Pizetta 211, $10 to $15
An Inner Richmond gem, Pizetta 211 feels like its own little private nook (four tables inside, four bar seats, and three outdoor tables) on 23rd Avenue. The cool young owner uses simple local ingredients and switches up the menu on Wednesdays. The tomato, mozzarella, basil pizza is drizzled with fresh olive oil and is to die for with filling that goes all the way to the edge — usually a rarity in the pizza world. You can also get a fresh farm egg added to any pizza. So go ahead, put an egg on it!
Pizetta 211, 211 23rd Avenue (between California and Clement streets); 415-379-9880.
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, $15 to $39
This well-known pizzeria in the heart of Little Italy in North Beach has some serious clout. Owner Tony Gemignani has won international accolades (um, eleven times!) for being the best of the best when it comes to making pies. With over twelve different types of pizza styles spanning the globe from California to Detroit (we’re talking extremely deep dish here) to New York and all the way back to Italy. Although we think it's wise to endure the hour-long wait for a table, note that there's also a Tony's slice house next door with a super-limited menu for those in a rush.
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, 1570 Stockton Street (at Union Street); 415-835-9888.
Flour + Water, $14 to $17
The chefs at Mission hotspot Flour + Water know a thing or two about dough (have you had those pastas?), so it's only fitting they pump out some prized pizzas. Like most places, the pies change daily but you can always count on interesting, seasonal ingredients piled high upon a chewy crust that delights your taste buds — with just enough crisp. While it may be hard to land a table during prime business hours without a reservation, we say ditch your no-carbs-after-8 p.m. rule and head over around 10 p.m. to avoid the crowds.
Flour + Water, 2401 Harrison Street (at 20th Street); 415-826-7000.
The Pizza Place, $16.50 to $27
Set deep in the Outer Sunset, this surfer haven will evoke memories of a pizzeria you had a birthday party at as a kid. It’s the kind of place where regulars know your name. No frills here, just good, solid pies made with love. Remember the scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High when Spicoli gets a pizza delivered during class? We’re pretty sure it came from this place.
The Pizza Place, 3901 Noriega Street (between 46th and 47th streets); 415-759-5752.
Photographed by Christine Ting