Late dinner at Pizzaiolo last night. Decided to try a pasta and an entree for a change, since we always get pizza.
Started with oven-roasted squid with aioli, cherry tomatoes, and shaved fennel ($12), some of the best squid I've had in years. Nice hit of chile from maybe a sprinkling of cayenne on the squid? Also fritto misto of big green beans and (unfilled) squash blossoms ($10), very nice but a bit delicate compared with the squid.
Then ravioli filled with potato and bitter greens ($14) sauced with butter and more cherry tomatoes. Perfectly al dente but a bit bland, didn't detect any bitter green flavors.
Roast Niman pork with polenta with sweet corn and tiny green beans ($22), very good.
Sausage pizza ($15), absolutely great. This was the thinnest pizza I've had there, almost like Roman style.
So, pasta and entree were good, but for that I'll go to Oliveto. From now on I'm sticking with pizza at Pizzaiolo.
I love the relaxed, informal, neighborhood atmosphere at Pizzaiolo. In that regard it's my favorite restaurant these days.
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