Has anyone tried this place?
It is a wine shop and bisto serving VPN Certified Napoletana Pizza made in a wood-fired oven imported from Italy. The menu changes daily depending on what fresh ingredients are available
All sausages and cured meats are made in-house. More dishes are available on the weekends than at the beginning of the week. In addition to pizza there are other Italian dishes such as Umbrian trofie pasta and chorizo with quince jam.
During the summer the owner cooks outdoors.
Wine is sold at retail prices so it is more affordable. It is served on the honor system. Pour yourself a glass and tell the owner. If you make the wrong choice to pair with the food, he will tell you, so perhaps it is best to ask what is the best pairing before pouring.
The sole owner and chef is very specific about rules. Walk up to the oven where he is working and place and order, choose your own wine and get utensils. Children are not welcome at specific times and no groups larger than six will be served.The website warns service is slow as each dish is made to order by one person. There's even rules for flushing the toilet.
Still, from what I've read, it seems worth the hassle.
The owner seems to have a sense of humor and the link for the history is the perfect setup for the foodie mindset. Great tall tale worthy of Twain.
"Bobby Martino's, cousin's, sister's, daughter's, Uncle, Giovanni built a cabin in the area of downtown Twain Harte way back in the 50's. He fed his family piping hot flat breads right out of his wood fired oven. His pies were topped with crushed tomatoes, fresh wild herbs, and mozzarella made from wild harvested venison milk, also in the absence of olive oil he used a drizzle of rendered duck fat affectionately called "duck butter". The cherished family oven brought to San Francisco from Italy , including a stormy passage through the treacherous Cape Horn area survived the long journey. It was then carried to the Mother Lode in a mule drawn wagon. Giovanni's great grandfather Piero journeyed with the oven from Naples in search of gold in these illustrious golden hills. He found that gold in Pizza! Thanks to the wonders of modern professional renovation we still find gold with that oven today! "
The actual story with tasty photos of the pizza, the owner and the oven are on this blog