Pauline's Pizza Pie

★★★★☆
  • 260 Valencia St

    San Francisco, CA 94103

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  • 415-552-2050

About Pauline's Pizza Pie

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Tuesday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM

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I don't write about pizza, only when in NYC or Chicago each is great in it's unique way. Sorry I am hard to please in this area, just like the ""NY style bagels that I tried around the country - no comparison"".
But it is worth stopping by and getting a pie. If you are looking for service this not the place to go, this should be dealt with in a better way, but the food was good.

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★★★★☆

I don't write about pizza, only when in NYC or Chicago each is great in it's unique way. Sorry I am hard to please in this area, just like the ""NY style bagels that I tried around the country - no comparison"".
But it is worth stopping by and getting a pie. If you are looking for service this not the place to go, this should be dealt with in a better way, but the food was good.

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This was not a good dinning experience. Tables were open down stairs but we were told we could only be seated up stairs. There was four of us in our party. The room was dark and we were seated in a small room along with a childs birthday party. The service was not there. We sat at the table for 30 minutes before being addressed or even asked if we wanted water. The server kept saying he was busy and would get back to us. However, they were right there to collect the tab. The pizza was cold when it arrived our table. We did not complain as the experience was so bad we wanted out. This was one of those dinning experiences that was so bad, we would not return.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was not a good dinning experience. Tables were open down stairs but we were told we could only be seated up stairs. There was four of us in our party. The room was dark and we were seated in a small room along with a childs birthday party. The service was not there. We sat at the table for 30 minutes before being addressed or even asked if we wanted water. The server kept saying he was busy and would get back to us. However, they were right there to collect the tab. The pizza was cold when it arrived our table. We did not complain as the experience was so bad we wanted out. This was one of those dinning experiences that was so bad, we would not return.

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It's worth it! This is great thin crust artisan pizza that I thought I could only find in North Beach. Ask for a little tub of pesto on the side and it is a great dipping sauce!

5
★★★★★

It's worth it! This is great thin crust artisan pizza that I thought I could only find in North Beach. Ask for a little tub of pesto on the side and it is a great dipping sauce!

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Pauline's Pizza Pie Restaurant has the best pesto pizza around. The flavor is to die for and the crust adds to the experience. It's a quaint little restaurant with other unique types of pizzas to choose from.

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★★★★☆

Pauline's Pizza Pie Restaurant has the best pesto pizza around. The flavor is to die for and the crust adds to the experience. It's a quaint little restaurant with other unique types of pizzas to choose from.

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Pauline's Pizza is NOT the place to compare to NYC-style pizza. If you want that, go to Arnell's on Valencia. Pauline's is a completely different style of pizza (just as Zachary's is Chicago-style) that in its own right is really amazing. I just went for the first time last night with 4 friends. We had a fantastic salad and the Veggie pizza special and it was REALLY great. Our server was also very accommodating. We're all very picky eaters and are very critical when it comes to dining out, as are most San Franciscans. If you have a kid and want a cheap nasty pizza, don't go here. Stay at Pizza Hut. The ambiance is OK, but if you want a great meal and welcome new ideas for pizza, check it out. Oh, and our bill with a bottle of wine and salads was about $70. I think that's pretty damn good.

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★★★★☆

Pauline's Pizza is NOT the place to compare to NYC-style pizza. If you want that, go to Arnell's on Valencia. Pauline's is a completely different style of pizza (just as Zachary's is Chicago-style) that in its own right is really amazing. I just went for the first time last night with 4 friends. We had a fantastic salad and the Veggie pizza special and it was REALLY great. Our server was also very accommodating. We're all very picky eaters and are very critical when it comes to dining out, as are most San Franciscans. If you have a kid and want a cheap nasty pizza, don't go here. Stay at Pizza Hut. The ambiance is OK, but if you want a great meal and welcome new ideas for pizza, check it out. Oh, and our bill with a bottle of wine and salads was about $70. I think that's pretty damn good.

