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Pizzaiolo last night

OakTownHound | | Dec 28, 2006 05:27 PM

Went with a group of eight for a birthday dinner last night. Of the dozen or so times I've been to Pizzaiolo, this was probably the best overall experience -- every dish was excellent, service was smooth and friendly, etc.

We had the meatballs, which were fantastic as usual. Oro blanco and blood orange salad with fennel, olives, and marash pepper -- we actually had this dish last winter, and remembered it as being great; no change from that. The highlight of the appetizers was a salad of jerusalem artichokes with walnuts and shaved reggiano, in a vinaigrette with a heady anchovy presence. The anchovy flavor really brought out all the flavors -- yum. We also had crab baked in the wood oven which was about standard for delicious dungeness; I couldn't really say that the wood oven made it any better than crab I cook myself.

The best pizza of the night was with gorgonzola and delicata squash. Gorgonzola always pairs well with sweet flavors, and the winter squash was no exception. Also great was butterball potatoes with grana and pancetta -- big, juicy, fatty pieces of pancetta. Margherita for the vegetarians and margherita w/ housemade sausage rounded things out.

As far as I can tell, Pizzaiolo just keep getting better in all aspects - what a gem to have in the neighborhood.