Best Pizza in the South Bay

Eat_SB_pizza_2022 Gettie WinnerIt turns out that it’s 2,935 miles from Silicon Valley to New York City, according to Google Maps, although it’s a shorter drive to Chicago or Detroit. All three cities are much closer than Sicily. That said, thanks to the culinary boom in the South Bay during the past decade, getting an authentic taste of those faraway places can be as close as the neighborhood pizza joint down the block. Based on the variables of style, cost, and whether you need a knife and fork, here are our South Bay Best Pizza winners for 2022, selected by our editors – look for our readers’ choice winner, selected by our audience.

Feature Photo: Pizzeria Terún

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A Slice of New York

Apparently, it was not enough for Kirk Vartan and his wife, Marguerite Lee, to make really great New York-style pizza that often ranks among the best in Silicon Valley, so in 2017 they transitioned A Slice of New York into a worker-owned cooperative. (Membership is open to all employees but is optional.) The menu is divided between the full-size specialty pies and 10-inch personal pies, all topped with the staples of New York thin-crust pizza, from spicy Italian sausage to fresh mushroom and meatballs. It’s essentially a hole-in-the-wall joint, so there’s only takeaway. And usually a line. Hours are 11am to 10pm Tuesday through Thursday, 11am to 10:30pm Friday and Saturday, 12:30pm to 10pm Sunday, closed Monday.

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Bibo's NY Pizza

Great no-nonsense joint offering unpretentious New York-style pies with some fun options. Don’t judge it by the San Jose strip mall location, the pizza here might impress even the die-hard Brooklynites, and the kitchen is completely open so you can watch it being made. The menu features a range of pies, from the NY Classic White Pie (ricotta, mozzarella, fresh Basil) to the popular Slide of Heaven (bacon, fire roasted tomatoes, fresh basil) to the protein-packed Pizza Meatza (pepperoni, sausage, linguica, ham, bacon). Wash it down with one of the impressive list of craft brews on tap. Hours are 11am to 7:45pm Sunday and Monday, 11am to 8:45pm Tuesday through Thursday, 11am to 9:45pm Friday and Saturday.

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Blue Line

Yes, Blue Line is an offshoot of the growing Little Star Pizza empire started in San Francisco, but one taste of the cornmeal crust deep-dish pizzas is a solid reminder that, “Toto, I don’t think we’re at Domino’s or Round Table anymore.” Named for the train that runs between O’Hare Airport and downtown Chicago, Blue Line offers amazing Chicago-style deep-dish, as well as New York thin crust, in a casual-but-hip setting that attracts a broad Silicon Valley audience. Blue Line seals the deal with a large selection of craft beers, regional wines, and quality spirits. Hours are 11:30am to 9pm Sunday through Thursday, 11:30am to 9:30pm Friday and Saturday.

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Giorgio’s Italian Food & Pizzeria

Giorgio’s is the quintessential family Italian-American restaurant, where locals go for long lunches and groups celebrate anniversaries, graduations and birthdays over red-and-white checked tablecloths. The pizza menu covers most of the popular styles from margherita to Quattro Formaggio to Retro Hawaiian, with a crispy, spongy crust that doesn’t flop, even under a generous amount of toppings and mozzarella. Lovers of good Italian sausage need to get the New York Style (mushroom and sausage) or Giorgio’s Special, with sausage, mushroom, pepperoni and salami. Hours are 11:30am to 9pm Sunday through Thursday, 11:30am to 10pm Friday and Saturday.

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Pizzeria Terún

Upscale restaurant in downtown Palo Alto that serves authentic Neapolitan-style pizza, topped primarily with staples of Southern Italy. Styles on the menu run from the simple-but-elegant Napoletana (San Marzano tomato sauce, cow’s milk mozzarella, anchovy) to the more complex and creative Quattro Stagioni (mozzarella, prosciutto cotto, artichokes, cremini mushrooms, olives), all of which feature the  bubbly, charred crust that comes from wood-fired ovens. Also on the menu, authentic Italian pasta, steak, fish, cocktails and wine. Hours are 5pm to 9pm Monday through Wednesday, 11:30am to 2pm and 5pm to 9:30pm Thursday through Saturday, 11:30am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm Sunday.

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Slice of Homage

Travel to Detroit, New York and Sicily without ever getting on a plane. Slice of Homage, which opened in 2020, brings a crafted-pizza sensibility to multiple styles, including the classic thin New York crust, the rectangular, airy Sicilian, and the Detroit, the Sicilian’s thicker, caramelized-crusted cousin. The toppings are high-quality and appropriate for the styles: Rosa Grande pepperoni, grana padano cheese, vine-ripened tomatoes (and something mysteriously called “grandma sauce”). Hours are 4pm to 8 pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 3pm to 8pm Friday, closed Monday and Tuesday.

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