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Best Pizza - San Diego

I'm coming to San Diego for the Holiday Bowl and will be staying a couple of extra days to explore the city. I'm looking for recs on the best pizza - Think New York style, with fresh mozzarella, and thin crust. I will be staying at the Hardrock Hotel in the Gaslamp District, but I will have access to a car, so accessibility will not be a problem.
Thanks in advance!

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  1. If you do a search on this board under "best Pizza in San Diego" you'll get a few threads on the subject

    Here are some recommendations I pulled from the thread but search it yourself cause there's a lot of good info from folks.

    I am not a Pizza expert I just wanted to get you some information before the usual (and sad) posts of "there is no good pizza in San Diego" and "There is no good Pizza on the west coast" crowd starts posting.

    Pizzeria Luigi
    1137 25th St San Diego CA

    Ciros Pizzaria
    536 Market St San Diego CA

    City Pizzeria
    1125 6th Ave San Diego CA

    16 Replies
    1. re: chris2269

      Bronx Pizza Hands down. Undisputed Pizza Champ of San Diego.

      Ciro's - Imitation NY Slice. Terrible. The only people that like this pizza are people that come from small backwaters where there only other experience with pizza is convection oven chain pizza. The brains behind this place are the same brains that brought us the crumbling nightclub empire of Stingaree, Side Bar, Universal (all going out of biz, or are already closed.

      City Pizzeria - mediocre at best.

      1. re: stevewag23

        I dispute it! Don't really care for the sauce nor the crust at Bronx.

        Luigi's for me. And lately we've been getting slices (thin) at A Sicilian Thing and they're awesome.

        Have yet to try Basic but based on comments here, it's on the list.

        1. re: mimosa

          I tried to keep it close to downtown, but yeah Sicilian thing is pretty tasty and close to some good beer places in North Park (Toronado, Ritual)

          1. re: MrKrispy

            Did you know Toronado will let you bring pizza in? We do it all the time as I'm not a huge fan of their fare (except for the beer, of course!)

            1. re: mimosa

              oooh I did NOT know that, I don't always want their sandwiches so that is great to know. Do we need to donate a slice to the bartender? haha

            2. re: MrKrispy

              We tried Sicilian Thing last night. Fun place and the price was right, hooray for the continuing growth on that 30th Street corridor. The food didn't blow my hair back but was fine. Definitely should be on your quick-n-good rotation.

          2. re: stevewag23

            Meh, Bronx is far from hands down best. Crust at Bronx is crunchy, not chewy. Bronx is good, but Luigi's crust is superior, possessing the chewiness that makes real NYC pizza so enjoyable. Luigi's also has a more interesting range of topping choices, and a fantastic selection of beer.

            Ciro's must have declined a lot in the years since I've eaten there. I remember it being a decent enough slice if you were in that neighborhood and wanted something cheap and quick. Couldn't hold a candle to Bronx or Luigi, though.

            1. re: Josh

              I'll give you that Luigi's crust is superior to Bronx's but I really don't care that much for the sauce at Luigi's. It's always tasted a bit tinny to me.

              1. re: Josh

                I am on your page ... Bronx used to be the ONLY game in town. I would point east coasters there and they would THANKTHANKTHANK me (I'm from Boston). Anyway Bronx has gotten a little lax and Luigi's has taken away the prize. Better pizza, great beer selection, more congenial location ... (try Turf Club across the street for the best cheap steak in SD - they use quality meat and you cook it yourself, plus their martinis are great). Friends who just moved here from Boston are fans of Lefty's in North Park but I haven't tried it yet.

                Note - to get to Bronx from your hotel, drive north on First Avenue, maybe two miles to Washington Street. Take a right and Bronx is on that block on your right (also check out El Cuervo for great burritos across the street). To get to Luigi's from your hotel, drive east on C Street (watch the trolleys, you may want to just go east on Broadway instead, one block south of C). Then turn left on 25th street and Luigi's is about two blocks up on your right.

                1. re: Bobierto

                  Turf Supper Club just closed that location and moved to La Mesa (now the Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room)

                  1. re: DougOLis

                    WHOA I didn't know this, that really sucks. Well, good for La Mesa I guess

                    1. re: MrKrispy

                      The owner of the building saw how much money they were making and decided to take over operation of the Turf.

                    2. re: DougOLis

                      When did this happen? I'm sad. Is the Krakatoa still in the same place?

                      1. re: DougOLis

                        This news freaks me out! They were an institution! If it is true that they were run out of the space and someone else is running something similar in the same space, then I would have trouble going there. So, please someone confirm!

                  2. re: stevewag23

                    I like Bronx Pizza so I agree it is towards the top of the list or at the top. It is very similar to my memory of NYC pizza. I'm not saying it is the same...it is similar. (I'm a native NYer but have been in CA for a looooooooooong time.)

                  3. based on your details I would say Basic downtown or Luigi's in Golden Hill

                    1. Haven't been to Basic, but heard good things about it.

                      Luigi's is definitely my favorite, and is not far from where you're staying.

                      Ciro's is in walking distance from your hotel, but isn't as good as Luigi (though it is still good).

                      1. Love Love Love Basic!
                        Have had great pizza at Napoleone Pizza House in National City but it's been quite awhile.. Etna's Pizza on El Cajon Blvd is quite good too.

                        1. I enjoy Basic as well. It is New Haven-style rather than New York style, but is thin crust with good Mozz.

                          Of the recs below, I would order them Luigi, Basic, Ciros. I am not a huge fan of City.