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Golden Boy Pizza

Find a Real Slice in North Beach

Where to find the city’s best pizza? In an Italian neighborhood of course. North Beach’s Golden Boy Pizza serves it Sicilian style, by the square slice, accompanied by ... a fork and knife? You guessed it, these guys take their pizza seriously, and maybe that’s the secret to their success. Golden Boy won’t make deliveries to the office, nor do they sell whole pies to go. Rather, patrons must pay pilgrimage to this dive locale--on Green St. at Jasper Alley--to get their little taste of heaven. Inside, you’re greeted by a long counter and bar stools. The no-nonsense staff takes your order quickly and delivers your piping hot slice within minutes of your having sat down. No dillydallying here, it’s the perfect place to grab a quick lunch or a fast snack in between an evening’s session of bar hopping.

Golden Boy’s philosophy is to keep it simple and fresh; and they succeed on both accounts. Three well-chosen combo toppings--all piled high atop a wonderfully thick, fluffy, light and crispy crust--are enough to satisfy all tastes and persuasions. There’s the pesto veggie: a base of basil pesto covered with mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, olives, onions and a generous heaping of cheese. Meat lovers will choose the combo: large chunks of pepperoni, sausage, zucchini, mushrooms and onions embedded in a thick layer of zesty homemade tomato sauce. And for seafood lovers, there’s the clam garlic: baby clams anchored in mozzarella cheese and topped with a fragrant sprinkling of chopped garlic and parsley. Yum! No wonder everyone loves this neighborhood. Allora, mangiamo!