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Best Pizza in Bay Area

justtryit | Oct 24, 2007 05:00 PM

Ok folks, let the debate begin. I've moved here from the DC area recently and have been continuing a year long Neapolitan style/thin pizza comparison. I'm looking for the best in the Bay.

So far I've been to these places in a month or so (based on my impressions of their pizza ONLY and not any other craving-inducing food they might serve):
>Delfina's Pizzeria (twice): Best all around pizza to me. I've had their broc. rabe, and a mushroom special. The best combination to me of toppings flavors, crust flavors, and structural integrity.
>Pizzaiolo (twice). Extremely close w/Delfina. Right now I'm only placing them second because the two pizza's I've had have both been slightly floppier than I prefer. Have had their manila clam/tomato/aioli, and eggplant/ricotta salata/mint/tomato/onion. Flavors are great and absolutely love everything about this place though.
[...the rest I'm indifferent on to rank between, so alphabetically:]
>A16 (twice): Great flavors but structurally and execution-wise the pizzas don't hold up. First time my margherita was burnt. Second time my mushroom pizza was overly topped, wet, and soggy. Would go back for the other food as it's simply delicious, but would be scared to order a pizza again...
>Cheeseboard in Berkeley: have only tried it once and a few slices. Toppings were very interesting and tasty, but this just isn't the kind of crust I like. I found it a bit on the cornbread/crumbly side rather than a doughy chew. Maybe it was an off day?
>Oliveto Cafe: Too thin for me.

Am planning to go Pauline's next, and revisiting Delfina and Pizzaiolo regularly. Pizetta 211 is on the list too, and have been recommended Little Star (even though not for their thin crust). I've read about Gialina's and might try it sometime too. Any others? I realize Chez Panisse supposedly has great pizza, but that's where the Pizzaiolo chef comes from, and let's be honest here: if I get a reservation at Chez Panisse, I'm not going to have enough stomach real estate to order a pizza on top of the rest.

For those who have been around the states, my pizza "resume" includes 2 Amy's (DC), Pizzeria Paradiso (DC), Bebo Trattoria (VA), Rustico (VA), Osteria (Philly PA), Pizzeria Bianco (AZ)....my favorite out of all those is 2 Amy's with a well done crust.

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