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SF/East Bay Pizza Competition

suebette Feb 27, 2008 07:32 AM

My friends and I are planning a pizza party competition next weekend - basically looking to pick up a bunch of different pies and compare and contrast to see if we can find a winner. We don't have any specific parameters other than it has to be take-out and a wide variety of styles would be welcome.
So far we have:
SF: Little Star
EB: Cheeeboard, Gioia
Any further recs will be welcome!

  1. wolfe Feb 27, 2008 07:37 AM

    Just a few from the east bay.

    1. r
      rahir Feb 27, 2008 08:19 AM

      From SF, I'd add Pauline's and Gaspare's.

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

      Gaspare Pizza House
      5546 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

      1. Robert Lauriston Feb 27, 2008 08:56 AM

        Little Star keeps and reheats very well.

        I think Lanesplitter kicks Gioia's ass. If you pick up you can get a discount at the takeout-and-delivery-only branch in Albany.

        Cheese Board, I strongly recommend getting half-baked. It gets pretty nasty after it cools down.

        Pizzeria Delfina.

        For this purpose, I'd get a non-vegetarian Indian pizza from Zante (spinach, eggplant, cauliflower, ginger, garlic, green onions, cilantro, lamb, tandoori chicken, prawns)

        I would skip A16 and Pizzaiolo. They make some of the best pizzas in the area but they're really best hot.

        1. k
          katya Feb 27, 2008 04:16 PM

          Is it really a competition without Zachary's? Love it or hate it (I love it), everyone will compare stuffed Chicago style against it.

          Pie in the Sky in Berkeley for NY style.

          Patxi's in SF - love their stuffed Californian (spinach, onions, low fat cheese, whole wheat crust)

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          1. re: katya
            Robert Lauriston Feb 28, 2008 08:00 AM

            For deep-dish, Little Star is a slam-dunk. If you want to demonstrate how lame Zachary's is, get one of theirs too, but to me that's a waste of money.

          2. JasmineG Feb 27, 2008 04:17 PM

            You can do take out of Dopo's pizzas, and I find that they travel well (especially if you pop them on a hot baking stone for a few minutes after you get them home).

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            1. re: JasmineG
              10foot5 Mar 14, 2008 05:02 PM

              Dopo doesn't always do take out, only when they are not too busy - you have to call and ask.

              Lucky for me they were willing to do take out last night.

              1. re: 10foot5
                JasmineG Mar 14, 2008 09:18 PM

                I've never called for takeout for Dopo and had them refuse.

                1. re: JasmineG
                  10foot5 Mar 21, 2008 09:11 AM

                  From memory - 3 times they've agreed to do takeout and 2 times they've said they were too busy. On one of those two occasions they told me to call back in 1/2 an hour and when I did they still said they were too busy. They're always very nice about it.

                  No big deal, I just ordered from pizzaolo instead.

            2. J T Mar 14, 2008 07:11 AM

              I would include Lanesplitter (San Pablo Ave Branch) among EB choices.

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              1. re: J T
                Chuckles the Clone Mar 15, 2008 09:44 AM

                I consistently get distinctly better pies at the Temescal branch than at the SPA eat-in location (and both are much better than the $10 take out place), but I've noticed several people now having the opposite opinion. It's been a few months since I've been to either -- have things changed?

              2. Robert Lauriston Mar 14, 2008 08:57 AM

                What were the results of your taste-off?

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                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  suebette Mar 20, 2008 02:03 PM

                  Hi Robert.

                  Sorry I forgot to reply - we ended up with Cheeseboard in Berkeley, Gioia in Berkeley, and Little Star (our original three since the other pies were coming from a couple who came down with the flu).
                  We were happy with all the choices - Gioia's won the overall, but I think we had a preference for NY style pizza's, Little Star came in second, and Cheeseboard third.
                  It was a fun night and made for an interactive dinner party - next time we are going to bring in Dopo and Delfina.

                  1. re: suebette
                    ceekskat Mar 20, 2008 02:18 PM

                    We had lunch at Dopo recently & ordered the Dopo (w/ reg. mozzerella, w/o anchovies) & the one with Bufalo Mozzerella (name escapes me). The former was soggy in the middle & had a strong parmesan/cheesy smell. The latter was crisp all around & very flavorful without any strong "smell". The waitress said both pizzas had parmesan cheese so I don't know why one was stronger than the other. The dopo was $10 & the other was $14.

                    1. re: ceekskat
                      Robert Lauriston Mar 25, 2008 11:10 AM

                      Was the pizza chef at lunch the guy with close-cropped red hair?

                      If not, you should give Dopo another try at dinner. He's a perfectionist. Taps the bottom center of every pie to make sure it's crisp.

                      1. re: ceekskat
                        Robert Lauriston Mar 29, 2008 06:31 PM

                        Answering my own question, the guy who makes the pizzas at lunch is not the perfectionist who's there at dinner.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston
                          ceekskat Mar 29, 2008 07:36 PM

                          Sorry I forgot to respond. I am afraid I hadn't paid attention to the staff. Also, this was on a holiday, President's day so...

                  2. s
                    SF Brother Mar 25, 2008 11:02 AM

                    Pizza My Hheart is very good
                    Gioia is tops in the bay area the guy from a little town next to where I grew up in NJ
                    Arinells was good in the 70s and 80s but has since gone downhill but for a fast slice is great
                    and amiccis is good as well

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                    1. re: SF Brother
                      ChowFun_derek Mar 30, 2008 10:23 AM

                      Did Pizza My Heart have a S.F. location at one time?

                      How does it compare to Amici's or Gioia?

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