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Aug 4, 2011 02:13 PM

Pizza Pilgrimage to Bay Area

Hi Chowhounds - We are pizza fanatics. My husband built a mud oven in the back yard so he could bake his pizzas at 800 degrees, and we plan our vacations around pizza. We're going to San Francisco for three nights to celebrate our fifth anniversay and we want to eat as much fantastic pizza as possible. I've been doing some research and it seems like places to hit are:
1) Tony's
2) Una Pizza Nepolitana
3) Flour + Water
4) Pizzaiolo
5) Little Star
6) Zero Zero

We have been to Delfina Pizzeria (loved it!), and my husband had his share of Zachary's when he want to Cal. So those are off our list.

I'm I missing any place? We have two dinners and two lunches. We have no particular criteria for our pizza. We love all types of crust and toppings, and appreciate both purists and innovators when it comes to pizza. We just want excellent, tasty pies. Oh, and we'll have a baby with us, so a long wait is less than ideal, but we'll wait as long as it takes for the perfect pie. GUIDE US PLEASE!

5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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

Zero Zero
826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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  1. Gioia Berkeley, bring the stroller and eat on the bench in front.

    1. Look's like you're set. I wouldn't change the order either.

      Can't wait to read about your experiences and favorites!

      1. Pauline's. Get at least a small pesto to try. Andouille and/or tasso chalkboard specials are usually great, though I'm dubious about tonight's tasso, Thai basil, blackberries, and chevre.

        I find Cotogna, Dopo, Delfina, Flour + Water, and Zero Zero generally similar, and like Cotogna the best of the bunch. More:

        4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

        Pauline's Pizza
        260 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

        Pizzeria Delfina
        3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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

        Zero Zero
        826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

        490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        2 Replies
        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I always throw the dice and get the specials at Pauline's. It's part of the appeal for me.

          1. re: Leely2

            A friend introduced me to that as well. Just phone, order one of each special and the special salad. Best way to do to-go from Pauline's.

        2. Cheeseboard Collective in Berkeley serves one flavor/topping a day, super thin crust, no traditional tomato sauce. Also experience the Berkeley vibe by enjoying the free live music or eating on the median!

          The Cheese Board Collective
          1504 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

          5 Replies
          1. re: acetaminophen

            You can get pretty much the same kind of pizza they make at Cheese Board Pizza at Arizmendi in SF.

            Cheese Board Pizza
            1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

            Arizmendi Bakery
            1331 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

            1268 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            1. re: acetaminophen

              Cheeseboard is my favorite bay area bakery, but I gave up on their pizza. The combinations are undependable, far too many goat products, and it's usually dripping grease.

              1. re: oldunc

                i have to agree - it's hit or miss. I now dont take my chances and look up the weekly menu online. I know which ingredients I dont like and avoid them.

                1. re: oldunc

                  I live in Berkeley, and I kind of agree about Cheeseboard. My favorite is their pizza that has corn on it, but everything else kind of tastes the same. It's definitely a once-in-awhile thing for me so it tastes great every time! They're closed until August 8th or so because they're on vacation.

                  1. re: oldunc

                    I like a slice of Cheese Board pizza once in a while, or used to—the lines have gotten so long that I don't think I've had one since they expanded—and their annual wild mushroom pie (bought half-baked and drizzled with "truffle" oil) is our standard Wednesday-before-Thanksgiving dinner, but their crust is so eccentric that I can't argue with the people who say it's not pizza.