Jul 31, 2023 - Food and Drink

Jackson Street Pizza Lounge arrives in the Central District

Two pizzas are shown on a table: a margherita-style cheese pizza at left foreground, and a pepperoni in right background. The cheese pizza has a pizza serving utensil underneath it.

The Classic Red and the pepperoni pizza from Jackson Street Pizza Lounge. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

A new pizza joint recently opened in the spot that formerly housed a Central District favorite, Central Pizza.

Details: The newly opened Jackson Street Pizza Lounge serves what a staff member described as a marriage of Neapolitan and New York style pies.

  • One 14-inch pie was about the right size to feed two adults who were moderately hungry (you might want a second if you and your eating partner are really ravenous).

The verdict: I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the pizza. The Classic Red was topped with a bright tomato sauce and fresh basil while the pepperoni (my kid's choice) was addictively cheesy without feeling overly heavy.

Plus: I was impressed by the cocktail and drink list, which features house twists on a Negroni and Manhattan, as well as fun options like the 411, a mixture of mezcal, chili liqueur, cucumber, lime and serrano.

Details: 2901 S. Jackson Street.

  • Hours are 4-11pm Sunday through Thursday, 4 to midnight Friday and Saturday.
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