Pros: Pizza

Cons: Ambiance

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I am just laughing reading all the other reviews. I can see where some of them are coming from. First of all, this is my favorite thin-crust pizza place anywhere, bar none. (I also like Zachary's-type pizza, but that is a different category.) We are about to move to the 'burbs after almost 10 years living in SF, and this is on our list of restaurants to hi t one more time before we leave.\r
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It is true that the servers don't waste time with saccharin smiles for fussy diners. This is mainly due to SF or Mission culture though. When waiters don't act like your robotic smiling servant in SF, that is part of the fun/challenge, if you appreciate that sort of thing. Cf. Paris or New York - totally the same thing. Enthuse about their unusual tattoo, that is sure to break the ice. Bring your young kid and you get smiles all around.\r
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Also the comments about the expense are basically true... that's SF for you.\r
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The point is the pizza, and it is awesome, with unusual, organic ingredients. A little corn meal dusted on the prep table so that the dough picks it up and it crisps on the bottom. There is always one meat special and one veggie special, you can't go wrong with those. Mmmm when it comes out piping hot, and you take a bite with a sip of the house merlot... killer.\r
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This is an authentically SF place. A little expensive, a lot of character, interesting people working there, awesome food, which they are deservedly a little snobby about.

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★★★★★

I am just laughing reading all the other reviews. I can see where some of them are coming from. First of all, this is my favorite thin-crust pizza place anywhere, bar none. (I also like Zachary's-type pizza, but that is a different category.) We are about to move to the 'burbs after almost 10 years living in SF, and this is on our list of restaurants to hi t one more time before we leave.\r
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It is true that the servers don't waste time with saccharin smiles for fussy diners. This is mainly due to SF or Mission culture though. When waiters don't act like your robotic smiling servant in SF, that is part of the fun/challenge, if you appreciate that sort of thing. Cf. Paris or New York - totally the same thing. Enthuse about their unusual tattoo, that is sure to break the ice. Bring your young kid and you get smiles all around.\r
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Also the comments about the expense are basically true... that's SF for you.\r
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The point is the pizza, and it is awesome, with unusual, organic ingredients. A little corn meal dusted on the prep table so that the dough picks it up and it crisps on the bottom. There is always one meat special and one veggie special, you can't go wrong with those. Mmmm when it comes out piping hot, and you take a bite with a sip of the house merlot... killer.\r
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This is an authentically SF place. A little expensive, a lot of character, interesting people working there, awesome food, which they are deservedly a little snobby about.

Pros: killer pizza, decent win list

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you can keep it. This isn't Pizza. BTW I like greasy pepperoni. I'd rather have a 3 dollar slice than this overdone mess. Awful stuffy atmosphere didn't help. Anyone who claims this is the best pizza knows NOTHING about pizza - they are, quite simple not ""pizza people""

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★★☆☆☆

you can keep it. This isn't Pizza. BTW I like greasy pepperoni. I'd rather have a 3 dollar slice than this overdone mess. Awful stuffy atmosphere didn't help. Anyone who claims this is the best pizza knows NOTHING about pizza - they are, quite simple not ""pizza people""

Pros: ?

Cons: lots

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My husband, 5 year old son and I went finally after years of forgetting to try this special pizza gem. i guess we over ordered! ( fabulous salad of the day, small veggie pizza, regular special pizza of the day); to her credit our v. competent server toned us down from 2 full sizers and make no mistake, the pizza and salad were excellent, but out the door, with a carafe of house wine, a soda and tip (20%) our bill was 95.00. Pizza out for 3 should never be that much.

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★★★★☆

My husband, 5 year old son and I went finally after years of forgetting to try this special pizza gem. i guess we over ordered! ( fabulous salad of the day, small veggie pizza, regular special pizza of the day); to her credit our v. competent server toned us down from 2 full sizers and make no mistake, the pizza and salad were excellent, but out the door, with a carafe of house wine, a soda and tip (20%) our bill was 95.00. Pizza out for 3 should never be that much.

Pros: fun for kids, coloring! , far from the norm

Cons: costs can add up

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This place rocks! If you don't like greasy heavy pizza, well this is the place to go!

