Continuing our search for the best pizza in San Francisco we are trying Luisa’s Restaurant Wine Bar Since 1959 right in Little Italy today. This is an old-school small restaurant with photos of Sophia Loren decorating the walls, bottles of limoncello on shelves and counters, and so many homemade favorites on the menu (and being ordered by many people) like pizza, spaghetti, gnocchi, meat balls, linguine, pollo piccata, cannelloni and so much more. We were here to try the gourmet Neapolitan thin crust pizza today as we continue the search for the best pizza in San Francisco but these pasta dishes being brought out from the kitchen looked seriously delicious so we might need to do a bonus blog post of one or two of them.
Pizzas here are gourmet Neapolitan and thin crust and baked in a pizza oven not wood-fired. We ordered the Quattro Stagione that has cheese, margherita, pepperoni, and meatballs. Quattro Stagioni in Italian means the four seasons and it translates to dividing a pizza into four sections and toppings can be any combo. We didn’t order a salad today but had Americano coffees instead as we waited….. We had been walking up and down the hills of San Francisco and were a little tired so the coffee was a nice pick me up and was made from freshly ground espresso beans.
The pizza arrived and it looked fabulous. Truly a Quattro Stagioni!! The meatballs looked really yummy and they were very generous with them too. First bite in and I got a juicy meatball, a taste of garlic and some sauce, it was really good. Next I took a bite of the pepperoni and it was pretty good too. The pizza was not floppy nor was it greasy. It was authentic in style with a bread-like crust that was a little crispy and kind of dry, but that was the style of this pizza. The cheese was not gooey and it tasted more like it was a Parmesan combination and very delicious. This pizza didn’t have much sauce, just a little. I think because the crust was so substantial for being a thin crust it could have handled more sauce but you also know that I am a sauce eater so perhaps it is just personal preference. The toppings were very delicious. The meatballs were quite hearty and very tasty. We enjoyed this pizza and it was very satisfying.
Pricing was super reasonable for a prime San Francisco restaurant with the pizza being under $20 for a gourmet Neapolitan style. The waiter was very nice and kept checking on us and asking if we wanted anything additional. We told him we would be back to try some more dishes!!
Let’s rate Luisa’s Restaurant Wine Bar Since 1959 on a scale of 1 (being lowest) to 5 (being highest):
Style/Crust : Oven baked pizza – 4
Sauce: Basic red sauce – 3.5
Experience: Location/Staff: 4
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All pics by my sweet hubby Gary Greco
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