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Daily Slice: 'Beet-za' from Arizmendi Bakery, San Francisco

Daily Slice gives a quick snapshot each weekday of a different slice or pie that the folks at the Serious Eats empire have enjoyed lately.

[Photographs: Lauren Sloss]

It's worth stopping by Arizmendi on the regular for many reasons: freshly baked breads, delicious sweet rolls, and of course: pizza. Every day sees a different pie, topped with farm-to-fork fresh ingredients, and available by the slice or in whole pizzas. Stopping by their Mission location one Saturday afternoon, I was delighted with my slice (and a half) of 'Beet-za' ($2.50), a bread-y, satisfying combination of sweet roasted beets and cheese. Specifically, meaty heirloom beets; funky, pungent Gorgonzola cheese; cooked-down arugula and a sprinkling of parsley.

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The sweetness of the almost caramelized beets combined nicely with the salty cheese, and the bitterness of the arugula added a flavor contrast that cut through the richness of the other toppings. The crust, while nicely browned, was definitely more bread-y than not; this slice was more like veggie flatbread than standard pizza. However, with bread and ingredients this good, you won't hear me complaining.

Arizmendi Bakery

1268 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA 94110 (map)
415-826-9218; valencia.arizmendi.coop

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