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

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Pizza reviews in the San Francisco area.

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[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.

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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
pizzeriadelfina.com

*The website Hidden Menu initially introduced this pizza to the masses as the Magic Pie and then rescinded the name in a later post.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.

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