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|California||Anaheim||Luigi's D'Italia||Richard Quis||"New York Style Pizza - thin crust, olive oil and water mozzarella"|
|California||Antioch||Skipolini's Pizza||cristinaher||"The whole pizza in its entirerty. From the first bite until you are done you enjoy it..."|
Homemade everything. Rolled edges. Fun, quirky
atmosphere. By the slice, or whole pies... try the pesto when your in town. Mostly take out"
2340 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA
|Cole||"This pizza place simply has a good combination of everything. Nice thick and doughy crust, perfect sauce, and perfect combination's of toppings! A place you must try if in Berkeley!"|
|California||Berkeley||Zachary's Pizza||Notlober||"Amazing Chicago-style pizza! The crust in particular is superb..."|
3770 The Barnyard, Carmel, CA 93923
Lunch Review by
|"...Allegro will get you as close to East Coast Pizza as possible in this part of the country. They have a crust that is just above razor thin with a taste that is neither oily or yeasty. The mositure content is perfect and it is cooked to a golden brown perfection. The sauce is a slightly spiced version somewhat like having peeled tomatoes squeezed on the crust with a touch of high quality olive oil and a touch of oregano..."|
|California||Canyon Country||Round Table||Carol Kaye
(Famous Bass Player)
|" ...I don't eat pizza hardly at all
but this is the best!"
3835 East Castro Valley Blvd.
Castro Valley, CA 94522
|Albert Grande, The Pizza Promoter||"Home of
World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani. Hand tossed pizza magic lives
here. Tony also authored:
with Diane Morgan. "
Listen to Tony G. on Legends of Pizza, Volume 2.
|California||Chino||Michael||"The crust is perfect, with a great combination of crispy and chewy freshness. The sauce is zesty and the toppings are always fresh, sitting over a perfect bed of stretchy Mozzarella. I recommend the Cannatero's Special!!!"|
|California||Clayton||Skipolini's Pizza||Marc S. Botts
|"pregnant women have been
ordering the Prego Pizza ... when they are close to delivering. The 13-topping pie was concocted ... at the request of a pregnant woman who was two weeks past due. She gave birth that night..."
|California||Costa Mesa||Al's Pizza||Fred||"New
York style (Al grew up in NY and
worked at Ray's) he makes an excellent pie perfect crust and great sauce."
|California||Culver City||Mama's on Motor||Pete||"Mama's on Motor just gets a blend I can't taste elsewhere. Maybe it's the red onions. Maybe it's the sauce. The classic crust. Words fail me - it just blends!"|
|California||Davis||Woodstock's Pizza||elephanttrainer||"This place is awesome! Sauce inside the crust, dipped in blue cheese dressing, doesn't get any better."|
|California||Eagle Rock||Casa Bianca||janine||"Classic thin crust, run-down-your-arm melted cheese, perfectly- spiced sauce."|
never found a pizza I would call "World's Best" before I
tasted the pizza from Marechiaros.... I've
tried both their red and white sauce pizzas. Unbelievable. The red sauce is
mild and slightly tangy but has a definite "Oomph" too it. Hard to describe.
I call it "mmmMMMmmm" sauce. It's just plain good and it always seems to
make me want another slice. The Canadian Bacon/Mushroom and Black Olives
combination pizza is out of this world. Even their plain old cheese pizza is
amazing. The size is good and they don't skimp on the toppings."
"You can choose from Mozzarella Cheese, Provolone Cheese, Ham, Meatball, Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Mushroom, Pepperoni and Mushroom, Italian Sausage and Pepperoni or Mushrooms, The Works, Pepperoni and Meatball, Vegetarian, or Canadian Bacon. There are also a number of specialty pizzas on the menu including White Pizza, Polynesian, Benedetto’s Favorite, BBQ Chicken Pizza, Anna Maria’s Sicilian Pizza, Basillico Pommodoro Pizza, Chicken Alfredo, and Sharyn’s Favorite."
|California||El Segundo||Andiamo||leesabgood /
pizza in a West Coast Pizzeria. If you love thin crust you'll love Andiamo!"
