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Pizza Restaurants in San Diego

lovesfood11 Apr 12, 2008 04:43 PM

Where are the other restaurants other than CPK where you can sit down and order a good pizza and salad?

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    wanker RE: lovesfood11 Apr 12, 2008 05:03 PM

    Good SD Pizza: Woodstock's (near SDSU); Bronx Pizza (Hillcrest/Mission Hills); Bongourno's (Solana Beach); Pizza Port (Solana Beach).

    Pizza to avoid: Oggi's and Leucadia pizza.

    Just my two cents.

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      Foodnerds RE: wanker Apr 12, 2008 05:42 PM

      We like Woodstocks too, it helps that I live right around the corner. They have lots of options for salads and pizza and even whole wheat crust. Sometimes they have decent beer.

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        lovesfood11 RE: wanker Apr 12, 2008 06:19 PM

        I like Oggi's pizza, I think the dough is great.

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          lovesfood11 RE: wanker Apr 12, 2008 06:20 PM

          I also just wanted reccomendations of RESTAURANTS AND A PLACE TO ENJOY A SALAD ALSO.

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            Cathy RE: lovesfood11 Apr 12, 2008 06:46 PM


            Oggi's has salads and Pizza.
            Sammy's woodfired has salads and pizza.
            Giant New York has salads and pizza.
            Filippi's has salads and pizza.

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              lovesfood11 RE: Cathy Apr 12, 2008 08:13 PM

              Thank you, I didn't mean that in an ubnoxious way lol.

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                cstr RE: lovesfood11 Apr 13, 2008 12:58 PM

                Here's a post about pizza from another CH'er:

                Fillipis pizza is a waste of calories

                kare_raisu Mar 08, 2008 04:30AM

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                  Cathy RE: cstr Jun 29, 2008 07:20 PM

                  Did you see the report from the OP who came here from Vegas and went to Filippi's in Little Italy-without reading the nasty things ppl say about Filippi's? She thought it was was good food.


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            clayfu RE: wanker Apr 16, 2008 01:55 PM

            leucadia makes some delicious sauces for their pizza.

          3. honkman RE: lovesfood11 Apr 12, 2008 07:17 PM

            For me still the best pizza in San Diego can be found at Pizzicato in Encinitas. They also have very good salads.


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              lovesfood11 RE: honkman Apr 12, 2008 08:13 PM

              I didn't know they had pizzicato in san diego

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                Enorah RE: honkman Apr 16, 2008 12:17 PM

                Pizzicato is yummy

              2. Alice Q RE: lovesfood11 Apr 13, 2008 12:12 AM

                Sammy's is the obvious choice - good salads and decent CA style pizza. Pizza Nova also used to be pretty good, but I haven't been there in a while. They used to be in Hillcrest and Point Loma - not even sure if they're actually there anymore.

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                  sdnativa RE: Alice Q Apr 14, 2008 10:17 AM

                  Pizza Nova built a new beautiful restaurant in Point Loma. The pizzas, which I always liked, are even better than they were at the old place. I think this is because of the new/better pizza oven. I also like Sammys but PN gives you a lot more for your money.

                  Excellent pizza, salads, and pastas, right on the bay.

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                    Alice Q RE: sdnativa Apr 14, 2008 11:37 PM

                    good to know! I always liked those garlic knot rolls they gave you - great with a glass of white wine.

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                    Chile Pepper RE: Alice Q Apr 16, 2008 08:15 AM

                    I like Sammy's too. Try the lobster bisque and split a pizza or a salad with someone.

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                    Aengus RE: lovesfood11 Apr 13, 2008 06:07 PM

                    Basic has good pizza and a good salad.

                    1. El Chevere RE: lovesfood11 Apr 13, 2008 09:50 PM

                      I agree with Basic Urban Bar in East Village

                      Luigi's in Golden Hill was/is good--IF the owner Luigi is working and in the shop.

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                        mikec RE: El Chevere Apr 14, 2008 10:13 AM

                        That must have been my problem when I went to Luigi's. The only people working there were "kids with tats, studs and attitude". All four slices were burned to crispy critters.

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                          El Chevere RE: mikec Apr 14, 2008 11:18 AM

                          I've got a problem with the "punks" that work there...it's a shame, because Luigi's used to be my favorite pizza in town. I've also noticed the slices have become smaller and smaller. It's my understanding he has opened another place--perhaps he is spending all his time there...if so, does anyone have information on this new place. I suppose I could call the punks, though they're probably arithmetically challenged.

                      2. El Chevere RE: lovesfood11 Apr 13, 2008 09:56 PM

                        I also like the wood burning pizzas at Il Fornaio--though I am pissed they took the bar menu away at the Coronado branch where I could get a basic pizza for $ 5.95--now I have to pay $ 12.95 (good, but size is not worth the price)...good salads, though.

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                          JonDough RE: lovesfood11 Apr 15, 2008 12:06 AM

                          I like Pizza Port, amazing beer and good pizza. Locations in Solana Beach and Carlsbad (I prefer the Carlsbad location).

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                            daantaat RE: lovesfood11 Apr 15, 2008 09:51 PM

                            BJ's Pizzeria in UTC has good Chicago style pizza and salads.
                            Pizza Nova has a branch in Solana Beach and they do good pizza and salads. Portions are huge.
                            Z Pizza in UTC has good pizza. Their salads are average.
                            Sammy's is reliably tasty for pizza and salads.
                            Cheesecake Factory has tasty pizza and ginormous salads.

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                              The Old Man RE: lovesfood11 Apr 16, 2008 11:37 AM

                              Can't be done--San Diego.

                              Let the rotten tomatoes start flying in my direction.

