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The 8 Best Pizzas in San Francisco and the Bay Area

Slice: San Francisco The Serious Eats Team 39 comments

The Neapartisanal pies that have emerged in the Bay Area represent an American re-interpretation of classic Italian pies and evidence new ways to successfully build off of established, traditional techniques. And, oh, what options there are! So many, that limiting this list to just eight seems a crime, but you have to draw the line somewhere.While there are many, many worthy pies in and around San Francisco, here are some of the most memorable ones that we've tried to date. More

Ed's Cosmic Pizza Blab: Can Serious Pizza-Makers Have More than Two Great Pizzerias?

Ed Levine 57 comments

Most great pizzerias are the product of one compulsive, obsessive person who lives and dies with every pie. Is it possible for a pizzeria to expand beyond two locations and maintain the quality that makes them great? It's like pizza-obsessed folks have decided that their collective ovens get too hot for them to consider adding a third pizzeria. More

Top This: Potato and Roasted-Garlic Pizza (à la Pizzeria Picco)

Top This lickmyspoon 8 comments

What would you get if you took all the things you loved about a great french fry and put it on a pizza? Pizzeria Picco's "Marin," a white pizza topped with young potato, roasted garlic, mozzarella, and grated Grana Padano. It's as if Pizzeria Picco executive chef Bruce Hill was at the ballpark one day with a plate of garlic fries, tripped and fell, with the fortuitous landing spot being a slice of pizza. (True story? Not so much. But nonetheless, the concept is genius.) More

Bruce Hill to Open Pizzeria in San Francisco, Will Be Called 'Zero Zero'

Adam Kuban 13 comments

Bruce Hill, crafter of pizza awesomeness at Pizzeria Picco. [Photograph: Bix] Bay Area foodos probably already know the name Bruce Hill. As do regular readers of Slice. He's the executive chef and partner at Bix in San Francisco, Picco in Larkspur, and, most important to Slice'rs, Pizzeria Picco (also in Larkspur, right next door to Picco, in fact). Well, folks, Mr. Hill will be opening a new pizzeria in San Francisco proper. To be called Zero Zero, it "will feature chef Hill's famous wood-fired pizzas, artisan pastas, grilled meats and seafood, house-made salumi, antipasti, and seasonal organic salads." You... More

Pizza Madness 2009: I Left My Heartburn in San Francisco

Adam Kuban 8 comments

And my documentation of Pizza Madness 2009 continues. Here, I'm just going to roll up my San Francisco leg into one post, since A) I had trouble getting photos in some of these darkened joints and B) this is where the Neapolitan pies really started to blur together. —The Mgmt. View Pizza Madness 2009, San Francisco Leg in a larger map As I said in an earlier post documenting "Pizza Madness 2009," I knew Seattle and San Francisco were going to kick my pizza-eating ass. I was well-prepared for San Francisco going in, since I've now visited the city a... More

Brain Dump: West Coast Pizza Madness 2009, Where I Visited

Adam Kuban 2 comments

View West Coast Pizza Tour in a larger map [All photographs by Adam Kuban unless noted] I know it's taken me a while to get the lead out re this trip. I've been back in NYC for six days after 12 days total on the road (nine actual pizza-eating days among those). I figured that regular Slice readers might want the skinny on which places I visited while out west. They're above in the map, but I'll also list them below, after the jump.... More

Pizzeria Picco: Wallowing in a Bay of Pizza

L.A. Pizza Maven 2 comments

Pizzeria Picco's Margherita pie. [Photographs: L.A. Pizza Maven] If you've been reading Slice, you'll know that the in the last few years the San Francisco Bay Area has been awash with lip-smacking, finger-sucking, delirium-inducing pizza. When I think about the years I spent in San Francisco wandering from neighborhood to neighborhood--from the Haight to Soma, from the Marina to the deep Richmond, from Chinatown to the Mission--in search of a decent pie, I can hardly believe the city's culinary transformation. Once, the best pizza that could be found was limited, in my experience, to Tomasso's in North Beach. I... More

Best Pizza in San Francisco, According to Michael Bauer

Ed Levine 11 comments

Michael Bauer, food critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, recently named his six favorite pizzerias in the Bay Area. Bauer has been writing a weekly blog post about San Francisco pizza for nearly a year now, usually with accompanying videos, and I guess he feels he has surveyed the field thoroughly enough to weigh in with a definitive list. Or maybe he's finally sick of pizza. There are some surprising names on the list, along with a few sure-to-be-controversial omissions. The omissions are sure to bring out a hornet's nest of protesters. They include Chicago-style Zachary's, the most popular... More

'The Chronicle' on Pizzeria Picco

Adam Kuban 1 comment

Michael Bauer, food critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, continues his Pizza Friday series on his blog Between Meals with a trip to Pizzeria Picco in Larkspur, California. Pizzeria Picco makes a Neapolitan-style pie in a wood-burning oven: Bauer says: Thin with crisp, blistered edges. The Margherita, drizzled with De Padova extra virgin olive oil sets the standards for this ubiquitous combination. The Marin features roasted garlic, young potatoes that crisp at the edges, mozzarella, Parmesan and a slight drizzle of rosemary oil. The Cannondale is my favorite: house-made sausage, roasted peppers, onions, basil, and mozzarella. Pizzeria Picco Address: 320... More

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