Best Pizza in San Francisco

Pie in the sky
July 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

From wood-fired pies to vegetarian-friendly slices, these pizza joints around the San Fran area rise to the top.

Tony's Pizza Napoletana
Pizza · North Beach · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.0

"It's hard to find a better pie" than those among the "great variety" of "incredible" pizzas (Neapolitan-style, "Sicilian, Californian, Roman" , even "gluten-free" ) that famed chef-owner Tony Gemignani tosses and cooks to a crisp in seven types of ovens at his "lively" "North Beach gem" ; a "brutal" wait for a table is part of the package, but a "motivated" staff keeps things humming.
Little Star Pizza
Pizza · Alamo Square · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

"Heavenly" Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas with "flavorful" cornmeal crusts and "tangy tomato sauce" are offered alongside "super-crispy" thin-crust pies at these "fair-priced" pizzerias; since it's often "noisy" – and "no reservations" lead to "long waits" – regulars opt to grab and go.
Little Star Pizza
Pizza · The Mission · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

"Heavenly" Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas with "flavorful" cornmeal crusts and "tangy tomato sauce" are offered alongside "super-crispy" thin-crust pies at these "fair-priced" pizzerias; since it's often "noisy" – and "no reservations" lead to "long waits" – regulars opt to grab and go.
Pizzeria Delfina
Pizza · Pacific Heights · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.0

These "gourmet" pizzeria offshoots of Delfina feature "memorable" Neapolitan-inspired pies topped with "hand-pulled mozzarella" and California veggie "goodness" , and the seasonal antipasti are just as "delicious" ; limited seating (indoors and out) can lead to "long waits" , but when the pies and vino arrive, there’s "no more conversation at the table until the last piece is spoken for."
Arinell Pizza
Pizza · The Mission · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.8 · Service 3.5

"Real-deal" "NYC pizza" beckons "East Coast transplants" into these "gritty hole-in-the-wall" joints turning out "thin, greasy" "perfection" in slices that "you can fold" ; they're a "great value" when a "craving" strikes, provided you bear with "loud punk music" and "minimal" service.
Zero Zero
Italian · SoMa · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

Neapolitan pizzas are "so in vogue" and this "swanky" SoMa Italian stands out with "phenomenal" "thin-crust, flame-kissed" pies (including a "seasonal" option) plus antipasti and pastas courtesy of chef-owner Bruce Hill; "crowded" digs mean "noise levels are high" , but "terrific" cocktails and wines on tap appease, and the "build-your-own" sundaes are a hit with all ages.
Gialina
Pizza · Glen Park · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.0

This compact Glen Park pizza parlor "shines" with "consistently superb" Neapolitan pies topped with "unusual" combos of "farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients" and delivered by a "personable staff" ; there's often a "wait" since the "family-friendly" room's a "squeeze" , so insiders advise "come early."
PizzaHacker
Pizza · Bernal Heights · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.9

"You're getting something special" at this Bernal Heights pizzeria, home to "excellent" pies featuring heirloom tomato sauces, "artisanal" toppings and thin crust that strikes "the perfect balance between char and chewy" ; furnished with red picnic tables, it's "casual" enough "for families, couples and neighborhood diners" who only "wish it were open during the day."
Pauline's Pizza
Pizza · The Mission · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.9

Long before "before Valencia became a hipster hangout," this Mission pizzeria was dishing up "eclectic" pies accompanied by "excellent" "Alice Waters-style salads" picked from its own "organic" gardens; the decor "isn't very impressive" , but carafes of house vinos make the mood "mellow" ; P.S. the adjacent wine bar offers sips and small plates Thursday-Saturday.