Pizza is more than just a meal… it’s a celebration! In fact, we’re celebrating big time with our roundup of the best pizzerias around town that’ll satisfy every taste bud. Divine deep dish? Check! A traditional New York slice? Check! Gluten-free and organic? Check and check! Read on to find your slice—or two—of heaven.

kidwithbigpizzaPhoto credit: Jeff R. via Yelp

For a Slice of New York…

Bronx Pizza
If your crew is craving a genuine New York slice, this iconic pizza joint can’t be beat. Sit down at this family-friendly spot and take in a little slice of the East Coast while you gaze up at the New York memorabilia that fills the walls. Not sure which pizza to try?  The Whitestone is a local favorite. 

Insider’s Tip: Make sure to have some bills on hand because Bronx Pizza accepts cash only.

111 Washington St.
San Diego, Ca 92103

Pauly’s Pizza Joint
This friendly, laid-back pizza place known for its thin, crispy New York crust draws in families from all over the county. With outdoor seating, your family can enjoy a fun slice of Christmas Pizza (spinach, bacon, pepperoni, garlic and feta cheese) in the sunshine any time of year. Kiddos also like their Hawaiian style slices.
6780 Miramar Rd. Ste.105
San Diego, Ca  92121

napizzaPhoto credit: Leah Singer

For Healthy(ish) Pie…

Being square is part of the fun at Napizza, where you order by the slice and can try all the varieties. The square slices of pie contain natural, organic ingredients that are sourced locally. The Bolognese pizza, a savory combo of ground beef, homemade tomato sauce and mozzarella is a kid favorite. Try their delicious combos with fresh soup or salad too.

2 Locations: Little Italy and 4S Ranch


Mountain Mike’s Pizza
If eating gluten-free is a must for your family, Mountain Mike’s Pizza is your spot. Local owner Sam Golding has a child with celiac disease and he takes gluten-free pizza seriously. Though the kitchen is not a dedicated gluten-free facility, all employees are well trained in preparing their gluten-free pizza with extra care. You can count on the folks at Mountain Mike’s to deliver a fresh, delicious pie with great ingredients.

Insider’s Tip: Gluten-free pizzas are made in an individual size only. Click here to get their coupons.

2 Locations: San Carlos and Clairemont

Flippin’ Pizza
For a flippin’ fantastic pizza in North County, this small-but-growing chain is the place to go. Flippin’ Pizza’s hand-tossed NY style crust promises no added oil, sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Families love the casual dining ambiance. They’ll even give the kids a piece of dough to practice their own pizza making skills while you wait for your food.

8 locations: Carlsbad, La Costa, San Marcos, Encinitas ,Vista, 4S Ranch, La Jolla UTC, Carmel Mtn. Ranch, Murrietta. Click here for the restaurant locator.


Photo: Jasmine P. via Yelp 

For Chicago Style…

Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria
If Chicago deep dish pizza is more your style, you must try Lefty’s. Watch the kids roam free in their play room with toys and books while you dig in to a serious slice. Regulars like their stuffed meat and pesto varieties. Drool-worthy Chicago favorites such as Italian beef sandwiches and hot dogs are delicious choices here as well.

Insider’s Tip: Parking can be tough here. Stuffed pizzas take 60 minutes to bake. If you prefer takeout, order a par-baked pie. Pop it in the oven for ten minutes and you have perfection.

2 Locations: North Park, Mission Hills


Photo credit: Kat K. via Yelp

For Beachy Pizza Joints…

Surf Rider Pizza Café
Looking for a slice after a trip to Dog Beach? Surf Rider Pizza Café located in Ocean Beach is a terrific family-friendly spot that also welcomes your pooch… so Spike can enjoy a meal along with the rest of the family! Roasted garlic is their jam, so locals love the signature Surf Rider Pizza with roasted garlic, white sauce, tomatoes and basil. Their BBQ Chicken Pizza is also delicious.

Insider’s Tip: The Surf Rider doubles as a bakery. Save room for a delicious carrot cake cookie to finish your meal.

2163 Abbott St.
San Diego, Ca 92107

Pizza Port
After an idyllic day at the beach, take your family to the ultimate laid back pizza place in town: Pizza Port. The pizza is to-die-for and the selection of brews is massive. Their expansive menu includes gluten-free selections.

Four locations: Ocean Beach, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, and San Clemente. Click here for their restaurant locater.

Village Pizzeria
Take the ferry over to Coronado, then pull up a seat at one of the best places in town for pizza with a view. No need to worry about overpriced, fussy table service here. The decor at Village Pizzeria is checkered Italian tablecloths and patio seating with awesome views of the skyline. Village Pizzeria’s specialty is New York style thin crust pizza, but you’ll find something here to make everyone happy from salads, calzones, and pasta to a nice range of local brews on tap, and a kids menu for little ones.

Insider’s Tip: Happy hour is great here too, with huge single pizza slices for only $2.50.
2 locations in Coronado: Orange Ave. and First St.

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For Pizza for Creative Kids…

What’s the best way to make sure your kids enjoy their pizza? Let them build their own! This assembly-line style restaurant allows you to get creative with your toppings with any variation you could possibly imagine; and their quality ingredients keep the taste fantastic. Pieology’s motto is “You Dream it up. We’ll dish it out.”  Best of all, the prices are low enough that the entire family can enjoy a hearty meal.

6 Locations: Hillcrest, Clairemont, Sports Arena, Pacific Beach, Carlsbad, Escondido. Click here for the restaurant locator.


Photo: Shayna via Yelp 

An East County Gem…

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
If you’re a native San Diegan, we bet you dined here with Grandma back in the day. This iconic chain is the place to go to reminisce over a delicious pie with a chewy, crispy old-fashioned crust and real ingredients. Don’t forget a glass of chianti! Or better yet, bring some friends and share a bottle. You’ll get to decorate your bottle when you’re finished and the crew here will hang it from the ceiling!

Insider’s Tip: Though the chain’s quality is spotty in certain locations, we still love the original Little Italy location for its quirky ambience. The Santee location is the place to go for pizza in East County where families rave over the friendly service and consistent quality.
10767 N Woodside Ave.
Santee, Ca 92071


Photo credit: Leah Singer

For a South Bay Slice…

Pizzo’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar
This Eastlake spot is the perfect place for families to sit down for an authentic Italian pizza in the South Bay. Pizzo’s is beautiful inside with huge windows that provide a great view of the city. Outside you’ll find patio seating with a grassy area for the kids to play. Besides tempting slices heaping with cheese, your crew will enjoy fresh huge salads with shaved parmesan too. Try their Salsiccia or fennel sausage pizza with roasted peppers, basil, roasted onions, and fresh mozzarella with an organic tomato sauce.

2322 Proctor Valley Rd.
Chula Vista, Ca 91914

Where is your favorite place to order up a pizza pie? Tell us in the comments!

––Cherie Gough