Large, floppy New York-style pizza slices served on a paper plate. Crispy thin Neapolitan-style pizza served fresh from a blistering hot wood-fired oven. A deep dish pie with thick and chewy crust, loaded with meat, oozing cheese and veggies. Are you drooling already? It’s hard not to love pizza but it may be a little more difficult to pin down a list of favorites with so many styles to choose from. Here is a helpful guide highlighting ten popular pizza restaurants in the South Bay Area. Of course, there are plenty more than ten restaurants in the South Bay that are worthy of making this list and the following were considered contenders: Napoletana Pizzeria, Pizza Bocca Lupo, Pizza My Heart, Blue Line Pizza and Vesta (Redwood City).

Please feel free to share your favorite places for pizza in the South Bay that are not included in this guide.

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A funky, fun spot for pizza, Oak & Rye has grown into a new popular destination for pizza in the South Bay. The neighborhood pizza place offers a short list of wood-fired pies, small plates and a drink menu of craft cocktails, beer and Italian wines. Delicious pizzas take whimsical names such as the TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and the Scottie 2 Hottie. The creative theme repeats itself in the restaurant’s decor with framed vinyl records, a black light lit restroom complete with a VHS collection and a pizza oven covered in copper pennies.

Oak & Rye
303 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos [map]
Ph: (408) 395-4441
Hours: Mon 5pm-11pm; Tue-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat-Sun 9am-11pm
Facebook: Oak & Rye
Price Range: $$ (entrees $11-$17)

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Taking their name from Northern Italian slang for “farmworker,” Terún celebrates the rustic dishes of Southern Italy, the main attraction being their Neapolitan-style pizza. Terún ia a proud member of the American Delegation of the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana. Membership is hard to obtain and includes a strict inspection of the oven (which must be wood-burning), ingredients and, of course, final product. The signature Terún pizza is topped with three simple ingredients of San Marzano tomato sauce, fior di latte mozzarella and cured spicy sausage.

448 S California Ave, Palo Alto [map]
Ph: (650) 600-8310
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm 5-10pm; Sun 11:30am-2:30pm 5-9pm
Facebook: Terun
Twitter: @Terunpizza
Price Range: $$ (entrees $11-$17)

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Peninsula chef and restaurateur, Howard Bulka, left his role as executive chef at Marché in Menlo Park in 2008 to open his ideal vision of an East Coast artisan pizzeria. At Howie’s Artisan Pizza, Bulka uses house made ingredients, a brick-lined 600 degree oven and a scientific approach to making pizza dough. All the efforts result in wildly popular pizzas, with perfectly crisp crust and delicious toppings such as sausage and roasted red onions.

Howie’s Artisan Pizza
Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto [map]
Ph: (650) 327-4992
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-9pm
Facebook: Howie’s Artisan Pizza
Twitter: @ArtisanPizza
Price Range: $$ (entrees $11-$17)

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Located in a space smaller than an affordable Manhattan apartment, A Slice of New York is Kirk Vartan’s edible ode to New York. While there are just a handful of stools, the restaurant’s popularity often leaves the place standing room only as hungry patrons enjoy pizza by the slice. The restaurant is covered in New York memorabilia from subway station signs, iconic NYC photographs and even handholds from a subway train. A Slice of New York serves slices and whole pies, including square Sicilian-style pan pizzas.

A Slice of New York
3443 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose [map]
Ph: (408) 247-5423
Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-12am; Sun 12:30pm-12am
Facebook: A Slice of New York
Twitter: @aSliceOfNY
Price Range: $ (entrees under $10)

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This South Bay location from the popular San Francisco pizzeria serves Neapolitan style pizzas. Pizzeria Delfina also has a full bar featuring Italian spirits and liqueurs. Several pizzas can easily be shared among friends and the prosciutto pie with generous servings of arugula, mozzarella, panna, caciocavallo and prosciutto is an excellent start. If you still have room afterwards, Pizzeria Delfina serves housemade gelato.

Pizzeria Delfina
651 Emerson St, Palo Alto [map]
Ph: (650) 353-2208
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-10pm
Facebook: Pizzeria Delfina
Twitter: @pizzeriadelfina
Price Range: $$ (entrees $11-$17)

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Pizza Antica has become a popular destination on Santana Row for both date night or just stopping in for lunch for a break from shopping. The pizzas are thin crust-style and use seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. The location in an enjoyable spot to grab a table on the patio and do some people watching while sharing a pizza or two. In addition to pizzas, the restaurant serves rustic Italian pasta dishes and main entrees.

Pizza Antica
334 Santana Row #1065, San Jose [map]
Ph: (408) 557-8373
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-10pm
Facebook: Pizza Antica San Jose
Twitter: @PizzaAntica
Price Range: $$ (entrees $11-$17)

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A San Jose institution, Tony Di Maggio’s Pizza has been a family-run pizza parlor for more than three decades. Decorated with Italian-American knick knacks, photos and newspaper clipping, Di Maggio’s has the warm feel of a proud, neighborhood eatery. While this list is about pizza, this restaurant’s main attraction is their stromboli. Akin to an inside out pizza, the stromboli is a mixture of cheeses, Italian sausage, ham, salami and a streak of tangy yellow mustard all wrapped in pizza dough and covered in slowly-simmered marinara sauce. Be sure to order two, as it is amazing how quickly a stromboli can disappear from your table.

