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Thursday, July 14, 2011

San Francisco's Top Five Pizzerias

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 10:29 AM

  • Lara Hata

At least once a month, someone -- usually SFoodie -- claims that pizza in San Francisco has jumped the shark. Then a new place opens, and we drop in with friends to check it out, only to find the reservations booked up through the next month.

It's not surprising. Because we're a little OCD in this town, San Francisco is still zoomed in on how good pizza has finally gotten here. Some of the best pizzerias in the city still call their style "classic New York" or "classic Neapolitan" -- but really, when it comes down to it, we wouldn't be getting so excited about S.F. pizza if we hadn't made it our own.

Here are San Francisco's five best:

click to enlarge Gialina's atomica pizza. - ALBERT LAW
  • Albert Law
  • Gialina's atomica pizza.

1. Gialina: Sharon Ardiana didn't launch the artisanal pizza boom of the Naughts, but she was there by the time the booster rockets fell away. Ever since the Glen Park shop opened in 2007, her pies -- and more specifically, that crust, one long air bubble encased in crackling, nanometer-thin dough -- are still among our favorites. Whether it's a seasonal pie with chanterelles, caramelized onions, and thyme, or a perennial favorite like the Amatriciana (pancetta, tomato, chiles, oregano, and an egg), Ardiana continues to bring it.

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