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Feb 27, 2008 07:32 AM

SF/East Bay Pizza Competition

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!

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    1. 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. 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. 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

            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. 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

              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

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

                1. re: JasmineG

                  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.