We had the pizza Margherita at Pizzaiolo last night and have decided it is the best pizza I've ever had. We also shared a Blue Heron Little Gem Caesar and a side of cranberry beans, all incredibly tasty.
We sat at the bar and had excellent service, wonderful bartender. I had heard about their home-made tonic so had 2 gin and tonics, again, wonderful. Amazing depth of flavor. I asked how they made it and she said they use powdered quinine (it's a bark), sweet lemon verbena, clove, cardomon, and a couple of other things I can't remember. Incredible.
The pizza itself had that beautiful blistery crust and had a really good taste. I think there were crushed tomatoes which had a hint of sweetness.
Coincidentally, I had a nettle pizza last week at the Cafe at Chez Panisse (my first time upstairs) which also had a nice crust but it was kind of bland, the nettles were a little dry, but a good taste. Still, Pizzaiolo was head and shoulders above.
I've been living in Napa for 6 years after spending most of my life in the Bay Area (SF, Oak, Berk). My favorite food is pizza and my favorite pizza is the Margherita, when done correctly (no tomato sauce!! fresh basil!). Because it's such a simple pizza, the crust has be to really well done. Around here, Azzuro Pizzeria used to be my favorite, although I don't like their Margherita. I've had one pizza with purple potatoes and another with corn, smoked mozzarella and carmelized red onion. I also used to like Bistro Don Giovanni's version. I'm in love with the Caesar Piadine at Tra Vigne Pizzeria, but that's it.
So I'm now sold on the idea of only having wood fired oven pizzas. I liked Pizzeria Picco and have tried Pizza Antica. I'm going to be leaving the area in January, possibly for good, so what three places should I have Pizza Margherita? A16? Pizzetta 211? Delfina?
Or should I just go back to Pizzaiolo three more times??? Hop a plane to Pizzeria Blanco?
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