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22 Hot and Spicy 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 that there was once a time that people said, without much opposition, “there’s no good pizza in San Francisco.” But 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 Bay. This guide will supply you with 22 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. At least one is sure to scratch that itch.

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1. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

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1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 835-9888
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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 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 in wild toppings like the Honey Pie. The man is a pizza polymath, and his combinations are delicious.

2. Norcina

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3251 Pierce St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 814-2961
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Chef Kaitlynn Bauman brings fresh pasta and Neapolitan pizza to the Marina at Norcina, which opened its doors in August 2021. These are sourdough leavened pies with a drizzle of olive oil in the dough to ensure a pillowy crust and crispy bottom. The menu offers both white and red varieties, which come showered with toppings like fennel sausage, Calabrian chile, and roasted garlic.

2355 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 771-2216
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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.

4. Golden Boy Pizza

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542 Green St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 982-9738
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When it comes to hitting the spot, this pizzeria does it right. By the sheet or the slice, these Sicilian pies aren’t available as late as they used to be — the pandemic has shortened its business hours to 12-8:30 p.m. daily — but are delicious any time of day.

5. Tommaso's Ristorante Italiano

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1042 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 398-9696
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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.

6. Del Popolo

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855 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 589-7940
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This Neapolitan-style pizza shop started as a roving pie vendor with an unmistakable glass-encased truck, before turning brick-and-mortar 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.

7. Pizzeria Delfina

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2406 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 440-1189

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 the city has to offer, with a nicely charred and puffy crust 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.

8. Pizzetta 211

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211 23rd Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 379-9880
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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.

9. Fiorella

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2339 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 340-3049
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Fiorella, which now boasts locations on Polk and Clement plus a new restaurant in 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

10. Zero Zero

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826 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 348-8800
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SoMa staple 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, it’s managed to hold its own for the last decade, helped in part by its popular bar.

11. Square Pie Guys

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1077 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 872-9290

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 the pandemic era. Order online for both takeout and in-house delivery, as the restaurant is still closed for on-site dining.

12. Little Star Pizza

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846 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 441-1118
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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.

13. Sunset Squares Pizza

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59 9th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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, located in the former Perennial space, once slated for Namu Gaji. 

14. Arinell Pizza

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509 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 255-1303
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Known for its huge, greasy, New York-style slices, Arinell is no place for those who fear a fold. Though less vaunted, its Sicilian is also very solid, but loaded pie fans should exercise restraint: according to Arinell, all their dishes are “the less toppings the better.”

15. Arizmendi Bakery

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1331 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 566-3117
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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.

16. Damnfine

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3410 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 941-7503
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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.

17. Beretta

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1199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1199
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The pandemic wasn’t kind to anyone, and that’s especially true of Adriano Paganini’s Back of the House restaurant group. Still, in a city where late-night dining options can be few and far between, Baretta wins points for being open until 11 p.m., as well as for serving solid thin-crust pies topped with Italian meats and fresh mozzarella.

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18. The Pizza Place On Noriega

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3901 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
415–759–5752
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The Pizza Place On Noriega’s big, floppy pies (they only come in a 14-inch medium or a 20-inch large) are baked in a traditional brick oven. That means a laid-back Outer Sunset temperament is mandatory, as each order takes a minimum of 30 minutes to make. They’re also known for their homemade gluten-free and vegan crust, which they’ll use on any pie you’d like.

19. Cellarmaker House of Pizza

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3193 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 296-6351
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Detroit-style pizza seems to be here to stay, and Cellarmaker is serving 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.

20. PizzaHacker

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3299 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 874-5585
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Started as a pop-up passion project, PizzaHacker now boast locations in Bernal Heights and Mill Valley, both serving founder Jeff Krupman’s “Franken-Weber” grilled pies with their bubbly, blackened crusts and — if you’re lucky — their beloved squares.

21. Zante Pizza & Indian Cuisine

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3489 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 821-3949

The only people who knock the concept of Indian pizza are those who haven’t tried it yet (oh, and this guy), but those who have know that San Francisco’s best Indian pizza can be found at Zante. By default, it comes with masala sauce, cauliflower, spinach, cilantro, garlic, ginger, eggplant, and loads more, and omnivores can add tandoori chicken or lamb.

