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Apr 20, 2011 08:49 AM

Recommendations for Best Take Out Pizza in San Francisco?

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!!

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  1. 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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    1. re: CarrieWas218

      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.

    2. Pizza Orgasmica is pretty good and open Saturday afternoons.

      Pizza Orgasmica
      2 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA

      1. 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

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

          1. re: Windy

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

              1. re: Dudley

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

                1. re: Dudley

                  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

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

                    1. re: farmersdaughter

                      Tony's makes lots of other styles of pizza.

                      1. re: farmersdaughter

                        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.

                        1. re: wolfe

                          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.

                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                            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.

                              1. re: Windy

                                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

                                  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.

                                2. re: Windy

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

                                  1. re: Windy

                                    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

                          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

                              1. re: poser

                                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

                                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

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

                                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                    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.

                                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

                              3. 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

                                  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

                                  1. re: farmersdaughter

                                    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.