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Recommendations for Best Take Out Pizza in San Francisco?

Dudley Apr 20, 2011 08:49 AM

Our group is coming to SF this April 22-24 and need to pick up a couple of pies saturday afternoon (4:30-ish) to have back at our hotel. We love NY style, Thin-crisp Italian syle and almost anything in between. We're pretty easy to please, just no Chicago, deep-dish. Any recommendations for a place near downtown/Little Italy where we can order and pick up? Thanks!!

  1. Robert Lauriston Apr 21, 2011 10:21 AM

    Here's a rave about Victor's delivery pizza with some other suggestions from a couple of years ago:


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      doubledeuce80 Apr 21, 2011 08:41 AM

      i went to village pizzeria recently and thought it was good quality chain pizza. for me, it's on par with orgasmica, avellino, etc.. I would put tony's, golden boy, za, and arinelli above it and as my favorites in city. really don't like noriega pizza place, even though other appears too. haven't tried amici's

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      1. re: doubledeuce80
        Robert Lauriston Apr 21, 2011 10:01 AM

        Arinell's is greasy and gloppy. Satisfies a certain junk-food craving for some ex-New Yorkers, but it's not really very good.

        Golden Boy's pizza is thick like focaccia, thicker than most of what's sometimes sold as "Sicilian."

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          DezzerSF Apr 21, 2011 11:24 AM

          Agreed. How does Tony's Sicilian compare? Or where does one get a good Sicilian (take-out), to keep on topic.

          1. re: DezzerSF
            Robert Lauriston Apr 21, 2011 11:41 AM

            Long discussion of various pizzas at Tony's:


      2. Robert Lauriston Apr 20, 2011 03:33 PM

        Anybody been to Village Pizzeria recently? It used to make one of the better thin-crust pizzas in SF, but I haven't had one in ages.

        Village Pizzeria
        1243 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

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          carfeng Apr 20, 2011 12:52 PM

          Za (Russian Hill) delivers, always pretty warm and fresh. Or you can pick up. I love their pies, especially the scalliano which is topped with crumbly sausage.

          I'd also recommend Little Star, which is pick-up.

          Little Star Pizza Valencia
          400 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          Za Pizza
          1919 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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          1. re: carfeng
            farmersdaughter Apr 20, 2011 01:43 PM

            Little Star is great for take out but the OP said no to Chicago style.

            Little Star Cafe
            1536 Newell Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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              Windy Apr 20, 2011 02:02 PM

              Their thin crust is good though; I like it better than their deep dish.

              But not sure how early they open on the weekend, and there are closer options to the Monaco.

          2. ChowFun_derek Apr 20, 2011 12:39 PM

            Amici's delivers.....


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            1. re: ChowFun_derek
              osho Apr 20, 2011 04:22 PM

              I would not recommend Amici's.

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                poser Apr 20, 2011 06:18 PM


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                  bobpantzer Apr 21, 2011 10:07 AM

                  Yeah, why? I like Amici's, though I usually get it half-baked and then finish it at home so that it's piping hot and not soggy. They have a very good caesar salad, too.

                2. re: osho
                  osho Apr 21, 2011 03:54 PM

                  I've eaten at Amici's many times over and had take out pizza and every experience has been more dismal than the previous one.

                  I've had them at many locations too - the Marina, Redwood Shores, etc. Personally I would not recommend Amici's to a local, much less a visitor.

                  Redwood Shores
                  1111 Shoreway Rd, Belmont, CA 94002

                  1. re: osho
                    Robert Lauriston Apr 21, 2011 04:11 PM

                    osho, which aspect(s) of Amici's pizza do you not like? Bland? Too salty? Overcooked? Too expensive?

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                      lrealml Apr 21, 2011 05:58 PM

                      It has been a long time since I tried it, but I believe it was the cheese...
                      Most pizza chains use poor quality ingredients; I don't remember Amici's being an exception.

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                        osho Apr 21, 2011 06:37 PM

                        Bland, tough , not enough sauce , weird tasting salad leaves .. Non descript cheese.

                3. Windy Apr 20, 2011 11:30 AM

                  You need something close then; thin crust won't survive much of a trip. Where's your hotel?

                  There isn't a place in SF called Little Italy. North Beach is the historically Italian neighborhood. Best pizza there is Tony's.

                  If you want delivery, Amici's is pretty good. Pizzeria Delfina is the best IMO, but you'd need to drive to either the Mission or Fillmore (not far, and worth it).

