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82 Local Pizza Places in North County San Diego (2017 Master List)

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You don’t need to travel far to get a delicious slice of pizza if you’re in North County. No matter where you live, there’s sure to be a place to get pizzas from budget pizza parlors to artisanal and trendy pizza spots. We’ve assembled the ultimate pizza guide to North County San Diego.

Pizza in san diego north county coastal

(Del Mar to Oceanside)

1. Pappalecco

Blending a coffeehouse and pizzeria feel, you’ll find and enjoy Tuscan influenced thin crust pizzas using imported San Marzano tomatoes and Italian style mozzarella at Pappalecco. Vegan options are available.

2. Besta-Wan Pizza House

This easygoing pizza place serves California-inspired pizzas like the BBQ Chicken, as well as beer, Mexican food, burgers, breakfast, and more.

3. Cicciotti’s Trattoria Italiana & Seafood

Chef Gaetano Cicciotti creates authentic Italian food including traditional Italian pizzas in laid-back locations next to amazing beachside views.

4. Best Pizza & Brew

Best Pizza offers a great beachside location, local brews, and tasty whole pizzas like the Best White, BBQ Chicken, Pesto Goat Cheese, Meat Lovers, The Works, Pepperoni Pesto Ricotta, and Meatball Parmesan.

5. East Coast Pizza

“New York pizza with attitude” is what you’ll find here. Order classic red or white sauce pies like their Artichoke Special, Spicy Chicken, or Stuft Pizza (Chicago deep-dish style).

6. Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizza

Find up to 22 delicious types of 11 inch wood fired pizzas (gluten free options available) like the Truffle Shuffle with white truffle oil, goat cheese, and wild mushrooms or the California with EVOO, goat cheese, capers, olives, and arugula in this hip and rustic space.

7. Pizzicato Gourmet Pizza

Pizzicato uses locally-sourced ingredients, a family dough recipe, and unique ingredients like pears, walnuts, and spicy peanut sauce to create vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, meat, chicken, shrimp, and kids pizza options.

8. Pizzaiolo

With a strong emphasis on sustainability, Pizzaiolo makes artisanal pizzas with ingredients like potato, pancetta, summer squash, pounded parsley, Hog Island Manila clams, hot peppers, and more.

9. Napizza

Order the gourmet truffle porcini mushroom or the spaghetti slice from this Roman-style pizzeria. They also have tons of salad options to choose from. If you want an authentic taste of Rome, you will definitely want to stop by this place to eat or bring your kids to learn how to make a pizzas once a month.

10. Schooner Station Pizzeria & Sports Pub

This family-friendly pub is an ideal spot for sports and beer lovers who love to order by the slice. Choose from Schooner originals or choose your own topping choices.

11. Rosanna’s Pasta Shop

Since 1987, this family-owned Italian deli has provided North County with great take out (limited seating options available). Pick up from in-house pizzas like the Gorgonzola, Greek, or Primavera-Vegetarian pizza.

12. Pandora’s Pizza

Hailed as having one of the best gluten-free pizzas, Pandora offers pizzas named after Greek gods in a colorful and quirky spot.

13. Peace Pies

The Peaceful Pizza (marinated veggies, marinara, “cheez”, sunflower seed crust) is the only pizza option at this eco-friendly establishment, but it’s a great choice if you have dietary restrictions. Peace Pies makes raw, vegan, gluten, and soy-free food with locally-sourced ingredients and a strict environmentally-friendly policy.

14. Borelli’s

Borelli’s has been serving Encinitas since 1975 with timeless pizza creations and other Italian dishes.

15. Duffs at the Beach

Order from their wide list of always-rotating local craft beers and any of their hand-tossed house pizzas like the vegan Mother Earth (olive oil, hummus, wild mushroom, tomato, spinach) or the Kona Pizza (Kona sauce, pulled pork, pineapple, mozzarella) or create your own.

