May192013
18 May 2013
Where: Pizzeria Delfina (Pacific Heights @ California and Fillmore)
Accompanied by: New friend Taylor!
What did we order: The Napoletana (tomato, anchovies, capers, hot peppers, olives, oregano) and a side of chard.
Not about the food: This restaurant is wonderfully located in the heart of the jazzy Fillmore district. We saw at least four live jazz bands playing along the sidewalk. When we arrived, there were no tables for two available right away. To get on the wait list, we wrote our name/party on a chalkboard. How crafty :) Only took a few minutes before we were seated at the bar.
And now about the food: At the bar, there was already a cute “bouquet” of super skinny breadsticks. The chard was delicious. And the pizza? Oh. My. Crust.
It was extremely thin and perfectly crispy; not chewy like actual Napoletana pizzas. Our variety didn’t have didn’t need was too good to need cheese. What made this pizza amazing was definitely its unique combination of flavors: sweet tomato sauce, a perfect harmony of saltiness from the anchovies/capers/olives, and just a tiny kick of spice from the hot peppers. 
And a note about the people working there: I adored them. They made it feel less like a restaurant and more like a community of pizza-lovers. Even the bus boy asked me how my day had been.
Conclusion: Must go back. Must eat more creative and crafty pizza. Must surround myself with more positive people passionate about pizza. Pizzeria Delfina, I shall return.

18 May 2013

Where: Pizzeria Delfina (Pacific Heights @ California and Fillmore)

Accompanied by: New friend Taylor!

What did we order: The Napoletana (tomato, anchovies, capers, hot peppers, olives, oregano) and a side of chard.

Not about the food: This restaurant is wonderfully located in the heart of the jazzy Fillmore district. We saw at least four live jazz bands playing along the sidewalk. When we arrived, there were no tables for two available right away. To get on the wait list, we wrote our name/party on a chalkboard. How crafty :) Only took a few minutes before we were seated at the bar.

And now about the food: At the bar, there was already a cute “bouquet” of super skinny breadsticks. The chard was delicious. And the pizza? Oh. My. Crust.

It was extremely thin and perfectly crispy; not chewy like actual Napoletana pizzas. Our variety didn’t have didn’t need was too good to need cheese. What made this pizza amazing was definitely its unique combination of flavors: sweet tomato sauce, a perfect harmony of saltiness from the anchovies/capers/olives, and just a tiny kick of spice from the hot peppers. 

And a note about the people working there: I adored them. They made it feel less like a restaurant and more like a community of pizza-lovers. Even the bus boy asked me how my day had been.

Conclusion: Must go back. Must eat more creative and crafty pizza. Must surround myself with more positive people passionate about pizza. Pizzeria Delfina, I shall return.

April62013
06 April 2013
Where: Nizario’s (18th and Castro)
Backstory: I was walking around the Castro. I felt hungry. I saw the pizza. I went inside. I bought a slice. I walked. I ate.
What is it? The Castro Special (Spinach, Pesto, Feta Cheese, Chicken)
Thoughts, Criticisms, Compliments: This was a pretty “meh” pizza. The restaurant felt a little sketchy. My slice was ready as soon as I ordered it; no re-heating.
The crust was pretty fluffy, almost mushy, and a bit crumbly. The toppings were fine, but could have been a bit more savory.
Conclusion: It’s pizza. And pizza is always good. It just wasn’t mind-blowingly amazing pizza. I’ve heard Nizario’s is best when consumed under the influence of various substances. I’ll keep that in mind for future reference.

06 April 2013

Where: Nizario’s (18th and Castro)

Backstory: I was walking around the Castro. I felt hungry. I saw the pizza. I went inside. I bought a slice. I walked. I ate.

What is it? The Castro Special (Spinach, Pesto, Feta Cheese, Chicken)

Thoughts, Criticisms, Compliments: This was a pretty “meh” pizza. The restaurant felt a little sketchy. My slice was ready as soon as I ordered it; no re-heating.

The crust was pretty fluffy, almost mushy, and a bit crumbly. The toppings were fine, but could have been a bit more savory.

Conclusion: It’s pizza. And pizza is always good. It just wasn’t mind-blowingly amazing pizza. I’ve heard Nizario’s is best when consumed under the influence of various substances. I’ll keep that in mind for future reference.

April22013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

I’d like to introduce you all to my first Napoletana pizza.

Where: Cupola Pizzeria (In Westfield Mall, SF)

A few words: This was actually my third time at Cupola. The first was on my birthday (Jan 3) and the second was later that month. I stumbled upon Cupola based on positive Yelp reviews. Here’s a little personal statement: The first bite of Napoletana pizza changed my life.

