Pi Day: Best Pizza and Cannabis in San Diego
To celebrate this year’s Pi Day in style, we scoured the best pizza in San Diego and our favorite cannabis pairings for each one. Written by Lucas Indrikovs.
Pizza toppings and cannabis terpenes playing off each other like a symphony in your mouth (and a fireworks display in your brain) is a feeling every cannabis enthusiast should experience at least 30 times in their life.
Pi day is just around the corner, and we’re pretty sure it’s the law that you have to eat some sweet, sweet San Diego pizza every 3/14. Although, we don’t really need an excuse to gobble down a slice of pizza that would make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles retreat to their sewer lair, green with envy.
To celebrate this year’s Pi Day in style, we scoured the interwebs and hunted down the best pizza in San Diego, so you don’t have to. And because we love you so much, we even detailed our favorite pies and our favorite cannabis pairings for each one.
So light up, do some stomach stretching exercises, and get ready to chow down on these tasty Pi Day munchies.
Part of the Urbn Group of pizzerias and housed in a converted 1912 warehouse in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Basic Bar/Pizza is slinging delicious thin-crust brick oven pizzas for locals and tourists alike. Not only does Urbn/Basic Bar offer some of the best thin-crust slices in town, but they’re also partnering with March and Ash to guarantee that you enjoy this year’s Pi Day as much as cheese, tomatoes, and cannabis will allow.
If you buy a pie from Urbn/Basic, you’ll receive a coupon for 14% off your next March and Ash purchase. And vice-versa, if you stop by March and Ash for some pizza-eating fuel, you’ll get 14% off your next pie at Urbn/Basic by simply showing your receipt at checkout.
March 14th: Enjoy 14% Off Pizza at Urbn/Basic
On March 14th, if you stop by March and Ash for some pizza-eating fuel, you’ll get 14% off your next pie at Urbn/Basic by simply showing your receipt at checkout. And vice-versa, if you buy a pie from Urbn/Basic, you’ll receive a coupon for 14% off your next March and Ash purchase.
With that awesome 1:1 discount, one of our many Urbn/Basic pizza recommendations would be the Mashed Potato pie with creamy mozzarella and unctuous bacon. Mashed potatoes aren’t traditional pizza toppings, but boy is it a delicious concoction.
While we recommend enjoying some of your favorite cannabis flowers, concentrates, and drinkables before and during your pizza party, there’s nothing better than a delectable dessert after that last slice of ‘za. Kaneh Co.’s Cherry Pistachio 1:1 Midnight Dark Chocolates are smooth as silk, nutty, fruity, and delicious.
Plus, with a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBN, these silky treats will lull you into a peaceful pizza slumber if Urbn/Basic’s mashed potato pie wasn’t enough to do the trick.
Nestled in the heart of North Park and occupying what used to be the North Park Post Office building, Tribute Pizza has been slinging Neo-Neapolitan pies since 2016. Since then, they’ve been featured on Thrillist’s “Best Pizza Shops in America” list thanks to their unique hybrid of New York and Neapolitan techniques.
Their Classic Vegano Supreme is a vegetarian pizza lover’s dream come true. Red onions, freshly crushed tomatoes, garlic-sauteed mushrooms, and pickled sweet peppers come together to form a cacophony of flavors that will delight your taste buds.
Since Tribute recommends adding arugula as an additional topping, we think a spicy, peppery, Caryophyllene-forward concentrate like Alive and Well's Chemdawg Live Resin cart would perfectly complement the savory, sweet veggies on this pie. Chemdawg is a 50/50 hybrid so it’ll energize you to eat another slice while slowing you down to make sure you savor every second of it.
After establishing an iconic reputation in San Diego for their New York-style thin-crust pizza, Bronx Pizza has cemented its status as one of the best pizzerias in Southern California. Bronx Pizza wants to be your Hillcrest neighborhood pizza joint by creating an inviting atmosphere where you can gab with the pizza cooks while sharing a table with a stranger who might just become your new best friend.
“A friend with weed is a friend indeed”… That’s the saying, right? Bronx Pizza’s Porko pie is one of our favorites and a butcher’s daydream with pepperoni, sausage, and meatballs on their flaky, chewy crust. With a pizza this rich and ripe for meat sweats, Keef’s Pineapple Mocktail’s tropical sourness is sure to cut through the opulence.
Keef Mocktails are a concentrated, higher-dose drinkable brewed for cannabis lovers with a higher THC tolerance. Pour it over ice or use it as a mixer. No matter how you decide to consume this tart treat, it’s bound to bring a new friend to your table.
Suppose you’re looking for a classic New York pizza, especially one that Guy Fieri, the Billy Idol of food, deemed as his favorite West Coast slice. Founded in 2004, Pizzeria Luigi opened their first shop in Golden Hill and have since expanded to North Park and Imperial Beach, spreading the gospel of cheese and tomato sauce to anyone who will listen.
Luigi Agostini has constructed many top-notch pies for his pizzeria, but our favorite is the BBQ Chicken pizza. While this pie might seem a bit bare-bones, it breaks the scales with flavor, from the spicy red onions to the juicy chicken and the sweet, savory BBQ sauce.
Like pretty much every pizza, this one is best enjoyed with a cold, crisp canna-drink, and what better way to up the ante on pizza night than with Lagunitas’ Hifi Hops Reverb brew? With 10mg of THC, you only have a 15 minute wait period between consumption and blast off (thanks to how the human body processes cannabis drinkables).
It’s bubbly, refreshing, mentally energizing, and yet physically relaxing. Lagunitas and Luigi go together like love and marriage.
Lefty’s, a Chicago-style pizzeria, is a family-operated, independent joint with locations in both the North Park and Mission Hills neighborhoods in San Diego. This local restaurant proves that pizza can be delicious despite what you think is "real pizza."
One of our go-to favorites is their deep-dish pepperoni with globs of garlicky tomato sauce, gooey mozzarella cheese, and stuffed with ungodly amounts of pepperoni. It’s a grease-hound’s fantasy. If you’re looking to elevate your pizza-loving experience while you devour this pizza pie, we can’t think of a better supplement than Highland’s Indica-dominant hybrid GMO x Runtz cured badder concentrate.
GMO stands for “garlic, mushrooms, and onions,” which might be an exotic cannabis terpene profile, but it’s also a classic pizza topping. Highland’s spicy, gassy, savory badder and Lefty’s deep-dish pizza are made for each other.
Although Woodstock’s was founded in Corvallis, Oregon, they’ve since migrated south to Pacific Beach to become “California, Born, and Baked.” Their mission to create a youthful, student-oriented pizza place has sparked Woodstock’s to develop insanely garnished pies that guarantee you’ll get a taste of every topping in every single bite.
You can customize your pizza from scratch with everything from classic to gluten-free doughs and even cauliflower crusts (if you’re getting that summer body ready). We love their Garlic Bird pizza with creamy garlic sauce, grilled chicken, ‘shrooms, red onions, and fresh Roma tomatoes. All that rich, creamy, garlicky goodness is delicious but might wilt a flower if you breathe too closely near it.
To avoid killing your mom’s beautiful flower garden, we recommend taking a few of Kanha’s Sublime Key Lime hybrid gummies to cut through the garlicky fumes. Kanha gummies typically take just 10-20 minutes to kick in. That means you can enjoy a couple of slices, think you’re full, take a Kanha gummy or two, and finish the rest of the pizza before the end of your favorite movie.
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