22. Gialina Pizzeria

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2842 Diamond St
San Francisco, CA 94131
(415) 239-8500
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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.

1. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Tony's (as well as sister spot Capo's and several Slice Houses around the Bay) is commendable not only for its quality, but 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 in wild toppings like the Honey Pie. The man is a pizza polymath, and his combinations are delicious.

1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

2. Norcina

3251 Pierce St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Chef Kaitlynn Bauman brings fresh pasta and Neapolitan pizza to the Marina at Norcina, which opened its doors in August 2021. These are sourdough leavened pies with a drizzle of olive oil in the dough to ensure a pillowy crust and crispy bottom. The menu offers both white and red varieties, which come showered with toppings like fennel sausage, Calabrian chile, and roasted garlic.

3251 Pierce St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. A16

2355 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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.

2355 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

4. Golden Boy Pizza

542 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

When it comes to hitting the spot, this pizzeria does it right. By the sheet or the slice, these Sicilian pies aren’t available as late as they used to be — the pandemic has shortened its business hours to 12-8:30 p.m. daily — but are delicious any time of day.

542 Green St
San Francisco, CA 94133

5. Tommaso's Ristorante Italiano

1042 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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.

1042 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94133

6. Del Popolo

855 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108

This Neapolitan-style pizza shop started as a roving pie vendor with an unmistakable glass-encased truck, before turning brick-and-mortar 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.

855 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108

7. Pizzeria Delfina

2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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 the city has to offer, with a nicely charred and puffy crust 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.

2406 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115

8. Pizzetta 211

211 23rd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

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.

211 23rd Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

9. Fiorella

2339 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
A margherita pie at Fiorella Grace Sager/Fiorella

Fiorella, which now boasts locations on Polk and Clement plus a new restaurant in 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.

2339 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

10. Zero Zero

826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

SoMa staple 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, it’s managed to hold its own for the last decade, helped in part by its popular bar.

826 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107

11. Square Pie Guys

1077 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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 the pandemic era. Order online for both takeout and in-house delivery, as the restaurant is still closed for on-site dining.

1077 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

12. Little Star Pizza

846 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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.

846 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

13. Sunset Squares Pizza

59 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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, located in the former Perennial space, once slated for Namu Gaji. 

59 9th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

14. Arinell Pizza

509 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Known for its huge, greasy, New York-style slices, Arinell is no place for those who fear a fold. Though less vaunted, its Sicilian is also very solid, but loaded pie fans should exercise restraint: according to Arinell, all their dishes are “the less toppings the better.”

509 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

15. Arizmendi Bakery

1331 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

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.

1331 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

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16. Damnfine

3410 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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.

3410 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122

17. Beretta

1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Beretta Beretta

The pandemic wasn’t kind to anyone, and that’s especially true of Adriano Paganini’s Back of the House restaurant group. Still, in a city where late-night dining options can be few and far between, Baretta wins points for being open until 11 p.m., as well as for serving solid thin-crust pies topped with Italian meats and fresh mozzarella.

1199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

18. The Pizza Place On Noriega

3901 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

The Pizza Place On Noriega’s big, floppy pies (they only come in a 14-inch medium or a 20-inch large) are baked in a traditional brick oven. That means a laid-back Outer Sunset temperament is mandatory, as each order takes a minimum of 30 minutes to make. They’re also known for their homemade gluten-free and vegan crust, which they’ll use on any pie you’d like.

3901 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122

19. Cellarmaker House of Pizza

3193 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Detroit-style pizza seems to be here to stay, and Cellarmaker is serving 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.

3193 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

20. PizzaHacker

3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Started as a pop-up passion project, PizzaHacker now boast locations in Bernal Heights and Mill Valley, both serving founder Jeff Krupman’s “Franken-Weber” grilled pies with their bubbly, blackened crusts and — if you’re lucky — their beloved squares.

3299 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

21. Zante Pizza & Indian Cuisine

3489 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The only people who knock the concept of Indian pizza are those who haven’t tried it yet (oh, and this guy), but those who have know that San Francisco’s best Indian pizza can be found at Zante. By default, it comes with masala sauce, cauliflower, spinach, cilantro, garlic, ginger, eggplant, and loads more, and omnivores can add tandoori chicken or lamb.

3489 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

22. Gialina Pizzeria

2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

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.

2842 Diamond St
San Francisco, CA 94131

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