Top Five Pizza Places in San Francisco

While it is true that the city by the bay is not quite as pizza mad as the big apple, San Francisco is still one of the top places in the world to grab a great slice. A heavy Italian influence that goes back centuries and the abundance of fresh produce in Northern California's rolling hills and fertile valleys combine to give San Francisco pizza both an authentic flavor and a creative edge. While there are really too many great pizza joints to list in SF, here are the top five standout establishments that must be tried when in the city.

Golden Boy Pizza
Located right in the heart of North Beach, San Francisco's charming little Italy, Golden Boy Pizza is a downright institution. Serving juicy square focaccia style slices of awesome combos like garlic and clam and pesto vegetarian, Golden Boy offers bar-style seating and serves a handful of beers on draft. They are open late night on the weekends and draw a strong after-bar crowd.

Gaspare's Pizza House
Its worth the trip over to the Outer Richmond district to feast on an authentic Italian style thin crust pizza pie at this old school landmark that has been in business since 1985. Gaspare himself was born in Sicily and puts all the old world touches on the food at Gaspare's Pizza House, including fat chunks of linguica sausage and thick slices of salami. The house made cheesecake rocks too.

Pizzaria Delfina
Pizzaria Delfina is what happened when the Mission District's most popular Italian restaurant decided to open a pizza parlour next door to the dining room in order to accommodate the demand for its perfect pies. Farm to table ingredients stacked on Neopolitan style thin crusts give Delfina a gourmet twist on the standard that draws the masses.

Zante Pizza and Indian Cuisine
Imagine exotic flavors like chicken marsala and tandoori lamb stacked on top of a fresh out of the oven pizza and you are picturing what has made Zante Pizza and Indian Cuisine a San Francisco sensation. Besides the huge selection of pies, and you can even create your own out of dozens of possible ingredients, Zante also serves a full Indian menu.

Goat Hill Pizza
San Francisco is famous for its sourdough bread and the geniuses at Goat Hill Pizza have made the perfect pairing by using it for their delicious pizza crust. Located on sunny Potero Hill, this local favorite that dates back to 1975 also does all-you-can-eat pizza every Monday night.

Ocean Malandra was born and raised in San Francisco. He is a widely published travel writer and journalist that can be followed at @OceanMalandra.