Mama Mia! Pizza places in San Diego’s North County know how to deliver some serious pies. But, which pizzeria is the upper crust?
Well, that’s a never-ending debate, but here are some of the highest rated joints reviewed by locals on Yelp. So, come on, snag a slice, October is, after all, National Pizza Month!
Red Oven Artisanal Pizza (Mobile Restaurant):
This authentic wood-burning Italian oven travels San Diego County and has a devout following for its La Vera Pizza Napoletana. Classical old world execution and simple, fresh ingredients are used to create the crowd-pleasing pies. Try the "Parma" made with Neapolitan pizza dough, San Marzano sauce, arugula, salumi, proscuitto di Parma and fior di latte. Follow the mobile eatery on Facebook to track down their exact location.
The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza (1706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Oceanside):
Owned and operated by true Oceanside locals! You can post up at the bar and watch your perfect pizza being cooked by local pizzaiolos (Italian for pizza dude) with a craft beer in hand. Original ideas on flavors grace the fire-kissed crusts. Try the "Captain Fin”: clam chowder, bacon, thinly sliced potato, provolone… yep, all on a pizza.
Brooklyn Boyz Pizza (2183 Vista Way, Oceanside):
If a thin, crispy and never soggy NY style pie is what you crave, then this is the place to please your pizza palate. Transplanted East Coasters flock to try the “Brooklyn Deluxe,” a creation packed with pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, olives peppers and onion. Or, for only $2.50, you can feel right at home with a slice of simple cheese pizza. The menu may boast other Italian favorites, but the pizza here is a clear winner.
Blue Ribbon Pizza (897 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas):
Locals swoon over the wood-fired, neighborhood-focused and sustainable gourmet creations at Blue Ribbon Pizza. Get your fill of fall with the “Autumn” pie: EVOO, mozzarella, gorgonzola dolce, black mission figs, arugula and fig balsamic, or try the folded, stuffed, rustica-style pie dubbed the “Harvest,” which is filled with roasted butternut squash and bloomsdale spinach.
URBN Pizza (203 Main St., Vista):
Classic pies include truly pure creations made with savory sauce, parmesan, olive oil and mozzarella on a thin, coal-fired crust. Feeling creative? Get crazy with the toppings list and choose from items like broccoli, mashed potato or little neck clams. Insider tip: They’ll deliver to the brewery across the street. Now, that’s service.
Trish Sanderson is the community manager and marketing director for Yelp North County San Diego. She leads the local community of Yelp reviewers both online and off.