The Best Pizza Spots in San Francisco
Breakfast pizza, Roman-style pizza, regular pizza, and more.
The thing about pizza is that even when it’s bad, it’s still really, really good. But while the people of San Francisco had to suffer many years of truly mediocre pizza, that is absolutely not the case anymore. Maybe no one thinks of SF as a pizza town, but we're actually home to a lot of pizza joints that are totally dominating these days -- and not just because pizza happens to be incredibly delivery friendly, and therefore also the perfect food group to seriously lean into during COVID.
Still, as much as we stand by our initial thesis, every restaurant that nabbed a spot on this list is dedicated to serving up some of the tastiest pies we’ve ever eaten -- pandemic or otherwise. And even better, while many of them offer outdoor seating (and some indoor), they all offer takeout and/or delivery.
This spot has been popular since it opened in 2008 for good reason: thin-crust pies and creative cocktails in a buzzy space. That space is currently closed, but there is sidewalk seating with impermeable barriers between tables and a parklet with semi-private booth seating. Plus, there’s also a second, temporary, location on Divisadero where Barvale used to be. All 10 dinnertime pizzas are worth ordering (especially the hot salami), but we can’t resist the carbonara -- bacon, two eggs, mozzarella, pecorino, and cracked black pepper -- which is usually only available for brunch, but is also now available for dinner because the folks at Beretta get what we need during these strange times.
How to order: Both locations are open for outdoor and limited indoor dining. The Mission location is open seven days a week for outdoor dining, as well as pickup and delivery. You can also, for the first time ever, make a reservation for brunch and/or happy hour, as well as add your name to a waitlist for dinner. The Divisadero pop-up is also open seven days a week with reservations for brunch and happy hour and a waitlist for dinner. Call 415-654-5211 for takeout; delivery is coming soon.
There are two Delarosa’s about three miles from each other, which means wherever you are in this 7x7 town, you won’t have to trek too far to get your Roman-style pizza fix. We love this pizzeria because the cocktails are on point, and the thin, crispy wood-fired pizza never fails to satisfy our late night pizza cravings (although, it’s worth noting that “late night” is not quite as “late night” as it used to be). You can get all of the classic flavors you love (margherita with burrata), but the more elaborate options, like clams, marinara, chorizo, pecorino romano, garlic, chili flake, sofrito are hard to resist. And there’s even vegan cheese and sausage if that’s your thing. Right now both spots are open for al fresco, as well as limited indoor, drinking and dining.
How to order: The Chestnut Street location is open seven days a week for lunch, happy hour, dinner (until 11pm on Friday and Saturday), and weekend brunch. The downtown location is also open seven days a week, but only from noon to 8pm. Both spots are using Yelp’s waitlist, as well as offering pickup and delivery.
If you want to experience almost all of 13-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani’s styles of pizza, you can do so at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana where there are 12 different styles of pizza on the menu. But if you want authentic, Chicago-style pizza served on five types of crusts (deep dish, 8” deep dish, cast iron pan, cracker thin, and stuffed), you’ll have to go two blocks away to Capo’s, a neighborhood joint that caters to tourists and locals alike and feels like it was always meant to be a part of the North Beach food landscape. Each style is made with Ceresota Flour from one of the oldest mills in Chicago and our favorite is the Italian Stallion (mozzarella, fontina, Italian beef, Chicago Italian sausage, horseradish cream sauce, chives, sweet peppers, and Romano). And while the pizza is enough to keep us coming back, it’s worth mentioning that there are over 100 whiskies on the menu. (Capo’s also recently added Detroit-style pizza, but as tempting as it may be, that’s not why you’re there, so stay focused.)
How to order: Capo’s is open for limited-indoor and outdoor dining Wednesday through Saturday starting at 4:30pm, as well as curbside pickup and delivery.
We first fell in love with Del Popolo’s 20-foot, glass-enclosed shipping container truck that houses a wood-fired oven. And though that love will never fade, we’re pretty elated that we can also get the beloved Neapolitan-inspired pizza at the brick and mortar location without going on a treasure hunt to find the truck The wood-fired oven still takes center stage, and the pies -- with their blistered crust and creative toppings -- might even be better than the originals. Our favorites? We'd have to say the anchovy, margherita, and the salami piccante. And though you can get Del Popolo for takeout and delivery, Neapolitan pies are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven, which is why we’re stoked Del Popolo recently opened an outdoor patio that even allows well-behaved dogs. You can take your chance and show up without a reservation, but we don’t recommend it. If you really want to enjoy it at home, we suggest you opt for one of the frozen pies instead.
How to order: Del Popolo is open Tuesday through Saturday for outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. Patio seating is available from 5pm to 8:30pm and takeout and delivery are available from 5pm to 9pm.
