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25 Fantastic San Francisco Pizza Restaurants

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 25 of San Francisco’s most satisfying places to dine on a pizza, from the leopard-spotted margherita at Del Popolo, the locally-farmed veggie pie at at Pizzetta, or the wild yeast sourdough pies at Sunset Squares. At least one is sure to scratch that itch.

As of publication time, some of these restaurants offer seated, outdoor dining. However, their inclusion should not be taken as endorsement for sit-down dining, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that COVID-19 infection rates are lower for outside activities, but the level of risk involved with outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants and their patrons following strict social distancing, face covering, and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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.

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.

3. 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 p.m. daily — but are delicious any time of day.

4. 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 frequent diners like Francis Ford Coppola and others like 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 SF pizza must through and through.

5. 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 (which is still on the streets), 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.

6. 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 puffy crust that has nice char and 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.

7. 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.

8. Fiorella

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2339 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 340-3049
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Fiorella’s locations on Clement and 2238 Polk Street serve 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.

9. 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 serves wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizzas helped it score Michelin Bib Gourmand recognition. An early player in the Bay Area’s high-end pizza game, its managed to hold its own for the last decade, helped in part by its popular bar.

10. Square Pie Guys

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1077 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 872-9290
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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 the pandemic era. Order online for both in-house delivery, as well as delivery via Caviar or Doordash.

11. 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's 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 mean feat, but Little Star's signature cornmeal crusts and meaty fillings are up to the task.

12. 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, cooking out of SoMa’s old Perennial space, which had been slated for Namu Gaji prior to the pandemic. 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).

13. Gioia Pizzeria

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579 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 872-9427
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Gioia has built up a loyal following for its East Coast style pies, which it occasionally gussies up with decidedly West Coast toppings (there’s one covered with kale, naturally).

14. Casey’s Pizza

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1170 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 814-2482
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Casey Crynes of Casey's Pizza Truck fame is now parked permanently with a permanent space in Mission Bay. And with the added kitchen room, he's firing up more varieties of Neapolitan pizza in his double-deck Marsal & Sons oven, though the Zoe’s Meats pepperoni remains the gold standard. For dessert, dig into the ice cream sundae with a drizzle of buttery olive oil.

15. 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.”

16. 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.

17. 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-lb wood-burning oven. The spot also has a full bar for those who want cocktails with their pie.

18. Flour + Water

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2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-7000
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Its new pizzeria spinoff has a lot of buzz, but the original Flour + Water has always served essential pies, never second place to the pasta. With Neapolitan style and a charred crust, the toppings rotate seasonally, from sweet ricotta and squash blossoms to fennel-flecked salami with peppers and chiles.

19. 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” medium or a 20” 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.

20. Pi Bar

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1432 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 970-9670
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How many slice places have Pliny the Elder on tap? Pi Bar does: Basically, its’ a quality beer bar with a kitchen turning out excellent hand-thrown, thin-crust pies. Slices start at $4.75, with additional toppings at 35 cents each, which makes it one of the city’s best bargains, too.

21. Firepie

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3498 Cesar Chavez
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 213-2300
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Even before the pandemic, this Mission-based wood-fire pizza trailer was known for its promise of quick delivery — usually within 15 minutes. The menu is short and sweet, with just three basic pies, plus a limited-edition birria pizza that it makes in collaboration with Mission quesabirria sensation Tacos El Patrón. Order online or via Firepie’s own app.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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 SF’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.

25. 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. 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

3. 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 p.m. daily — but are delicious any time of day.

542 Green St
San Francisco, CA 94133

4. 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 frequent diners like Francis Ford Coppola and others like 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 SF pizza must through and through.

1042 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94133

5. 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 (which is still on the streets), 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

6. 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 puffy crust that has nice char and 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

7. 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.

211 23rd Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

8. Fiorella

2339 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Fiorella’s locations on Clement and 2238 Polk Street serve 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

9. Zero Zero

826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

SoMa staple Zero Zero’s serves wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizzas helped it score Michelin Bib Gourmand recognition. An early player in the Bay Area’s high-end pizza game, its managed to hold its own for the last decade, helped in part by its popular bar.

826 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107

10. 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 in-house delivery, as well as delivery via Caviar or Doordash.

1077 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

11. Little Star Pizza

846 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Little Star's signature deep dish is so good that it's 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 mean feat, but Little Star's signature cornmeal crusts and meaty fillings are up to the task.

846 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

12. 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, cooking out of SoMa’s old Perennial space, which had been slated for Namu Gaji prior to the pandemic. 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).

59 9th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

13. Gioia Pizzeria

579 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Gioia has built up a loyal following for its East Coast style pies, which it occasionally gussies up with decidedly West Coast toppings (there’s one covered with kale, naturally).

579 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

14. Casey’s Pizza

1170 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94158

Casey Crynes of Casey's Pizza Truck fame is now parked permanently with a permanent space in Mission Bay. And with the added kitchen room, he's firing up more varieties of Neapolitan pizza in his double-deck Marsal & Sons oven, though the Zoe’s Meats pepperoni remains the gold standard. For dessert, dig into the ice cream sundae with a drizzle of buttery olive oil.

1170 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94158

15. 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

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16. 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

17. 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-lb 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

18. Flour + Water

2401 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Its new pizzeria spinoff has a lot of buzz, but the original Flour + Water has always served essential pies, never second place to the pasta. With Neapolitan style and a charred crust, the toppings rotate seasonally, from sweet ricotta and squash blossoms to fennel-flecked salami with peppers and chiles.

2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110

19. 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” medium or a 20” 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

20. Pi Bar

1432 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

How many slice places have Pliny the Elder on tap? Pi Bar does: Basically, its’ a quality beer bar with a kitchen turning out excellent hand-thrown, thin-crust pies. Slices start at $4.75, with additional toppings at 35 cents each, which makes it one of the city’s best bargains, too.

1432 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

21. Firepie

3498 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA 94110

Even before the pandemic, this Mission-based wood-fire pizza trailer was known for its promise of quick delivery — usually within 15 minutes. The menu is short and sweet, with just three basic pies, plus a limited-edition birria pizza that it makes in collaboration with Mission quesabirria sensation Tacos El Patrón. Order online or via Firepie’s own app.

3498 Cesar Chavez
San Francisco, CA 94110

22. 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

23. 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

24. 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 SF’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

25. 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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