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Jun 11, 2009 11:43 AM

Best Pizza Place for Birthday

In planning a 30th birthday dinner, I'm trying to find the perfect pizza joint in San Francisco. The criteria are as follows: group of 8, not over the top expensive, thin crust / wood-fired / cracker crust, good wine / beer list. Reservations are a plus and your help is deeply appreciated!

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  1. Pizzialo in Oakland is what you are looking for. If it is a nice evening ask for seating on the back patio.

    5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

    1. I can't think of anyplace with that combination.

      Amici's has wood ovens and the right crust but the atmosphere is sort of generic chain and I don't remember the beer or wine selections being very good.

      Tommaso's has a wood oven and good wine (not sure about beer) but the crust isn't thin.

      Pauline's is great for parties but no wood oven and the crust isn't thin.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I'm going to dissent against Tommaso's. My memory of them from years-ago was quite good, but we re-visited it about a month ago and it was embarrassingly mediocre.

        Tasteless, gummy cheese, sauce that tasted fresh from the jar, and too much garlic (and that's tough to make something too garlicky for me!)

        1. re: calvarez

          I still think Tommaso is a great option for pizza (especially the meatball) but agree that it's probably not the best place for a large party since they don't accept reservations.

        1. Recent post with wood-fired pizza.

          Flour + Water
          2401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          1. re: wolfe

            Going by "thin" and "cracker", I think flour + water's Neapolitan-style crust is (like A16 and Pizzaiolo) softer than anneliesz wants:


            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Could you add a positive from your wood-burning thin crisp crust file?

          2. I second Tommaso's. The pizza is good and you will be in a fun neighborhood to walk and drink afterwards.

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            1. re: saffrongold

              I'm a fan of Uva in the lower Haight.