Disclaimer: I know very little about pizza, coming from a town with an egregious lack of good pie options and I know it is hotly contested in the Bay Area but FWIW…
Late Thursday afternoon, we returned to another old favourite, Bao Necci/Danilo’s for pizza and beer. The pizza rustica ($17.95; gorgonzola, San Marzano tomatoes, arugula, salami and fior di latte mozzarella) paired nicely with a cold Peroni and a San Benedetto peach iced tea. The owner and his boys were there, just a few tables full, so relaxing. And the pizza was as delicious as ever, now officially my favourite pie, though it is nearly twice the price of the pie at Delfina at $17.95. Bao Necci is now open for dinner.
One of my long-standing food objectives was to try Pizzeria Delfina. I’d never been, though the SO had gone to the original in the Mission and enjoyed his egg-topped pie very much. Despite getting to the California branch just after opening to avoid a wait and thereby nabbing the best table in the house, we were underwhelmed. Since I am a deep-fried-things fiend, I ordered both arancini ($7) and young favas ($9) from the fritti specials menu. While they were certainly edible, neither blew my mind. It was fun to eat whole fava beans, pod included, but I think the oil they were cooked in was a bit stale which was more noticeable with the delicately flavoured beans. The aioli was a tad boring too. We shared a panna pizza ($10) and maybe we ordered wrong but this seemed like a miss. The tomato sauce was too sweet, the fresh basil and cream virtually MIA, and the parmesan shavings clumsily large. The crust was also very dry, making me think of scorched rye crackers. Meal was ameliorated by Anchor Steam on tap for $5.
Links to other reports for this trip: Coffee talk: Blue Bottle x2, Stella’s, Bicycle, Jane, Grand Prix, Ma*velous, Creamery, Sightglass plus beans http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784422
Leary love: Canteen and House of Shields http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784428
Oakland adventure: Grand Lake FM, BC Deli, St. George’s/Hangar One http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784432
Burger (and beer) bonanza: Bix, Marlowe, Rosamunde/Toronado; random final day bites (post 5 of 6) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784437
Things Asian, a cocktail, and OTG: Z&Y, Shanghai House, Shanghai Dumpling King, BC Deli, Olive, Lers Ros, Sankaku http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784434
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