February 9th is National Pizza Day and from typical toppings like pepperoni and cheese, to more unique additions like pineapple, there is a lot to celebrate about everyone’s favorite pie. Over three billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year, so it’s safe to say the dish originating in Italy has become a staple on dinner tables across the country. Here are some spots around San Diego to dig into the best pizzas on the West Coast.
A Kensington neighborhood favorite, The Haven, serves some of the best Neapolitan-style pizzas in San Diego. Here you can create your own pie, with toppings like goat cheese, shrimp, artichoke and potato, just to name a few. The Haven even has vegan cheese! You can also opt for a pizza from the Haven’s creation portion of the menu, like the Total Package. Roasted garlic sauce, Brussels sprouts, caramelized onions and mozzarella make up this one-of-a-kind meal.
Although flatbread typically has a thinner, crispier than pizza, they’re so similar we don’t see why we can’t celebrate both on National Pizza Day. Head up to Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas, a stone’s throw from the shores of Cardiff, to enjoy the class American menu made from local, fresh ingredients. The tasteful, yet cozy atmosphere is perfect for dining in with friends or family. Start out by sharing the BBQ Flatbread, which consists of a bourbon peach barbeque sauce, bacon, smoked pulled chicken, red onion, mozzarella and cilantro. The assortment of meats smothered in barbecue sauce atop this flavorful and filling plate would pair well with any of the beers on tap at Union. Sip on the Ballast Point Sculpin IPA for a hoppy beer with fruity notes, or try the Firestone Walker 805 for something a little lighter.
Farmer’s Table, an eatery with the vintage charm of a real farmhouse, serves flavorful plates made with fresh ingredients. Located along La Mesa Boulevard, this happening lunch spot has salads, sandwiches and flatbreads to satisfy every palate. For National Pizza Day, try the Margherita made with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil. Go gluten free for only $2 more! You won’t find pizza anywhere else in the city like that served at Farmer’s Table. The Stefano Ferrara oven, used to bake all the flatbreads and pizzas, was imported from Napoli to demonstrate the restaurant’s commitment to using authentic cooking methods and flavors.
A San Diego iconic restaurant, barleymash is the spot to chow down on the best locally sourced food in the Gaslamp District. Appetizing and progressive bar fare fills the menu, which changes with the season. This is how you truly know you’re getting the highest quality ingredients! Made from scratch daily using local beer and vegetables from nearby farms, barleymash’s flatbreads are a must-try. The Popper flatbread, with applewood-smoked bacon, fresh jalapeños, cream cheese, crispy tobacco onions, ranch and habanero jelly make up this mouthwatering lunch or dinner menu item.
With locations in Pacific Beach and near the SDSU campus, Woodstock’s Pizza is accessible from anywhere in the city. They also make it easy to enjoy their quality pies at home with online ordering, straight from their website, and speedy delivery. A family movie night or dorm room game night would not be complete without a Woodstock’s hand tossed Pepperoni Pizza. Add extra toppings like broccoli, banana peppers or tater tots to spice things up. To compliment your cheesy pizza order, try any of Woodstock’s fresh salads, like the Brother Tom’s made with spring lettuce, sliced carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes.