Real Italians, Real Pizza reviews the pizza at Il Casaro, in San Francisco

In this episode, “Real Italians” test the pizza at Il Casaro, in San Francisco. Il Casaro is a Neapolitan-style pizzeria on Columbus Avenue, in the heart of San Francisco’s Little Italy.

The location is great for tourists and locals alike. Right between downtown and the Fisherman’s Wharf, with plenty of bars, historic coffee shops, and great city views.

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Does their pizza pass the test? Watch the video of Real Italians Real Pizza to find out.



Il Casaro: traditional doesn’t mean old-fashioned

You may think this is one of those old-school, slightly overpriced Italian (or Italian-American) restaurants in what remains of San Francisco’s Little Italy. Actually, Il Casaro opened only in 2014. The contemporary interiors (think white tiles and industrial light fixtures) signal that this is no red-sauce joint.

With Il Casaro, Peter Fazio and Francesco Covucci wanted to bring Neapolitan traditions to the heart of San Francisco. Besides pizza, of course, the restaurant features its own housemade mozzarella and burrata, which you can enjoy solo or on pizza. In fact, casaro means “cheesemaker” in Italian.

The red Stefano Ferrara woodfire oven, a staple in self-respecting Neapolitan pizzerias in California, sits in the middle of the space. Take a seat at the white Italian marble bar, and enjoy the show. For a more intimate dining experience, choose a table next to the window, but keep in mind that at night the pizzeria is always busy.



Il Casaro Pizzeria and Mozzarella Bar
348 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 677-9455