As a native New Jerseyan and current New Yorker, I feel like I’ve earned the right to hold pizza in other places to high standards. Usually I scoff at the idea of anywhere else in the US producing any such worthy slices of my patronage, but I’ll damned if I didn’t stumble across some truly excellent pizza in San Francisco at Golden Boy Pizza.
Look for the giant hand sign on Green St. and follow the glowing neon pointer finger into the shop. Inside you’ll find a narrow pizza shop serving interesting rectangular pizzas by the slice in a punk rock dive bar atmosphere and the intoxicating scent of roasted garlic. Look over the haphazardly slapped-together sign on the wall and make your selection before paying and waiting for your slice to be brought to you.
I opted for the Garlic & Clam slice since I wanted to make myself as repulsive and difficult to be around as possible for the rest of the night out on the town. I’m kidding, but seriously these are not the kind of slice toppings you’d want to consume if you’re going to be in close proximity to other people.
The first thing that I noticed about the slice was the extraordinarily light yet thick and crispy underside on this slice that falls somewhere in between normal pizza, Sicilian, and Elios. I don’t know why Elios comes to mind, because that shit is gross and this pizza is far from it. There must be some sort of subconscious nostalgia occurring. It was actually kind of amazing and the cheesy, garlicky, saucy, herbal, seafoody slice was absolutely heavenly. At $4 for a slice, it might be a little steep, but it was so damn delicious that I’d make the splurge any day of the week.
So if you’re in San Francisco and are in need of a solid slice of pizza, head over to Golden Boy Pizzeria. These crispy rectangular slices aren’t the cheapest you’ll find, but they just might be the very best you can get in the area.
Got another slice joint I need to check out in San Francisco? Let me know in the comments below.
Golden Boy Pizza
542 Green St. San Francisco, CA 94133