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17 Hot and Fresh Pizza Restaurants in San Francisco

Through thick and thin, there’s nothing like a piping hot pie

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It’s wild to think there was once a time when people said, without much opposition, “There’s no good pizza in San Francisco.” These days, one can find certified pizza Napoletana, saucy deep-dish numbers, and thin-crust specialties at top-shelf restaurants from Ocean Beach to the Embarcadero. This guide will supply you with 17 of San Francisco’s most satisfying places for pizza, from the leopard-spotted margherita at Del Popolo or the wild yeast sourdough pies at Sunset Squares.

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Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

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Tony's (as well as sister spot Capo's and several Slice Houses around the Bay) is commendable not only for its quality, but also for its breadth. Though he's taken home umpteen Neapolitan pie-making prizes, Tony Gemignani is no purist: he's equally interested in Sicilian, Detroit-style, grandma-inspired, and coal-fired pies, and not afraid to dive into wild toppings. The man is a pizza polymath, and his combinations are delicious.

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

Way back in the pizza dark ages of 2004, A16 was one of the first places to serve true Neapolitan pies, gorgeous wood-fired char and all. They're still churning them out well over a decade later, often pairing the pies with A16’s on-point Italian wine selection.

A pizza on the counter at A16. Lauren Saria

Golden Boy Pizza

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Tourists and North Beach locals rub elbows under the glowing neon sign pointing the way to Golden Boy’s thick slabs of pie. The North Beach institution has been serving Sicilian-style pizza since 1978 and if you don’t mind a little wait — there’s pretty much always a line — you can either enjoy your meal on-site or take it just a short walk away to dine in the shadow of Saints Peter and Paul Church at Washington Square Park.

Tommaso's Ristorante Italiano

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Any pizza restaurant frequented the filmmaker behind The Godfather is probably the real deal, and so it is with North Beach icon Tommaso’s. The more than 80-year-old restaurant was an influence on diners including Francis Ford Coppola, Alice Waters, and Wolfgang Puck, who supposedly built their own pizza ovens based on the the brick setup at Tommaso’s. While this crust might be a bit thick and doughy for some purists, it’s still an San Francisco pizza must.

Del Popolo

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This Neapolitan-style pizza shop started as a roving pie vendor with an unmistakable glass-encased truck, before going permanent with a Nob Hill location. Del Popolo’s wood-fired pizzas are courtesy of Flour + Water alum Jon Darsky, and they're all beautifully blistered, seasonal, and delicious.

Pizzeria Delfina

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Craig and Annie Stoll’s Delfina spinoff, Pizzeria Delfina, is an empire, with multiple locations across San Francisco, Burlingame, and Palo Alto. That’s probably because it’s one of the best pizza options the city has to offer, with nicely charred and puffy crusts plus delicious seasonal toppings. Classics like a Margherita will always win hearts and minds, while the salsiccia with housemade fennel sausage, tomato, bell peppers, onions, and mozzarella is also a popular order.

Arugula pizza at Pizzeria Delfina Pizzeria Delfina

Pizzetta 211

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Adorably petite Pizzetta 211 embraces true seasonality, with pizzas that change by the nanosecond to incorporate the best of what's growing. The wait times can be long, but the cute 12-inch pies, like the white pie with rosemary and fiore sardo, are great. Stop by any day but Tuesday to pick-up a pie or dine outdoors.

Pizzetta 211

Fiorella

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Fiorella, which now boasts locations on Polk and Clement and in the Inner Sunset, serves more than pizza. But its thin-crusted Neapolitan pies are beyond reproach. Even from its outdoor seating, you can ogle the restaurants’ “Bay Area Toile” wallpaper, which features Alice Waters, E-40, and other local notables.

A margherita pie at Fiorella Grace Sager/Fiorella

Zero Zero

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Zero Zero’s wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizzas helped it earn recognition for pulling pillowy pies with leopard spots from the blistering hot ovens. An early player in the Bay Area’s high-end pizza game, this SoMa staple has managed to hold its own for the last decade, helped in part by its popular bar.

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Square Pie Guys

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The crispy-edged, rectangular pizzas from these Detroit-style square pie specialists have always been prepared with takeout or delivery in mind, making them perfect for a lazy dinner on comfy nights in. Order online for both takeout and in-house delivery, or head to the new flagship location at Ghirardelli Square for a full-service meal.

