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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

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Gialina
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. Tony's in North Beach.
    http://www.tonyspizzanapoletana.com/

    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.

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      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:

        http://www.lauriston.com/pizza.html

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          A little out of date, though - I can think of at least 3 or 4 new places that would probably be on the list (Tony's, Una, Gialina/Ragazza)...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

            Comments from Michael Bauer on "3 Stellar Sausage Pizzas"

            http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

            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:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7536...

              Fairly comprehensive and current discussion:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5257...

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              Cotogna
              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.

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              Gialina
              2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

              1. Flour and Water!

                1. Here is my best-of list:

                  Delfina
                  Little Star
                  Tony's
                  Olive

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

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                  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.

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                      Gialina
                      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!

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                        Gialina
                        2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

                    3. I'm going to repeat the recs for Tony's -- among other reasons because they do several different styles of pizza so you can be sure to find a style you'll like.

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                      Tony's Pizza Napoletana
                      1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

                      1. Another vote for Tony's. My wife and I ate there for the second time last weekend and the pizza was wonderful - the best I've had in the City. Staff is very friendly and the service was perfect. The only negative was that they had run out of Dogfish Head Ale - damn!

                        1. How is Pie Bar these days? Has anyone been recently? I went a few times in their first year and was on the fence about them...but it might just have been opening months jitters.

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                          1. re: artychokeasana

                            I assume you are referring to the place on 25th and Valenica. Been here twice and it's quite bad. There are many many second tier places that serve better pizza in SF proper.

                            Another thing to watch out is that the toppings here add up very quickly to a massive amount of money for just one pie.

                          2. My personal favorite is L'Osteria del Forno, but based upon your preferences in Dallas I would suggest you try A16, which is fabulous and more in the style I think you are looking for (Southern Italian rather than Central/Northern).

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                            A16
                            2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

                            L'Osteria del Forno
                            519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133