This Italian restaurant with two locations has a lot going for it, but we’d be lying if we said our favorite things weren’t the following: 1) The wallpaper, which is called “Bay Area toile” and features local landmarks and legends, like Too Short, Joe Montana, Alice Waters, and E-40. And 2) the pizza, which is wood-fired in gorgeous pizza ovens from Italy. Unfortunately, right now you’ll only get a glimpse of the former if you’re going inside to use the restroom, but luckily the latter makes up for it 100 times over. The Polk Street spot has an outdoor parklet, while the Outer Richmond location has a parklet and a back patio. Prefer eating at home? You can also get takeout, delivery, or pizza kits to do it yourself.
How to order: Delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining are available Sunday through Thursday from 4:30pm to 9pm and Friday and Saturday from 4:30pm to 9:30pm. You can find all of the ordering options for takeout and delivery here.
If you really love pizza, then you definitely won’t mind the trip “all the way” to Glen Park to pick up Gialina’s pies that some (ahem, Michael Bauer) say are the best in the Bay Area. We don’t know if we’d take it that far, but the handmade, thin-crust Neapolitan-style pizzas (baked in -- gasp! -- a gas oven, not a wood-fired one) are phenomenal. There are over 10 rotating pizzas to choose from with ingredients based on seasonality, but if the Wild Nettles with pancetta, mushrooms, red onions, and aged Italian provolone is on the menu, get it. You can also add a farm egg to any pizza (though we aren’t sure how well that will travel) and they’re all available with a gluten-free crust. Oh, and if Glen Park just feels way too far away, Ragazza in the Lower Haight is owned by the same person and serves a very similar style though it’s not quite as good, in our expert pizza-eating opinion.
How to order: Gialina is open daily from 4:30pm to 8:30pm for contactless pickup. Order online or call 415-239-8500.
Goat Hill Pizza
Goat Hill Pizza can get overlooked because it’s such a neighborhood spot, but if you haven’t had it recently, change that immediately because it has some of our favorite crust out of any pizza on this list. It’s not Neapolitan (how much Neapolitan pizza can one person eat?). And it’s not deep-dish. It’s pizza like what you liked when you were a kid, only so much better because the sourdough crust is somehow crunchy and chewy all at the same time. During normal times there’s also an all-you-can-eat situation on Monday nights, but sometimes good things only come to those who wait... until a pandemic has ended.
How to order: Potrero Hill location is open for take-out and in-person dining from 11am to 9:30pm. Delivery ends at 8:45pm. The SoMa and West Portal locations are open for take-out and slices (from a window in SoMa and the counter in West Portal) from 11am to 9pm with delivery ending at 8:15pm.
Little Star Pizza
Little Star’s cornmeal crust is just so satisfying, there was no way we could omit this Bay Area favorite. Our go-to pie is the Little Star (spinach blended with ricotta and feta, mushrooms, onion, and garlic), but there’s also an option to build-your-own, which can be hard to resist (though can also get a little out of hand and not just because this pizza is easier to eat with a knife and fork). FYI: Gluten-free options are only available in thin crust.
How to order: Little Star is open nightly until 9pm for pickup and delivery.
The Neapolitan pizzas at Mozzeria are all cooked in a 5,000-pound Stefano Ferrara 900 degree wood-fired oven in the center of the restaurant, so usually you can watch your pies being prepared and cooked, though that’s not an option right now since it’s only open for pick-up and delivery. What’s also not an option is some of the more creative combos, but the classics are so delicious, we don’t even miss those. Mozzeria is also one of the only deaf owned-and-operated restaurants in the country, with owners who are determined to change the narrative about the damaging stereotypes about hiring deaf people in high-stakes jobs.
How to order: Mozzeria is open from 4pm to 8pm Sundays and Thursday and 4pm to 9pm Fridays and Saturdays. Order online for pickup and delivery.
There’s almost always a crowd waiting for a table at both of Pizzeria Delfina’s locations, a concept “inspired by the best pizzas of New York City and Naples, Italy” from the team behind popular Italian restaurant Delfina (currently not open). But waiting for this wildly addicting Neapolitan-inspired pizza is not an issue right now since the pies are only available for pick-up and delivery (silver linings are more important now than ever). We’re obsessed with the Clam Pie, so we like to get that and a Napoletana (tomato, anchovies, capers, hot peppers, olives, oregano) to share. Right now, there’s also a pretty substantial selection of make-at-home kits for pizza, pasta bolognese, lasagna, Delfina’s famous spaghetti pomodoro, and more that are pretty hard to resist.
How to order: Pizzeria Delfina’s Pac Heights location is open daily from noon to 9pm for to-go and delivery orders. The Mission location is open daily from 4pm to 9pm, also for to-go and delivery orders only.
Pizzetta 221’s outdoor tables are just about as hard to get as their four indoor tables used to be, so we still suggest you try going there for lunch or at off-peak hours to get your crispy, thin-crust pizza fix (or, if you prefer, order it to-go). The tomato, mozzarella, basil, and pepperoni pizza is consistently delicious, but we’re really crazy about the rotating specials, especially any pie with a farm egg. Really everything that comes out of the kitchen is drool-worthy, so you’re in for a treat no matter what.