16. Leucadia Pizzeria

Leucadia Pizzeria has plenty of locations in North County to choose from gourmet toppings and sauces on your pizza and finish off with an Italian dessert.

  • 315 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • 16085 San Dieguito Rd, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091
  • 959 Tamarack Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • 2215 S Melrose Dr, Vista, CA 92081
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17. The Pizza Press

Go back in time in this 1920s inspired pizza parlor where every pizza has a newspaper-themed name. Get the Jr. Editor meal for the kids. Choose from 8 house-made pizza creations inspired by famous newspapers in the country including “The Times”, “The Tribune”, and “The Chronicle.” “Publish Your Own” in a delivery-line fashion and see the “newsboys” prepare it right in front of your eyes.

18. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza

Get your pizza quick and easy at Blaze. Just choose your ingredients and watch it go straight into the oven.

19. Pieology Pizzeria

Taking an analytical approach to pizza making, Pieology makes delicious pizza right in front of you. Try their Easy Cheesy, Mad to Meat You, Alfredo’ Alfredo, and more mouthwatering pizzas.

20. Paradise Pizza

Order your pizza, beer, and wine delivered to your door at Paradise Pizza. Try their Beef and Blue with blue cheese, Chevre Specialty with goat cheese, Burrata with fresh mozzarella with cream inside, and their Brie Bliss with triple cream brie cheese.

21. Crust Pizzeria

This upscale pizzeria serves artisan New York style pizzas from the mind of Master pizza chef Charlie Meola.

22. Spirito’s Italian Diner

A North County favorite, this Italian restaurant has 12 different types of pizzas like the Gorgonzola Bianco, Trinity with three different meats, and Eggplant Parmigiana pizza.

23. Jay’s Gourmet

This family-style restaurant fuses seafood and pizza into to create six core pizzas including classic favorites or others like Jay’s Seafood (shrimps, scallops, baby clams, salmon, garlic, basil).

24. Carlsbad Pizza by the Slice

Stop by for a slice of pizza that blends Philly, New Jersey, New York, and California inspiration to every pizza pie.

25. Knockout Pizza

This neighborhood pizzeria specializes in New York style pizzas in a fun and lively atmosphere.

26. Project Pie

Build your own or order from 8 artisan pizza creations with a good mix of white sauce and red sauce pizzas as you watch it get made in front of your eyes. Get the kids a “kid’s pie” with up to two toppings for $5.

27. Primo Pizza & Pasta

Primo Pizza has served Carlsbad with New York inspired gourmet pizzas. Gluten-free options are available.

28. That Pizza Place

Bring the whole family to eat some pizza and enjoy watching something on their giant 70 inch television screen. As a staple in North County, it’s hailed as having some of the best pizza in town.

29. Roosevelt Pizzeria

Roosevelt Pizzeria is your one-stop shop for artisanal pizza with locally-sourced ingredients. Try customer favorite pizzas like the State Beach Pie, the Two Egg Pie, Chorizo Pie, and Puttanesca Pie.

30. Pizza Port

If you live in North County, Pizza Port is a must try. Choose from the original pizzas named after and inspired by towns they are located in or “anti-wimpy gourmet pizzas” like the BBQ Chicken Pizza, BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza, Meet Extreme Meat Pizza, and Garlic Veggie Pizza. Pair your pie with a plethora of house-brewed craft beers, one for any type of beer palate.

31. Breakwater Brewing Company

Just a short walk away from the Oceanside Pier, you can grab a beer and a unique signature pizza like the Baja with black bean sauce, the Friar with mustard sauce and spicy Italian sausage, or the Po’ Boy with spicy cajun butter sauce and shrimp.

32. Venetos

Build your own pizza or choose from their specialty pies in this inviting and relaxed restaurant. Choose the Melanzane with marinated eggplant of the veg-friendly Vegetariana pizza.

33. ZIGZAG Pizza

Zigzag’s dough is made fresh with extra virgin olive oil. Choose from “Old Skool” specialties or “Chef Designed” pizzas based on classic rock tunes.

