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. The 2023 readers’ choice Best of the County winner is Creekside Pizza & Taproom (pictured above). For the rest of the Marin Magazine‘s Best of Marin County Pizza picks see below.
Our 2023 Dining category sponsor is Rodney Strong.
Because there are so many great ones, we’ve broken it down by region: Southern, Central, and Northern Marin.
Multiple generations of the Ancona family create an authentic Italian eatery with handmade pastas and seasonal antipasti that has showcased the cuisine of the Campania region for more than 20 years. Located on Bridgeway in Sausalito, with views of San Francisco and the bay, this is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike.
621 Bridgeway, 415.331.5225
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, 415.331.0555
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.
777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.332.7771
Owners, Alesandro Spaziani Montagna and his wife Monika Torggler hail from Verona, Italy where they operated a restaurant in Trento at the foot of the Dolomites in northern Italy. Everything at Sandrino is handmade and fresh. Be advised that the restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday, but otherwise open daily for lunch and dinner.
45 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, 415.729.9166
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.
800 Redwood Highway #705, Mill Valley, 415.383.0600
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, 415.662.3212
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.
477 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, 415.388.7437
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, 415.888.2406
The all-day cafe offers Neapolitan pizza, Sicilian calzone and a tight menu of pasta, risotto, and salads. Enjoy any of these items inside or out on the patio along with local and international wines and beers.
502 Tamalpais Drive, 415.927.1060
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.
2233 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, 415.755.6700
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.
316 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.945.8900
Born in the heart of the Marina District, Roma Antica brings its selection of authentic recipes and flavors to Larkspur. Enjoy Rome-style cuisine and excellent wine from Italy, France, and California.
286 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.891.3979
A perennial Best of the County winner known for their artisan pizzas, hearty sandwiches, flavorful pastas and fresh salads, Creekside offers plentiful gluten-free and vegan options too. Their copper bar with a 40-handle selection of craft beer (including gluten-free beer), plus wine and kombucha on tap makes Creekside a beloved destination for fresh drinks in equal measure.
638 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, 415.801.3265
Owners Michael and Jacquelyn Baker’s so-called dream come true restaurant hews traditional with Neapolitan pizza made with farm-sourced and house made ingredients. Seasonal specials like hand-rolled garganelli pasta with ragu Bolognese (that’s meaty) and a porchetta sandwich at lunch layered with Fontina and chopped broccolini are for those days when less carbs are called for.
914 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo, 415.256.9780
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, 415.383.8646
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!
631 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael, 415.472.3323
With its longstanding presence in Marin, Mulberry Pizzeria’s menu has grown to include a variety of both unique and traditional pizzas, salads, soup and more. Some favorites include a Three Beer Pizza and their Cream of Tomato with a Hint of Curry soup. It was first opened in 1986 and was inspired by Mulberry Street in New York’s Little Italy, and current owners Bill and Chrisoula Capetanos have maintained the pizzeria’s legacy.
101 Smith Ranch Rd C, San Rafael, 415.472.7272
Owners Peter and Kitty Forstner established the original Red Boy Pizza in 1969. First, a single 90-square-foot location in San Francisco, the name has grown, and now there are locations around the bay. Try their “true San Francisco Sourdough Crust.”
459 Entrada Dr, Novato, 415.382.7711
If you absolutely love one of these places (or a specific pie), leave a comment below for the rest of the pizza-lover community. Likewise, if you don’t see your favorite place on the list, let us know by emailing [email protected].