Little Star Pizza

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Little Star's signature deep dish is so good that it licensed the recipe — to a pizzeria in St. Louis that President Obama calls his all-time favorite. Winning the deep-dish devotion of a Chicagoan is no small feat, but Little Star's signature cornmeal crusts and meaty fillings are up to the task.

Sunset Squares Pizza

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Sunset Squares began as an Instagram-based business, with a mysterious pizza chef who’d deliver DMed orders to his Sunset neighbors. Then the chef revealed his identity: it was Dennis Lee, co-owner of the Namu mini-empire of restaurants. Lee’s square pies are a proprietary sourdough concoction some have described as neo-Detroit, and the toppings range from the standard (pepperoni, cheese) to the unexpected (mapo tofu, or pork belly and kimchi). Find them at the SSP Beer Hall.

Sunset Squares Pizza

Arizmendi Bakery

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Perhaps the most quintessentially Bay Area pizza place on this list, worker-owned cooperative Arizmendi serves a different pizza every day. Its sourdough crust, whole-milk mozzarella, and fresh seasonal, organic vegetables come by the half or whole pie, and partially-baked pizzas are available via preorder.

Like its East Bay predecessors, the San Francisco branch of Arizmendi Bakery specializes in artisan breads, pizza and morning pastries. Photo By Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Damnfine

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Outer Sunset wood-fired upstart Damnfine opened inside a former “massage parlor” at the height of the city’s coronavirus lockdown with a well-curated menu of naturally fermented, three day cold rise pizzas cooked in a 5,500-pound wood-burning oven. The spot also has a full bar for those who want cocktails with their pie.

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Shuggie’s Trash Pie + Natural Wine

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This Mission District pizzeria crashed onto the scene, an assault of bright yellow and lime green, earlier this spring and has been drawing attention not only for its very specific aesthetic but also for its commitment to using irregular or surplus produce and food production byproducts. You can categorize the pizzas as Grandma-style pies, meaning they’re thin-crusted squares topped with unexpected mishmash of ingredients like ground beef and Takis or salt cod and potato. Don’t worry, there’s also the Bobo, a more classic combo of pepperoni, honey, and chile. 

A pizza being topped with Takis chips.

Cellarmaker House of Pizza

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Detroit-style pizza seems to be here to stay, and Cellarmaker serves square pies with a balanced ratio of crust to toppings, with lots of crispy edges. Don’t miss the Detroit red top or classic pepperoni, and check out whatever Sicilian they have on the menu that day, too — it’s a rotating selection, all of them superstars.

Gialina Pizzeria

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Gialina is a family-friendly Glen Park restaurant with an excellent menu of starters and roasts, but it’s the pizza that inspires a daily line there and at its NoPa sister spot, Ragazza. Expect a thin crust with the right amount of chew, and a selection of composed pies like the Yukon gold with potatoes, bacon, red onions, thyme, and gorgonzola.

A summer squash pizza made by Gialina Pizzeria in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, July 16, 2008. Photo by Liz Hafalia/The Chronicle Photo By Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

Tony's (as well as sister spot Capo's and several Slice Houses around the Bay) is commendable not only for its quality, but also for its breadth. Though he's taken home umpteen Neapolitan pie-making prizes, Tony Gemignani is no purist: he's equally interested in Sicilian, Detroit-style, grandma-inspired, and coal-fired pies, and not afraid to dive into wild toppings. The man is a pizza polymath, and his combinations are delicious.

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

A16

A pizza on the counter at A16. Lauren Saria

Way back in the pizza dark ages of 2004, A16 was one of the first places to serve true Neapolitan pies, gorgeous wood-fired char and all. They're still churning them out well over a decade later, often pairing the pies with A16’s on-point Italian wine selection.

A pizza on the counter at A16. Lauren Saria

Golden Boy Pizza

Tourists and North Beach locals rub elbows under the glowing neon sign pointing the way to Golden Boy’s thick slabs of pie. The North Beach institution has been serving Sicilian-style pizza since 1978 and if you don’t mind a little wait — there’s pretty much always a line — you can either enjoy your meal on-site or take it just a short walk away to dine in the shadow of Saints Peter and Paul Church at Washington Square Park.

