Best Pizza in Marin Area
A discussion on pizza can raise the tension in a room and definitely a conversation. So, let me preface this post with the fact that my favorite type of pizza is Neapolitan Pizza. Why? Because Neapolitan is the original pizza and dates all the way back to 18th century in Naples, Italy. During this time, the poorer citizens of this seaside city frequently purchased food that was cheap and could be eaten quickly. Luckily for them, Neapolitan pizza was affordable and readily available through numerous street vendors.
Variations of Neapolitan Pizza
Today there are three official variants of Neapolitan pizza:
- Pizza Marinara: Features tomatoes, garlic, oregano, and extra virgin olive oil.
- Pizza Margherita: Features tomatoes, sliced mozzarella, basil, and extra virgin olive oil.
- Pizza Margherita extra: Features tomatoes, mozzarella from Campania, basil, and extra virgin olive oil.
Traditional Neapolitan Pizza Toppings Include :
Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil leaves, oregano, and olive oil.
Since Neapolitan pizza is thin, it isn’t designed to handle the weight of too many toppings. In fact, Neapolitan pizza is so thin that it’s typically eaten with a fork and knife.
Neapolitan Pizza Purists will tell you must bake the pizza in a wood burning oven that’s heated anywhere from 800 – 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit for about 70-90 seconds – the way it was made many years ago.
Pizza in SF – Pizzeria Delfina
Phone: (415) 440-1189
The secret is fine ingredients, great dough, and hot gas ovens that produce Neapolitan-like results. Also, there’s variety on this menu, from the clam pie to the house-made fennel sausage to the daily rotating seasonal specials, all clocking in under $20
2406 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Pizza in SF – Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
Phone: (415) 835-9888
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Little Italy, Tony’s Pizza Neopoletana brings passion and perfection to North Beach. The award winning pizzas range from the famous Pizza Margherita or the savory Cal Italia and will not disappoint. All of our ingredients are authentic, and imported from the Pizza Capital of the World, Napoli.
1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
Pizza in SF – Che Fico
Phone: (415) 416-6959
The food at Che Fico focuses on Italian cuisine through the lens of California. Che Fico’s vision is that Northern California is a region in Italy, our connection to the region. The rustic, market-driven menu features handmade pasta, pizzas and antipasti.
838 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Pizza in SF – A16
Phone: (415) 771-2216
This southern-Italian Marina mainstay makes nine different pies on any given day, with some changing seasonally. House favorites include the bianca (which features Castelvetrano olives), the salsiccia (fennel sausage and broccoli rabe), and the testa (soppressata di testa, gaeta olives, fennel, garlic). A16 also boasts a world-class Italian wine list curated by owner and James Beard Award-nominated sommelier Shelley Lindgren.
2355 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA
Pizza in Marin – Pizzeria Picco
Phone: (415) 945-8900
Pizzeria Pico pizzas are crafted in the traditional Neapolitan thin crust style, hand stretched and cooked in our wood burning pizza oven. Only the finest quality ingredients from local farmers and producers are used. Fresh mozzarella is pulled in-house.
2033, 316 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939
Pizza in Marin – Mulberry Street Pizzeria
Phone: (415) 472-7272
A family owned business. In 1983 Ted Rowe, graduated from the California Culinary Academy. He worked as a Chef in the Napa Valley, Oakland and San Francisco before he purchased Mulberry Street in 1986. The original owner created the restaurant for his children. He was from New York and named Mulberry Street after the famous street in New York’s Little Italy.
101 Smith Ranch Rd C, San Rafael, CA 94903
Pizza in SF – Tomasso’s
Phone: (415) 398-9696
The Naple-born Cantalupo family opened the restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach in 1935, it brought the first wood-fired brick oven to the West Coast and served closely-guarded Neapolitan recipes that their family had been passing down for generations. The Crotti family took over ownership and continues the tradition of delicious food and the warm, family-focused Italian hospitality and the famous wood-fired brick oven pizza.
1042 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133