                  Pizzeria Delfina
                  2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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                  1. re: Windy
                    Nopa Apr 20, 2011 11:52 AM

                    I'd argue the best pizza in NB is Golden Boy or Tomasso's. Tony's has a good neopolitan pie.

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                      Robert Lauriston Apr 20, 2011 12:59 PM

                      Tommaso's doesn't open until 5.

                    2. re: Windy
                      Dudley Apr 20, 2011 12:08 PM

                      We are at the Hotel Monaco on Geary. We'll have transportation, so we can either pick up or have it delivered.

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                        wolfe Apr 20, 2011 12:21 PM

                        2nd for Tony's.

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                          Windy Apr 20, 2011 12:52 PM

                          That's easy then. Anything on this thread so far would work.

                          1. re: Dudley
                            Robert Lauriston Apr 20, 2011 01:03 PM

                            That's not downtown, it's the Tenderloin. Victor's is an SF classic, delivers but is close enough you could pick up.

                            Tony's is great but expensive and the logistics would be a pain.

                            Victor's Pizza
                            1411 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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                              farmersdaughter Apr 20, 2011 01:42 PM

                              I agree that Tony's logistics would be a pain, and Neapolitan style pizza in my opinion does not travel well.

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                                Robert Lauriston Apr 20, 2011 02:10 PM

                                Tony's makes lots of other styles of pizza.

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                                  wolfe Apr 20, 2011 02:50 PM

                                  My Margherita traveled well from the Vallejo garage restaurant to the Bay Bridge on-ramp but I ate it all on the way. It's smallish and must be eaten quickly. Probably impractical due to the number needed for a group. However a call, someone to run in, it's only 1.8 miles from the hotel, and the menu does include many other and larger pizzas.

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                                    Robert Lauriston Apr 20, 2011 03:00 PM

                                    Traffic between the Tenderloin and North Beach on a Saturday afternoon could turn that trip into a big production, especially for someone not familiar with the city.

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                                      Windy Apr 20, 2011 03:03 PM

                                      They're tourists. There's no need for them to stay in the safe but generic confines of Union Square, or eat mediocre delivery pizza.

                                      Parking is a challenge everywhere in the city. Regardless of where you go, bring someone to double-park and circle the block if necessary.

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                                        steve h. Apr 20, 2011 03:09 PM


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                                          Robert Lauriston Apr 20, 2011 03:31 PM

                                          I'm thinking of the way thin and crisp pizza gets soggy quickly. There's probably someplace good closer than North Beach, which could take a half-hour in bad traffic.

                                          One thing about Tony's, the "NY" pizza I had was not thin and crisp. The "Roman" pizzas are, but they get soggy kind of fast.

                                          1. re: Robert Lauriston
                                            steve h. Apr 20, 2011 03:35 PM

                                            I'm a big pizza fan. The good stuff doesn't travel well. Still, I like Windy's combat commuting method for short hauls. It's pure New York.

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                                            Dudley Apr 21, 2011 10:11 AM

                                            We will be in a limo, so parking/driving is not an issue. Love the suggestions so far!

                                            1. re: Windy
                                              Dudley Apr 21, 2011 10:13 AM

                                              We lived in the Bay Area for 10+ years, but moved away in 2000. Delivery to the hotel is preferred, although we can certainly order from the limo and pick up on the way back to the Hotel Monaco.

                                  2. re: Windy
                                    tranewreck Apr 20, 2011 04:04 PM

                                    A second for Pizzeria Delfina. On Saturday you've got a decent chance of parking at the public metered lot virtually next door on California. Not sure how well they will stand up to the travel, however.

                                    Pizzeria Delfina
                                    2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

                                  3. Robert Lauriston Apr 20, 2011 08:57 AM

                                    Pizza Orgasmica is pretty good and open Saturday afternoons.

                                    Pizza Orgasmica
                                    2 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA

                                    1. CarrieWas218 Apr 20, 2011 08:53 AM

                                      I always got rave reviews when I had Extreme Pizza delivered.

                                      Meat lovers enjoyed their version and I was always fond of Pandora's Box, a bountiful vegetarian option.

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                                        charliemyboy Apr 20, 2011 08:14 PM

                                        I can't say it's the best, but the "Peace in the Middle East" pizza (homemade hummus, tomatoes, olives, onions, feta, fresh basil, pepperoncinis and mozzarella) at Extreme Pizza is awfully good.

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