This San Francisco Pizza Costs $32 and Is Worth Every Penny

Growing up in Philadelphia in the 1990s, I remember ordering pizza for something like seven dollars for a large pie. It would arrive in all of its greasy glory, usually toted by a low-pay teenager on a bicycle.

Those days are long gone. Here in San Francisco, a popular pizza place charges $32 for a large pie. Here’s the kicker though: even at that price, the pie is totally worth it.

Greasy Glory

As an East Coast transplant who moved to the Bay Area about a decade ago, I’ve been able to find amazing bagels and excellent Jewish deli food, but locally, pizza has been harder to come by.

Facade with sign at Slice House pizza restaurant in downtown Walnut Creek, California, February 25, 2018.

As we shared last year, the best pizza in San Francisco, if you’re looking for an East Coast style pie, is at Slice House. We’re not the only ones who feel that way; Slice House was recently awarded one of the best pizza places in America.

Close-up of a slice of pizza on a plate with a spoon and fork on a napkin next to it from Slice House Pizza in Walnut Creek, California, January 15, 2021.

If you want true East Coast pizza in the Bay Area, though, you’ll have to pony up some serious cash for it. A 20-inch pie at Slice House costs $32, at least at the Walnut Creek location where I normally order.

Totally Worth It

OK, so that seems like a lot for pizza, but this is not just any pizza. It’s the closest approximation to the giant New York pies I remember eating while growing up. It has that perfect balance of glutinous, chewy crust with a nicely greasy layer of cheese.

Photograph of Slice House by Tony Gemignani, a restaurant in Walnut Creek, California, United States, interior view

And when you compare the alternatives, it actually feels like a bargain. I can feed my family of five with one of these giant pizzas; getting a comparable meal from a local Mediterranean food restaurant or other Bay Area standard generally costs over $90.

That means that Slice House’s giant pizzas are worth every penny, unless I want to go to McDonald’s (which I love, by the way).

There are a few better deals 20 inch pie, even at a $32 price tag. Want to try out this massive pizza for yourself? Check out Slice House’s locations in the city or head by their Walnut Creek location. You can order the food for takeout or DoorDash too.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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