9 Piping-Hot Pizza Places with Terrific Wine Lists

These restaurants win no matter how you slice it
9 Piping-Hot Pizza Places with Terrific Wine Lists
Restaurants like Pizza Republica in Denver know that wine and pizza make a great match. (Pizza Republica)
Jan 31, 2019

Updated: Jan. 31, 2019

Super Bowl season ignites cravings for classic bar foods like nachos, chicken wings and the MVP of Italian-turned-American grub: pizza. Whether topped with gooey cheese, pepperoni, ham, roasted veggies or "everything," this versatile dish offers something for everyone. Perfect pairings for pizza abound, from fruity reds to rich whites to crisp sparklers.

Here are nine Wine Spectator Restaurant Award–winning restaurants from around the United States whose pizzas are a delightful match with their wine lists. To check out more great wine dining spots across the globe, see Wine Spectator’s nearly 3,800 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including our 100 Grand Award recipients.

This is only a partial guide to pizza and wine restaurants. Do you have a favorite you’d like to see on this list? Send your recommendations to restaurantawards@mshanken.com. We want to hear from you!


A16

2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, Calif.
Telephone (415) 771-2216
Website www.a16sf.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Owner and wine director Shelley Lindgren also runs the program at Award of Excellence winner SPQR.

Just off the Presidio in San Francisco’s Marina District, A16 draws its inspiration from southern Italy for both its wine list and cuisine. Owner and wine director Shelley Lindgren’s list has earned the restaurant a Best of Award of Excellence since 2011 for its moderately priced 500-plus selections, almost all of which are Italian. Authentic Neapolitan pizza takes center stage on chef Nicolette Manescalchi’s menu, ranging from classic marinara, Margherita and Romana options to a pie topped with pancetta, pecorino and escarole.


Oenotri

1425 First St., Napa, Calif.
Telephone (707) 252-1022
Website www.oenotri.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Alex Farnum
Enjoy hidden gems of the Italian wine world alongside the signature pizzas at Oenotri.

In the heart of Napa, Oenotri attracts winemakers and tourists alike with its Italian-focused, Best of Award of Excellence–winning list. Wine director Thomas Dorman makes a point to champion lesser-known Italian wines from Refosco to Sangiovese Bianco on his moderately priced, 600-selection list. Chef Tyler Rodde’s menu offers plenty of choices to pair with Dorman’s picks, and though the menu changes daily, highlights have included a classic Margherita pie to one with cream, fontina, roasted king trumpet mushrooms and thyme.


Undici Taverna Rustica

11 W. River Road, Rumson, N.J.
Telephone (732) 842-3880
Website www.undicirestaurant.com
Open Dinner, daily; Lunch, Saturday and Sunday
Best of Award of Excellence

At New Jersey favorite Undici Taverna Rustica, owner and wine director Victor Rallo's list will transport you to Italy.

Not far from the banks of the Navesink River, you’ll find Undici Taverna Rustica, a recreated Tuscan farmhouse in Rumson, N.J. The Italian influence carries over to the Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list, overseen by owner and wine director Victor Rallo, offering 800 selections and focusing on Tuscany and Piedmont. In addition to roasted fish dishes, meats and house-made pastas, chef Giovanni Atzori’s menu features handmade pizzas with classic toppings, all wood-fired at 800° F.


360 Uno Pizzeria, Espresso, Vino

3801 N. Capital of Texas Highway, Suite G-100, Austin, Texas
Telephone (512) 327-5505
Website www.360uno.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

360 Uno Pizzeria, Espresso, Vino
360 Uno Pizzeria, Espresso, Vino features both a traditional dining room and a more casual bar and counter-service space.

In Austin, Texas, the family-owned 360 Uno Pizzeria, Espresso, Vino has earned an Award of Excellence every year since 2005. Wine director Chris Hightower’s list offers 235 selections, with strengths in Italy and California, a handful of which are available on tap. Choose from 12 pizza options with a variety of toppings, all available on gluten-free crust by request.


Brava

27 Housatonic St., Lenox, Mass.
Telephone (413) 637-9171
Website www.facebook.com/BravaBarLenox
Open Dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Brava
At Brava, European eats complement a classic wine list.

Brava brings the cozy charm of a European wine bar to the heart of Lenox, Mass. Whitney Asher owns and operates the 30-seat restaurant, overseeing the 125-label, Award of Excellence–winning wine list. The selections focus on classic regions, excelling in Italy, France and Spain. Brava boasts an ambitious by-the-glass program, with 40 to 50 options depending on the season, as well as themed wine flights such as “Italy’s traditional white wines” and “Fun reds from all over France.” The menu is a mix of tapas plates like seared scallops with Dijon balsamic–sauce and grilled lamb chops with mint sauce, and hand-made pizzas with toppings like merguez sausage and wild mushrooms.


Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana

600 Pine St., Suite 132, Seattle, Wash.
Telephone (206) 264-0994
Website www.ilfornaio.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

With 19 Award of Excellence–winning locations across the country, Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana is proof that pizza and wine make for a winning pair. The Seattle location’s 90-selection, inexpensive list is managed by corporate wine director Octavia Monelli and has good representation from Italy and California. Those looking for local offerings will also find several Washington options on the list to sip with Il Fornaio’s signature thin-crust pies made with mozzarella.


Marta

29 E. 29th St., New York, N.Y.
Telephone (212) 651-3800
Website www.martamanhattan.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Marta
At Marta, wine director Jenni Guizio’s list highlights bottles from Italy and Champagne.

Opened by restaurateur Danny Meyer in 2014, just north of Manhattan’s Madison Square Park, Marta earned its first Award of Excellence the following year. Wine director Jenni Guizio guides the 550-selection list, with strengths in Italy and Champagne, and featuring many options in the $50-to-$100 range. Pair your pick with one of chef Lena Ciardulla’s traditional Roman-style, crackly-crust pizzas.


Pizza Man

2597 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, Wis.
Telephone (414) 272-1745
Website www.pizzamanwi.com
Open Dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Brad Krawczyk
Pizza Man features several dining spaces including a terrace that opens to the outdoors.

Pizza Man has grown from its 1970s identity as a modest takeout concept to a pizza-and-wine destination with three Award of Excellence–winning locations throughout Wisconsin. The Milwaukee outpost has held the title since 2014 for wine director Carlie Nesgoda’s well-rounded, value-filled list. California and Italy stand out, but you’ll find wines from Germany, France, Argentina and beyond. Nearly all of the 125 selections are under $100 and also available in half-bottles. Pizza Man offers Italian appetizers and pastas alongside signature pizzas available in three different sizes, with plenty of vegetarian options.


Pizza Republica

890 14th St., Denver, Colo.
Telephone (303) 623-2811
Website www.pizzarepublica.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Pizza Republica
Pizza Republica is a hot spot for wood-fired pies and affordable Italian wine.

At Pizza Republica, wine directors George Eder and William Graves make Italian wine approachable. The small Colorado chain has another Award of Excellence–winning location in Greenwood Village, which also offers a list of 110 exclusively Italian labels. Each selection identifies the grape variety and body (light, medium or full) to help guests select the perfect bottle. Pair your pick with one of their Neapolitan-style pies, baked at 1,000° F.


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