'Bay Area' on Serious Eats

San Francisco: Mozzeria

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. More

Daily Slice: The Atomica Pizza at Gialina, San Francisco

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. More

San Francisco: Delarosa

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. More

Copper Top Ovens Wins San Francisco's Nomadic Pizza Throwdown

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. More

Go Behind the Scenes at San Francisco's Pizzeria Delfina

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.

See also: Delfina, thin-crust Neapolitan with a nod to New York »

Pizzeria Delfina

3611 18th Street, San Francisco CA 94110; 415-437-6800
2406 California Street, San Francisco CA 94115; 415-440-1189

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Bay Area Pizza Wars: Pizza Orgasmica vs. Extreme Pizza

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. More

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. More

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