Daily Slice: The Panna and Sausage Pizza at Pizzeria Delfina in San Francisco

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Pizza reviews in the San Francisco area.


[Photographs: David Kover]

The Panna and Sausage pizza ($13) at Pizzeria Delfina is known to some as the Magic Pie*. It gets topped with a cooked tomato sauce, pork sausage, ribbons of Parmigiano, and a few leaves of basil, but the 'magic' ingredient is cream. Yes, you read that correctly—about thirty seconds before it comes out of the oven, the pizzaiolo splashes this pizza with a bit of cream that intermingles with the tomato and forms a thin layer of bright orange liquid at the center of the pie. Along with the fennely, lightly spicy sausage, the cream adds a richness to the sauce. This sauce would kill on a pasta (think vodka sauce minus the vodka), but it also works brilliantly on top of the pizza—I enlisted my end-crust to sop up every last droplet of the neon liquid that had spilled onto my plate.


As for the crust, we have had kind words to say about Delfina's pizza in the past, and nothing has changed. They still make the "flavorful, crisp-chewy crust" that Adam described a few years ago. And despite the liquid toppings on this particular pie, the very thin undercarriage stayed firm from my first slice to my last.

In a town like San Francisco, maybe calling something 'magic' gets people's hopes up in the wrong way? But I kind of wish they'd make the nickname official, because this pizza certainly has some razzle-dazzle.

Pizzeria Delfina

3611 Eighteenth Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (map); 415-437-6800 2406 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 (map); 415-440-1189

*The website Hidden Menu initially introduced this pizza to the masses as the Magic Pie and then rescinded the name in a later post. However, when I asked the folks at Delfina about this, they said it could still be ordered by its nickname.