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★★★★★

This place rocks! If you don't like greasy heavy pizza, well this is the place to go!

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okay, the pizza is good here, but all the others complaining about the service aren't just whining. i went there a few days ago with a three other friends, and after leaving our name on their sign up sheet, they announced they were closing almost an hour earlier than their posted time. why? because they RAN OUT OF DOUGH. that has to be the lamest non-excuse i've ever heard, especially considering they sell pizzas! frankly, their attitude is they just don't care about your buisness. with all the other places to eat in the mission, that is kind of surpirsing and not really necessary to deal with, even if you like the pizza....

2
★★★★☆

okay, the pizza is good here, but all the others complaining about the service aren't just whining. i went there a few days ago with a three other friends, and after leaving our name on their sign up sheet, they announced they were closing almost an hour earlier than their posted time. why? because they RAN OUT OF DOUGH. that has to be the lamest non-excuse i've ever heard, especially considering they sell pizzas! frankly, their attitude is they just don't care about your buisness. with all the other places to eat in the mission, that is kind of surpirsing and not really necessary to deal with, even if you like the pizza....

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Not only does Pauline's have great tasting and interesting combinations of pizza, but they use locally and organically grown veggies. Everything tastes great and it is produced in a sustainable fashion.

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★★★★★

Not only does Pauline's have great tasting and interesting combinations of pizza, but they use locally and organically grown veggies. Everything tastes great and it is produced in a sustainable fashion.

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I went here last week with two friends, one of whom is an SF native & a graduate of a culinary school (Johnson & Wales), and we all agreed this is the best pizza we've had in San Francisco.
We ordered the vegetarian special pizza (roasted red potatoes, sorrel & stilton) and the special salad, which was heavy on watercress. Both were phenomenally delicious. The salad, in particular, was extremely fresh, and light on the dressing (which I liked).
We will definitely be going again. The service was okay (typical Valencia street--curt but competent), and prices decent, especially for the quality you get.

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★★★★★

I went here last week with two friends, one of whom is an SF native & a graduate of a culinary school (Johnson & Wales), and we all agreed this is the best pizza we've had in San Francisco.
We ordered the vegetarian special pizza (roasted red potatoes, sorrel & stilton) and the special salad, which was heavy on watercress. Both were phenomenally delicious. The salad, in particular, was extremely fresh, and light on the dressing (which I liked).
We will definitely be going again. The service was okay (typical Valencia street--curt but competent), and prices decent, especially for the quality you get.

Pros: pizza crust, fresh salads

Cons: limited menu

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The pizza is extraordinary, with a thin crust, superb combinations of herbs, meats, and cheeses (seldom including mozzarella). My wife and I have lived on the east coast for a total of thirty-five years, in New York, New Haven, and Boston; those cities have nothing as good as Pauline's. If you're looking for cheesy, heavy, Italo-American pizza, go elsewhere. However: be prepared for appalling service, especially for takeout. The staff generally has a bad attitude, and some of the people who take your money would rather die than smile or say thank you. We visit twice a week, and they never acknowledge having seen us before.

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★★★★★

The pizza is extraordinary, with a thin crust, superb combinations of herbs, meats, and cheeses (seldom including mozzarella). My wife and I have lived on the east coast for a total of thirty-five years, in New York, New Haven, and Boston; those cities have nothing as good as Pauline's. If you're looking for cheesy, heavy, Italo-American pizza, go elsewhere. However: be prepared for appalling service, especially for takeout. The staff generally has a bad attitude, and some of the people who take your money would rather die than smile or say thank you. We visit twice a week, and they never acknowledge having seen us before.

Pros: Pizza

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Paulines staff doesnt act like your dog at the front door or suburban friends meeting for the thousand time its the mission. Paulines pizza is not like New York pizza but neither is Chez Panisse or the French Laundry like many aspiring restaurants in New York. Paulines pizza is quintessentially California Pizza their Salads and desserts are always tasty. The butterscotch pudding is a uniquely updated version of Betty Crockers. Besides who actually likes greasy pepperoni!

