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Hopefully you have read my pizza philosophy piece.  If not go here.  That piece is my introduction into how I classify pizza into 4 major styles.  It is essential to understand how we are rating pizza places in our quest to find the best pizza in San Diego.  As I discuss in that article, San Diego is a contender for best pizza city in America.  This post is my summary of the initial contenders for San Diego’s Best Pizza.

First thing to note is that we haven’t yet identified San Diego’s Best Pizza.  I have narrowed down the list to about 50 contenders in four different categories (five if you include places I haven’t tried).  Most of these pizza places I have been to, but some have been on enough other best of lists that I know I need to try them.  The goal is to try each place at least twice, unless it is really bad.  There is no way I will rank a place at the top which I have not personally been to several times.  Note this will be a joint effort with feedback from family and friends and we will do a detailed post on each place as wego.

So, this is my initial list of San Diego’s Best Pizza.  They are in four categories, plus a fifth for places I have yet to try.  As discussed in my overview the categories are:

  • New York style/thin crust
  • Deep dish/thick crust
  • Fancy Italian/California pizza
  • Good old America pizza parlor

We are revisiting all these places.  Our goal is to visit each place at least twice and try multiple pizzas.

NOTE: we will add links as we go!  We will also eliminate our initial notes as we do a full review.

STYLE 1: New York style/thin crust: This is my favorite pizza.  We are revisiting all places, multiple times.

  1. Bronx  
  2. Coney Island  
  3. Flippin’  
  4. Knockout
  5. Landinis  
  6. Long Island Mikes
  7. Best Pizza and Brew 
  8. Pizza on Pearl 
  9. Bongiornios  
  10. Pizzeria Luigi 
  11. East Coast Pizza
  12. Pauly’s Pizza Joint 
  13. Surfriders
  14. Hoboken
  15. Basic/URBN
  16. Mr Moto Pizza House
  17. Mom and Doms

STYLE 2: Deep dish/thick crust: Keeping my weight at a reasonable level means this pizza is a rare treat.  The main places definitely stand out and one visit is enough.  However, most of these places I have already been to multiple times.

  1. Leftys
  2. Berkeley
  3. NaPizza  
  4. Square Pizza
  5. Regents
  6. Chicago Pizza Company
  7. The Spot in La Jolla
  8. Sicilian Thing

STYLE 3: Fancy Italian/California pizza: this category equals love/hate.  Few repeat places because of cost and multiple menu items.  This will take some time to judge.

  1. Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano 
  2. Blue Ribbon
  3. Privateer 
  4. Cucina Enoteca 
  5. Monello
  6. Tribute
  7. Buono Forchetta
  8. Isola
  9. Davanti Enoteca
  10. Wheat and Water
  11. Ambrogio 15

STYLE 4: Good old America pizza parlor: I can almost write these places from fond memory but need to revisit with a critic’s eye.

  1. Pizza Port
  2. Leucadia Pizza
  3. Killer Pizza from Mars 
  4. Woodstocks
  5. Oggis
  6. Besta-Wan 
  7. Carino’s 
  8. Filippi’s 

Places I Have Never Been: Other people give these places high rankings.  We still need to try these.

  1. NY Pizzeria (Bonita)
  2. Blind Lady
  3. Stella Public House
  4. Biga
  5. Caffe Calabria
  6. Herb and Wood
  7. Urban Pi
  8. Liberty Pizza
  9. The Friendly


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