Above: a few years ago, Caffè Calabria started out as a coffee bar where beans were roasted onsite. It quickly became one of the most popular pizzerias in San Diego.
Last week we shared an article by one of favorite Southern California wine writers, Jon Erickson, who, together with his wife Jayne, owns and runs Jaynes Gastropub in San Diego (a must-dine venue and one of our favorites).
In his piece, entitled “Navigating a Wine List Like a Pro,” he recommends Cantele Salice Salentino by the glass at Caffè Calabria, his “favorite San Diego Neapolitan pizzeria.”
We’ve eaten a few times at the popular pizza spot and can report that it serves, hands down, the best Neapolitan pizza in the city (see the photo above).
San Diego’s not exactly a city known for its pizza. When I was growing up there, Pernicano’s, with its Venetian gondola in the middle of the dining room, was the number-one pizza (just click on the link to its website and you’ll get a sense of what I’m talking about; just be sure to turn down the volume on your speakers before doing so).
But the thing that takes Caffè Calabria over the top is that Italian is spoken there: nearly all of the servers are Italian students. And they know great pizza.
We highly recommend it, especially when paired with Cantele by the glass.
Image via the Caffè Calabria Facebook.