Amid a blizzard of trendy pizzerias, this longtime family favorite in West Portal holds its own
Paradise does a lively takeout business, which — as at every other such place I've ever been to — does slow the sit-down service. The servers themselves are attentive, knowledgeable, and prompt, but because the kitchen is busy baking pizzas for an unseen host as well as for the people sitting at tables, there can be a bit of a wait. But the beers and wines are moderately priced by city standards, and the crowd is spectation-worthy, a true neighborhood potpourri ranging from greatest-generation couples out for a simple dinner to packs of high school boys in their Giants regalia — black and orange, so reminiscent of Halloween. Halloween has just passed, but, like pizza, it never goes out of vogue in our town.
PARADISE PIZZA & PASTA
Daily from 4:30 p.m.
393 West Portal, SF
Beer and wine