San Francisco's Top Five Pizzerias

Categories: Top Five
Lara Hata
At least once a month, someone -- usually SFoodie -- claims that pizza in San Francisco has jumped the shark. Then a new place opens, and we drop in with friends to check it out, only to find the reservations booked up through the next month.

It's not surprising. Because we're a little OCD in this town, San Francisco is still zoomed in on how good pizza has finally gotten here. Some of the best pizzerias in the city still call their style "classic New York" or "classic Neapolitan" -- but really, when it comes down to it, we wouldn't be getting so excited about S.F. pizza if we hadn't made it our own.

Here are San Francisco's five best:

Albert Law
Gialina's atomica pizza.
1. Gialina: Sharon Ardiana didn't launch the artisanal pizza boom of the Naughts, but she was there by the time the booster rockets fell away. Ever since the Glen Park shop opened in 2007, her pies -- and more specifically, that crust, one long air bubble encased in crackling, nanometer-thin dough -- are still among our favorites. Whether it's a seasonal pie with chanterelles, caramelized onions, and thyme, or a perennial favorite like the Amatriciana (pancetta, tomato, chiles, oregano, and an egg), Ardiana continues to bring it.
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14 comments
Phyllis Levine
Phyllis Levine

I haven't had a good piece yet and have given up- forgetabout it

ruby
ruby

Gorgios in the Richmond district is the best NY pizza!  And I'm from NY!  Those pizza places that were chosen were probably only chosen because their in the trendy Mission district!

pieboy
pieboy

What about Una Pizza Napoletana in SOMA? Anthony Mangieri is making some classic Naples wood fired pies. http://unapizza.com

perfecto
perfecto

Arinelli hit the top 5 list, yea right, its great pizza if your drunk, the best pizza in town is tony in north beach, they have two ovens gas oven at 500 degrees and a coal fired oven at 1000 degrees, the coal fired oven has special dough and cheese from italy and the cook is the legendary Erik who is an olyimpic pizza spinner. its the only coal fired pizza in north calif, Grant and Union street.it takes two hours to light the oven with wood and charcoal then coal. go on you tube and type coal fired pizza.

pieboy
pieboy

do you work for Tony or what?

Sharmila
Sharmila

You're missing Ragazza on Divisadero. It's awesome! Also, how did you not include Golden Boy?

Asdfasdf
Asdfasdf

Not even a mention for Beretta and their Cauliflower-Panna-Pancetta pizza? C'mon!

Carolinagalle
Carolinagalle

What about Dejavu pizza? They hand toss each slice!

s b
s b

Pizza Place on Noriega. Glaring absence from this list.  I could drive there, get a pie, and be back in the Mission before I'll sit down at Delfina.

RJ Ciccaglione
RJ Ciccaglione

Sorry, but this list is total shit. Arinell's doesn't even deserve a mention and Tony Nicks has to be in the 5.   

silverback1966
silverback1966

Think you mean Tony's. Tony Nic's is the pub next Tony's. Great place for a drink.

suzanneyada
suzanneyada

I just don't understand the appeal of Arinell. Color me stupid.

Amy
Amy

Agree with your choices, but Pizetta 211 should have been a top contender in your runner's up category. Also love Arizmendi's non traditional pizza. 

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