Golden Boy Pizza


“You have to try Golden Boy. It’s famous around here.”

I don’t get into San Francisco very often – it’s not far but traffic usually keeps me on the Oakland side of the Bay Bridge.

As I work towards my Pilates certification, I’ve been spending my weekends in the North Beach neighborhood. Reminiscent of New York City’s Lower East Side, it’s close to Chinatown and full of Irish pubs, home decor stores and boutiques, and a million Italian pizza places. During our five and a half hour days in the Pilates studio, we only get a thirty minute lunch break. It’s important to use the time wisely – finding the coffee and food you need to fuel your body for the rest of the day.

Another student pointed me in the direction of Golden Boy Pizza so I hustled down the block to see what this pizza was all about.


It’s a small, unassuming store front except for the gigantic, over-sized hand pointing directly at the entrance. The window facing the sidewalk showcasing all the slices they had on tap for the day. As I walked in, it felt more like a dive bar than a pizza place. The space was long and narrow and the only seating was at the bar. It was a chill atmosphere possibly because it wasn’t physically possible to fit many people inside at any given time. Luckily for me, I was there in the middle of the day on a rainy day.

I saw the “combo” slice right away. The focaccia bread, green zucchini, the handmade sausage and pepperoni – I’m salivating just thinking about it! For $5 I got a giant slice of the most delicious pizza and a drink. Golden Boy Pizza is a great spot to decompress and enjoy some ‘za. Check it out next time you’re in North Beach and let me know what you think.

What to Know

Golden Boy Pizza is cash only.
Simple, delicious menu here.

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