Craving a great slice of pizza? Marin County has plenty of options, and we’ve got the lowdown on the menu, ambiance and insider tips. Whether you are craving a thin-crust artisanal pie, a fast slice or a family pizza joint, we can guarantee that you’ll find the place that strikes your fancy.
Note: Restaurants are organized alphabetically. We are continually updating our list with new finds.
Pizza al fresco on a private beach in Sausalito? Who wouldn’t want that. Dining is first come first served and you’ll want to be among the first. However, If you must wait for a table, don’t panic — working up an appetite means you’ll have room for their crispy artichokes with fried rosemary, celery leaves and lemon aioli appetizer. Get the kale pizza with basil pesto, roasted garlic and ricotta; it’s rich, but a winner.
1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito
Bunch pizza? Why not. Their Morning Thunder, Red Hill Sunrise and Ross Valley Fog Lifter pies, which all highlight variations on breakfast favorites (home fried potatoes, bacon, eggs, hollandaise — the works), are available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Of course, the pizza goodness continues late into the night and can be accompanied by a beverage from their Taproom. Tuck into your meal at their outdoor patio under the redwoods.
Pizza is the centerpiece of the Creekside experience. Abrahamson, who was United Markets’ culinary director for 21 years, understands Marin eaters. Her pizza dough was launched from a mother dough (or starter) that came into being in August of 2016, more than a year before Creekside opened. The mother, plus a pinch of malt, adds flavor to the “offspring” doughs. Natural fermentation and a 24-hour rest before baking take care of the rest, yielding an only-in-Marin yeasty flavor to each pizza.
The chef and co-owner, along with co-founder Pat Townsley, insists on using trumpet (along with shiitake and white) mushrooms sourced from Sebastopol and mozzarella with a perfect pull and no sugar in her sauce. The same personal attention she gives to her pets and family carries over to her work – there will be no shortcuts here. Everything is made from scratch, every day.
The community-focused Creekside Pizza & Taproom has hit downtown San Anselmo with gusto. Hospitality veteran Pat Townsley and Marin-based chef Janet Abrahamson teamed up to transform the old True North Restaurant into a 40-tap draft and pizza slinging saloon. Choose from a variety of organic salads, hot sandwiches, and classic American pizza with gluten-free and vegan options. Designed as a family-friendly restaurant, the warm atmosphere, ample beer selection, and big-screen TVs make it a popular hangout for catching the big game or just enjoying a pie.
638 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo
Along with their exceptionally crispy, yet chewy thin-crust, Farmshop serves up innovative flavor combinations and ingredients that you won’t find on many pizza menus in the Bay Area. While the classic tomato and mozzarella combo is tried-and-true, you won’t regret trying one of Farmshop’s more unique dishes. Their crowd favorites include the lamb merguez, yogurt and zaatar pizza as well as the kale and three cheese pizza with honey drizzled on top. Another scrumptious dish to try is the wild mushrooms, pickled onions and arugula pizza.
Pizza isn’t their only strong suit. Customers also love their avocado hummus plate appetizer with pistachio salsa verde and za’atar lavash.
This local favorite was founded by the Sicilian Lo Coco brothers, who took pride in the authentic Italian flavors in their recipes. Their Neapolitan-style pies are simple but hearty. Popular menu items include their mushroom pizza, roasted eggplant pizza, a zucchini and garlic pizza, baby clam, oregano and garlic pizza, and their most notable artichoke heart pizza. Sometimes pizza only needs a couple of ingredients to taste fantastic. And if you thought their toppings were great, wait until you hear about Lo Coco’s trademark crust. Unbelievably fluffy, doughy and thick, it’ll send you to cloud nine on the first bite.
Bring your family and friends, share a few pies, and watch the chefs throw the discs of dough in the air in true pizza-making fashion if you happen to choose a counter seat. Talk about a dinner and a show!
Expect a contemporary atmosphere with an open pizza kitchen with a full bar, year-round natural lighting, and sunny outdoor seating for the warmer months. Come with family, a group of friends or take a pizza to-go on your lunch break. Each pizza is customizable. You can select from a variety of toppings like goat cheese, house-made ham, and caramelized onions. Any of the salads can sit atop a piadini, a flatbread pizza crust, for a delicious alternative.
#MarinMagTip Sour cherry limeade also pairs well with everything.