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★★★★★

Paulines staff doesnt act like your dog at the front door or suburban friends meeting for the thousand time its the mission. Paulines pizza is not like New York pizza but neither is Chez Panisse or the French Laundry like many aspiring restaurants in New York. Paulines pizza is quintessentially California Pizza their Salads and desserts are always tasty. The butterscotch pudding is a uniquely updated version of Betty Crockers. Besides who actually likes greasy pepperoni!

Pros: House red, Salad, staff

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What's all this ""I'm from New York so I've had good pizza"" nonsense? I've had pizza all over the planet, but that has nothing to do with Pauline's Pizza. Is it tasty? Yes. Are the ingredients bursting with flavor? Yes. Are her pizzas original? Some are, Yes. Is the staff friendly? No, but I don't go there for the company. If they're rude, they get a crappy tip. I still get my pizza.

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★★★★☆

What's all this ""I'm from New York so I've had good pizza"" nonsense? I've had pizza all over the planet, but that has nothing to do with Pauline's Pizza. Is it tasty? Yes. Are the ingredients bursting with flavor? Yes. Are her pizzas original? Some are, Yes. Is the staff friendly? No, but I don't go there for the company. If they're rude, they get a crappy tip. I still get my pizza.

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We tried Pauline's today and had a horrible dining experience. While the pizza was ok (although way too much flour on the crust and super salty pesto), the service was totally rude. Our waitress was completely oblivious to our existence and did not mutter more than a few words when taking our order. By the end of the meal we were desparate for water (luckily we had some bottled water in the car since we were never given a refill, despite multiple requests) and received our bill without a single word. The only sound made was the bill when it was dumped onto the table.

The pizza does not nearly compensate for the rude, uninviting hospitality. Go somewhere else and enjoy your meal.

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★★☆☆☆

We tried Pauline's today and had a horrible dining experience. While the pizza was ok (although way too much flour on the crust and super salty pesto), the service was totally rude. Our waitress was completely oblivious to our existence and did not mutter more than a few words when taking our order. By the end of the meal we were desparate for water (luckily we had some bottled water in the car since we were never given a refill, despite multiple requests) and received our bill without a single word. The only sound made was the bill when it was dumped onto the table.

The pizza does not nearly compensate for the rude, uninviting hospitality. Go somewhere else and enjoy your meal.

Pros: Nice accomodations

Cons: Rude servers

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Totally dissapointing. Overcooked, overpriced, an x-large pizza that got us full as a small, huge crust little cheese... pizza that tries to be hip. That's what happens when a New Yorker tries to eat California pizza. $21.70 for a xl pizza with 2 toppings. It was burnt. I was very sad. I should of taken it back, but i would of made a scene.

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★☆☆☆☆

Totally dissapointing. Overcooked, overpriced, an x-large pizza that got us full as a small, huge crust little cheese... pizza that tries to be hip. That's what happens when a New Yorker tries to eat California pizza. $21.70 for a xl pizza with 2 toppings. It was burnt. I was very sad. I should of taken it back, but i would of made a scene.

Pros: none, nil, zero

Cons: burnt, jipped, I cried

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I recently came back from visiting San Francisco and it was suggested that for Pizza we tried Pauline's Pizza because it was considered good. Maybe it was an off night but the pizza we ordered was over cooked, dried out and not even good cheese was used. It might have helped if it was baked in wood oven and not a regular gas fire oven would maybe have helped. I've had better pizza a Pizza Hut for less. In fact I would perfer Pizza hut pizza over Pauline's pie any day. I've had great pizza and sadly that Washington DC is not of of the cities listed has some really great pizza too offer. If it is good pizza you want there are probably better choices than Pauline's. Sorry Pauline.