34. Gianni’s Pizza

Step up to the counter to order from their plethora of vegan and gluten free options. They also have “Freaky Pizzas: inspired by your favorite deli sandwiches.

35. Mountain Mike’s Pizza

This extreme sports-inspired pizza place names their signature pizzas off of famous peaks around the world. Order up a gluten-free crust if you like.

36. La Casa Pizza

You can find “New York style pizza with an Oceanside Twist” just a short walk from the Oceanside Pier.

37. The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza

Privateer excels in making inventive pies using a coal fire oven. Mix that with a menu that changes often and you have a great pizza hangout. Try the vegan-friendly Blockhead Pie with vegan walnut pesto or the Brixton Pie with lemon zest ricotta.

38. Big Bob’s Best Pizza

Order pizza by the slice during their lunch hours from 11 am to 4 pm at this “Old World” style pizza establishment. Enjoy their Meatitarian Pizza, Primo Porkey (a bbq hawaiian specialty), or mix and match your preferred meats and veggies.

39. Cusimano’s Pizzeria

Choose from hand-tossed, Sicilian square, or New York thin crust gourmet pizzas. Pick from classic combinations or a 28 inch giant pizza that’s perfect for large gatherings.

40. Fratelli’s Italian Kitchen

Customer favorites at this Tuscan style Italian restaurant include the Pesto Piggy Pie (Italian sausage, bacon, pesto drizzle, sliced tomato, red onion, mozzarella) and the Pepperoni White Pie (pepperoni, spinach, ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella).

41. Tony Pepperoni Pizzeria

Tony serves up some of the best Detroit style pizza in a casual atmosphere with a couple of pool tables and draft beers. With over 19 specialty pizzas, you can’t go wrong with any (gluten free crust available). Mix it up with different pizza crust flavors: butter, butter cheese, cajun, and sesame seed.

42. Brooklyn Boyz Pizza

“Pizza just like NY in Oceanside” is their motto. These Brooklyn owners will whip up a New York style pie with fresh ingredients. Customers who lived on the East Coast love having food that reminds them of their hometown.

Pizza in san diego north county inland

(Rancho Bernardo to Escondido)

43. Piacere Mio Del Sur

This trendy pizza spot uses brick and wood material to create a modern industrial locale for its patrons. Order traditional Italian pizzas with white or red sauces made fresh daily.

44. Mama Cella’s

Come enjoy Chicago thin style crust or hand-tossed crust made by family-owned Mamma Cella’s who’s been using recipes that have been handed down for five generations. Choose from their six signature pizzas or create your own.

45. Fresco

Get your New York style thin crust pizza at this local pizzeria. They also offer corporate and other event catering.

46. Rancho Santa Fe Food Company

Not only do they have great breakfast options, but they also serve their signature pizzas for lunch and dinner. Choose from the meaty Le Rouge, green-topped Le Vert, or Le Paysan pizza with grilled potatoes.

47. Rock on Pizza

You can get East Coast style thin crust gourmet pizzas here like the Veggie, Hawaiian, BBQ Chicken, or Buffalo Chicken. They also have gluten-free crust options.

48. Soprano’s Pizza & Restaurant

This no-frills pizza joint in Escondido gives you traditional pizza choices, a pizza of the month specialty, and pizza by the slice.

49. Il Forno Ristorante & Pizzeria

This casual eatery brings you New York signature pies whole or by the slice.

50. Pizza Amore

Serve yourself up some delicious New York style pizza like their Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Parmesan, and Meatball gourmet pizzas.

51. Filippi’s Pizza Grotto

Try the gluten-free pizza option or one of the five Filippi’s specials. This family-friendly is open seven days a week so you can bring your family and friends anytime.

52. Killer Pizza From Mars

This kooky pizza place embraces an alien-theme and has specialty pizzas with interstellar themes.

