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Jul 23, 2008 07:49 AM

best pizza?

I am coming from Brooklyn, NY and visiting this weekend. I try to sample the best pizza when I travel (if appropriate) and was wondering if I should try a slice while I am here and if so where would be the best place to go locally? Thanks!!!

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  1. I'm not sure we have any slice pizza that's worth the time of someone from NYC. Some places that have good pizza unlike what you can get at home:

    Cheese Board (Berkeley) / Arizmendi (SF)
    Dopo (Oakland)
    Pizzaiolo (Oakland)
    Pizzeria Delfina

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Not L'Osteria del Forno for a slice while touring North Beach?

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Yeah, there's a good chance their porcini pizza bianca's not like anything in NYC.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Here's a shot of the my half of three slices split for lunch with a friend.

          The porcini pizza bianca is in the middle.

          L'Osteria del Forno
          519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

      2. re: Robert Lauriston

        Any reason why you recommended the SF Arizmendi as opposed to the 2 East Bay locations?

        1. re: DezzerSF

          It's near places a tourist might have some reason to visit.

      3. I second Pizzeria Delfina. I also love Gioia Pizzeria in Berkeley.

        Pizzeria Delfina
        3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Gioia Pizzeria
        1586 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA 94707

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        1. re: kresge86

          Gioia's owner explicitly characterizes the pizza as Brooklyn-style.

          They have some quality toppings, but personally I find the crust oddly tasteless.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I love Gioia's crust. Often steal it from the plates of friends and family. Other crusts are often over-salted. In fact, the last two pizzas I've had from Pizzaiolo have been seriously over-salted. Don't think Charlie was there.

            1. re: rccola

              Tastes vary. It's most likely Gioia's stinginess with salt that makes the crust seem so tasteless to me. Their choice of flour might be part of it as well.

        2. NY pizza may be better than the spots out here. I haven't ate at the spots listed above, my I usually head to Amici's Pizza. They have several locations in the Bay Area. I like it there.


          1. Our "best pizza" is probably a mission burrito.

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            1. re: wolfe

              Indeed...well said.

              I'd apply that to Chicago hot dogs and Philly Cheesesteak. When in Rome...

            2. If you're just looking for pizza by the slice I think Arinell is worth a visit.

              Arinell Pizza
              509 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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              1. re: virtualguthrie

                Arinell is a passable rendition of an average NY "Ray's"-style street slice. Serious waste of time, money, and calories for anyone on a short visit from New York, especially given its proximity to Poc-Chuc, Yamo, and many of the contenders for best burrito.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Agreed. Unless you're interested in seeing the lunatic fringe of Mission style (bullet belts, amazingly unwashed hair), I'd save your money.

                  There's an excess of good food in San Francisco, but none of it is pizza.

                  1. re: jpancake

                    There's great pizza in San Francisco, most of them are just similar to what can be had in New York. E.g. pizza-loving visitors from most other places might be excited to try the AVPN-certified Neapolitan-style pie at A16, but New York has two AVPN members.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      I think you can go to any large city in America and get something like you get at any of the pizza places that have opened in SF within the last 3-4 years: 10" or smaller pizzas cooked in precious ovens and topped with arugula.

                      In my book the only pizza place on the west coast that is worth getting excited about is Apizza Scholls in Portland. Everything else may serve to feed a pizza need, but it's not worth directing someone from out of town to seek them out. The pies just aren't that special.

                      1. re: jpancake

                        Not a big pizza guy but Mozza in LA and Chez Panisse might be worth it. Not east coast but it doesn't need to be.

                        1. re: ML8000

                          Chez Panisse's former pizza chef opened Pizzaiolo, which makes somewhat similar but to my taste better pizza. Also, at CP there's just the pie of the day, Pizzaiolo gives you a choice.

                          I found the pies at Pizzeria Mozza a step or three down from those at Pizzaiolo, Dopo, or A16:


                  2. re: Robert Lauriston

                    It seems like the OP wants pizza and isn't too concerned about trying something they can easily get at home, and they asked for slices so....

                    I've had plenty of pizza in NYC, slices and restaraunts, and I think if you're looking for a good slice of pizza here in SF that's one of the few places to get one.