1
★★★☆☆

I recently came back from visiting San Francisco and it was suggested that for Pizza we tried Pauline's Pizza because it was considered good. Maybe it was an off night but the pizza we ordered was over cooked, dried out and not even good cheese was used. It might have helped if it was baked in wood oven and not a regular gas fire oven would maybe have helped. I've had better pizza a Pizza Hut for less. In fact I would perfer Pizza hut pizza over Pauline's pie any day. I've had great pizza and sadly that Washington DC is not of of the cities listed has some really great pizza too offer. If it is good pizza you want there are probably better choices than Pauline's. Sorry Pauline.

Pros: fun, kids

Cons: expensive, over cooked

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... because I'd love it if this place wasn't so crowded -- but this is the best pizza in San Francisco. It's fresh, thin with great crust, and imaginative toppings. Please stay home.

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★★★★★

... because I'd love it if this place wasn't so crowded -- but this is the best pizza in San Francisco. It's fresh, thin with great crust, and imaginative toppings. Please stay home.

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Love thin crust pizza, and have found none better anywhere

2
★★★★★

Love thin crust pizza, and have found none better anywhere

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Surprised my boyfriend for his birthday here with 8 of his friends. We had a great time; the food and service were fantastic. I highly recomment this place.

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★★★★★

Surprised my boyfriend for his birthday here with 8 of his friends. We had a great time; the food and service were fantastic. I highly recomment this place.

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Many good eats here in the last couple years. It's important to know the right things to order here. Garlic pizza is the surest bet. Good wines, and everyone's very nice. Forget parking, tho.

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★★★★★

Many good eats here in the last couple years. It's important to know the right things to order here. Garlic pizza is the surest bet. Good wines, and everyone's very nice. Forget parking, tho.

Pros: Happy, Bright, Delicious

Cons: Horrible parking

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Very good - Bit of a wait but it's worth it!

2
★★★★☆

Very good - Bit of a wait but it's worth it!

Pros: Good

Cons: Crowded

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Too posh for me I guess. Not impressed with the pizza, overpriced and the salad tasted like weeds.

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★★☆☆☆

Too posh for me I guess. Not impressed with the pizza, overpriced and the salad tasted like weeds.

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From 3000 miles away, I continue to rate Pauline's as one of the best pizza's I've ever had -- including pizza in Italy!
It's a must stop place when I'm in San Francisco.

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★★★★★

From 3000 miles away, I continue to rate Pauline's as one of the best pizza's I've ever had -- including pizza in Italy!
It's a must stop place when I'm in San Francisco.

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Pauline's offers a great selection of toppings that you won't usually find elswhere e.g. tasso ham,
arugala, smoked gouda, etc. They offer two nightly pizza specials (one veg., one non-veg.) and one nightly salad special (served with addictive twisted bread sticks!). Their pizza crust is delicious!

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★★★★★

Pauline's offers a great selection of toppings that you won't usually find elswhere e.g. tasso ham,
arugala, smoked gouda, etc. They offer two nightly pizza specials (one veg., one non-veg.) and one nightly salad special (served with addictive twisted bread sticks!). Their pizza crust is delicious!

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The best california style pizza. Can't compare it directly to Zachary's or NY gems like Totono's or Patsy's, it's the best in it's own category.

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★★★★★

The best california style pizza. Can't compare it directly to Zachary's or NY gems like Totono's or Patsy's, it's the best in it's own category.

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Pauline's is a no-kiddin', good-eatin', fine wine-drinkin' time. Yer a fool to miss out!!

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★★★★★

Pauline's is a no-kiddin', good-eatin', fine wine-drinkin' time. Yer a fool to miss out!!

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Hands down the best in the city. Specials change nightly with eclectic toppings and extremely fresh ingredients. We eat there several nights a week as each pizza pie is like an extraordinary 4 course meal!!!

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★★★★★

Hands down the best in the city. Specials change nightly with eclectic toppings and extremely fresh ingredients. We eat there several nights a week as each pizza pie is like an extraordinary 4 course meal!!!

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New York may have its double-wide, thin-crust, meant-for-folding-pizza, and Sicily its token thick crust, but if California could stake a claim on pizza, it should be on the beauties inside the ovens at Pauline's. Sure the crust is crisp…

 

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