In 2016, I found a small place that serves authentic Chicago style deep dish, by the slice, at Berkeley Pizza. I suppose there is no such thing as "San Diego style" pizza, so why not Chicago? The theme continued when I stopped in at Basic Pizza, and had a wonderful New Haven style apizza. Those two places alone put San Diego on the pizza map, but my latest visit here turned it up to 11.
Pizza geeks had been buzzing for a while about Tribute Pizza, where owner Matt Lyons fashions several kinds of pies in tribute to the world’s best pizzas, such as Apizza Scholls in Portland, Best Pizza in Brooklyn, Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, and a rotating variety of other regional favorites.
|Wood-fired oven at Tribute Pizza|
We visited on a Sunday night, and the place was nearly full. Happily, were were quickly seated and we had superb service the entire evening.
|Underside of the Margherita|
|The Brooklyn pie|
|A Brooklyn slice|
|Underside of the Brooklyn slice|
|The Bronx Mushroom Whitestone|
|Underside of the Mushroom Whitestone|
|Gwen with a Bronx slice|
I've eaten a lot of pizza and it's often tempting to say "this was the best X pizza ever." I must say that you would be hard pressed to find better pizza anywhere. This stuff stands with the best pies I've had in NYC, Rome, New Haven, Trenton, Philly, and Chicago. As good as the sauce and other toppings are, it's the dough that makes a great pizza, and I could eat this stuff every day.
|Soft serve with EVOO and sea salt|
|Jeff helps finish the last few slices|
|"With the blood"|