Accompanied by: My gorgeous mother

What is Napoletana pizza?
A comprehensive definition can be found here.
But in my own words, it’s pizza in one of its purest states. Soft, thin, crust that’s slightly charred underneath to give it some crispiness. The freshest, simplest ingredients. It resembles the joy of a brown paper package.

The restaurant itself was surprisingly wonderful. I was expecting a more chaotic atmosphere for being located inside one of the largest shopping malls in the country. But it turned out to be a rather classy oasis. Down-to-other servers (one who called me “sweetie”), elegant/contemporary decor… Oh, and an online reservation system. Which is a convenient rarity among pizzerias.

Back to the pizza, I’ve only had the Margherita extra and the Fungi. I remember both being exceptionally good, but it’s really unfair to compare the two flavors. The Margherita, when it’s in its perfected, “Most Napoletana form”, form, just wins. It’s truly a recipe made in heaven, and Cupola followed that recipe precisely.

But don’t assume that pizza Napoletana is my pizza above all pizzas. It’s pure and fresh, but those two qualities aren’t what I’m always looking for in my pizza experience. Sometimes I need the heavy carbs, the greasy cheese, the hearty meat toppings. Cupola’s pizza is heavenly, but I can’t consider it one of my guilty pizza pleasures.

I hope all of us can find a little bite of heaven in pizza pie.

March202013
Friday, March 15, 2013.
Location: Luigi’s Pizzeria, Pier 39
Company: One of my dude friends from high school
Service: Extremely friendly. (It has to be. It’s in the tourist capital of the city.) Our waiter forgot to give us plates, but his genuine enthusiasm and gossip about the Rainforest Cafe totally made up for it.
What the heck did we order: “The Fisherman’s Wharf Pizza” (Shrimp, basil pesto sauce, tomatoes, feta cheese)
Thoughts: This was an odd one. I love shrimp, pesto, tomatoes, and feta cheese. But when they’re all combined on a pizza… I mean… Maybe I’m just more narrow minded than I want to be. But a little voice inside my brain was telling me that this relationship of ingredients just wasn’t harmonious. It was an appreciable high school concert band recital. Not the Carnegie Hall symphony I was hoping for.
The crust was very fluffy, like a bread stick. It almost had a “mushy” quality. Fortunately, that meant no unwanted crust scraps. And the day-old leftovers were not stale at all. Props for mushiness sometimes.
Other comments: I once read in an article that one can find authentically good pizza anywhere in San Francisco except Fisherman’s Wharf. I’m still going to have to agree with that. Luigi’s was decent enough to fix my pizza craving for the night, but I didn’t fall in love.
But one mustn’t come to Pier 39 for an “authentic pizza experience”. One comes for the plethora of souvenirs, tourism, sea lion-watching, tourist-watching, fanny-pack counting, mediocre magic shows, clam chowder, photo ops, and the nostalgic double-decker carousel. I’m an SF resident, but I gotta indulge in these clichés sometimes simply because I can.

Friday, March 15, 2013.

Location: Luigi’s Pizzeria, Pier 39

Company: One of my dude friends from high school

Service: Extremely friendly. (It has to be. It’s in the tourist capital of the city.) Our waiter forgot to give us plates, but his genuine enthusiasm and gossip about the Rainforest Cafe totally made up for it.

What the heck did we order: “The Fisherman’s Wharf Pizza” (Shrimp, basil pesto sauce, tomatoes, feta cheese)

Thoughts: This was an odd one. I love shrimp, pesto, tomatoes, and feta cheese. But when they’re all combined on a pizza… I mean… Maybe I’m just more narrow minded than I want to be. But a little voice inside my brain was telling me that this relationship of ingredients just wasn’t harmonious. It was an appreciable high school concert band recital. Not the Carnegie Hall symphony I was hoping for.

The crust was very fluffy, like a bread stick. It almost had a “mushy” quality. Fortunately, that meant no unwanted crust scraps. And the day-old leftovers were not stale at all. Props for mushiness sometimes.

Other comments: I once read in an article that one can find authentically good pizza anywhere in San Francisco except Fisherman’s Wharf. I’m still going to have to agree with that. Luigi’s was decent enough to fix my pizza craving for the night, but I didn’t fall in love.

But one mustn’t come to Pier 39 for an “authentic pizza experience”. One comes for the plethora of souvenirs, tourism, sea lion-watching, tourist-watching, fanny-pack counting, mediocre magic shows, clam chowder, photo ops, and the nostalgic double-decker carousel. I’m an SF resident, but I gotta indulge in these clichés sometimes simply because I can.

