What food indulgence can we say with confidence is better than a fresh, hot slice of pizza? I honestly can’t answer that question, because in our minds, ‘za ranks above chocolate, pasta and even wine. Simply said, pizza is the greatest.
For those who have stumbled across a plethora of pizzerias, trying an array ranging from plain cheese to “everything” pizzas, it may seem as if all of our pizza dreams have been met. But for those who dare to try something beyond the standard pizza shop fare, we present our picks for the best gourmet pizzas across San Diego that you need to try — now.
Egg & bacon pizza
Blind Lady Alehouse Craft Pizza & Beer
Can breakfast and pizza harmoniously be one? At Blind Lady, they totally can. We love the egg & bacon pizza, which justifies our opinion that breakfast food can be enjoyed all day long. It’s made with egg, bacon, Swiss chard, caramelized onion, pecorino romano and fontina cheeses, tomato sauce and truffle oil. Pair it with one of their many delicious beers on tap for bonus points.
3416 Adams Ave., Normal Heights. blindladyalehouse.com
Bone marrow pizza
Herb & Wood
Ever have a giant slab of bone marrow laying across a escargot-masterpiece pizza? Yeah, we didn’t think so; that’s why this pick is so noteworthy. The incredibly original pizza is not all looks — it’s also delicious in taste, pairing savory, sweet and hearty flavors all in one pizza. It’s made with bone marrow, escargot, gruyere cheese, fines herbes and caramelized onions.
2210 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. herbandwood.com
This new-age Italian spot in downtown has taken a pizza-our-hearts. Really, it has. We love the Napoli here, made with soppressata, house-made Italian sausage, guanciale and rosemary. The quality sausage is flavorful on its own, but it’s sent over the top when paired with Italian seasonings. We also have to mention how delicious the dough is at this restaurant — fluffy, chewy, crispy and always handmade.
950 Sixth Ave., Suite C, downtown. bigasandiego.com
For all our vegan friends out there, we had to pick a pizza to represent you and your noncheese, nonmeat needs. Beyond reppin’ for team vegan, we’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys a quality pie. You won’t even miss the meat — promise. It’s a thin-crusted, hand-tossed, red pie, made with red onions, mushrooms, artichoke and topped with tons of fresh arugula. Pro tip: If you’re feeling as if you must de-veganize it, simply add cheese.
Various locations. urbnpizza.com
Big Eye Tuna pizza
This pizza is divine, every time. If you love fresh fish, this is a must-try in San Diego that is big on flavor, filling and completely different than your average go-to. The Big Eye Tuna pizza is topped with, you guessed it, big eye tuna, as well as red onion, ponzu sauce, shiso and truffle oil. The combination of flavors make for a one-of-a-kind pizza that seafood lovers will swoon over.
2001 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. kettnerexchange.com