53. Pizza Nova

Pizza Nova specializes in hand-tossed, gourmet, wood-fired pizzas.

54. Shane’s Pizza and Pints

Enjoy gluten-free or regular pizzas and beer in this laid-back location.

55. Sorrento’s Pizza

Sorrento’s has been serving pizza to North County since 1976. Order up a personal pizza or from their varied selection of house-creations.

56. Massachusetts Mike’s Pizzeria

You’ll find crispy, tasty, and generously portioned pizza slices with tons of ingredients options at Massachusetts Mike’s Pizzeria.

57. Ray’s Famous Pizza & Wings

Get your New York style pizza with wings on the side at this location.

58. Station Pizza

Voted the number 1 pizza place in San Marcos, Station Pizza has pool tables, arcade games, flat screen televisions, and, of course, New York style pizzas.

59. Blackstone Pizza

Origin of the “Street Taco” pizza, Blackstone Pizza is a simple, but beloved pizza place with 12 specialty pizza options.

60. Rossi’s Pizza & Family Sports Bar

Come for the pizza, stay for the television entertainment. This sports bar offers classic pizzas in a family-friendly location.

61. Cucina Amore

You’ll find traditional Italian cuisine here. Order the small “piccola” pizza or the large “grande” pizza if you’re sharing or really hungry. With an open kitchen, you can see chefs make your food in a comfortable atmosphere.

62. Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Grill

Their specialty are wood-fired thin crust pizzas with a strong emphasis on healthy cuisine.

  • 121 S Las Posas Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078
  • 5970 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • 12925 El Camino Real J21, San Diego, CA 92130
  • Click here for more information

63. Casa Angelo

Since 1988, they’ve brought San Marcos and the rest of North County with gourmet pizzas with freshly made dough in a stone oven.

64. Pizzamaniac

Owned by Vista native, Ben Phillips, “Vista’s hometown pizza” offers some amazing and “manic” creations like their “Meathead” for meat lovers, the “Veggie Maniac” for all the vegetarians, the “Bad Boy” for those who love spice, and more. Order up their secret “BBQ Hawaiian” menu item if you love Hawaiian pizza.

65. URBN

Jon Mangini’s coal-fired pizza concept is the ideal destination for those looking for a hip, industrial, rustic, and modern space with flourishes of woods and metals. Inspired by the New Haven pizza style, these pizzas are often oval-shaped and thin-crusted to convey a rustic feel. Try their Clam Pie, the Sausage + Peppers (cherry peppers, gorgonzola and fresh mozzarella), the Mashed Potato, the S’More Pizza with cinnamon and sugar spiced dough, chocolate, and frosting.

66. Pizza On Tap

Head to Pizza on Tap if you’re looking for fresh ingredients, local craft beer, and large screens to watch your favorite sports team. Try their Hawaiian, Pesto, Bruschetta, Garlic Chicken, South of the Border (chorizo, jalapeños, cilantro, onion), or Cali pizza with California-inspired ingredients.

67. A Taste of New York Pizza

Thin crust lovers will enjoy this place’s family-friendly atmosphere and bar seating. Try their Pastrami pizza or the Queens Special with mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan, spinach, and garlic. Many customers even end up feeling full from one of A Taste’s generously sized slices.

68. Flippin Pizza

These hand-tossed New York style pizza slices has 4-ingredient dough that makes their pizza stand out.

  • 2440 S Melrose Dr, Vista, CA 92081
  • 342 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078
  • 7662 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009
  • 215 S El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
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69. Mama ‘n Papa’s Pizza Grotto

Mama ‘n Papa’s is one of the oldest pizza places in Vista. Enjoy their Anchovy, Capicola Italian Ham, or Salami pizza. Check them out if you love homestyle Italian cooking.

70. Upper Crust Pizza

Upper Crust Pizza is the perfect family or friendly gathering place. You can get their deliciously made pizza or order up some of their excellent lunch specials. Bring your friends and family to catch the big game while the little ones earn prizes or play arcade games.

