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A16, San Francisco

L.A. Pizza Maven 18 comments

[Photographs: L.A. Pizza Maven] My summer pizza safari to San Francisco proved to be an unqualified success. No, I didn’t return home with the stuffed heads of pizza-makers, but I did bag two transcendent pie experiences. Tony Gemignani, of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach, served me an impeccable Margherita and sausage pie, the red, green and white colors swirling in an almost hallucinatory vision made doubly intense by the intoxicating aromas that nearly knocked me off the bar stool. The following afternoon I visited A16, the VPN-certified pizza restaurant in the Marina District that gained fame for its... More

That's That: Una Pizza Napoletana Is But a Memory as Mangieri Packs It in for SF

Adam Kuban 33 comments

Manhattan Branch of Motorino Will Indeed Open in Its Place You won't have Anthony Mangieri to kick around anymore—at least not in New York City. The New York Times's Diner's Journal blog confirms the closing and sale to Motorino's Mathieu Palombino: "I want to make a change, man,” [Mangieri] said. “I’m almost 40. I’ve lived my life between New Jersey and this neighborhood. If I don’t do this now, then when?”“I’m excited,” he added, “but I’m scared.”He said he was also attracted by the California produce. Asked if that meant he might one day expand on the spartan lineup of... More

A Mini San Francisco Pizza Jaunt: Does Alan Richman Know His Bay Area Pizza?

Ed Levine 26 comments

"I would be happy eating a Delfina pizza every day of my life, but it probably would never make me jump for pizza joy." Pizzeria Delfina is Alan Richman's No. 3 U.S. pizzeria. Last week I took advantage of a quick-turnaround, 36-hour trip to San Francisco to try a couple of much-ballyhooed San Francisco pizzerias, Pizzeria Delfina and Gialina. San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer took me to Gialina (many thanks, Michael) and I took myself to Pizzeria Delfina because, well, because that's what I do--try pizzerias near and far. And much to Mr. Kuban's chagrin, Mr. Bauer blogged... More

Pizza in the Bay Area: Rising Like a Phoenix at Pizzeria Delfina

L.A. Pizza Maven 8 comments

pizzeriadelfina.com For a city with a historic and world-renown Italian community (North Beach), San Francisco and the Bay Area has, until the last few years, been sorely lacking in great pizza. While there are several excellent Italian delis and restaurants like Molinari's, Lucca, and, my favorite restaurant when I lived in San Francisco in the '80s, Caffe Sport, no pizzaioli were creating memorable pies. Thankfully, that woeful state of culinary affairs has been remedied. One of a handful of great purveyors of pizza is Pizzeria Delfina. Opened by Craig and Ann Stoll on 18th Street in the Mission in... More

Leftovers: The Day's Stray Links

Quick Bites Adam Kuban 1 comment

Top Pizzaiola: Top Chef's Stephanie Izard makes a pizza at Spacca Napoli. [via MenuPages Chicago] Obama's Fave Pizza from SF: Little Star's deep-dish was inspiration for St. Louis pizzeria that served prez's pizza dinner. [SF Chronicle] First-Rate Tosser: Profile on a Florida dough-thrower. [Orlando Sentinel] CHI - Gino's North: Daniel Zemans and his crew hit one of the Windy City's cheesy institutions. [Chicago Pizza Club] NYC - Openings: New Carroll Gardens wine bar with wood-fired pizza. [Eater] Philly - Rumor: Is restaurateur Stephen Starr gearing up to open a pizzeria at 2nd and Lombard? [Foobooz via Illadelph] SF -... More

Bay Area Bites on Pizza Nostra, San Francisco

Adam Kuban 1 comment

Bay Area Bites In San Francisco, Stephanie Im of Bay Area Bites checks in with a review of newcomer Pizza Nostra in Potrero Hill: The standout of the night that floored us and left us with that lusty, satiated, glow in our eyes was the Cannibal pizza. Topped with tomato, mozzarella, chunks of full-flavored ground beef, oregano...and crowned with a single egg cracked on top, baked to soft perfection so that the golden yolk spilled out in a lava of velvety richness. Brilliant. Yes. More please.This hussy of a pizza (and I mean that in the most complimentary way)... More

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