San Diego’s first outpost of the wildly popular, NYC-based Prince St. Pizza landed in the Gaslamp Quarter in late January. Its premiere Neapolitan-style and signature SoHo Squares, a fluffy-crusted Sicilian-style, use handcrafted sauces made from family recipes, cheese shipped in from New York, and a newly-installed water filtration system that replicates the quality and taste of New York City water. Menu staples include Mercer Margherita with original pizza sauce, fresh garlic, fresh mozzarella, pecorino romano, extra virgin olive oil, and basil and Prince Perfection with marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, and pecorino romano, plus several vegan and gluten-free options, salads and take-home sauces.
How to order: Order online for pickup or local delivery.
TNT Pizza boasts a trifecta of pizza styles, including NY thin crust, Detroit-style, and grandma pizza, which is similar to Sicilian pizza, but with roots in Long Island and a thinner, slightly denser, crispier crust that’s given a shorter rising time before it’s baked in a sheet pan. Specialty pizzas come in a baker’s dozen varieties, from the simply dressed, sauceless Large Marge with sliced tomato, cherry tomato, roasted garlic, evoo, and basil to the cult favorite Pickle Pie, smothered in house-made pickles, everything bagel seasoning, ranch, garlic, and dill. Build your own from a list of two dozen options, including gluten-free and vegan choices. There are also several varieties by the slice for a quick on-the-go snack.
How to order: Dine-in seating is on a first-come basis. Order for takeout online.
How to order: Dine-in seating is on a first-come basis. Order online for pickup or local delivery.
Pizza might seem like an unusual choice at a fine dining restaurant like Herb & Wood, but it’s a solid choice for a shareable appetizer or light meal. Bonus: It’s made using the same gourmet ingredients and inspired flavor profiles you’ll find in Herb & Wood’s pasta and meat dishes. When in doubt, opt for the Iberico 'Nduja with Calabrian chili, Pomodoro, burrata, and broccolini; it's a spicier, more sophisticated riff on the classic sausage pizza.
How to order: Reservations can be made online. Walk-ins are accepted if seating is available.
Childhood friends Charlie Anderson and Jamey Stone grew up together in Oceanside and dreamed of opening a pizza joint in their hometown. Dreams do come true, including ones of chewy, crispy coal-fired crust topped with fresh, local ingredients. The Captain Fin Pie, smothered in clam chowder sauce, provolone, potatoes, bacon, and black pepper, might raise an eyebrow, but trust us, it works deliciously. Traditional combos like Brixton Pie, with tomato sauce, Grana Padano, and pepperoni, get a tweak of fresh lemon zest ricotta, while Raen Pie combines white sauce, provolone, fior di latte, prosciutto di Parma, arugula, and black pepper. The extensive wine list is one of the largest in North County.
How to order: Indoor dining is on a first-come basis for groups of five or fewer. For groups of 6-14, reserve online. Order online for pickup or delivery.
Emily Green created Sisters Pizza to honor the memory of her own late sister, Kate Green. Focusing on East Coast-style pizza, with an eye toward community service, she raises money for a different charity each month through her nonprofit, Kindness for Kate. Available by the slice or whole pie, choose from the pure simplicity of Uncle Jesse, with olive oil, ricotta, mozzarella, and fresh basil, to the piled-high Livin’ on the Veg with red sauce, mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, green peppers, Bermuda onions, black olives, mushrooms, and broccoli. Can’t make up your mind? Ask if they can make a Frankenpie, a crowd-pleasing assembly of various slices from the case.
How to order: Indoor and patio dining is available on a first-come basis.