March162013
Odd pizza creation #1.
Sunday, March 10, 2013.
Where: Roppongi Sushi, Downtown Livermore
Company: Two of my favorite people in the world: Erin and my seestar
What the heck is this: Sushi Pizza! (Cream cheese, assorted fish & vegetables, tobiko, green onion, macadamia nuts, Roppongi house sauce)
Thoughts: After pizza, sushi is my second love in the food universe. I had never thought of, less tried, sushi pizza prior to this experience. I don’t remember any distinct flavors or surprises with this hybrid, but I do remember that it was wonderful. Pizza is wonderful. Sushi is wonderful. Pizza sushi (Pizzi? Susha? Spushzi?) is simply wonderful.
There are so many more details I should have been aware of. Like, how did the macadamia nuts affect the creation? What did the house sauce taste like? What exactly was the assortment of fish?
But then again, living in the moment of dear food and dear friends is always more important than being concerned about writing a mediocre food review.
Always enjoy the flavors and festivities, my dearies.

Odd pizza creation #1.

Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Where: Roppongi Sushi, Downtown Livermore

Company: Two of my favorite people in the world: Erin and my seestar

What the heck is this: Sushi Pizza! (Cream cheese, assorted fish & vegetables, tobiko, green onion, macadamia nuts, Roppongi house sauce)

Thoughts: After pizza, sushi is my second love in the food universe. I had never thought of, less tried, sushi pizza prior to this experience. I don’t remember any distinct flavors or surprises with this hybrid, but I do remember that it was wonderful. Pizza is wonderful. Sushi is wonderful. Pizza sushi (Pizzi? Susha? Spushzi?) is simply wonderful.

There are so many more details I should have been aware of. Like, how did the macadamia nuts affect the creation? What did the house sauce taste like? What exactly was the assortment of fish?

But then again, living in the moment of dear food and dear friends is always more important than being concerned about writing a mediocre food review.

Always enjoy the flavors and festivities, my dearies.

March122013
Where: Escape From New York Pizza (Castro)
Company: Myself and a phallic macaroon from Hot Cookie
What did I order: Single slice of the meat supreme. Or was it supreme meat?
Comments, reactions, etc: Errrmaaagerddd. Pretty fabulous New York Style thin crust pizza. Served like they do at Pizza My Heart with pre-made pizzas that are heated after you order. Toppings were fabulously juicy and the crust was just slightly crunchy. Neither stale nor sagging. Oh, and the slice was huge. There were a few signs that the pizza wasn’t completely fresh, like the cheese just didn’t have that perfect meltiness. But who can complain when I’m stopping by in the middle of a shopping adventure? Well worth the $3.50.
I just might need to invest in the $10 t-shirt/slice combo next time.

Where: Escape From New York Pizza (Castro)

Company: Myself and a phallic macaroon from Hot Cookie

What did I order: Single slice of the meat supreme. Or was it supreme meat?

Comments, reactions, etc: Errrmaaagerddd. Pretty fabulous New York Style thin crust pizza. Served like they do at Pizza My Heart with pre-made pizzas that are heated after you order. Toppings were fabulously juicy and the crust was just slightly crunchy. Neither stale nor sagging. Oh, and the slice was huge. There were a few signs that the pizza wasn’t completely fresh, like the cheese just didn’t have that perfect meltiness. But who can complain when I’m stopping by in the middle of a shopping adventure? Well worth the $3.50.

I just might need to invest in the $10 t-shirt/slice combo next time.

11AM

The quest “officially” began last Thursday at Pizza Orgasmica. (Clement St, between 9th and 10th, Inner Richmond.)

Company: My adorable friend/future roommate Elizabeth Anderson

Restaurant vibe: Eccentric, tribal, artistic. Loved the fireplace!

Staff: Friendly and down to earth. I’m pretty sure one of our servers was the manager because he a was wearing a dress shirt and tie and didn’t know the names of half the flavors.

What did I order: We both got the Thursday night unlimited pizza special. For $12 the servers kept coming back with orgasmic amounts of Caesar salad, pasta, and pizza. I must have tried 20 different pizza flavors, but the only one I distinctly remember is “Girl From Ipanema” which had Brazillian style chicken, corn, and bianca cheese (whatever that means). Don’t think I’ve ever had anything like that on a pizza before.

Food taste/quality: The pizza itself was not phenomenal. Not much better than 2am delivery to my dorm. Of course, this could be due to the fact that we got the limitless pizza special. Some of the slices had cooled down before they got to our plate.

Conclusion: So far, it’s not my favorite when it comes down to the pizza itself. I will totes need to return and get an individual pizza or two.

But really, what do I even care if the pizza isn’t as fancy as it could be? It’s pizza. It’s sexy pizza. It’s limitless, sexy pizza. I was in nirvana and I want to go back.

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