71. Rosati’s

Come to Rosati’s if you want authentic Chicago pizza. This sports pub offers takeout and delivery and excellent happy hour specials every day on beer and thin crust pizza. From its start in 1895 by Ferdinand Rosati in Coney Island. Every pizza has that gourmet taste. You can even build your own with a thin, double dough, or chicago-deep dish style.

72. Uncle Tony’s Italian Cuisine

Born in Sicily, Tony Bono wanted to bring Southern Italian cuisine to North County in a relaxing and inviting dining area and bar seating. Customer favorites are the Greek Pizza, Quattro Formaggi Pizza, Pesto Sauce Pizza, Uncle Tony’s Specialty Pizza, California BLT Pizza and Frutti Di Mare Pizza with baby shrimp, scallops, and diced clams. You’ll love this family-owned restaurant.

73. Nucci’s Italian Cafe & Pizza

This family-owned restaurant has affordable prices on their New York style pizzas which include: the Nucci’s Special (7 ingredients for the price of 5), the Quattro Stagioni with broccoli, artichoke hearts, sausage, and mushroom, and Michael’s Pizza topped with jalapeños, 4 cheese, basil, and pepperoni.

74. Two Brothers From Italy Pizza

Paolo and Franco LoMedico were born in Sicily and moved to New York in 1971. They opened the first Two Brothers in 1972 in Huntington Beach, California. The family continues to run multiple locations in North County serving thin crust Neopolitan New York style pizza. Order their meat, veggie, pesto, hawaiian, or white gourmet pizzas to dine in or take out.

  • 1651 S Melrose Dr, Vista, CA 92081
  • 591 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078
  • 986 E Vista Way, CA 92084
  • 4760 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92056
  • Click here for more information

75. Lamppost Pizza

Lamppost brings together mouthwatering pizza and a classic sports bar vibe. Customers love the Creamy Garlic Veggie pizza, the Garlic Chicken, the Perfect Game with mushrooms, tomato, artichoke hearts, basil, and mozzarella. Best of all, it’s next to Backstreet Brewery where you can get local craft brews.

76. Palomar Pizza & Pasta

Get a gourmet and New York style pizza from this family-operated pizza parlor. Their unique specialty pizzas include the Bacon and Gorgonzola, Teriyaki Chicken, Spicy Santa Fe Chicken, Thai Chicken, and plenty of vegetarian options.

77. Oggi’s Sports

Oggi’s is the best place to meet with friends, catch the game and order up pizza to your exact specifications (including gluten free and thin crust options). Pair that with happy hour from 3 to 6 every day and you’ve got yourself a great place to hang out. Try their frequently rotated specials like the baked potato pizza, short rib pizza, and Polish pizza.

78. Giant New York Pizza

This solid pizza places gives you pizza by the slice or full pizzas like their Gluten Free Vegan Pizza (spinach, artichoke hearts, black olives, and vegan cheese), Hawaiian BBQ, Garlic Chicken Ranch, Chicken Pesto, and more.

79. Niko’s Express Italian Deli

Get a delicious hand tossed pizza like Niko’s Special (pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, onion, green peppers, olive, extra cheese) or Pa-Paw’s special (pepperoni, mushrooms, and extra cheese). If you’re stopping for a quick bite, get a large cheese slice for $2.

80. Marco Italian Restaurant

This thin crust New York style pizza parlor gives you the option to choose from classic ingredients in a family–style setting.

81. Ciao Ristorante Italiano

Owned by the Di Giovanni family, this friendly restaurant gives you gourmet and rustic pizzas in a Mediterranean-style atmosphere.

82. Papa Bambinos

Stop by for their lunch or Sunday buffet where you can enjoy endless pizza, salad, pasta, and more. Specialty pizzas include the Eggplant and Capprichossa with marinated artichoke hearts and ricotta cheese.

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