How to order: Pizzetta 221 is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:30am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 9pm, Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 9:30pm, Saturday from 11:30am to 9:30pm, and Sunday from 11:30am to 9pm. Outdoor dining is available and you can also call or stop in to place a takeout order.
Square Pie Guys
After years of thin crust Neapolitan-style pies ruling the scene in SF, we’re somewhat obsessed with the pan-baked deep-dish Detroit-style pizza at Square Pie Guys. The dough on these crave-worthy pizzas is somehow crispy, crunchy, and chewy, and when it comes to toppings, you can choose from more playful options like a buffalo chicken pie, a vegan carbonara, and more. We will say though: Our favorite is the classic pepperoni. You’re also going to want to order the house Szechauan dry fried wings (trust), and, even though you’re really at Square Pie Guys for the pizza, it’s important to us that you know that the burger (grass-fed patty, American cheese, grilled white onion, pickles, shredded romaine, special sauce, and mayo on a brioche bun) is not to be overlooked. FYI/PSA: All of the pies can be made with gluten-free dough and/or vegan cheese.
How to order: Order online for delivery or pickup Monday through Saturday from 11:30am to 10pm and Sunday from 11:30am to 9pm.
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
Tony’s is the home of the 13-time World Pizza Champion, Tony Gemignani, which is probably all you really need to know, but since you made it this far, we’ll also let you in on the fact that many of the ingredients are imported from Napoli. There are also seven different ovens because there are 12 types of pizzas: Napoletana, Californian, Classic American, Classic Italian, Coal-Fired, New York, Sicilian, Pizza Romana, Detroit, St. Louis, Grandma, and Gluten-Free, all of which easily compete for some of the best pizza you’ll eat in SF. Obviously, you need to make it your mission to eat every single type, but we suggest starting with the Margherita Napoletana, the World Pizza Cup winner in Naples, Italy (only 73 are made each day), and the Don Giovanni, which is coal-fired in a 1,000-degree oven topped with vodka tomato cream sauce. There are also some excellent appetizers -- like the meatball gigante, which is probably a pound of veal, pork, and beef (get the one topped with a farm egg and calabrese). Of course there’s great cocktails, and a fantastic selection of wine. Tony’s recently received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for outstanding wine program for the fifth year in a row.
How to order: Tony’s is offering indoor seating (at 25% capacity), and also has a parklet for outdoor dining. Delivery and takeout are also available. Hours are Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12pm to 9:30pm, Monday and Tuesday from noon to 8pm, and Friday and Saturday from noon to 10pm.
In normal times, Zero Zero is less of a “pizza spot” and more of a slightly fancy restaurant that serves really good pizza, which makes it a perfect option when you want to dine with a group of friends or enjoy dinner with a date. And -- be prepared to be shocked -- that’s actually an option right now since the restaurant is offering indoor dining (at 25% capacity). But indoor dining is not the only option: There’s also takeout, delivery, and an outdoor parklet. The latter is our preferred place to enjoy the (more or less) Neapolitan-style pizza, which always comes out of the oven with a crust that has a few blackened blisters, and the perfect ratio of crunch (just enough) to chew. There are 10 pizzas on the menu, many of which are named after SF streets and neighborhoods, but the margherita is the one that wins our hearts again and again. Lately, we’ve also been adding a pasta dish to or order, plus the soft serve, and fine: also an order of cannolis. Zero Zero also has a great cocktail list, a couple of which you can get bottled to-go and right now is offering a couple of flash frozen pizzas, the perfect addition to your order so you can take comfort in knowing there’s always one waiting for you in the freezer. (Until you eat it, anyway.)
How to order: Outdoor dining is available Tuesday through Saturday for lunch (12pm to 2pm) and dinner (5pm to 9pm). Indoor dining is available Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5pm (with an aperitivo hour outside at 4pm). To-go orders are available Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 2pm and 4pm to 9pm and delivery is available Tuesday through Sunday from 4pm to 9pm.
The Pizza Place on Noriega
After working up your hunger with a walk on Ocean Beach, head to this Outer Sunset spot’s newly opened patio (heated when necessary) where you can sit at a picnic table and drink cold beer while waiting for your enormous 20” pizza to be hand tossed to order and then baked in a traditional oven (i.e., arrive thirsty, but not on the verge of hangry, ‘cause you’re gonna have to wait about 30 minutes before your pie is ready). This is pizza in its most classic form in a laidback space with friendly service. (Every pie can also be made with a homemade gluten-free, vegan dough.)
How to order: The Pizza Place on Noriega is open Sunday from noon to 9pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5pm to 9pm, and Friday and Saturday from noon to 10pm. You can also order for curbside pickup and delivery.