"I've eaten pizza up & down the coast. This is by far the BEST
in California. Anyway you want it they'll make it. Fresh
Ingredients, Fantastic Service, Friendly Atmosphere & Fabulous Pizza. "
|California||Eureka||Big Louie's Pizza Co.||Lear25||"...The best sauce and crust I have ever tasted. All recipes are from an old Italian family secret!"|
|California||Fort Bragg||Piaci||Roo||"...My first bite told me I had rediscovered what makes pizza the Holy Grail. I will not compromise pizza and Piaci does not do so either. It is truly a taste from my past. The taste that myths are made of. My search was over. This is as good as pizza can get so far from Pizza Mecca of Wooster Street... "|
|California||Fountain Valley||Louperilla Pizza||Fred||"it's
been very good,
|California||Huntington Beach||La Rocco's||Bradley||"New York by the slice (whole pies can be ordered too). It's crisp but folds nicely and the sauce is spiced right. Note: Call before going, 'cause (as it states on the window) "they close when the dough is finished."|
316 Magnolia Ave.
Sunset Magazine /
"...Pie to try: The Cannondale, with homemade sausage and roasted red
"...ingredients come from local farms, mozzarella is hand-pulled in house, and you can get peppery arugula salad piled on any pizza. Plus, crusts are exceptionally flavorful. Mario Batali, no slouch in the pizza department, once declared Picco's the best pizza in the country.... "
"I got to visit, Picco's Pizza in Larksbur, Ca. over the weekend. Very nice wood fired oven, thin crust, very similar crust in texture to Tony's in San Francisco. I recommend it."
|California||Lawndale||Numero Uno Pizza
17013 Hawthorne Blvd.
Lawndale, CA 90260
"The crust is sweet fluffy & moist with alot of
flavor going for it. I have come close to making the same type but not 100%
I have learned over the years if you don't get the crust & sauce down its a
waste of time.
Hands down the best tasting pizza I have had! The last time I was there was over 20 years ago. I live in Las Vegas now. I can remember more bad pizza joints then good ones. they are far & few apart. For me to still have memories of a pizza over 20 years ago says alot for a pizza joint."
|California||Los Angeles||Bottega Louie||Jaime||Bottega Louie serves a 15 inch Napolitano style pizza which is cooked in a custom built wood stone oven. All ingredients are handled with a lot of love and care. Their dough rests for 4 - 5 hours before it is used, also their sauce used for the pizza is cooked in the oven.|
|California||Los Angeles||Mama's Original Pizza and Pasta||Pete||"...just gets a blend I can't taste elsewhere. Maybe it's the red onions. Maybe it's the sauce. The classic crust. Words fail me - it just blends!"|
|California||Los Angeles||Verrazano's Pizza||Mo||"This
is the NYC pizza I've been looking for since I moved to Los Angeles from
That was 10 years ago. There have been some contenders, Albano's Brooklyn Pizzeria was very good, Mulberry pizza was not bad. However, Verrazano's Pizza has been the closest to real perfect NYC pizza I've tasted in Los Angeles hands down."
|California||Lodi||Ricks New York Style Pizza||ddude||"...the best pizza in the west coast. The crust is dusky, crisp, and tender in texture. The flavor is prodigious, an almost delicate fried, beer batter flavor. The sauce is exorbitant savory taste. The cheese is gummy and mild that surpasses the mozzarella standard...."|
|California||Long Beach||Nino's,||Fred||"very soft crust but very tasty, great sauce, great pizza.."|
|California||Menlo Park||Applewood||funstrap||"I tell all my friends that it is the best pizza in the world, but they don't believe me. Then we go there. Then they believe me. The sauce, the crust, the toppings, the greasiness--everything is perfect."|
|slicers99||"The sauce, crust, toppings. Everything. I dream about this pizza. I miss this pizza."|
|California||Mountain View||Amici's Pizza||Mike||"The closest to east coast pizza (Pepe's, Sally's, Bimonte's) as I can find on the west coast. California is not a great place to find good pizza, but Amici's is very good.."|
|California||Mountain View||Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too!||kenfromnrca||"...the pizza is the BEST! Everything about it is good! Stromboli....yumm!"|
1910 W. El
"Closest thing we have ever had to real pizza from
Italy! Unbelievable crust!"