Is a great crust your thing? PizzaHacker bakes their wheat levain sourdough crust with smoked sea salt for the mouth-watering effect down to the last bite. If you have tried this San Francisco cult-favorite before, it’s worth visiting their second location, nestled within The Junction beer garden. They have nailed contactless service — with their Square-based ordering system — and their incredibly friendly staff add a brightness to their already beautiful, spacious outdoor dining area. Local craft beers and hard kombucha (you can’t go wrong with either) are available on tap as well as in four packs, if you’re purchasing to-go.
226 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley
It is no secret that this cozy pizza nook is a Marin County favorite with its homey wood-fired pizza ovens and thoughtfully sourced, local ingredients. The menu boasts both classic and unexpected flavor combinations—all on a holy grail crispy crust. Fresh salads and items from their sister restaurant, Picco, (both from Bay Area restauranteur Bruce Hill) are also available to order. Save room for the Straus soft-serve and top with fiordolio extra virgin olive oil and Maldon sea salt. Prime seats are at the small bar where you can watch the pizza making in action, but sitting outside is great for people watching, enjoyable even in the colder months (thanks to heat lamps!).
#MarinMagTip Bring your cycling friends so they can geek out about the pizzas, which are named after top bike brands.
Here’s a classic Italian trattoria with a cultivated pizza menu. Right on Sausalito’s main drag, this restaurant is a perfect place to split the commute with your friends in the city (or in Marin). With available indoor and outdoor seating and an upscale neighborhood vibe, Poggio is a perfect venue for a lively outing with a large group. For something a little different, try the smoked prosciutto, black mission fig and calabrian chili or the chanterelle mushroom, baby kale, buffalo mozzarella, and roasted garlic pizzas. Come first for the pizza, then return for the pasta, meat or fish dishes (and another pizza).
#MarinMagTip Up your pizza game by adding a farm egg or fresh arugula to any of the pies.
This pizza place is the size of a postage stamp and always packed; for good reason! The pizza is fabulous, the ambiance is warm and cozy and the owners are delightful, friendly and community oriented. Neighbors were so impressed with the new proprietors that when they opened and hadn’t finished hiring staff, they all pitched in to help! When does that ever happen?! The owners, Alesandro Spaziani Montagna and his wife Monika Torggler hail from Verona, Italy and for 10 years operated a restaurant in Trento at the foot of the Dolomites in northern Italy. The couple treat their restaurant patrons like guests in their own home (which happens to be only 5 blocks away!) Alesandro’s dream since he was a young child was to come to America and now that he’s here, we don’t want to let him leave! Everything at Sandrino is handmade, fresh and delicious. My favorite pizza is the Valtellina with mozzarella, artichoke, bresaola, shaved parmesan, balsamic vinegar & extra virgin olive oil; but don’t limit yourself to pizza. We had a burrata bruschetta the other night that was culinary nirvana. Truly divine. Be advised that the restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday, but otherwise open daily for lunch and dinner. They don’t take reservations, but it is well worth the wait; especially if you are sipping one of their wonderful wines. Caledonia Street has scored a great new addition.
45 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, 415.729.9166
Steeped in Marin culture to the point of naming their pizzas after Marin County trails, Tamalpie (owned by local restauranteur Karen Goldberg, provides ample outdoor seating and a classy bar that’s perfect for a drink after work. They have mastered their 48-hour fermented dough recipe, a testament to their meticulous care of quality and taste in the baking process. Along with a variety of pizzas, there are delicious small plates like the roasted brussels sprouts and specialty cocktails to round out your meal.
Reservations are accepted for groups of eight or more.
A neighborhood favorite with a well-deserved reputation for high quality pizza and a high quality owner — affectionately nicknamed “Tony.” His classic pizza menu, with crowd favorites like the Magic Mushroom and the Bitches Brew, accompanies his vegan-friendly menu, which comprises the equally popular cheese-less yet flavorful options. (Always check their website or call in to learn about their specials.) If you manage to snag a spot at their limited outdoor dining area, you’ll also have the pleasure of listening to Tony’s eclectic, and likely new to you, musical picks of the day.
16 Ross Common, Ross
Located in the historic Mill Valley Lumber Yard, this pizza-inclusive restaurant has plenty of outdoor seating and a great view of Mt Tam. Their pizzas are crafted with the same mindset as the rest of their California cuisine — celebrating what’s available from local farmers, ranches and fisheries. So, while stone fruit is still in season, try the yellow peach and pancetta pizza with goat cheese, honey and arugula, and get a side of the grilled broccolini with preserved lemon — you know, for balance.
129 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley
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