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Jun 27, 2011 08:01 PM

Best Pizza in San Francisco?

My husband and I are staying in San Francisco (Union Square) and would like recommendations for pizza. In my opinion, the crust is the most important part of the pizza. Please keep in mind that we do not like REALLY thin crust pizza. It's also a plus if the restaurant has a decent list of draft and bottled craft beer.

As a point of reference, our favorite pizza spots in Dallas, TX are: Il Cane Rosso, Fireside Pies & Mellow Mushroom.

We are currently considering:
- Gialina
- PizzaHacker
- Giovanni's Pizza At Club Deluxe
- Little Star Pizza

2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

Little Star Pizza
846 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Il Cane Rosso
1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94105

Giovanni's Pizza
862 N 13th St, San Jose, CA 95112

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    1. Be sure to go to the upper right hand corner of this page and do a search for pizza. You will find dozens & dozens of prior threads and recommendations for pizza in SF.

      Little Star is very good, but their speciality is deep-dish pizza.

      6 Replies
      1. re: DavidT

        SF Bay Area Chwhounder Robert Lauriston has a portion of his personal website devoted to reviewing Bay Area pizza. Here is a link:

        1. re: DavidT

          A little out of date, though - I can think of at least 3 or 4 new places that would probably be on the list (Tony's, Una, Gialina/Ragazza)... :)

            1. re: bigwheel042

              I have been a Tommaso's fan forever, but tried Tony's for the first time a few weeks ago and was blown away. I believe Robert gave a complete review of the depth of their menu/ovens/flour once, and it was on point. So, Tony's is a must.

            2. re: DavidT

              I need to update that page. My current favorite in SF is Cotogna:


              Fairly comprehensive and current discussion:


              490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

            3. re: DavidT

              I think the thin crust at Little Star is better than their deep dish.

            4. Tony's
              Una Pizza

              I like Little Star, but it's a totally different style. Gialina I find overrated.

              2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

                1. Here is my best-of list:

                  Little Star

                  Delfina Restaurant
                  3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                  5 Replies
                  1. re: osho

                    Is that Olive in the Tenderloin? I remember an Olive's pizza in the Marina which used a delicious cornmeal crust but I thought it was long gone. But maybe I'm wrong?

                    1. re: Frosty Melon

                      Frosty I faintly recall the one in the Marina, it was mere blocks away from me.

                      The Olive I mentioned above is in the 'loin. Get there during happy hour for their truffle pizza - one of the best deals in the world - at $8 !

                      1. re: osho

                        i just tried that, it was pretty tasty!

                    2. re: osho

                      I'll second this list and for a local angle add Pauline's (slightly thicker sourdough crust, famous for pesto and fresh vegetable toppings, wine they make themselves, great desserts).

                      Delfina remains still my favorite in the city.

                      I don't understand Gialina's popularity. The crust is like cardboard.

                      2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

                      Delfina Restaurant
                      3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                      1. re: Windy

                        Just ate at Gialina's sister restaurant on Divisadero at Page...Ragazza...the crust was wonderful...crispy
                        AND chewy!! I ate every bite...the crust being my favorite part...without a great foundation the toppings are irrelevant to me!

                        2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131