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                                Josh RE: The Old Man Apr 16, 2008 11:53 AM

                                No rotten tomatoes. Just have to conclude you've never eaten at Lefty's, Pizzicato, Sammy's or Luigi.

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                                  beth1 RE: Josh Jun 28, 2008 06:06 PM

                                  Second that on Luigi's. My husband and I finished an 18-inch pie with no help. The salad was also great. Big enough for 2, but he didn't want to "waste stomach room on weeds."

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                                  RB Hound RE: The Old Man Apr 16, 2008 01:49 PM

                                  "Can't be done--San Diego.

                                  Let the rotten tomatoes start flying in my direction."

                                  Why? You've already established yourself as one of the forum's curmudgeons, "The Old Man", so people expect it now.

                                  On the other hand, the original poster specified "other than CPK" - which means they find CPK to be decent. I am guessing that you do not like CPK, so unless you think that CPK is head and shoulders above everything else, you misunderstood the question.

                                  My answer: Sammy's is very much like CPK (though I tend to prefer Sammy's pizza). BJ's has some pretty decent salads (in comparison to CPK) if you like your pizza to me closer to the Chicago / thicker style.

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                                    The Old Man RE: RB Hound Apr 16, 2008 03:03 PM

                                    I like CPK for its CA style pizza. Eggplant and basil, etc. I do not like Sammy's as much. I do not like Pizzicato. As has been discussed I haven't yet made the 25 mile trip to Lefty's or Luigi's.

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                                      Fake Name RE: The Old Man Jun 29, 2008 11:27 AM

                                      "As has been discussed I haven't yet made the 25 mile trip to Lefty's or Luigi's"

                                      But don't let that stop you from making statements like "Can't be done--San Diego".

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                                        foodiechick RE: Fake Name Jun 29, 2008 06:10 PM


                                3. honkman RE: lovesfood11 Apr 16, 2008 04:48 PM

                                  I had lunch at Il Fornaio in Del Mar today and we had one of their pizza and it was very good if you like Neapolitan-style pizza. The spaghetti alla carbonara was also excellent. One of the best in SD I had so far. Most of the other Italian restaurants tend to move away from the original style and add too much cream, have a bad pasta/sauce ratio etc.

                                  1. jmtreg RE: lovesfood11 Apr 16, 2008 07:03 PM

                                    Try La Pizzeria Arrivederci 3789 4th Ave, San Diego, CA, located at Robinson and 4th in Hillcrest.

                                    1. lawyerbriefs RE: lovesfood11 Jun 1, 2008 10:13 PM

                                      Confession: I'm from Arizona and my pizza experiences in San Diego include one slice at Ciro's (Gaslamp) and three pies at Basic Urban Bar (one last year and two this past Saturday, one for lunch and another for dinner). Ciro's is good walkin' down the street pizza, hot, greasy and flavorful.

                                      Basic's pizza is spectacular, as good as any I've ever eaten. I tried a red pie with mozzarella last year. Excellent! So, yesterday I took my wife there for lunch. She's not so into the scruffy, but nothing seemed too scruffy at 1:30. We shared a red pie with chicken, anchovies, basil and onion, and it was superb. The martini helped, but the pizza was better than I remembered it. So good, in fact, that my wife said "we'll be back." In the evening we shared a salad and a red pie: she had mozzarella on her half and I had no cheese, with mashed potatoes and meatballs. Excellent again! Great friendly service and small checks, too!

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                                        Panini Guy RE: lawyerbriefs Jun 28, 2008 05:57 AM

                                        Went to Basic last night - as a CT native who's eaten a lot of New Haven pies in my lifetime, Basic's was a pretty darned good stab at the style. The only complaint I'd have is that the edges were too charred - almost chip crispy. But other than the edges, it would be right at home on Wooster St.

                                        I even gave them the benefit of the doubt and ordered the traditional Frank Pepe's clam, garlic, tomato combo, which always seems a crapshoot once you're outside New Haven. The ingredients were excellent. And the price, at $10 for a basic white pie, $6 for a beer and $8 for a glass of wine, were pretty good for the area.

                                        They do have several salads and everyone I saw seemed to be enjoying the food immensely, even though NH style pie is new to the area. The one thing that might keep people away is the volume of the music at night. It gets pretty loud, even in the dining area.

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                                        MrKrispy RE: lovesfood11 Jun 2, 2008 12:48 PM

                                        If you want to be near the ocean, Newport Pizza in OB has good thin crust pizzas and a few different salads. Outstanding lineup of beers.

                                        For north county I second Pizza Port for the same - but thick crust pizza.

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                                          evilipoo RE: lovesfood11 Jun 29, 2008 09:15 AM

                                          I love Pizzeria Uno... Especially the fresh-to-bake that I can take home to Alpine and have whenever I want! *G*... Bonus--if you order 2 pizzas to go, they give you 1/2 off the second one.

                                          Salads there are good too...

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                                            JesterSD RE: lovesfood11 Jun 29, 2008 10:31 AM

                                            After a month or so of checking out this site and reading all of your recs, I finally made it down to Lefty's Pizza last night. As a die hard Chicagoan, I am always skeptical when I hear that a restaurant has "real Chicago" style pizza. OMG!!! Lefty, thank you! I ordered one of their stuffed sausage pies to go. It took an hour for them to make it (as advertised), but was it ever worth it. They even nailed the way the outer crust is crisp on the outside, and chewy/gooey on the inside. IMHO, Lefty's is the place in S.D. for real pie. I can't wait to get back there and try something different. Not much of a "restaurant", more of a take out place, but they do have a few tables outside for you to sit and enjoy a fresh pie and enjoy the neighborhood.

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