Find Under $5: A Slice of N.Y. on Mission

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Alexis Katsilometes
Slice of Neaploitan style cheese
Dough, sauce, cheese, and the optional meat: a recipe so simple in principle but one that has proven incredibly difficult to expertly execute. While we can't seem to go a San Francisco block without some by-the-slice joint promising a taste of the East Coast, we are all too often left with nothing but a grease-stained napkin and an unsatisfied craving to show for it.

Arinell Pizza in the Mission is a welcomed exception to this rule. Stepping into the unadorned Valencia Street hole in the wall feels a bit like entering a 1980's New York time warp. Twentysomethings with long hair dazedly greet you as you choose from a few number of options: Sicilian or Neapolitan (we very highly recommend the latter), plain cheese ($3.00/$3.50) or toppings ($.50-.75 each), one slice or two ... or even a whole pie? A soda to accompany it?

While you can take your slice to go, we suggest sitting at the black Formica countertop atop one of the vintage bar stools because pizza this good should be eaten immediately. You sink your teeth into the piping hot piece of crispy thin crust topped with the perfect ratio of cheese to sauce and wipe the delicious grease not-so-elegantly dripping down your chin; and even though the ambiance may leave something to be desired, at that particular moment, you think you could stay there forever.

Arinell is simple, cheap, relaxed...and at times, a bit lax. They do have "set" hours, but don't be utterly shocked if you arrive to find it closed because they ran out of pizza, or from what we can gather, sometimes simply because they wanted to. And they are cash only ... but $5 will be more than enough to placate your pizza cravings.

Arinell Pizza: 509 Valencia Street; 415-255-1303




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William Downs
William Downs

Iguess living in central valley isn't so bad when our pizza can be bought for $5 the WHOLE pizza!

Chuck Stephanski
Chuck Stephanski

2 slices for $4 @ Volare Pizza on Haight. Cheese , meat , & Combo all $4.

Scott Haigh
Scott Haigh

One slice? For $5? How about a whole pizza for $5...

Martin Fig
Martin Fig

Love this place just don't be douche or you'll get treated like one in return.

non_mechanical
non_mechanical

I once liked Arinells' pizza, but I have gotten sick twice from it. Bad news....

Bob Young
Bob Young

SF pizza is the best. North Beach or Pirros

David Wallace
David Wallace

Someone should bomb every city in the world back to the point where pizza is like $1.50 a slice, although up to $2 sounds fine as well.

John LaForgia
John LaForgia

For $5, better get more than just one slice. Plenty of places that you can find a couple good slices and a soda for under 5. ...never been partial to pizza that thin, either way.

Jim Yu
Jim Yu

All you can eat pizza on Mondays at goat hill pizza in potereo hill. $11.

TWAT
TWAT

I mean...WTF? $5 for a slice of pizza. SF- you're getting just too damn expensive.

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

I lived in New York for five years out of my life. What's so great about New York pizza? Nothing, that's what. :)

Bill Fried
Bill Fried

I'm from NJ and have lived in SF for 8 years and found that only Arinell makes a truly great NY style slice of pizza. Is there anywhere else I may be missing? If so please post the name of the place! Thanks! :)

Andy Mcb
Andy Mcb

and also shouldn't have porn shoots filmed on its counters and barstools, kind of gross...

Dana McBride
Dana McBride

a kick ass slice of pizza should cost less than $2 anywhere in the country, especially NY and including SF.

Jonathan Sacks
Jonathan Sacks

The fact that you included the word "crispy" in your review as a positive thing shows that you don't know a damn thing about New York pizza. I've tried my best to like it, but Arinell's is not good.

Ezra Crowley
Ezra Crowley

You can still get an awesome slice in NYC for $1...pizza is definitely not something we have much to brag about.

Rock Belt
Rock Belt

Forget the price…how good is it?

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