I grew up in a pizza family. My grandfather founded a deep dish pizza restaurant in Chicago in the 70’s, and my aunts and uncles and cousins have since grown it into a 25-store chain. Free pizza forever for me.
But my favorite pizza in San Francisco isn’t deep dish —even though Little Star is awesome. My absolute favorite pizza slice in San Francisco is at Arizmendi. It’s a co-op bakery with a few locations in SF and East Bay.
Every day they start serving slices at 11am. They only have one kind of pizza every day. It’s always vegetarian, but never ordinary. Frequent toppings include corn, gorgonzola, tomatoes, feta, spinach, and squash, and it’ll often be painted with balsamic, pesto, or chipotle sauce.
The crust is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, not unlike a toasted English muffin. The cheese and toppings are so good.