According to their website, what makes Napoletana
Pizzeria different is:
1901 Needles Hwy.
Needles, Ca 92363
This recommendation came from Lenny, son of
"We found a good pizzeria here in the desert."
|California||Newport Beach||Z Pizza||Richard Quis||"Consistently great!"|
|California||North Hollywood||Joe Peeps||tribeca||"...my fave local spot is Joe Peeps (must get the blue-collar pie) in NoHo. They have a good sauce...lotsa garlic..niceand thin..."|
|California||Northridge||Chi Chi's||debitini||"The crust is thin but bubbly and the sauce has a hint of sweetness."|
"Gino has the one, two punch of tasty sauce and great crust that compliment
each other perfectly."
5801 College Ave.
Oakland CA 94618
"Zachary's Chicago Pizza is better
than any Chicago pizza in Chicago for one reason-the freshness of the
available in California beats those available in Chicago. You
could never get as ripe red tomatoes in Chicago as the ones on Zachary's Pizza..."/
"...this is ... the best deep dish pizza I've ever tasted." /
"I couldn't agree with the comment more of what was mentioned, "That you could never get as ripe, red tomatoes in Chicago as the ones on Zachary's Pizza." And to agree with the comment further, "It is the best deep dish pizza I've ever tasted."
|California||Palo Alto & San Francisco||Patxi's Chicago Pizza||hacksnack||"Light buttery crust and sweet sauce with lots of toppings. I've had pizza all over, and this one takes the pie."|
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"The pizza maker"
|California||Pasadena||Greco's||wslate||"Great sauce with delicious chunks of tomato."|
|California||Port Hueneme||Little Tony's||scudqueen||"Nothing "nouveau" about it - just good old-fashioned pizza."|
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|Art Angelo||"The thin crisp crust, not too much sauce and the toppings plentiful."|
|California||Rancho Santa Margarita||Brother's West||jcbgro||"Brother's West is so special because the pizza taste truly gourmet...The ambiance is candlelight and cozy! "|
|California||Rancho Santa Margarita||Selma's Chicago Pizzeria||corymiller||"Homemade deep dish pizza. Unbelievable flavor. You must try the "Works" pizza. It doesn't get any better."|
|California||Redding||Market St. Pizza and Delli||jock199||"The best crust I have ever tasted and some of the most
combinations of sauce and toppings to make a mosaic of extraordinary pizza."
|California||Riverside||Romano's Chicago Style Pizzeria||calhighlander||"The Crust! Try 'My Sister's Favorite', a four-cheese pizza. It's the best."|
|California||Redondo Beach (Pier)||Zeppy's||jennifer||"The crust and the sauce are perfect and the best I've ever had. They always put the right amount of cheese and delicious toppings. When I did not have a car, I would often walk 6 miles to get this pizza....."|
crust is thin, crispy,
full of flavor and home made. The sauce
is fresh tasting." /
"...by far the best in the area maybe all of Northern California. John, the owner is a Brooklyn lad and makes a good Apizza...."
1415 21st St
Sacramento, CA 95811
your normal deep dish - crispy. Good flavor to crust, golden brown. Lots of
toppings, flavorful but *not* hot pizza sauce, plenty of good quality cheese. Plenty of parmesan and extra Italian spices on the table."
|California||San Diego||Bronx Pizza||mark||
"The first taste as you put the slice in your
mouth... lets you know that you have found it. Pizza nirvana. Every
time a take a bite, I think to myself "this is the best thing in the world."
The perfect amount of cheese, the wonderful, not-too-sweet sauce, the
perfectly spicy pepperoni, plus the dash of garlic that I sprinkle on top...
oh, I'm drooling just imagining it.
