Best Pizza in San Francisco

There are a handful of food items on this planet that are much more than just the sum of the fat, protein and carbs theyre made of. Among them are avocados and bacon, and pizza — especially pizza. From the way you eat it, to the topics you prefer, pizza is a Myers-Briggs of the culinary world.

It has a personality of its own, and by ingesting it, you absorb those traits. Pizza eaters are fun! Carefree! A person of the people! It has to be said that as of 2023, this is a bit of a misnomer. Pizza is far more nuanced now. Were talking cauliflower crust, gluten-free, dairy-free, Neapolitan, Detroit, pizzaiolos (the people who make them) and so on. 

Our methodology in choosing these pies was to represent a wide swatch, in terms of cost and varieties. That said, here are our San Francisco Best Pizza winners for 2023, selected by our editors — look for our readers’ choice winner, selected by our audience.

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Café Zoetrope

A European-style cafe in the heart of North Beach offering authentic Italian cuisine and a wide selection of Italian and California wines. Try their classic Luigino pizza, a margarita pie, or their pizza Sofia, with arugula, prosciutto and shaved parmesan. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 12pm to 6pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 8pm.

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1199 Valencia Street, The Mission

661 Divisadero Street, NOPA

An indisputable success ever since its Mission location opened in 2008, Beretta is known for its consistently spot-on thin crust pizzas — Prosciutto di Parma one is our fave — killer cocktails, savory sides as well as vegan and veggie options. Quick note on that: guests would be remiss to skip the walnut bread burrata when ordering, it is transformative. The pop-up location opened off Divisadero in the middle of the pandemic and offers all the same goodness at exceptionally fair prices for the city. Hours are 5:30pm to 10pm Wednesday through Sunday.

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A newcomer on the pizza scene, Laura Seymour opened Damnfine in early 2021 to much fanfare. Among the reasons for the hype: a 5,500-lb wood-burning oven that pumps out pies in minutes, a location steps from the beach in a burgeoning neighborhood, and one of the most inventive drink menus around — Damnfine has a full liquor license. The range of pizzas here include the humble margarita and racy Acapulco, topped with spicy red sauce, sausage, pineapple, jalapeño, mozzarella, pickled onion and habanero, queso fresco and cilantro. Hours are 4pm to 9pm daily, closed Mondays.

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Atop Russian Hill or in the foggy Outer Richmond, dining at Fiorella is always a great choice. Serving perfectly crispy yet chewy-crust pizzas from its wood-fired oven at both locations, this place is a neighborhood darling and tourist destination. Go with a friend and share to get a better lay of the land — while the pies are phenomenal, the salads, wings and sides also shine. Some of our favorite items are nonnas meatballs, the OG baby lettuce salad, and the salami pie with provolone and red chili. Hours are 5pm to 9:30pm Monday through Thursday, 5pm to 10pm on Friday, 4:30pm to 10pm on Saturday, and 4:30pm to 9:30pm on Sunday.

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Golden Boy Pizza

A long-standing favorite of post-drinks crews, these bountiful squares are excellent for sopping up booze and so much more. It all started with Peter Sodini’s vision in 1978 of a fresh baked, delicious, focaccia with pizza toppings. A runaway hit that spawned another location and wholesale contracts, the business is now run by Peters sons. Traditionalists will love the cheese and pepperoni, but the adventurous types should definitely opt for the clam and garlic — stinking for a day after is worth it. Hours are 12pm to 8pm daily.

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Square Pie Guys

A very substantial style of pie thats been making big moves in the San Francisco pizza scene in recent years may have seemed like a clap back at waif-like Neopolitan pizza at first, but with numerous brick and mortar spots now dedicated to these robust blocks, it’s clear that this supposed fad is here to stay. Baked in pans originally used to carry automotive parts, Square Pie Guys pizza has a crunchy bottom, fluffy middle, and crispy, cheesy edge. Be sure to pour on plenty of Mike’s hot honey. Hours are 11:30am to 9pm Monday through Thursday, 11:30am to 10pm Friday and Saturday, 11:30am to 8pm on Sunday.

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Italian for girl,” Ragazza is the sister restaurant of Glen Parks Gialina, a treasured place since 2007. In 2010, chef and owner Sharon Ardiana took her magic over to the Lower Haight and opened Ragazza. With helpful servers, an approachable wine list in terms of price and selection — they offer carafes — and a well-rounded menu of Neapolitan-style thin crust pizzas, salads and sides, theres just an ease here. Bigger parties: take advantage of the gazebo in the back. Hours are 4pm to 8pm Sunday through Thursday, 4pm to 8:30pm Friday and Saturday.

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Piccino’s seasonal menu pulls from their farm and local farms to ensure the freshest, most sustainable ingredients for their Italian-inspired California cuisine.

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Delicious Neapolitan pizzas and mouth-watering house-made pasta put Norcina’s name on the map for Italian hot spots in the city.

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Del Popolo

First launching as a mobile Pizzeria in 2012, Del Popolo now serves their Neapolitan-inspired, wood-fired pizza out of their brick-and-mortar restaurant.

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Crowds can be found spilling out the streets at Delfina, with everyone hoping to get a slice of their Neapolitan-inspired pizzas and seasonal antipasti.

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For serious pizza lovers, A16 is a must-visit in SF. All pizzas are made according to VPN (Vera Pizza Napoletana) requirements, the “golden pizza standard.”

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Flour + Water

You may have seen their pasta cookbook across the nation, but nothing beats an in-person visit to sit down and enjoy their curated pasta tasting menu.

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Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

Tonys is where 13-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani creates his masterpies. Located in San Franciscos Little Italy, you will most certainly wait to eat here, as No Reservations. No Exceptions,” is a prominent slogan, but it is worth it. All of the ingredients are imported from Napoli, the Pizza Capital of the World.” Yes, thats a thing. Order the gold-medal winning Cal Italia — asiago, mozzarella, Italian gorgonzola, Croatian sweet fig preserve, Prosciutto di Parma, parmigiano, balsamic reduction, no sauce — and the signature Negroni. Hours are 12pm to 9pm Monday and Tuesday, 12pm to 10pm Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 12pm to 11pm Friday and Saturday.

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