Little Italy in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood is known for “old-world” Italian food and—let’s face it—touristy restaurants that us locals tend to pass over for more sophisticated Italian eats in other parts of the city. Now that Tony’s Pizza Napoletana has settled in the neighborhood after a successful opening last summer, there is a reason to visit North Beach again, and this time, to bring the kids!
Tony’s has become a foodie destination for perfectionist pizza purists, but it stays kid-friendly with wooden highchairs, a children’s menu, and the balls of pizza dough that are brought to the table for the kids to play with while waiting for your order! You can dine comfortably with the kids at Tony’s while tasting some of the best pizza on the West Coast.
We say skip the children’s menu and order pizzas to share family-style. Tony’s menu is an encyclopedia of pizza that will give your kids a real education on pies. You can learn about the four different types they make (Napoletana, Classic Italian, Classic American, Sicilian)—down to the type of flour that is used for each crust and which one of the four ovens is used to bake the pizzas!
Whatever you do, order the margherita pizza. Chef-owner Tony Gemignani only makes 73 of these pies a day that helped him win the “Best Pizza Margherita” award at the 2007 World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy. He is the first American and non-Neopolitan to win this prestigious award—so come check out this local legend as he hand-tosses pies for an appreciative crowd.
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana,Open Wednesday – Sunday 12 noon -11pm, 1570 Stockton St., S.F., (415) 835-9888
—Sarah K. Choi