Readers’ Choice 2019: Italian and Pizza

SAN FRANCISCO

Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

(415) 552-4055 RESTAURANT
(415) 863-6800 LOCANDA
delfinasf.com

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.

 

EAST BAY

Zachary’s

VARIOUS LOCATIONS
zacharys.com

With four 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, and a returnee to J. Readers’ Choice.

Belotti

OAKLAND

(510) 788-7890   •  belottirb.com

Belotti is a cozy, “haimish” neighborhood bistro offering modern elegance along with classic Italian cuisine and wines, all served in a warm and comfortable venue. It specializes in a host of pastas, including many that you won’t see on many menus in the Bay Area. A new initiate in J. Readers’ Choice, Belotti takes its rightful place as a purveyor of tasty Italian fare. Bottega (take out and pasta shop) and ristorante (full service restaurant) are both open Monday–Saturday.

 

SOUTH BAY/PENINSULA

Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria

VARIOUS LOCATIONS
amicis.com

Amici’s serves “authentic East Coast-style artisanal pizza,” says owner Peter Cooperstein. “We use the same pizza dough recipe, pizza sauce recipe and the same imported cheeses that we used when we opened in 1987.” Launched in San Mateo, Amici’s now has 10+ restaurants and delivery locations throughout the region.

 

NORTH BAY

Lo Coco

SAN RAFAEL

(415) 472-3323  •  lococosterralinda.com

Can pizza be both delicious and beautifully presented?  J. readers think so, with their new choice of Lo Coco among the Bay’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. You’ll feel like you are in Sicily, where the Lo Coco brothers moved from in 1971 to open this popular pizzeria.

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