Sure, wine and beer are classic companions to a satisfying pizza meal. But what do you reach for when you feel like something a bit stiffer? As part of pizza week at Eater, we asked five top SF bartenders about their favorite cocktails to go with pizza, their favorite pizza joints, and their favorite pies at those restaurants. Here's what they said.
Ryan Fitzgerald, ABV
Favorite pizza cocktail: 212—a New York modern classic. Two parts reposado tequila, one part Aperol, one part grapefruit.
Favorite pizza joint: Rotten City Pizza in Emeryville. (Pro-tip: Enjoy it at Prizefighter, the bar next door.)
Favorite pie: Margherita
Johnny Codd, The Coachman
Favorite pizza cocktail: White rum daiquiri—simple and refreshing.
Favorite pizza joint: A16
Favorite pie: Bianca—mozzarella, grana padano, green olives, basil, chilies, garlic, olive oil
Kate Bolton, Maven
Favorite pizza cocktail: Aperol Spritz—simple, light, and slightly bitter
Favorite pizza joint: Pizzeria Delfina
Favorite pie: Panna (tomato sauce, cream, basil, shaved parmigiano)
Alan Chen, M.Y. China
Favorite pizza cocktail: Bitter Negroni on the rocks with an orange peel
Favorite pizza joint: Escape from New York's Haight location
Favorite pie: You Say Potato (roasted potato slices, pesto, whole roasted garlic cloves)
Christian Clark, Tosca Cafe
Favorite pizza cocktail: Fernet and Coke—a simple San Francisco classic.
Favorite pizza joint: Tony's Coal-Fired Pizza and Slice House
Favorite pie: St. Anthony's (housemade link sausage, Italian fennel sausage, garlic, roasted peppers, hot pepper oil, basil)
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