Ok, I finally tried it the other. Both locations. And maybe due to all the hoopla, and notice that it has gotten and all the build up on "Best Of" lists, et al, but anyhow I just found Gjelina to be ok to middling at best. I had the lamb sausage pizza at the takeout operation, Gjelina Take Away, the crust was alright but the flavor was just not there, and i don't think the cheeses on it pecorino or assiago really work. (disclosure: I think do not like pecorino at all, though I do love parmigiano reggiano, and grana pandano). Also, the takeout operation looks like a pop up store, I'll give it this much that it feels like a bakery in SF almost or Berkeley. and the cortados sounds interesting, short cappachinos, i take it.
Then at Gjelina I had a lamb sausage pizza, the cheese was gloppy not too appetizing though the bits of ground duck sausage were kind of tasty though no where near great or amazing.
And I had the butterscotch pudding for dessert, which was ok, though I have had that dessert at Mozza a whole bunch of times, and maybe I'm wrong but it tasted maybe a little worse, nothing special since they are other butterscotch puddings in town that are as good, if not better.
just my humble opinions, but i just don't get the big hoopla about this place. on the other hand, somewhere like Animal I could see why it is held in such high esteeem for most people that have tried it out.
I may go to the carry out and grab a carrot cake and a cortado in the future. but that'll probably be i
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