Readers’ Choice 2020: Italian and Pizza

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Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

(415) 552-4055  RESTAURANT
(415) 863-6800  LOCANDA

(Temporarily closed.) Delfina, with a restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District and the trendy Roman-inspired Locanda nearby, serves a seasonally changing menu with a large wine selection, featuring vino from Italy. The pizzerias in the city and on the Peninsula serve Neapolitan-inspired fare with changing selections of antipasto and small plates.



The Cheese Board


(510) 549-3183  •

The Cheese Board pizzeria keeps it real simple: Only one type of creative vegetarian pizza daily, available regular or gluten free. Pizzas come in two sizes: by the half and by the pie. Sides are limited to a daily salad offering, a daily dessert, beer, wine and other beverages. All that simplicity makes that ever-present line out the door and up a block or so on Shattuck go much quicker than one would expect. In normal times, enjoy the live local music. Pop next door and see the most extensive list of cheeses you’ve ever seen, plus freshly baked breads (even challah!).



Another year for Zachary’s Chicago Pizza on the J. Readers’ Choice list! With five Bay Area locations, Zachary’s serves up Chicago-style pizza, with over 175 pizza awards to prove its pizza is palate pleasing. Employee-owned Zachary’s has been an area favorite since 1983.



Pizzeria Delfina

PALO ALTO/Burlingame (also San Francisco and Mill valley)

(650) 353-2208  •

What a menu! This is a great lunch or dinner choice if one person wants pizza and another wants something else, as there is lots to choose from. Specializing in Neapolitan-inspired pizza complemented by a daily-changing roster of seasonal antipasti, piatti (small entrees), beer, wine and other beverages. Unique offerings include clam pie with cherrystones, tomato and hot peppers; cherry pie with marinated cherry tomatoes and ricotta salata, broccoli rabe with its namesake, caciocavallo (Italian cheese similar to aged provolone), and hot peppers. Bake-at-home kits include pizza, ricotta and chard lasagna, and lots more.



Lo Coco


(415) 472-3323  •

The brothers Lo Coco made the move from Sicily in 1971 to open this popular pizzeria, much to J. readers’ delight. Now for a second year on the hit parade of Readers’ Choice, Lo Coco is ranked among the Bay Area’s best pizza and Italian fare. This neighborhood favorite lures locals with creative Neapolitan-style pies in a laid-back setting as well as other classic menu offerings, such as homemade cannelloni and fresh salads.

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