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" Ffamm 'na pizza! "
Posted January 5th, 2010 - 5:35 am by from Napa, United States (Permalink)

I recently returned home after a couple years of living in Italy. I am dying for an authentic Neapolitan style pizza, one that is cooked in a wood burning oven. It obviously can't be a "DOC" one but hopefully will come pretty close to those standards! A friend raved to me about a place called Tony's Pizzeria Napoletana in North Beach, but I don't know whether to trust her rating though since authentic Neapolitan pizza and Americanized pizza, both being delicious, are quite different....and she has never been there. Can an Italian or anyone else who has lived or traveled to Naples give any feedback? Grazie!


Posted January 5th, 2010 - 6:21 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
I am a very picky pizza lover, and I am italian btw.
Tony's pizza is my favourite pizza in town, but I would only recommend the margherita.

It is very pricey (18 bucks for a margherita is fairly overpriced) but worth it if you are craving something authentic. If you are going let me know, I might join you (i live pretty close too!)


Posted January 5th, 2010 - 6:48 pm by from Rome, Italy (Permalink)
Thanks Davide,
Next we will try Tony's.

My friend and I had heard of a new Italian restaurant opening up with very authentic pizza in North Beach and it was horrible.. it kind of looked like authentic Roman pizza ... but no cigar! :)

I suggest to make your own.. thin crust.. with olive oil on the bottom of the pan.. and then make fresh tomato sauce with tomatoes picked out of the garden.

I personally wait to eat Italian food while i am in Italy, unless I make it myself.. only recipes that you can't screw up :)

Posted January 5th, 2010 - 6:57 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Hi Pietra!
long time no see, are you back in San Francisco?

mmm Tony's has a small choice of thin crust pizza, but I am not a fan of roman pizza. I'm all for Napoli on that.

North Beach has a lot of traps like that unfortunately :(
but there are quite a few gems that should not be discarded because of the overcrowding of bad "italian" places!

Posted January 5th, 2010 - 6:59 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
my oven solemnly sucks. I am not going to screw a pizza with that :(

Posted January 5th, 2010 - 9:37 pm from San Francisco, United States
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Posted January 6th, 2010 - 12:43 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
A few to try in the city.

A16 - Can't go wrong with it, great dough, texture, wood burning and well trained Pizzaiolo.

Pizzeria Delfina - Creative and traditional topping, also good appetizer. Local ingredients, crowd favorite

Flour + Water - Traditional Neapolitan pizza, nice crust, flavor from the oven. Also try their appetizer, it's so good it might outshine their pizza.

Pizzaiolo (Oakland) - One of the best new pizza parlor that sprouted up. Very good nepolitan pizza, similar to Delfina w/ out the attitude.

Posted January 6th, 2010 - 12:49 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
uhhh ok

if we are only considering the best margherita napoletana, I still vote with Tony's.

I agree with Delfina. Definitely better priced (11 for a margherita) and more than decent pizza napoletana. Out of the ones I tried it is probably the best value without sacrificing the quality.

With A16, I do like it but i think it is a bit overrated. Long queue, difficult parking, expensive menu and hey, the pizza is good but Delfina is better (IMHO!).

I'll have to try Flour + Water!

Posted January 6th, 2010 - 7:28 am by from Napa, United States (Permalink)
Ouch, 18 for a Margherita is steep! Tomorrow I will be in the city with my mom and go out for a pizza with her, but it will have to be an early dinner in the late afternoon (I know, very very un-Italian). I'll return to the city next week, maybe we can arrange a foodie pizza meeting then? I'll report back about Tony's tomorrow or the next day.

Posted January 8th, 2010 - 2:02 am by from Rome, Italy (Permalink)
Yes! I am here.. actually very close to North Beach at the moment.. might try and find these pizza places tonight.

but does the Napolitano pizza have big gobs of chicorio on it? That is my favorite.. havn't really been able to find this very traditional pizza since Napoli.

My favorite pizza is a roman margherita with gorgonzola and black olive added to it..