Celebrating classic Detroit and Chicago pizza with an emphasis on authenticity and quality of ingredients.

The menu dishes up favorites like true Detroit pizza cooked in a 10×14 steel pan and our Chicago Pizza, which is served on four types of crust: Deep-Dish, Cast-Iron Pan, Stuffed, and Cracker Thin/Tavern. Tony Gemignani traveled to and from Chicago many times to study and perfect these styles and are his personal favorites. Each Chicago style is made with Ceresota Flour from one of the oldest Mills in Chicago. House specialties include the house-made Calabrese sausages, freshly made pasta Mostaccioli, and traditional Chicago Italian Beef Sandwiches.  Our specialty Chicago and Detroit pizzas are known to be some of the best in the world. The infamous savory ‘Cal Italia’, Food Network Gold Medal Winner, is now available here. Another award-winning pizza available here is the Chicago Cast-Iron Pan ‘Dillinger’, which won World’s Best Pan Pizza at the International Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas. If you ask the locals which is their favorite, they would recommend the Cracker Thin/Tavern ‘Italian Stallion’, which features our traditional Chicago Italian Beef.

The bar program started with mixologist Elmer Mejicanos and offers a full cocktail list specializing in whiskey. Be sure to try the signature Made Man cocktail with bourbon, cognac, sweet vermouth and benedictine.

Gemignani’s eye for perfection is apparent not only through the food and beverage program, but also in the restaurant’s space, from the cork floors to the hand-painted tin ceiling to the one-of–a-kind Prohibition-style memorabilia. Tony has always owned and showed classic cars since he was sixteen. He restored a 1950 chop-top Mercury built in honor of Capo’s. Original 1950’s and 60’s hubcaps are hanging on the walls along with an original Detroit teamster 299 jacket and authentic pictures of Jimmy Hoffa.

Gemignani worked alongside of Neapolitan born carpenter Ricardo Jacobus, who constructed the handcrafted Art Deco-inspired bar. To both pay tribute to the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary and Gemignani’s admiration of the city’s history, the bar incorporates design elements resembling the bridge’s bottom piers. The dining room includes antique items such as an original 1930’s National-brand brass cash register, a functioning 1930’s telephone booth, original prints from The Chicago Tribune and Detroit Press. Original images starting from the 1930’s can be found from the Detroit Motor City, Chicago’s Little Italy, Worlds Fair, and FBI arrests. A restored panoramic painting of Adolf Restaurant housed in the Capo’s space in the 1960’s and discovered by Gemignani in the walls during the building’s restoration. Gemignani’s attention to detail continues into the open kitchen pizzas and pastas, and two brick ovens heated to different degrees to bake multiple layers of Detroit, Chicago-style pies and other classic retro dishes.

If you’re from Chicago, then you will love our cracker thin/Tavern style pizza. Most Chicagoans that visit San Francisco who come to Capos say that our Tavern pizza is the best in the world.

Tony Gemignani with Pizza

“I want Capo’s to feel like a neighborhood place that’s been here for years, while also transporting guests to a moment in time when Italian-American cuisine began to form its roots in our culture.”

– Tony Gemignani


Capo’s, located on 641 Vallejo St. in San Francisco, is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations are available by phone only, (415) 986 – 8998.