Daily Slice: Lefty's Chicago Pizzeria, San Diego

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Lefty's Chicago Pizzeria is a local institution. Owned and operated by a family of Chicagoans, the pizzeria brings the flavors of the Second City to San Diego, offering three types of pies: thin crust, deep dish, and stuffed. The first two types are available by the slice (two for $6.50, including a can of pop).


Lefty's deep dish pies aren't nearly as deep as typical Chicago-style deep dish pizzas—you won't confuse these pizzas with casseroles. But they still boast a crisp and flaky golden-brown crust, lots of stringy mozzarella, and a straightforward sauce made of sweet tomato chunks.

A major upside of this medium-dish pie is you can eat more than two slices without drifting into a carb coma (and still have room for a couple of beers)...but if a cheese-laden, sauce-covered monster is what you're after, I'd stick with the stuffed pizza, even even though it takes an hour to bake.

Lefty's Chicago Pizzeria

3448 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104 (map) 619-295-1720; leftyspizza.com