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.
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.
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.
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.
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.