For a city that is seven miles long by seven miles wide, San Francisco takes the cake on variety. There are more restaurants per capita in San Francisco than any other city in North America, and countless Bay-Area technology inventions offer convenience in making dinner decisions. What’s the best restaurant in the Mission? There’s an app for that. Need a reservation? There’s an app for that. What’s the best way to get there? There’s an app for that, too.
Miraculously, though, even the Bay Area hasn’t figured out how to distinguish the best from the best. Need specific recommendations on the best pizza places in this compacted, vibrant city? Our experts made a list for that!
Done in Northern Italian style, the pizza at Delfina is thin crust and cooked to perfection. It has two locations, one in Pacific Heights and another in the Mission. Although it can sometimes be tough to get a reservation, on a warm night, Delfina’s bustling storefronts offer memorable spectating and pizza that’s worth the wait.
Beretta serves pizza with sides of sophistication and elegance without the giant price tag. It’s another of the Mission’s favorites and can sometimes have a long wait. The excuse to order one of Beretta’s exquisite cocktails (and the pizza to follow) will have you forgetting about time altogether.
Flour, water, and wine are this restaurant’s top-selling products (add cheese and it’s a party). Community style dining makes for a neighborhoody feel at Flour + Water, but the wood-fired stove takes things up a notch. Also located in the Mission, Flour + Water makes thin crust Italian style pizza fit for the divine.
Located in the trendy Marina district, A16 is one of San Francisco’s most popular Italian restaurants. Its Neapolitan style cuisine is worth every moment of the wait, which guests are apt to do, even those with a reservation. Pizzas are topped with things like dandelion greens, castelvetrano olives, wood mushrooms, and more. The crust is always perfect and like the neighborhood, the atmosphere never fails to deliver.
North Beach is home to Little Italy and hosts some incredible Italian eats. Among them, most San Franciscans agree, Tony’s has the best pizza. There’s four different styles of pizza on the menu and world Pizza Cup champion, Tony Gemignani is prepared to cook guests upwards of six hundred different combinations. You name it, Tony cooks it.
In this rustic Italian pizza joint, those who find themselves downtown in San Francisco’s Financial District will be pleased. The menu changes daily, but the wood-fired pizzas are dependably delicious. They also offer spit-roasted meat. No big deal.
Big night out in San Francisco? Big hangover the next morning? Starbelly has a cure for that. This restaurant has packed their menu with pizza and other comfort foods. They even offer pizza with an egg on top. Located in the Castro, Starbelly has communal dining with less fuss than some of its long-wait-list-having competitors.
Piccino’s pizza is flatbread, thin crust, big flavor. Located in Potrero Hill, Piccino is less rambunctious than some of its pizza tossing competitors, but its menu is robust. It changes seasonally and always offers delicious pizza selections, including the dependable margherita or bianca choices as well as ones for more adventurous eaters like pizza with egg or sprinkled with arugula.
Enough said, Zero Zero is a two-story restaurant with a balcony. The SoMa neighborhood is modest, but the pizza here is not. With toppings like shredded potatoes, Manila clams, and Grana Padano, Zero Zero will serve you a pizza you won’t easily forget. It’s a combination of Italian and California styles and offers its menu to guests any time of the day.
Another North Beach favorite, L'Osteria del Forno is a small neighborhood joint, like what you might find in Italy. Expect long waits as they don’t accept reservations, but with chefs who speak Italian and dough that smells of Italy itself, L'Osteria del Forno is about as authentic as it gets.