San Diego’s 10 Best Pizzas Honorable Mentions:
Zia Gourmet Pizza. 3311 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights. A different approach to pizza using whole wheat crust, only the healthiest meats, and a variety of uncommon ingredients including cranberries, cream cheese, walnuts, and potatoes. Pizza available by the slice.
Round Table. Located throughout San Diego. Best local pizza chain in San Diego. They are the only chain I know that actually uses fresh quality ingredients. Their interiors might look like some cheesy corporate pizza franchise but do not let that fool you, they make a good pie. Delivery available.
San Diego’s 10 Best Pizza Restaurants
Sicilian Thing Pizza. 4046 30th Street, North Park. Their trademark Sicilian pizza has a thick buttery crust and is made into a square. They also make round thin crust pizzas. The thick airy crust is not too chewy or dense. A good change from Chicago deep dish and NY thin crust styles.
Basic. 410 Tenth Avenue, Downtown. Grab a pie before seeing a game at PetCo or hitting Gaslamp. As the name states the pies at Basic are simple, and made with high quality ingredients. Choose from one of four styles of pies (white and red with or without cheese) and you toppings. Specialty pizza toppings include cherry peppers, clams, broccoli, fried eggplant and mashed potatoes.
Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria. 3448 30th Street, North Park & 4030 Goldfinch, Mission Hills. Closed Mondays. The Great Sausage Pie, a layer of sausage in a stuffed pizza is simply the best pizza in San Diego. Deep dish and stuffed pizzas take from 45 minutes to an hour to cook so sit back and enjoy a long talk, a drink, and salad with your company.
Pizza Luigi. 1428 1st Avenue, Golden Hill & 2121 El Cajon Boulevard, North Park. Good thin crust pies and slices served here. I prefer Pizza Luigi’s original shop in Golden, for some reason the pizzas always tastes better there.
Filippi’s Pizza Grotto. 1747 India Street, Little Italy. A local chain with a ceiling littered with signed chianti bottles, Filippi’s is hands down one of the best pepperoni pizzas I have ever tasted and the only type of pizza I will order. I have tried others but I keep coming back to their pepperoni pizza which I rarely order elsewhere. It must be the quality of cheese and pepperoni they use. I have only eaten their pepperoni pizza at the Little Italy location and I recommend you go there for it too. Stay away from the Pacific Beach location. It is not run the same with less than desirable service and the pizza does not taste the same as the Little Italy version. If you are not in the mood for pizza they have a huge, tasty lasagna, veal parmigiana, and a personal favorite of mine shrimp Filippi (their version of shrimp scampi with linguini).