It’s time to get cheesy as National Pizza Week kicks off in San Diego


Sunday is the start of National Pizza Week, and through Jan. 19, pizza fans will pay homage to one of America’s favorite comfort foods.

We love pizza so much that, according to the National Association of Pizza Operators, we consume a whopping 350 slices every second of every day, and kids, ages 3 to 11, prefer pizza over all other food groups for lunch and dinner.

So, whether it be deep-dish or thin crust, pepperoni or cheese, what do you want on your pizzas, San Diego?

Cuccina Urbana’s (505 Laurel St., Bankers Hill, 619-239-2222) and Cucina Enoteca’s (2730 Via de La Valle, Del Mar, 858-704-4500) individual wood-fired pizzas pair authentic Italian cuisine with California flair, like the classic margherita, topped with San Marzano tomatoes, house-made mozzarella and fresh basil, or fried eggplant and goat cheese with San Marzano tomatoes and oregano.

ZigZag Pizza Pie’s menu offers a mix of tried-and-true pizza like the ZZ Top, made with pepperoni, Italian sausage, meatballs, mozzarella, Parmesan and mushrooms, or for the adventurous, the Black Magic Woman, a Baja-inspired white pizza, garnished with blackened shrimp, avocado, poblanos, mozzarella, cheddar, tortillas, Southwest salsa and chipotle sour cream. Gluten-free crust, including cauliflower crust, are offered. 333 N. Myers St., Oceanside. (760) 433-1555.

Village Pizzeria brings the taste of the Big Apple to Coronado with its thin-crust flavor that defines New York City-style pies. The classic Wise Guy is topped with capicola (a gourmet pork salami), sweet onion, fresh arugula, sharp provolone and fresh mozzarella cheese, while an out-of-the-box creation, the Billy Goat, includes spinach, roasted red pepper, red onion, oven-roasted tomato, basil, balsamic and goat cheese on a white pie. Locations: 1206 Orange Ave., (619) 522-0449; and 1201 First St., (619) 437-0650.

Read more from Carolina Gusman’s The Dish, here.