Gotta go. It's almost lunchtime!"
|California||San Diego||Filippi's Pizza Grotto||kking f /
crust and the sauce are outstanding. I miss living close
enough to eat there! I would love a recipe to make something similar." /
"Always a line out the door but worth the wait. The best pie in the city, no doubt."
|California||San Diego||Uptown Cafe||Debi||"This is the BEST PIZZA in San Diego ... and I have tried them all! Their sauce is amazing ...."|
|California||San Diego||Venice Pizza Parlor||a_capella||"...It's still the pizza like home. The
combination of sauce and not-so-thin crust that slide together made eating interesting..."
|California||San Francisco||Emilia's Pizzeria
299 Shattuck Ave., Berkely
|"...Pie to try: There's only one the oversize Margherita with mozzarella, basil and fresh tomato sauce... "|
|California||San Francisco||Flour and Water
2401 Harrison Street
|"...Pie to try: the blistered radiccho with chiles and pancetta..."|
|California||San Francisco||Paradise Pizza||Bianchi||"Incredibly
delicious - the crust is homemade
the sauce is just right and the toppings are always fresh. I've been to all parts of Italy and even the East Coast in Boston, Philadelphia and New York and I have to
say the Paradise beats them all as the very very best!"
|California||San Francisco||Pizzeria Delfina||
Jon Rimmerman from the
|"...Delfina’s immensely flavorful haute-gourmand pizza speaks for itself and one taste of the broccoli rabe pie (sampled five different times this year) will make you understand how fastidious and detailed this establishment is – all without ever batting an eye or allowing the visitor a moment of uncertainty..."|
211 23rd Ave
San Francisco, CA
|"Pizzetta 211 has left people swooning.."Pie to try: That Margherita"|
|California||San Francisco||Tony's Pizza
1570 Stockton Street
The Pizza Promoter /
Pizza Therapy Pizza Blog
"Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Little Italy,
Tony brings his passion and
perfection to North Beach, sharing his award winning pizzas with us all.
Whether you choose the infamous Pizza Margherita or the savory Cal Italia,
Tony’s will not disappoint" /
"It was first on my list of things to do and I was not disappointed - truly amazing pizza and service. I could have died right there...."
Read more about Tony Gemignani at
Legends of Pizza.
|California||San Francisco||Una Pizza
210 11th Street
San Francisco, CA
|Albert Grande, The Pizza Promoter||
This is Anthony Mangieri's,
new place in San Francisco. He formally owned Una Pizza Napoletana in
According to Anthony, Master Pizzioli: "I've been making this pizza since I'm fifteen years old, and you know, when all you do is one thing over and over again you tend to get pretty good at it."
See More About Anthony here:
|California||San Jose||Angelino's||Dawn Gray||"They have an old pipe organ...and the food is good, too!"|
|California||San Jose||Pizza California
1708 Oakland Road,
San Jose, CA
The Pizza Promoter
|"Excellent pizza and very fresh ingredients". "The pizza here tastes fresh and is not too oily... The extra cheese and dried peppers are freely open for you to get at your whim, which is nice."|
|California||San Jose||Mega Byte Pizza Co.||crwdevinc||"Mega Byte Pizza is 'more than just pizza'. It has the best dough and the
ingredients are plentiful..."
|California||San Jose||Renato's||vnws||"... thick crust with lots of toppings, especially cheese, .... The sauce is great too. The dough is like no other I've tried...."|
|California||San Jose||Round Table||wendysprague||"We really like the crust, the way it isn't too thick and has those nice air bubbles and is slightly chewy. The bottom is a little crisp and holds it's shape when you pick it up. They have a nice sauce too."|
|California||San Jose||The Garret||mgoof||"The
most incredible pizza. They manage to make a thick crust
crispy on the bottom and perfectly tender on the top. The perfect pie!"
|California||San Luis Obispo
||House of Bagels
"The combination of the unique bagel dough, with
fresh sauce and five cheeses makes
this the best pizza I have ever tasted.
