I visited Pizza Maria with my 14 and 17 year old kids and their 2 friends. We are artisan pizza lovers and frequent Ken's, Oven and Shaker and occasionally Nostrana. Pizza Maria got 4 clear first place votes and one tie with Ken's and is our new favorite in Portland. The staff was super friendly and the restaurant has a nice vibe and unique modern aesthetic. Most importantly the pizza rocks. We all had margarita pizzas, one with sausage, two with salami, one garlic and the other cheese only. The crust is thin but has substance and great flavor - no crust was left on any of the pie trays! The tomato sauce and cheese has great flavor and perfect proportions of each covering most of the crust - no too dry or too soggy, just right.
We also shared 2 mixed greens salads with chopped toasted nuts which were simple but very fresh. We will definitely be back soon!
I am from Portland and worked out with Gavin regularly in Reno when I traveled there on business. I was bummed he moved to the City but SF is lucky to have him. Gavin makes every workout challenging but different and fun. He is especially good in developing core strength use of bosu balls. Give him a try, you won't be disappointed!