Uncle Vito's Pizzeria
Uncle Vito’s (at the corner of Bush & Powell Streets) proudly exclaims on its menu that “Food critics don’t write about us.” While it may be true that professional food critics don’t review the place, everyday customers have posted generally positive reviews about this neighborhood pizza restaurant. Given those reviews, we thought we’d give it a try.
The reviews that say the place is crowded do not exaggerate. Right after one enters the front door, one is sandwiched between a counter and a wall separating the dining area and the counter. Add in a few people picking up to-go pizza, and you have gridlock. Fortunately, the staff worked quickly to disperse the crowd, which meant that we were seated after a minimal delay.
Uncle Vito’s menu has a wide variety of options, ranging in price from $5 to $11. But, we were there for the pizza. The pizzas cost anywhere from $6.75 (for an 8” personal pizza with only cheese) to $20.50 (for a 16” large Mountain pizza). We ordered a small Veggie pizza ($11.50) and a small Greek pizza ($11.75). The Greek pizza was topped with salami, pepperoni, bell peppers, black olives, and feta. While the Greek origins of the dish were questionable, the pizza was delicious. The crust was perfectly baked (crispy…just how we like it). Additionally, the feta added a nice complement to the spiciness of the pepperoni and the salami.
While we liked the Greek pizza, we were ambivalent about the Veggie pizza. While the pizza had all the requisite items (onions, olives, tomatoes, etc.), it seemed like it was missing something. As a result, we found the Veggie to be a bit bland.
So, it was one hit and one miss for us. Still, the ambience was good, and both pizzas weren’t greasy. While it wasn’t the best pizza we’ve eaten, we took away enough positives to entice us back to Uncle Vito’s on our next trip to San Francisco.
I actually loved their veggie pizza, but ordered it with no bell peppers and with fresh garlic. It is quite possible the garlic did the trick for me. Their all-meat pizza.. eh, it was okay.
The crust wasn't crispy in the middle when I went, being soggy instead, but the outer two thirds of the pizza was exceptional. I liked it, and if I worked a mile closer and had more time for lunch I'd be back fairly frequently.