Restaurants & Bars 6

A-16 review

Greg | Feb 23, 2004 07:30 PM

My friends and I went to this new restaurant in the Marina on Thursday after reading about it in the What's New section of the Chronicle on Wednesday. The place bills itself as a Neapolitan pizzeria, but it is much more than a simple pizzeria. It is a really top notch Italian restaurant with a great wine list and wine service. One of my friends who is our go to wine guy, took charge of the list and talked to the sommelier. She was very gracious and she devised a white and a red wine flight for each person. My friend was impressed that the wines came in different shaped high quality glasses. We decided to share a couple of pizzas and chose the margarita and the clam pizza. The pizzas were awesome. The crust was thin in the center with a thicker outer edge. The dough was crisp in the bottom but somehow tender. The sauce was really fresh tasting with a small amount of cheese and basil on the margarita. The real winner in the pizza was the clam which had about 12 smallish clams in the shell. The juices of the clams were on the sauce and pizza, heaven! It is the first time any of us encountered a pizza with clams in the shell, but it really works. We also ordered the antipasta plate which had this super creamy mozzarella and some really tasty pickled scallions. Then we tried the beef, quail and pork. Everyone loved the beef and quail. The beef was cooked perfectly (medium rare) and had an interesting rosemary sauce. The pork was a hit with two of us, but the other two found it a bit fatty. We had the potatoes, chard, and beans as side dishes and we liked them all. We barely had room for dessert, but we shared the hazelnut frozen dessert which disappeared in five seconds. Service was very attentive and friendly, specially since we were 4 somewhat loud guys. The best part was that given the quality and all the food and wine, we only spent like $35 a person. We all left commenting about how this place reminded us of Delfina, but better and cheaper.

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