It began as a hobby, with a musical nickname bestowed upon him by satisfied diners. Informed by years on the road that involved making pizza for musicians from Naples, music manager Greg DiGiovine was slowly consumed by his alter ego, Tony Tutto.
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Mozzeria is a great spot for Neapolitan pizzas, both traditional and imaginative. They do everything right by using the best oven, wood, and ingredients. But what sets them apart is that the owners and many of the craftspeople and waitstaff involved in building and running the place are Deaf.
Piccino provides a most inviting setting for a lunch of salad, pizza, and a glass of wine. Yet if the Margherita mostly fulfills the promise of the ambiance, the more daring topping combinations can prove quite jarring.
San Francisco pizzaiola Sharon Ardiana makes her money turning out pies with unorthodox toppings, yet the ingredient list on her pie that most lingers in my memory would almost be at home in your corner slice shop. The Atomica pizza that Ardiana serves at Gialina arrives covered in tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, strips of mushroom, and some red onion. She also adds some chili—not enough to go thermo-nuclear, just a gentle heat that ties together the sweet of the sauce, the bite of the onion, and the earthy mushroom flavors. I've called her a topping wizard in the past, and that certainly holds true on this pie.
If you're looking to take advantage of one of the few true summer days in the Bay Area, and wouldn't mind enjoying a slice of wood-fired pizza along with your vitamin D, Bar Bocce's patio might be right up your alley.
Delarosa, while still a great exemplar of the power of seasonal, fresh ingredients on pizza, falls short of its two predecessors. This isn't to say that Delarosa is not good. It is—very, and the Marina restaurant is almost always packed to the gills. However, when considering their pizzas, I continually find myself drawing unfavorable comparisons to the Italian-style classics of Beretta and the winning California pies at Starbelly.
You may remember when we mentioned that Coffee Bar was set to host San Francisco's "Nomadic Pizza Throw-Down", a mobile vendor pizza taste-off that raised $2480 for tsunami victims in neighboring Japan. At this event four mobile pizzaiolos made pizza for over 300 charitable/hungry people whose $12 admission bought a beverage, a slice from each competitor, and a vote to decide the winner. Coffee Bar called it a "tasty approach to global citizenry". What follows is a rundown of the pizzas sampled from the day.
Tucked away in North Berkeley, Gioia Pizzeria is serving slices like those owner Will Gioia remembers from his Brooklyn youth—though it's doubtful Gioia was ever served a slice of pizza with asparagus and mint at his corner slice shop back in NYC.
In this beautiful short video from Pizza Quest, renown baker and pizza hound Peter Reinhart visits Pizzeria Delfina in San Francisco and talks to owner–executive chef Craig Stoll and his head pizzaman, Anthony Strong. Well worth the watch, folks.
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The lavish interior at Ristobar does not evoke confidence that this is a pizza place. But the oval-shaped pies that come out of the kitchen are highly enjoyable and so light that you feel you could eat several without filling up.
On some of Sumo Grub's dishes, the tempura-fried exterior actually elevates the final product. On others, such as the pizza, it feels more like a stunt. But if that stunt earns you a plate of fried goodies, it's not all bad.
The mission at Boot & Shoe is much the same as at Charlie Hallowell's Pizzaiolo. Neapolitan-inspired pizzas are topped with locally sourced ingredients and cooked in a wood-fired Mugnaini oven.
Pi Bar hits nearly every note perfectly in its quest to bring delicious New York–style pizza to San Francisco. If you prefer only a gentle hint of sauce on your pie, this pizza will rock your world.
When Pizza Orgasmica & Brewery opened last month in San Rafael, California, it was quick to draw the ire of local residents. But things escalated to full-on pizza war when a manager of the nearby Extreme Pizza took it upon himself to do a little spray painting on Orgasmica's facade. The fellow quickly found himself hauled into the nearest police station. Case closed? Not quite—this is Slice, where tomato sauce runs thicker than blood.
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Above are all the pizzerias we have reviewed or Daily Sliced. It is by nature incomplete — but growing! Let us know where else we need to hit!
The bone marrow and rapini pizza with fresh horseradish at Flour + Water seemed an odd combination to say the least, but it worked. A Parmesan-esque sprinkle of microplaned fresh horseradish root adds a spicy kick that gets this pie to assault all of your senses at the same time.
The Pizza Place on Noriega is located so far out in San Francisco's Sunset district that it might as well be in the ocean. When eating at PPoN, prepare for big.
Patxi's Chicago Pizza (pronounced "pah'-cheese") produces the most rich, intense Chicago-style pizza you can find in the Bay Area. While they go a little too heavy on the crust and too light on the sauce, the finished product is balanced and hearty.
Top This: The Cheese Board's Mushroom, Onion, Mozzarella, Ricotta Salata, Arugula and Lemon Vinaigrette Pizza
The Cheese Board Pizza Collective may be the only pizzeria capable of perfection by committee. At this co-op kitchen there's no boss, no underlings, no master pizzaiolo. Everyone's opinions and preferences get equal attention, resulting in incredible topping concepts. For this edition of Top This, we learn how to make their addictive mushroom-, onion- and arugula-topped pizza.