Pairing Pizza with Wine

Margherita Pizza The Haven Pizzeria in San Diego, CA
Margherita Pizza at The Haven Pizzeria

On February 9th, the food world will be buzzing about National Pizza Day and whether you enjoy traditional toppings or the more unique, thin crust or Chicago-style deep dish, you must admit this is a great National Food Holiday to celebrate. And to help with the celebration, we’ve done the research to pair pies from The Haven Pizzeria with accompanying wines, so get ready to raise a glass to National Pizza Day!

Known for serving some of the best Neapolitan-style pizzas in San Diego, The Haven is a Kensington neighborhood favorite spot for lunch and dinner! And while they have many one-of-a-kind dishes, the quaint eatery also offers more traditional menu items, like their Margherita Pizza. Topped with homemade pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil drizzled with olive oil, this pie pairs perfectly with the refreshing Simple Life Rosé. The subtle flavors of wild strawberry, rose petal, pear blossom and jasmine compliment the fresh pizza topping and olive oil.

Another great pizza served at The Haven is their BBQ Chicken, made with seasonal onion mix, all-natural chicken, cilantro, mozzarella, and – of course – delicious barbecue sauce! Its only right to pair the sweet, yet ever-so-slightly smoky flavor of a good bbq sauce with a fruit-forward wine, such as the Rutta 22 Malbec. This wine, originating from Patagonia, Argentina has notes of black plums and crushed wild cherries that truly bring out the sweetness in the sauce.

If you’re looking to get a little more adventurous on National Pizza Day, might we recommend The Haven’s Wild Mushroom pie?! Topped with olive oil, a mix of wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, fontina cheese, mozzarella and a drizzle of truffle oil, one bite of this specialty creation and you’ll be hooked. And don’t forget to order a glass of the Trione Pinot Noir, with aromas of sage, black cherry, mushrooms and forest floor. The earthy mushrooms scattered on the pizza pairs well with the medium bodied pinot noir, packed full of earthy spice notes – yum!

Classics like a good ol’ Pepperoni Pizza should not be overlooked, and you can taste each fresh ingredient used when The Haven bakes theirs with homemade pizza sauce, mozzarella and all-natural pepperoni. Elevate your pizza experience with a glass of the Rosso Di Ca’Momi Red Blend from Napa Valley. The intense plum, blackberry and toasty spice flavors pair perfectly with the saltiness that can be tasted with each bite of pepperoni.

The only true way to treat yourself on National Pizza Day is by ordering dessert, and The Haven has an oh-so-delicious Dessert Pizza, topped with cinnamon and a swirl of sweet icing. And if you’re a lover of white wine, this dessert and wine pairing is right up your alley. To finish off your meal, opt for a glass of the Cavit Riesling, a refreshing, lively and well-balanced sweet wine that boasts rich flavors of peach, apricot and citrus.