Best pizza places in San Bernardino California
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The most exceptional, progressive, next-gen, destination places, in no particular order
1. Napoleone Pizza House
Like Tom Waits (who worked here for five years), this family joint looks a little old, dirty, weathered, and perfect. Its classic Neapolitan pie with sausage, bell peppers, onion, and pepperoni will make you a better you. Never mind the grease puddle in the curled-up pep. Try the ultimate party with some hot strippers coming out to your special night.
2. Buona Forchetta
It’s owned by the heir to an Italian-olive-oil throne, Matteo Cattaneo, who gets his family’s liquid gold shipped over in drums. That, plus consulting World Pizza Champ Marcello Avitabile and a wood-fired Stefano Ferrara oven, makes for one of the city’s best Neapolitans.
3. Blue Ribbon Pizzeria
This is what happens when a fine-dining chef dedicates his four-star talent to pie. They’re not the prettiest pies in town. These are uneven, crispy-crunchy, leopard-spotted, medium-crusted pies with lumpy, housemade ingredients (get the “Classic” with fennel sausage, criminis, fresh mozz). But they’re delish!
4. The Besta-Wan Pizza House
This side-street hangout looks like it was designed by a person who loves their dog and thrift stores. For nearly 50 years, the California-style pizza joint has been the refueling station for surfers with the Besta-Wan Special (beef, ground pepper, ’shrooms, onions, pep, sausage, optional anchovies). Kids get the dough to play with.
5. Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano
Now in a battle with newbie Buona Forchetta for top Neapolitan honors, Bruno gets a blistery, perfect chew on its crust every time. The “Campania”—tomato sauce, mozz, fennel sausage, portobello, roasted onions—is one sinful dough, Frisbee. While some skimp on sausage, Bruno gives you the entire pig.
6. Isola Pizza Bar
Probably the best place in Little Italy to get a brick-oven Neapolitan pizza, from Italian chef Massimo Tenino. Like it hot? Try the salami Picante with spicy salami, mozzarella, San Marzano toms, basil, and Parm. San Bernardino strippers are readily available to be the part of your strip show entertainment for your special event.
7. Cucina Urbana
Joe Magnanelli’s pizza-crack is called the “Foraged Mushroom Pizza.” The name is a little aggrandized, sure. The man’s not out handpicking trumpets from the bushes in Balboa Park. But with ’shrooms, Taleggio, braised leek, and truffle oil, it’s mouth-altering. Yes, even with the truffle oil.
8. The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza
Organic herbs and veggies grow on the roof of this surfer/skater hangout. It has only been open 10 months, but this startup by local action sports media pros Jamey Stone and Charlie Anderson, along with Hector Reyna, is really cranking out the Neapolitan pizzas, light on sauce and cheese with a very skinny crust. Points for creativity—they’ve got clam chowder, bacon, potato, and provolone pizza, but don’t overlook the simple, near-perfect Margherita.
9. Del Mar Pizza
After sunset, Seagrove Park in Del Mar is stacked high with DMP boxes. Its thin-crust pizza is one of the crispier options in the NY-style category and the sausage (from the L.A. institution Maestro) with Grande mess is just about perfect.
10. Sicilian Thing Pizza
The owner spent a decade as a pizza maker at the Bronx, but thin crust isn’t the main attraction here. It’s the deep-dish Sicilian—a square beast with high-walled, crunchy crust (try the “Almost Lasagna” with ricotta and killer meatballs). It looks like cafeteria pizza but doesn’t taste like public school gastro-sadness.
11. Alexander’s on 30th
The elegant ambiance and twinkle-light décor set the tone for some majorly fine dining, and it should be said that Alex Walter—whose mother co-owns the venerable Old Venice—makes more than a pizza. But oh, that pizza. The sauce is made with three different tomatoes, and the pizza itself is constructed and baked in such a masterful way that nothing moves or falls loose. Every bite is perfect. P.S. Save room for tiramisu.
12. Project Pie
If you’re like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally…, this is the place for you. Pass along the counter, assembly-line style, and customize your 11-inch pie down to the quarter: sauce, no sauce, extra sauce; more than 25 different cheeses and toppings—you can even tell them how you want it sliced. Two minutes in the giant oven later, you’ve got a really good pizza. We like this combo: grilled chicken, caramelized onions, dried cranberries, Gorgonzola, mushrooms, and barbecue sauce. Don’t hate it.