Where's the Best Pizza in Napa?

America’s comfort food has become an obsession with Napa residents and chefs alike. Where's your favorite Napa pie?

When I’m sad, stressed or lonely, I turn to pizza.

When I’m happy, and want to reward myself, I turn to pizza.

When I have no reason whatsoever, I turn to pizza.

As far as I’m concerned, pizza is the ultimate comfort food. When I was a teenager I thought pizza delivery was the best invention since sliced bread. Those were the days of Pizza Hut and Dominos.

I’ve moved on from the pizza deliveries of the world (well, most of the time) to upscale gourmet pizza—so good and so seemingly healthy! Today, pizza turns up on some of the most exclusive menus in Napa. There’s a pizza for everyone.

I spoke to some local connoisseurs and found out that tastes are pretty much across the board.

Anjalie and John Martini don’t eat much pizza (or so they say). But when they do, it’s Firewood Café and Azzurro, they agree, writing “Both have nice thin crusts and fresh ingredients.”

Kelly Murray, wine club administrator at Grgich Hills Estate has a whole host of opinions.

“Best delivery in town is (mostly because they have the best topping options, as well as the best side salad around),” Murray said.

“Best delivery in North Napa (will go north of Trower to the wilds of Oak Knoll and the unincorporated parts of Napa before you get to Yountville) is New York Pizza Kitchen.

"My personal favorite is the vegetarian with an addition of sausage...it's the only way to get all the good veggies.”

And, according to Murray, Fazeratti’s is the best pizza shack in town with great lunch specials, and the place to go for sports team celebarations.

As far as specialty selections, Murray recommends Azzurro. She loves the thin crust but says the pies are “pricey and small.” However, “the wine list is hard to beat.”

Realtor and sometimes food writer Dynie Sanderson is adamant:

“Best pizza hands down is at Oenotri in downtown Napa--Southern Italian style. It’s all about the crust. Just magic.

"Their signature is the Margherita pizza, though every day there are a variety of pizza options to choose from based on the freshest ingredients available,” said Sanderson.

“Nothing else will match it except perhaps a trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy.”

Sometimes it’s all in the family: Kathy, Don and Kim Foulger say nothing compares to Papa Joes. They claim the key is the sauce.

I think I'll head out for lunch now. Or maybe just dial the phone. . . 

Tim Thulin July 22, 2011 at 04:43 AM
Round Table has pretty good pizza. Tonight we had an Artichoke Fiesta pizza from the Pizza Guys, used a coupon, $10.78 and it was more pizza than we could eat. I'm sure some of the fancier places have great pizza but I think there is something to be said for good pizza at an affordable price.
Louisa Hufstader July 22, 2011 at 05:11 AM
Julie, Paul and I went to Firewood tonight and not only did we enjoy every crumb of a delightful thin-crust, we also got to say hi to some of Napa's leading young rock musicians including: James and Lalo from Deluna, Sean from Ove the Garden and Skyler Barto, whose "Polyphonic Exhaust" remains one of my favorite new music experiences still, three years after its debut in the Copia parking lot.
Louisa Hufstader July 22, 2011 at 05:56 AM
Thank you Tim -- I just finished a sausage/shroom pizza at Firewood, and now I want the artichoke one from TPG too.


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