Michael Bauer, food critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, continues his Pizza Friday series on his blog Between Meals with a trip to Pizza Azzurro in Napa, California. Azzurro makes thin-crust Roman-style pizza:
Crust: One of the thinnest crusts I've encountered, with a chewiness at the center and a blackened edge whose rim shatters into a half dozen bites. It takes about five minutes to achieve this texture.
Pizza tried: The Margherita has a judicious slather of acidic tomato sauce, with seeds, stringy mozzarella and thick shards of fresh basil. It was a perfect complement that didn't overpower the crust. I also tried what the waiter said is the most popular, the Salsiccia, with the same tomato and mozzarella and the addition of chunks of sausage and thin threads of red onions.
Address: 1400 2nd Street, Napa CA 94559 (map)
Hours: Lunch and dinner Mon.Fri.; dinner, Sat., from 5 p.m.