Tony Di Maggio’s Pizza
3852 Monterey Rd, San Jose [map]
Ph: (408) 629-7775
Hours: Mon-Thur 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 12pm-10pm
Facebook: Tony Di Maggio’s Pizza
Twitter: @DiMaggioPizza
Price Range: $$ (entrees $11-$17)

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This simple pizza shop has grown in popularity for their large, inexpensive New York-style pizzas. Bibo’s uses a generous helping of a special blend of buffalo and cow’s milk mozzarella cheese on their pizzas, giving the pies incredibly creamy and fresh flavor. The 20” inch pies come with massive New York-style slices that become very filling, very quickly. An added plus, Bibo’s serves a rotating selection of craft beer in frosty, wide mouth mason jars.

Bibo’s NY Pizza
1431 Bird Ave, San Jose [map]
Ph: (408) 217-9084
Hours: Mon 11am-8pm; Tue-Thu 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-8pm
Facebook: Bibo’s NY Pizza
Price Range: $ (entrees under $10)

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A Santa Clara Valley pizza institution since 1968, Cicero’s Pizza is a popular spot for their thin, crispy crust topped with generous helpings of ingredients. Originally transported from Niagara Falls, NY by Nunzio Cicero, the family has maintained their signature flavor and crust over several generations. The aptly named Belly Buster pizza comes loaded with cheese, olives, mushrooms, salami, pepperoni, Italian sausage bell peppers and onions that practically overflow off the crispy crust.

Cicero’s Pizza
6138 Bollinger Rd, Cupertino [map]
Ph: (408) 777-0690
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 3-8pm
Facebook: Cicero’s Pizza
Twitter: @cicerospizza
Price Range: $$ (entrees $11-$17)

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This neighborhood pizza parlor serves up beautiful pizzas with their signature thick and chewy sourdough crust. The hand-tossed pizzas arrive on a metal deep-dish pan along with a much needed pie server. The McHart’s Special with pepperoni, Italian sausage, fresh mushrooms, red onions, bell pepper and fresh tomatoes is a go-to pie for your first visit.

J.T. McHart’s Pizza Restaurant [CLOSED]
19732 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino [map]
Ph: (408) 255-0500
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 4-9pm
Facebook: J.T. McHart’s Pizza
Price Range: $$ (entrees $11-$17)

Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite South Bay Pizzerias 15 January,2016Jeff Cianci

  • Justin Smith

    Blue Line Pizza should have made the list instead of being a contender.

    • Eric Wertz

      Will try!

  • Camilla

    The new Doppio Zero at Castro, Mountain View is simply amazing. It tastes just like Naples’ pizza.

    • Jeff Cianci

      Sounds wonderful! Sorry it was left out on this list but I will for sure make visit there!

  • Shailesh Phansalkar

    Vito’s Pizza on Reed near Lawrence is pretty darn good. Also Giovanni’s on Lawrence.

  • Randolph_Knackstedt

    Patxi’s Pizza

  • Jessica

    I really wanted to like Oak & Rye, having been a fan of James Randall. My cocktail and starters were delicious, then my pizza came out. Bottom was completely charred and the egg topper was over cooked. The yolk was as hard as an over boiled egg. Maybe it was a fluke. Although, I will probably give it ago again in the future. But as far as good ol’ pizza goes, Ciceros hands down…best pizza anywhere.

  • OwenRay

    No mention of either the Garret or Jakes? This is shameful.

  • Corinne Sherman

    The pizza at Giovanni’s on Lawrence Expressway is the closest to New York style pizza I have found in the Bay Area.

  • Eric Wertz

    Tony and Alba’s WTF FTW !

  • jimarmstrong

    Rosie’s New York Pizza on the Alameda in San Jose is another good choice. Good wine and beers on tap.

  • Claire

    MOD Pizza better than Cicero’s which is way too greasy!

  • Phil A Mignon

    Hello. This is Phil A. Mignon here. I do enjoy Little Caesars pizza. Please consider them for your next list. Thank you.

  • So many to try!

  • Brigita

    jgwq Now an elder statesman in the explosion of eleva

  • Janis Welch

    Mission Pizza & Pub in the Mission San Jose district on Washington Blvd @ Hwy 680 in Fremont, CA has awesome Pizza and dozens of beers on tap. I regularly drive across the Bay from Palo Alto to get my “Pizza fix” when I’m craving Kyle’s Cashew Chicken, ’55 Bacon Cheeseburger, or Will’s Wild Veggie! AND LIVE Bluegrass music several nights a week!


Jeff Cianci

Jeff Cianci is a freelance food writer based in San Jose. While studying journalism in college, Jeff’s curiosity landed him at a busy California bistro where he experienced a crash course in culinary training over two summer breaks, learning on the job with a very patient chef as his mentor. Around the same time, Jeff married his journalism degree to his appreciation for the restaurant world and determined food writing would be his career path. In his work Jeff most enjoys profiling chefs and learning their background, finding a new favorite restaurant and sharing his experiences with others through his reviews and social media. In addition to KQED’s Bay Area Bites, Jeff writes restaurant reviews for Metro Silicon Valley and new restaurant guides for Eater National. Follow Jeff on Twitter @Cheffreycianci.

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