Not just me but people have said that the pizza was the vest ever tasted. Available only by a slice unless you do a special
order demand is high and they only make a limited quantity daily."
|California||San Marcos||Pizza Pie||acalarm||"Thin
crust, crunchy, quality ingredients, good
slices always on hand . Best I've had in California."
|California||San Marcos||Pizza Nova||Alex||"The
whole pizza in general is great. The crust is thin and crunchy. Their wood
pizza oven has original favorite and news flavor. My favorite pizza is the pizza
nova. With smoked salmon, capers, three kinds of cheese. Another favorite of mine is
the portobello mushroom and panchetta pizza with truffle oil. "
Persona Neapolitan Pizzeria
"Caputo flour and San Marzano tomatoes."
"The pizza is modeled after the legendary pizzerias
in Naples, where the minimalist pizza margherita baked in wood-fired ovens
is both an art form and salt-of-the-earth sustenance for ordinary people..."
|California||Santa Cruz||Pizza My Heart||svarcados||"The sauce, the crust, the quality and proportion make this pizza totally wonderful."|
|California||Santa Cruz||Pleasure Pizza||Anonymous||"The best in the west!
Fresh, inventive pizza."
|California||Santa Maria||Klondike Pizza||dreadoctober||"If variety is the spice of life, then this place has to be the spice rack! Great crust and a selection of sauces, all of which blend perfectly with their wide assortment of toppings..."|
|California||Santa Rosa||Mombo's Pizza
Santa Rosa, California
The Pizza Promoter
|"Mombo's is my kind of place. They serve excellent pizza by the pie or slice.."|
about their pizza is amazing. Perfect crust,
incredible toppings. All around the best pizza I've ever had."
Caioti Pizza Cafe
4346 Tujunga Ave.
Studio City, California. 90046
(818) 761-3588 Fax (818) 761 3606
The Pizza Promoter
and operated by Legend of Pizza,
Caioti Pizza's: "goal is to provide the best in three worlds of pizza making.
Caioti uses fresh herbs, artisanal cheeses, homemade sausages and sauces, hand selected vegetables and the finest local products available to craft our menu. We provide high-end food at reasonable prices."
Discover Ed LaDou on: Legends of Pizza, Volume 2.
|California||Terra Linda||La Coco's Pizza||mikanet||"If You love Pizza you cant' miss out on this one..."|
Pizza Hall of Fame: CLOSED!
"This place closed twenty years
ago, when I was about 10 years-
old. Since then, I've been to Italy, Chicago, New York, Phoenix, and Even Asia, ... as best I can remember, this Pizza was tops...Crust on the fresh deep side, lots of Motz...with appeal for kids...and as adults we try to recapture this...Napoli's was at Foothill Blvd. (Route 66 in Upland) and San Antonio, and they sponsored local baseball teams. Anyone else remember Napoli's; tasted a bit like Corina's? ...Big Italian community here."
|California||Valencia||Vincenzo's Pizza||dea spam||"They use sourdough bread/dough and the pizza ends up thick."|
28746 Valley Center Rd.
The Pizza Promoter
"The First & Only Restaurant (to date) using Pizza Beer
as an ingredient in our dough & sausage and is also available for sale by the
We Don't Skimp On The Quality Of Our Ingredients!
We use 100% virgin olive oil with no other oil blends."
|California||Venice||Abbott's Pizza||foodsnobs||"Abbott's is one of the absolute best pizza joints in L.A. Try the 5 onion pie... makes my mouth water just thinking about it! "|
|California||West Hollywood||Z Pizza||davidfan||
"Excellent crust, top of the line ingredients,
interesting gourmet choices."
|California||Whittier||Barro's Pizza||Kim||"They make pizza
like it must have been meant to be. Real cheese, real toppings and
lots of it!"
have eaten pizza in 10 states
and 3 different countries: this is simply
the best" /
"... They have made consistently the best pizza ... They only use the finest fresh ingredients. Their sauce is what makes it superior. It is very flavorful and clings to the crust. "
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