Billed as ‘The Pizza with the Secret,’ family-run Cicero’s Pizza has been a local favorite since 1968. Perhaps the secret lies in their fried crust, a twist on the classic Italian-style pizza. Whatever it may be, customers flock to Cicero’s for a helping of their pizza of choice, whether it be the Baker’s Pride (mushrooms, sausage, onions, and bell peppers), Spicy Vegetarian (jalapeños, bell peppers, onions, and fresh tomatoes), or the almighty Belly Buster (olives, mushrooms, bell peppers, salami, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and onions).
Address & telephone number: 6138 Bollinger Road, San Jose, CA, +1 408-777-0690
Tony Brierly, proprietor of Pizza California and a fifth-generation Californian, likes to stay true to his roots. The ingredients used here are sourced from across the state, including heirloom garlic from Gilroy, sourdough from San Francisco, and red tomatoes from Modesto. Their sourdough crust is a defining characteristic of the pizzas here and is used in all of Brierly’s recipes from the classic quattro formaggio and Hawaiian to original creations like the thick-crust bacon cheeseburger pizza, loaded with seasoned ground beef, bacon, red onions, chopped tomatoes, pickles, and burger sauce.
Address & telephone number: 1708 Oakland Rd, San Jose, CA, +1 408-573-7373
Authenticity is paramount here at Pizza Bocca Lupo. Owner Ronald de Vries, born and trained in Naples, Italy, has brought his expertise, his doppio zero flour, and a wood-burning oven with him from his hometown in order to create the best possible Neapolitan pizza here in California. The Bianca is one piece of evidence of its authenticity, being made of prosciutto, arugula tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette, mozzarella, parmesan, and extra virgin olive oil. They also make seasonal pizzas here, like the Oktoberfest (mozzarella, parmesan, bratwurst, honey mustard drizzle, and caramelized onions) that showcase their creativity.
Address & telephone number: 87 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA, +1 408-289-1775