Modern food trends can offer incredible culinary experiences, but nothing says comfort food quite like pizza. Pizza is an ideal social food as well. When you need a fast and satisfying dinner and have no time to cook, pizza is a great solution. If you have unexpected guests, ordering a pizza is often an affordable way to ensure everyone has something to eat. Who says no to pizza?
Pizza Diversity in South Park
Although delivery or take-out pizza is often convenient, there’s something special about sitting down to enjoy a pizza hot from the oven. Thankfully, the places on this list offer you the option of dining in or taking your pizza back home.
You can enjoy classics, like pepperoni or supreme pizzas loaded with toppings. Maybe you enjoy more modern, creative takes on pizza, like BBQ chicken pizza or a Hawaiian pie with pineapple. The options are only limited by the toppings offered by your local pizza parlor and your personal preferences.
It’s little surprising then, that there are so many great options for pizza around the South Park neighborhood. Whether you’re looking for a pizza smothered in cheese, a wood-fired pizza or something to share with your vegan friends, there are some amazing places to order take-out or to eat in with friends and family.
To help you connect with the best pizzas in the area, we’ve compiled a list of four of the best joints in and near South Park. Next time you’re craving a satisfying slice, or are in need of a whole pie, call up or visit any of these establishments.
Real Wood-Fired Pizza
Location: 3001 Beech Street
Hours: Monday to Friday Lunch: Noon to 3 p.m., Monday to Thursday Dinner: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday Dinner: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday: Noon to 11 p.m., Sunday: Noon to 10 p.m.
With authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas and daily specials highlighting the best and freshest ingredients, it’s no wonder that Buona Forchetta is one of the hottest pizza places in South Park. They offer a wide range of authentic Italian cuisine, including pasta, and tiramisu for dessert. The casual setting is great for families, but you could also enjoy a romantic dinner there with someone special. Be sure to check out their selection of incredible imported beers and wines.
Are you in need of a gluten-free pizza? Buona Forchetta will make any of the pizzas on their menu with gluten-free crust for $2 more than the standard menu price. Enjoy a pizza without the sauce? They offer a range of specialty pizzas without it. There is definitely something for everyone at Buona Forchetta. Don’t forget to save room for dessert!
Spaghetti & Pizza = A Carbo-Loaders’ Dream
Location: 2302 30th Street
Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
As the name implies, Mazara Trattoria has a classical Italian menu, but their pizzas are anything but boring. Have you ever had spaghetti noodles on a pizza? If not, you should try the 30th Street Special the next time you’re craving carbs. Loaded with spaghetti noodles, meatballs and marinara, this pizza combines two of the best comfort foods around. Other specialties include a Mexican pizza and a BBQ chicken pizza. You can also find options with a range of vegetables, including mixed greens and even broccoli.
Ordering for one or in the mood for something creative? You can make your own pizza or even order a calzone. Mazara Trattoria also offers to upgrade your pizza crust to make it gluten-free for just $3 more. If someone in your group doesn’t want pizza, there are plenty of other choices. Fish options include salmon, halibut and shrimp, and salads include the classic caprese as well as traditional Greek and antipasto salads.
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There’s a range of appetizers, beers and wines to enjoy with your meal. Desserts cover everything from tiramisu and baklava to cheesecake and cannoli. They offer online coupons and daily specials, so check their website for savings before ordering!
Classic Chicago Pizza
Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria
Location:3448 30th St
Hours: Sunday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Located in North Park, Lefty’s is so well loved that we couldn’t leave them off this list just because they’re a short drive from South Park. The casual environment is great for families or as a place to grab a bite before an evening event, and their take-out is a great option when you quickly need to feed a group.
Their pizzas and menu are truly Chicago-inspired, ensuring you will relish every bite. Toppings are incredibly varied, with everything from shaved elephant garlic to ricotta and grilled eggplant. You can find an assortment of meats, from classic pepperoni and sausage to grilled chicken. Whether you build your own pizza or order from their specialty menu, you have a choice of crusts, from thin to stuffed.
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Those who aren’t in the mood for pizza won’t be disappointed about the offerings at Lefty’s. They have an Italian beef sandwich that is as mouth-watering as it is filling, char-grilled burgers, as well as hot dogs and Polish sausages on poppy seed buns. As an added convenience, they offer online ordering via their website, meaning the pizza will be ready to pick up and take home.
At Luigi’s, Pizza Names Include ‘The White Girl’ & ‘Crime Scene’
Location: 3448 30th Street
Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Pizzeria Luigi is located outside of South Park, in the Golden Hill neighborhood, with other locations in North Park and Imperial Beach. However, if you’re looking for a vegan pizza or a New York style pie, they’re definitely worth the trip! You can order whole pizzas or walk in to enjoy a slice from their hot case. They offer standard pizzas, as well as specialties, including ricotta cheese pizzas.
Call ahead, and they’ll happily make sure you have a vegan pizza, made with Daiya mozzarella, available when you get there!
For those with fewer restrictions, they offer everything from chicken, bacon and ranch pizzas to buffalo chicken and spicy sausage pizzas. Pizzeria Luigi does offer delivery to a limited area around each of their three locations, and take-out is always a great option when you’re on your way home from work.
The expanded menu includes sub sandwiches, pasta, salads and even chicken wings. They offer a selection of beers and wines, including the ever-popular Pabst Blue Ribbon in a can and bottled beers. They have discounted pricing for those looking for a drink and two slices of pizza. There’s something for everyone on the menu at Pizzeria Luigi.