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San Diego Pizza Guide

10 great pizza shops in America's Finest City

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At Basic in downtown, the nightlife is just as hot as their New-Haven style pizza. The ideal place to go after a Padres game, or for late night munchies, you can enjoy a craft cocktail while at the same time indulging in one of their very thin, coal-fired pizzas. When you enter Basic, you’ll notice it’s been broken into two distinct areas; the dining area on the right, fit with tables, chairs, and a large bar, and the more open-spaced area with equally large bar area on the left. Pizza feasting can take place in either area, but once the evening crowds roll in, you’ll notice the DJ come out and Basic turn into one of the best parties on the block. If you’re in the North Park area, visit Basic’s sister location, URBN, which serves up the same coal-fired goodness as Basic. 410 10th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 531-8869 
This classy, California-Italian style restaurant isn’t what you’d immediately think of when you hear pizza, but it’s one of the items they do best. Located in Banker’s Hill, Cucina Urbana serves personal, gourmet pizzas with rich items like pork belly, goat cheese, arugula and much more. If you’re lucky enough to score a reservation here (book in advance, because the place is popular) try the pear and gorgonzola pizza ($14) made with caramelized onion, pecan and balsamic; it’s sweet, tangy and definitely not your ordinary pizza. If you want to get a taste of these fabulous pizzas but with fewer crowds, try their lunch hours from 11am-2pm Tuesday-Friday. 505 Laurel St. San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 239-2222 
Zia uses fresh and unusual ingredients to make special, gourmet pizzas that are not only interesting and flavorful, but healthy too! Here you’ll find eggplant pies with yogurt sauce, rosemary potato pies and even vegan-friendly and vegetarian pies. A cool, casual atmosphere can be found inside, with modest seating and colorful floors. Definitely not the place to go for your traditional pizza pie, this unique spot can be found in the equally unique neighborhood of Normal Heights. 3311 Adams Ave. San Diego, CA 92116 (619) 284-4320 
Looking for a thick, square-cut, Sicilian-style pizza? In North Park, Sicilian Thing Pizza is serving up just that. Either by the slice or whole pie, you can get a thick square pizza or a thin round pizza at very reasonable prices (pies start at $14.75, slices at $2). Traditional flavors like pepperoni or cheese can be found here, but if you’re looking for something a bit different, a must-have is the Barack-oli ricotta pizza. Made simply with broccoli and dollops of ricotta cheese, it’s tasty without being too rich, large enough to fold in half and at $2.50 a slice, a great deal. 4046 30th St. San Diego, CA 92104 (619) 282-3000 
Pizza Freeks
Pizza Freeks lives up to its name by offering some of the freakiest, but interestingly delicious pizzas out there. Traditional pies like pepperoni are a mainstay, but new pizza flavors are offered up almost every day. Take the sweet potato pie pizza; made with, yes, actual sweet potatoes or a PB&J pizza, made with, you guessed it, peanut butter and jelly. A variety of toppings can be found here from cilantro to peas, black beans to pineapple and even prosciutto. Though the space itself may have you questioning the quality (think tiny dorm room with loud hip-hop music blaring in the background) the taste of your pie will have you believing otherwise. 121 W. Juniper St. San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 578-2954