hill.

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    1. re: Josh

      Thanks. I didn't realize it wasn't a sit down.

      1. re: lovesfood11

        That's why it is inexpensive...

        But it is worth the walk. Park at Horton; it's only a block away and free validation now.

        There are two tables out front on Market.

        1. re: Cathy

          Alright, I'll check it out for lunch next time I'm downtown because its prolly not much of a dinner place.

          1. re: lovesfood11

            On a Friday night, it's busy...just was there for dinner. A line at 10:30

            ...and there are three tables out front.

        2. re: lovesfood11

          There are a few tables but, don't count on that, really take-out. It's not that cheap, you know Gaslamp rents etc, like a slice and soft drink for $6. It's not bad tasting considering SD is pretty lame when it comes to Italian stuff. There are ususally parking spaces available on 6th.

          1. re: cstr

            2 slices + soda = $6

            I think it's one of the better pizzas in San Diego if you like NY style pizza. I just think Luigi has better crust.

              1. re: ibstatguy

                I haven't tried Lugi's but my friends keep telling me to try it. How does it compare to Bronx Pizza?

                1. re: lovesfood11

                  I think it's way better than Bronx, personally.

                  I like Bronx, but Luigi's crust is much better, and more authentically NY style. Bronx's crust is very crisp, Luigi's is chewier (which is more correct, IMO).

                  The people aren't rude, either, which is a plus, and their toppings are also more varied and interesting.

                  1. re: Josh

                    That is a plus i hate people that don't have good customer service. Have you tryed CPK's pizza or Oggi's pizza and if so what do you think of them?

                    1. re: lovesfood11

                      CPK can be good, it's really hit or miss. I never forgave them for getting rid of my favorite pizza, the one with roasted chicken, rosemary and potatoes.

                      Oggi's pizza is OK, not a huge fan of that either. I like my crust to be firm and chewy, and theirs is soft and doughy.

                      For me, the best pizza in SD can be found at Pizzeria Luigi, Bronx, and Lefty's. As chains go, CPK isn't bad, but I prefer Sammy's.

                      1. re: Josh

                        "For me, the best pizza in SD can be found at Pizzeria Luigi, Bronx, and Lefty's. As chains go, CPK isn't bad, but I prefer Sammy's."

                        Have you tried Bongiorno's (Solana Beach or on Miramar Rd)? There seem to be a few fans on this board, but that may be out of your neighborhood. I've been really tempted to give them a try for delivery or pickup.

                        I like Sammy's a little better than CPK, too - they do something to their crust that makes it a little yummier.

                        1. re: RB Hound

                          There's also a third Bongiorno's in Poway (Poway Rd and Community Rd). I still haven't tried it yet though. My plan has been to stop by there before or after I go to the Walmart that's close by, but the timing hasn't been right--I'm either not very hungry, I'm craving something else, or it's not open (closed on Sundays). :/

                          1. re: Aengus

                            I finally got to try Bongiorno's (Poway). I went for lunch and got the familiar two slices and a soda (can) for $6. Without having tried any of the other aforementioned NY style places in a while, I'd say Bongiorno's is up there in terms of crust and overall taste.

                            I'm definitely going back to order a whole fresh baked pie to taste it at it's highest quality. Overall I liked it. It's close (for us in the northeast region of SD) and there's plenty of parking.

                            Also for whatever it's worth, Mike, the owner, worked at Bronx Pizza for 4 years and has been making pizza for more than 20 years (according to their take-out menu).

                  2. re: lovesfood11

                    Luigi's can be inconsistent...when Luigi is there, the pizza is very consistent and very good; in fact it is much better than Bronx because Luigi also incorporates red sauce into the pizza--an ingredient that is conspicuosly absent with the Bronx Pizza version...however, when Luigi is not present--which is more often than not on my most recent visits-- you definitely take your chances with the quality of product the crystal meth induced staff puts out.

                    Personally, if you are downtown, I am a very big fan of Basic Urban Kitcjen pizza--very tastey and a huge pizza for the price. Very consistent. It is New Haven style pizza.

        3. Where is Luigi ? and do they sell slices?

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          1. re: LarryP

            Yeah they sell slices.

            Pizzeria Luigi
            1137 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102

          2. I don't think it's really worth trying. Don't get me wrong, it's pretty good but not as good as some other NY style places--namely the already mentioned Luigi's and Bronx.

            As far as pizza maybe worth trying in the area, I'd recommend Basic (located at 10th & J) for the simple fact that it's different and as far as I know the only place that serves up Connecticut (New Haven) style pizza in SD. It's distinction is a very thin crust (be careful on loading up too many toppings), charred on the bottom. They offer up some unusual toppings. Menu's here: http://www.barbasic.com/eat.html

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            1. re: Aengus

              That place looks cool. What's the different between thin crust Conneticut pizza and then crust New York pizza?

              1. re: lovesfood11

                The crust at Basic is charred and a lot thinner (wafer-like in the middle), so it's crisper and lighter than what you'll get with a typical NY style pizzeria.

                The salad is tasty too. If you plan on ordering it, be aware that it easily feeds 2 and probably 3-4 (it's huge).

                1. re: Aengus

                  I stopped at A Sicilian Thing, on 30th between El Cajon and University last night and they had REALLY good thin crust pizza. The crust was excellent. I tried the pesto/sundried tomato, and while it could have been a LITTLE more flavorful, I also had a bite of my daughter's cheese pizza, and it was great--as good as Lefty's, where we usually go in that neighborhood. They also served slices of thick crust pizza. Worth checking out, I'd say.

                  1. re: nessy

                    Do they have Sicilian style pizza (Sfincione)?

                    1. re: honkman

                      Yes, that's mainly what they sell!