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Best Pizza In The South Bay

August 22, 2012 11:00 AM

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If pizza is your favorite savory dish for dining out or to-go eating, try these suggestions for the best pizza in South Bay. You can order from the menu or design your own pie. Absorb the ambiance in the restaurant or take your selection away. Any choice is sure to please.


Jake’s of Saratoga
12175 Saratoga Sunnyvale Road
Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 257-5858
jakesofsaratoga.com

Locals have been ordering their pizza at Jake’s of Saratoga for more than 25 years because it’s as good as it gets. This friendly, casual restaurant is a great place to meet up with family, friends or the team. Create your own special or order one of Jake’s Signature Pizzas such as the Gilroy Special – a crispy crust loaded with ranch sauce, garlic, chives, green onions, pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and monterey jack cheese. Extras include a heated enclosed patio and HD TVs so you can watch the latest games, or you can order ahead and take your pie home.

By-Th’-Bucket
4565 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 248-6244
btbbarandgrill.com

Although donning an unusual name, there’s nothing odd about the food at By-Th’-Bucket. It’s a full-service, Italian-Mediterranean restaurant and its pizza can’t be beat. Order in or to go. “One size fits all” pies are hand-crafted with Italian-style pizza dough, homemade pizza sauce and four different kinds of cheese. The flavors range from the simple No Meat Th’ Margherita – tomatoes, basil, garlic and fresh mozzarella – to the Macho Man Meat Pizza – Italian sausage, ham, linguica, pepperoni and salami. There are also “West Coast” Thin Crust selections. The average price is $15.50 and the pies are large.


Patxi’s Chicago Pizza
441 Emerson St
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 473-9999
patxispizza.com

There are plenty of die-hard pizza fans who must have Chicago-style stuffed pizza. If you’re one of them, lively and vibrant Patxi’s is the place for you. It serves up hearty, oozing deep-dish pizzas and even includes some Chicago “décor” in the mix. Relax and enjoy the wait – deep-dish pies take upwards of 25 minutes to bake – while Patxi’s cooks your selection to order. Try the Chicago “Stuffed” – half Classic Meat and half BBQ Chicken – or perhaps you might like to sample the Greek artichoke heart, feta, green olive and red bell pepper pie. The restaurant also offers a vegan pizza – spinach, crushed garlic, red onions and Daiya vegan cheese on a whole-wheat crust. In addition, Patxi’s serves traditional pan pizzas with regular or extra-thin crusts: choose white or whole-wheat flour and design your own from the extensive list of toppings. Patxi’s is glad to supply you with a to-go box if you can’t finish because you, like the pizza, are “stuffed.”

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Skip’s Place Pizza
299 1st St
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 949-1170
skipsplacepizza.com

For almost 40 years, Skip’s Place Pizza has been dishing up the best specialty-crafted gourmet pizzas in Los Altos, and the service comes with a smile. Boasting a crisp, chewy crust, the pies have a home-cooked feel with a good variety of fresh chunky toppings from which to choose. At lunchtime, call ahead for speedy service: order the mini special which comes with a salad and beverage. For a bigger feed, try the gourmet vegetarian Spinach and Walnut Pizza topped with roasted garlic, roasted red bell peppers, spinach, basil pesto and honey walnuts. Want something a bit more hearty? This pizzeria bakes an interesting pie with homemade pico de gallo and Mexican chorizo, all topped with cilantro. There is free parking right across the street and Skip’s delivers to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Mio Vicino
1290 Benton St
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 241-9414
miovicino-santaclara.com

Located in the old town area of Santa Clara, Mio Vicino’s has been serving locals aromatic pizza and fine Italian dishes since 1992. The small restaurant is a neighborhood tradition and even the staff is full of familiar faces: it’s really as though you are home. Mio Vicino’s uses high-quality ingredients in its pies. Order the Meat Combo Pizza, a meat lover’s dream, where the sauce is almost buried under layers of sausage, linguica, salami and pepperoni, with red bell peppers, mushrooms and olives topping the succulent dish. Or, if your taste runs to a lighter meal, try the Shrimp Pie: prawns, rock shrimp, pesto, pine nuts and cheese. Call ahead if you’d like your pizza to go.

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Nina Holtons creative background in travel and cooking and a passion for writing empowers her to share the Bay Area scene with readers avid for information about where to go and what to do. A free-lance online journalist, she lives in Santa Clara; and her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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