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With its proximity to North Park, University Heights offers visitors and residents amazing food just a short drive or walk away. However, there is a wealth of incredible places to eat or enjoy an after-work drink all over University Heights. The neighborhood has all kinds of eateries, from a chicken pot pie restaurant to a host of international and fusion joints.

If there’s one food that’s culturally associated with college (other than packaged ramen noodles), it’s probably pizza, and with good reason. Pizza is great whether you’re eating alone or feeding a whole group of friends or classmates. There are so many ways to customize pizza that you can surely accommodate even the pickiest eater. Whether there’s a vegetarian, a vegan or someone with a gluten sensitivity sharing your pie, you can definitely find one to suit those dietary needs.

Pizza also tends to hold well, meaning that you can put it in the fridge overnight and enjoy it the next day. Some people swear by cold, day-old pizza as the ideal breakfast after a night out with friends. However, with some of the better pizzas available near University Heights, you may not find yourself with any leftovers if you’re sharing.

If you’re looking for a quick bite or in the mood for gourmet toppings, you’ll find a pizza restaurant that caters to exactly what you’re craving in University Heights. Order a pie from any of the pizza joints on this list and you’ll surely be glad that you did!

Red House Pizza

Location: 4615 Park Blvd
Hours: Monday-Friday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: $$

If you have friends or classmates who have food restrictions, Red House Pizza is the first place you should call. They have an entire section of their menu devoted to vegetarian and vegan dishes, and pizzas, and you can upgrade any pizza to a gluten-free crust for only $1.50 for 10-inch pies and $3 for 14-inch pies.

They have a specialty pizza menu that could leave you indecisive about which pie to order. There’s the Washington, which is a pesto pizza with roasted chicken, artichoke hearts, roasted tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil. There’s the Thai pizza, which has a coconut peanut sauce, chicken, broccoli, pineapple, jalapenos, carrots, green onions, pickled red onions, sesame seeds and cilantro, as well as mozzarella cheese. Their Akaroa features a white sauce, pork, spinach, pickled red onions, pepper jack and mozzarella cheeses and a chimichurri dipping sauce.

Their menu includes handmade meatball pasta, which includes gluten-free meatballs, Mediterranean mac & cheese, which includes veggies and creamy cheese sauce, a range of salads and sandwiches and even chicken wings or pigs in a hood for starters. If you’re looking for something sweet, they offer gluten-free seasonal cheesecake by the slice, tiramisu, homemade chocolate brownies with ice cream and homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Cueva Bar

Location: 2123 Adams Avenue
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Closed Monday
Price: $$

If you’re looking for a more unique and modern spin on pizza, you need to check out Cueva Bar. Cuevo Bar is a Spanish-style wine and tapas bar, offering plenty of flavorful and crave-worthy tapas (small plates), including flat breads that are essentially small pizzas. They have gluten-free flatbread options, as well as plenty of vegetarian tapas on their menu.

The Chimichurri is a cheese-free flatbread. It gets topped with arugula, fresh avocado slices and chile oil. The Norteno features house beef chorizo, garlic oil and mozzarella. Finally, their Poblano flatbread includes roasted poblano chile peppers, chimicurri sauce and Romano cheese. These flatbreads are a classy upgrade if you love pizza but want to enjoy a slightly more adult meal.

Cueva Bar offers Happy Hour specials every day they are open, from 5 p.m. until 6:30, with some impressive specials. For drinks, you can enjoy a San Diego craft beer for $4 or $5 glasses of wine, sangria or hibiscus sparkler. For food specials, they offer their tapas for only $5 each. They participate in the San Diego Bike Commuter Discount Program, offering 10 percent off your purchase, expect during Happy Hour pricing.

D’Angelo Pizzeria

Location: 4592 30th Street
Hours: Monday: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.
Price: $

If you’re looking for classic, simple, pizza, then D’Angelo Pizzeria is a great call. Located right on the edge of University Heights and North Park, this pizza place offers great crust, which is both soft and slightly crunchy, as well as a host of toppings for build-your-own pizzas and their incredible selection of specialty pizzas.

Their namesake pizza, the D’Angelo Pizza, is probably one of their most popular pies. This pizza is basically a supreme, with pepperoni, sausage, red onion, mushrooms, green bell pepper and black olives, as well as a traditional red sauce. For those who want a more classic Italian pie, consider the Margherita Pizza, which has olive oil instead of sauce, topped with mozzarella, fresh garlic, tomatoes and basil. Of course, their specialty pizza menu has great options for the more adventurous pizza connoisseurs.

They have a BBQ chicken pizza, which has BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce, as well as a Mexican pizza, which boasts refried beans, chorizo, jalapenos, bacon and red onion, as well as mozzarella cheese. There’s a chicken pesto pizza and even a Philly cheese steak pizza. You can order either take out or delivery, but there is also a dining area if you want to sit down and enjoy the casual atmosphere. Be sure to save a little room, because … ice cream!

Parkhouse Eatery

Location: 4574 Park Blvd.
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Price: $$

If you want to enjoy a truly unusual and fresh take on classic pizza, you need to stop into Parkhouse Eatery. Billed as a casual but elegant neighborhood restaurant, Parkhouse Eatery has pizza available for any meal of the day. Yes, you read that right.

When you stop in for brunch, you can enjoy their grilled breakfast pizza. This baked dish features three eggs any style, bacon and fontina and mozzarella cheese. You can add smoked chicken, Portuguese sausage, carnitas pork or smoked salmon as well. There is a complete brunch menu, with everything from eggs to salads and cocktails.

They serve pizza during dinner, as well as an incredible selection of other dishes, ranging from flat iron steak and baby back pork ribs to a lamb burger and mac & cheese. Their pizzas are creative combinations of flavors and grilled to perfection. You can enjoy one topped with fire shrimp, beef filet, marinara sauce, red onion, ricotta cheese and Fontina cheese. There’s a vegetarian option which has eggplant, zucchini, sun dried tomatoes, crimini and basil pesto. Finally, there’s a carnitas pizza, which has red onion, smoked mozzarella, tomato and chipotle cream sauce.