Tommaso's Ristorante Italiano

Any pizza restaurant frequented the filmmaker behind The Godfather is probably the real deal, and so it is with North Beach icon Tommaso’s. The more than 80-year-old restaurant was an influence on diners including Francis Ford Coppola, Alice Waters, and Wolfgang Puck, who supposedly built their own pizza ovens based on the the brick setup at Tommaso’s. While this crust might be a bit thick and doughy for some purists, it’s still an San Francisco pizza must.

Del Popolo

This Neapolitan-style pizza shop started as a roving pie vendor with an unmistakable glass-encased truck, before going permanent with a Nob Hill location. Del Popolo’s wood-fired pizzas are courtesy of Flour + Water alum Jon Darsky, and they're all beautifully blistered, seasonal, and delicious.

Pizzeria Delfina

Arugula pizza at Pizzeria Delfina Pizzeria Delfina

Craig and Annie Stoll’s Delfina spinoff, Pizzeria Delfina, is an empire, with multiple locations across San Francisco, Burlingame, and Palo Alto. That’s probably because it’s one of the best pizza options the city has to offer, with nicely charred and puffy crusts plus delicious seasonal toppings. Classics like a Margherita will always win hearts and minds, while the salsiccia with housemade fennel sausage, tomato, bell peppers, onions, and mozzarella is also a popular order.

Arugula pizza at Pizzeria Delfina Pizzeria Delfina

Pizzetta 211

Pizzetta 211

Adorably petite Pizzetta 211 embraces true seasonality, with pizzas that change by the nanosecond to incorporate the best of what's growing. The wait times can be long, but the cute 12-inch pies, like the white pie with rosemary and fiore sardo, are great. Stop by any day but Tuesday to pick-up a pie or dine outdoors.

Pizzetta 211

Fiorella

A margherita pie at Fiorella Grace Sager/Fiorella

Fiorella, which now boasts locations on Polk and Clement and in the Inner Sunset, serves more than pizza. But its thin-crusted Neapolitan pies are beyond reproach. Even from its outdoor seating, you can ogle the restaurants’ “Bay Area Toile” wallpaper, which features Alice Waters, E-40, and other local notables.

A margherita pie at Fiorella Grace Sager/Fiorella

Zero Zero

Pizza at Zero Zero Zero Zero

Zero Zero’s wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizzas helped it earn recognition for pulling pillowy pies with leopard spots from the blistering hot ovens. An early player in the Bay Area’s high-end pizza game, this SoMa staple has managed to hold its own for the last decade, helped in part by its popular bar.

Pizza at Zero Zero Zero Zero

Square Pie Guys

The crispy-edged, rectangular pizzas from these Detroit-style square pie specialists have always been prepared with takeout or delivery in mind, making them perfect for a lazy dinner on comfy nights in. Order online for both takeout and in-house delivery, or head to the new flagship location at Ghirardelli Square for a full-service meal.

Little Star Pizza

Little Star's signature deep dish is so good that it licensed the recipe — to a pizzeria in St. Louis that President Obama calls his all-time favorite. Winning the deep-dish devotion of a Chicagoan is no small feat, but Little Star's signature cornmeal crusts and meaty fillings are up to the task.

Sunset Squares Pizza

Sunset Squares Pizza

Sunset Squares began as an Instagram-based business, with a mysterious pizza chef who’d deliver DMed orders to his Sunset neighbors. Then the chef revealed his identity: it was Dennis Lee, co-owner of the Namu mini-empire of restaurants. Lee’s square pies are a proprietary sourdough concoction some have described as neo-Detroit, and the toppings range from the standard (pepperoni, cheese) to the unexpected (mapo tofu, or pork belly and kimchi). Find them at the SSP Beer Hall.

Sunset Squares Pizza

Arizmendi Bakery

Like its East Bay predecessors, the San Francisco branch of Arizmendi Bakery specializes in artisan breads, pizza and morning pastries. Photo By Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Perhaps the most quintessentially Bay Area pizza place on this list, worker-owned cooperative Arizmendi serves a different pizza every day. Its sourdough crust, whole-milk mozzarella, and fresh seasonal, organic vegetables come by the half or whole pie, and partially-baked pizzas are available via preorder.

Like its East Bay predecessors, the San Francisco branch of Arizmendi Bakery specializes in artisan breads, pizza and morning pastries. Photo By Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

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