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.
A few years ago Gary and I took a trip to Lake Como, Italy. The Lake Como region is absolutely stunning and we got to see elegant palazzos, gorgeous villas, explore several of the small towns that span up and down the lake, experience lovely lakeside restaurants and take in stunning lake views almost everywhere we’d look. What we ate at these lakeside restaurants was pizza. We are pizza lovers by nature so getting to indulge in pizza almost everyday of our trip was one big dream come true. We can remember that every town had their own take and way of making pizza and the ingredients would be different. If you liked pepperoni for example, your pizza would have different pepperoni (small pepperoni slices, or larger slices, or small and spicy slices) depending on the little town you were at. This really intrigued us. I wish today we had documented more of those experiences (we have a lot of photos of the beautiful locations, but back then it wasn’t as acceptable to whip out your iPhone and take pictures of your meal for social media like it is today so, only a few of those photos exist) but hopefully one day soon (when the pandemic is gone) we can re-take that magical Lake Como vacation and document all the pizzas for you.
The one thing that hasn’t changed is our love and enjoyment of pizza. And, we have quite a few pizza places right here in our wonderful city by the bay San Francisco that we can share with you. In fact, you will find a monthly series on my blog “The Great San Francisco Pizza Tour of 2021” where I’ll be sharing our pizza adventures with you all as we search for the best pizza in San Francisco so sit back and enjoy and apologies in advance if these posts make you hungry.